Monday, February 25, 2013

More Swallowtail

I'm really enjoying this butterfly, it is so easy to stamp and emboss several at once, then use to make finished cards. You will probably see more later!!
 This card is really beautiful in real life, as with all pictures on my blog, if you click on it, it will enlarge to show more detail.  I stamped the butterfly in versamark and embossed with white embossing powder. Then I used sponge daubers and added color. I started with pool party in the middle and added wisteria wonder on the outside, it needed a third color, so I added so saffron in the middle. I used both the elegant butterfly and the bitty butterfly punch and wonderful wings embosslit.
This card started out similarly, I decided to start with so saffron in the middle, but it did not give enough definition, so I added some calypso coral, then went to pool party for the middle and wisteria wonder for the outside edge. I didn't like the coloring on the rest of the layer, so cut out the butterfly. Not sure I like this look as well, but I forged ahead. I had a spare piece of pool party already embossed with the framed tulip emdossing folder. I tried adding a rectangular layer, but liked the circle better.

Sunday, February 24, 2013


I finally put some ink to my new swallowtail stamp. Actually I used versamark and embossing powder on them all. I am posting 2 today and have 2 more for tomorrow. This stamp is in the Spring catalog and 17.95 for the wood mount or 13.95 for the clear. The only thing with clear is you need a large block for this stamp. It is 16.95, so I purchased this stamp in wood mount. I did not buy the bundle of clear blocks from SU, and this is the only block that I do not own.
 This card is a CASE from amyk3868 on Splitcoaststampers. I did make some changes, but liked how she used Chocolate Chip CS with pool party and wild wasabi embossing powder.
I like the simple elegance of gold and white. The layer is brushed gold cardstock.

Friday, February 22, 2013

3x3 cards

I had a few products that I wanted to play with so made some 3x3 cards.
This uses the pinwheel die that is only $4.95 and cuts out these cute little pinwheels with the holes already made. I used a toothpick for the stick. The designer paper is from Sycamore Street, FREE Sale-A-Bration choice with a $50 order.
This uses the Petite Curly Label Punch, also available from SAB and the Sycamore Street designer paper. I stamped and punched 2 pieces from the Pretty Petites stamp set, also available from SAB. I used the itty bitty shapes punch pack for the flower on the top upper left of the card.
This uses Sunshine and Sprinkles designer paper and Oh, Whale! stamp set, also the Happy Whale clearlit die.

Thursday, February 21, 2013

February club cards

 This card uses 6 different Sale-A-Bration products (any of which can be yours FREE with a $50 order). The designer paper is Sycamore Street, the ribbon and buttons, pretty petites stamp set, and coordinating petite curly label punch, happy birhtday is from itty bitty banners, and there is an inside sentiment from vintage verses. The base color is Island indigo and the punched colors are island indigo, summer starfruit, tangerine tango, pool party, and rich razzleberry. The ribbon and button are tangerine tango. We used versamark and white embossing powder on the for you stamp then punched.
This is a viewmaster card with 6 different images that can be viewed in the window. It is quite a few steps in the making, but very rewarding when complete. The base card is 5x10" folded in half. The daffodil layer is 4 3/4" square. The white scallop circle is a bigshot die. All from the Spring catalog are the designer paper Sunshine and Sprinkles, the melon mambo ribbon, and images for the viewmaster are from the set Spring Sampler. We used the chevrom embossing folder on the daffodil layer. Colors used are Melon Mambo, Pacific Point, and Daffodil Delight. 

Thursday, February 14, 2013

More cards

I belong to a stamping club "Heartland Stamper" that meets monthly at Urbandale Library. We take turns teaching the class and Anne had us make these 3 cards.
 The focal point for this one uses stamping, coloring in the flowers, wheeled music notes, then embossed with an embossing folder and the bigshot. We then sponged with champagne mist
glimmer paint.
 A valentine card. The designer paper is from the print poetry pack in the Spring catalog.
This is a triple time stamping card. I need to finish this one up with some ribbon and a sentiment.
A valentine card in the mail from Marlene.
A get well card from Teena

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Exclusive Sent with Love Bundle


 Stampin’ Up is sending us another stamp set!

The Sent with Love Stamp Set and Sent with Love Designer Series Paper are only available during this limited time.

After April 30, they’ll both fly away!

In addition, you may purchase the Sent with Love Digital Kit (item 132914; $9.95).

*Please note that the digital kit is not included in the bundle.

Sent with Love Stamp Set (clear-mount; English only)
Sent with Love Designer Series Paper
Pretty Bundle
Includes the Sent with Love Stamp Set, Sent with Love Designer Series Paper, and Calypso Coral Baker’s Twine
20% off retail value!

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  • You can purchase as many stamp sets, Designer Series Papers, or bundles as you’d like! There are no limits.

  • You don’t have to do anything special to take advantage of this special offer-shop away! Remember there is a 6.95 minimum shipping free under a $69.00 order, then it’s 10%. It’s SAB time, so you get a free gift with $50 order! Great time to get those ink pads and card stock you’ve been wanting :)

  • The Sent with Love Stamp Set, Sent with Love Designer Series Paper, and Calypso Coral Baker’s Twine are all available to be purchased separately. But why would you do that when you can buy all three together and save 20 percent?

  • The Sent with Love Digital Kit is not available as part of the bundle.

  • The Sent with Love Stamp Set and Sent with Love Designer Series Paper are exclusive to this special offer-you won’t be able to get them after April 30!

  • Promotion deadlines:

    • Phone/email Tuesday, April 30, 2013; 6:50 PM (MT)

    • online: Tuesday, April 30, 2013; 11:50 PM (MT)

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Using up some of last years SAB designer paper

We had a missionary family coming to church and I always give them a packet of 10 asst cards, so I decided to use some of my stash from last year's SAB to make some cards. I only got 5 made so had to supplement them with my extra cards.
I used the hearts a flutter framelits from the Spring catalog to make a banner and a new word set that I just got called One in a Million p. 135 of 2012-13 catalog. The inside sentiment says "that makes you one in a million". There are 10 sentiments in 5 pairs for 18.95 clear mount or 26.95 wood.
I used papillon potpourri, the beautiful wings embosslit, and both butterfly punches. The newest "bitty butterfly" punch is in the spring catalog, 15.95, and works with papillon potpourri and for a limited time SAB stamp set Bloomin Marvelous , could also be used with designer paper and no stamping.
I love how this one turned out. I used my windows framelits for the first time (pool party layer), added a square of cardstock for a layer, then the 1 3/4" circle punch. I used the once marker colored stamp for the circle image, "huffed" on it for the envelope, then "huffed" once more for the front sentiment.

I made 2 more cards, but didn't take pictures, similar to what I've done before using the postage stamp punch and 4 squares of designer paper, added flowers and a butterfly.

SO pull out some paper, stamps, or embellishments that need some love. And CREATE!!

Monday, February 11, 2013

More cards in the mail

Thanks to those who took time to send a card. I love all the cards that I have received, but the handmade ones are special!
From Marlene, there was a snowflake on here as well that I found today, must have fallen off before I took the picture. This is my kind of winter, pictures of others enjoying the outside.
Sent from my dear friend Peggy Jones (my convention roommate!) in Arizona.
Made by Marilyn Veik. She had one knee replaced last April, so gave me some good advice when we chatted.

It's a Magical Paper Escape Every Month!

Sweep away the mundane-your creativity carriage awaits!
I'm Paper Pumpkin . . .
I come to your door each month (a fully decked-out creativity carriage). I'll help you to escape your life with some paper fun.
I come in a sweet box, but you'll really love what you find on the inside:
All the stamps, ink, paper, and accessories to create pinable projects. Create stuff like cards, journals, décor, and more!
Paper Pumpkin by Stampin' Up! is a new monthly kit program that anyone (even you) can enjoy!
Get Started
It's so easy to get started. Simply sign up for the program starting Monday, January 14 by visiting and click Get it. Every month a new, surprise project kit arrives at your doorstep. Just think of the anticipation of creating a fun project to pin, showoff, and share with your friends and family-every month! Be sure to choose me as your demonstrator when prompted.
The very first Paper Pumpkin will arrive on your doorstep starting in March-if you sign up before March 10.
Of course, you'll want to know more. So here's the nitty gritty:
  • Each month we send you a unique, surprise kit with a project-cards, journals, décor, and more! (We've even color-coordinated, measured, and cut everything for you!)
  • Each kit includes stamps, ink, paper, and accessories-everything but adhesive.
  • Each kit gives you a 30-minute creativity escape.
  • We will ship your Paper Pumpkin on or around the 15th of the month.
  • You need to sign up for a kit by the 10th of the month to get that month's kit. If you sign up on the 11th of the month, your first kit will come the next month. (Let's say you sign up on May 10th, we'll send your kit around May 15th. If you sign up on May 11th, we'll send your first kit around June 15th.)
  • A Paper Pumpkin membership is $19.95 per month (and shipping is included!)   
  • There's no commitment, you can cancel your monthly Paper Pumpkin at anytime. You can also skip a month if you want.
  • All kits that include stamps will use the Clear Mount format of rubber stamps. This is why your Welcome Kit includes our gift to you of a Stampin’ Up size D acrylic clear block.
  • Starting in early March, we'll offer a Try-It kit if you'd like to try Paper Pumpkin for one month.


Here's How You Order
Sign up for your monthly Paper Pumpkin starting Monday, January 14 by visiting and click Get it.
Starting in early March, you can try Paper Pumpkin for one month by visiting our online store.
A Free Gift in Your Very First Kit
The Welcome Kit is the very first Paper Pumpkin you will receive in your first month of membership. The Welcome Kit includes a free gift-a clear acrylic block!
It contains supplies for 4 embellished cards and includes the following as pictured. All follow on kits will not include a block but will include all materials & instructions needed (except adhesives) to complete that months project set.
Questions? We've Got Answers
Q: Why are we offering Paper Pumpkin?
A: Paper Pumpkin is the perfect introduction to Stampin' Up! We designed it for crafters that want to create a project each month, but aren't quite ready to build a stamp collection (yet).

Q: How does shipping work with Paper Pumpkin?
A: Your Paper Pumpkin will be automatically shipped to you each month (so fun!).

Q: When Will I Be Billed?
A: Your credit card will be charged as soon as your Paper Pumpkin ships. You will get an e-mail notifying you that your card has been charged.

Q: What comes in my Paper Pumpkin?
A: It's a surprise each month—anticipation for the surprise is seriously half the fun! No worries, though, you'll have everything you need to complete the project: paper, stamps, ink, accessories, and more! (You will need adhesive.)

Q: Is my subscription on auto renew?
A: Yes, your subscription is on auto renew. However, you can skip a month or cancel at any time. Simply log on to your account on and click skip a month before the 10th of the month in order to skip the Paper Pumpkin for that month. If you click skip a month on the 11th of the month, you will receive that month's Paper Pumpkin and not receive the following month's Paper Pumpkin.

Q: When do I need to sign up in order to get my Paper Pumpkin for a specific month?
A: You need to sign up by the 10th of the month in order to receive your Paper Pumpkin for that month. If you sign up after the 10th―no worries! You will get your first kit the following month. You'll know your Paper Pumpkin is on its way when you receive your shipment confirmation e-mail.

Sorry duplicate pic I can't seem to get rid of.

Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Inspiration Notebook

The last project we made in Jan, again everyone got to choose designer paper and embellishments. Marlene made one and keeps special cards, notes, ideas, etc in hers, so I decided this would be fun for all to have. I used the wonderful wings embosslit, tasteful trims die, and delicate doilies sizzlet all with the BIGSHOT! Love my bigshot!!! 

Monday, February 4, 2013

Bookmarks made with hair elastics

We made these at stamp club in Jan as well. Each person got to choose their own ribbon, buttons, and flower colors. I made these 3. If you'd like to know how to make these, I can teach a class for you and your friends.
This uses the fun flower die and an in color brad.
I used the mixed bunch stamp set and blossom punch for this
This uses flowers from the retired pretties kit, colored with pastels.

Sunday, February 3, 2013

Stampin'Up! celebrates 25 year anniversary!

During 2013, Stampin' Up! will be celebrating an exciting milestone: 25 years of making a difference in the lives of its demonstrators, customers, and countless others through sharing creativity, encouraging and honoring our demonstrators' accomplishments, and our myriad philanthropic endeavors. You have been an integral part of our success, and so we invite you to join in our year-long celebration! In the coming months, you'll see
  • Corporate blog posts reminiscing on the last 25 years!
  • Unique 25th anniversary events at our Stampin' Up! gatherings!
  • Fun facts about Stampin' Up! on our Facebook page!
  • Celebratory Stampin' Success articles!
  • Special 25th anniversary promotions!
  • An exclusive "Best of 25 Years" stamp set offering!
  • And a year filled with service opportunities reflecting Stampin' Up!'s pledge to make a difference!
 As part of our 25-year anniversary celebration, we're bringing back some of our favorite stamp images from the last quarter century and combining them into 12 sets, which will release-one set per month-during 2013. Even better, along with some great classic images, each "Best of" set will also include a never-before-seen image!

  • All Best of stamp sets will include 3-5 images, including a never-before seen image, and will be priced at $14.95.
  • While we are releasing just one Best of stamp set per month (with a new theme each month), all of the Best of sets will be available until March 31, 2014.
  • A new flyer will be released every month for each new Best of set.
  • All Best of stamp sets are available in Clear-Mount only.
  • As a special incentive to collect the Best of stamps, starting in February we're including a collector's card and 25-year proof of purchase sticker with every Best of set. Collect six stickers, and send it in to redeem a FREE set of your choice valued up to $14.95! Free sets must be redeemed no later than April 30, 2014.
  • Saturday, February 2, 2013

    More Amore Suite Projects

    These are projects from classes that my sister Joyce from KC recently offered. She found the mailboxes at Target, not sure if there are any left.
    A valentines day insert for the shadowbox frame. Also shown inside the frame, but a bit of glare on the glass, so I took pics outside the frame too. She is such a perfectionist with much attention to detail. I'm glad she is too far away to steal my customers. LOL!

    Friday, February 1, 2013

    Single Stamps Success

    Stampin'Up! had such success with offering single stamps for sale that they came out with 10 NEW never before seen single stamps. These are available for order through March 31st. They are clear mount only and do not come with a block or box, they will be packaged in a cello bag.