Tuesday, February 1, 2011


Happy New Year! 

Boy oh boy, the holidays have come and gone already.  I have to apologize for being a bad blogger.  I just couldn't seem to find time to stamp and blog during the holiday season. :(  Its seems to be a trend since I did the same thing last year.  Sometime about October each year, time just seems to fly right by me and I get busy with holiday decorating, shopping and all the other fun stuff. Now that it is January, things are beginning to settle down.  I have yet to take down my christmas tree, however.  But sooner than I could blink an eye it will already be mid-January and I haven't picked up a stamp.  So sad. 

Stampin' Up! Updates

I think its about time to share with you some Stampin' Up! updates.  As you know, it is January and you know what that means?!!!  SALE-A-BRATION is right around the corner.  Beginning January 25, Sale-a-bration begins which means that for every $50 you spend, you get a Sale-a-bration product of your choice for FREE.  This year's selections are just ADORABLE.  I want it all :)  On that note,  the Occasions Mini catalog is out and available. If I were you, I would decide which items you like from the Occasions Mini but wait to purchase them until January 25.  Its the best way to get the most out of your purchase.  

If you wish to make your purchases sooner,  the current promotion is the Filled with Love promotion.  You get Bitty Buttons for FREE when you purchase the Filled with Love Bundle (includes the Filled with Love stamp set and Love Patterns designer series paper).  This is such a great set for Valentines day projects.  (Yes, I heard that thought go through your head....  Valentines is just around the corner!)  If this stamp set is tickling your fancy,  I encourage you to think quick because this set is only available through this promotion and will only be available until January 24. 

Interested in becoming a demonstrator?  Here's your chance!  During Sale-a-bration, the starter kits are 15% off the original price of $175.  PLUS you get a special SAB bonus bundle*** filled with over $50 of free products.  That means you get stamping supplies valued at more than $360 for only $148.75!!!  That is a pretty darn good deal.  Have I mentioned the perks of being a demonstrator?  
  • 20% off all your personal stamping purchases through Stampin' Up!
  • complimentary monthly stamping magazine (Stampin' Success) with fabulous stamping and business ideas
  • access to the exclusive demonstrator website
  • You have the opportunity to earn extra money through sales
***SAB Bonus Bundle includes the following:  
1. Color Coach
2. Simply Sent Kit (your choice - valued at $11.95)
3. Simply Sent Stamp Set of your choice (valued at $12.95 or less)
4. Punch of your choice (valued at $17.95 or less)
    That's just SOME of the fabulous perks as a demonstrator.  I tell you, these reasons were enough to convince me to sign up to be a demonstrator.  You might need more reasons than I did.  If you do, feel free to contact me and we can have a chat about all the other great things that come with becoming a Stampin' Up! demonstrator.

    Friday, October 15, 2010

    Friends Gatefold

    Here is the final card of the Greenhouse Gala Series.  Today's card is my first attempt at a gatefold card.  It isn't shown in this picture but I made the rick rack design of the paper actually align on both sides so that there is quite a nice flow going on behind the flower center.  I also added some designer paper inside the card to make it flow and coordinate.  

    I hope this week-long series featuring Greenhouse Gala and Friends Never Fade has inspired you somehow.  I like the idea of having a week-long event on my blog.  Perhaps I will feature another couple Stampin' Up! products next month...  Stay tuned!  

    Thanks for stopping by!  

    Happy stampin'!

    Stamps: Friends Never Fade
    Ink: Chocolate Chip, Real Red, Pumpkin Pie
    Paper: Chocolate Chip, Real Red, Whisper White cardstock, Greenhouse Gala DSP
    Accessories: Many Marvelous Markers, Paper Snips, Stampin' Dimensionals

    Thursday, October 14, 2010

    Friends Pear Breeze

    LOVE.  LOVE.  LOVE.   This is my favorite card in the whole lot this week.  I love the soft overall colors.

    I especially love the sparkly flower middle. (Sigh.) Gotta love the sparkles! Right? 

    Thanks for stopping by! 

    Happy stampin'!

    Stamps: Friends Never Fade
    Ink: Baja Breeze, Pear Pizzazz
    Paper: Pear Pizzazz, Baja Breeze, Whisper White cardstock, Greenhouse Gala DSP
    Accessories: Cutter Kit, Dazzling Diamonds, Paper Snips

    Wednesday, October 13, 2010

    Greenhouse Baja

    Card number 3...  lets see lets see!!  

    BEAUTIFUL isnt it?! :)  So remember the stamped image on the Pumpkin card from yesterday?  I told you how much I loved coloring that stamp with my markers and how beautiful it came out, right?  So I colored more of that same stamp with those same colors and I just HAD TO use it on another card.  Here it is!  Isn't it beautiful?  So easy too!!  You gotta try coloring that stamp yourself! 

    For this card's layout, I consulted Mojo Monday to help me out.  They have fabulous card layouts every Monday. You should try it sometime.  Whenever I'm stumped on a card layout, I love visiting them for a challenge.  It kicks my mojo into high gear and I always feel accomplished when I finish a card using one of their layouts.  I feel like I get to play with the pros a little bit :)  I say that because when you see the cards submitted for the layouts, they are just gorgeous, fabulous and amazing! 


    Thanks for stopping by! 
    Happy Stampin'! 

    Stamps: Because I Care, Friends Never Fade
    Ink: Real Red, Pear Pizzazz, Baja Breeze, Pumpkin Pie
    Paper: Greenhouse Gala DAP, Pear Pizzazz, Baja Breeze cardstock
    Accessories: Real Red Satin Ribbon, Many Marvelous Markers, Stampin' Dimensionals

    Tuesday, October 12, 2010

    Pumpkin Friends

    Onto our second card for the week....  
    Pumpkin Pizzazz....  hehee.  I like mixing up the colors names sometimes.  

    Anyway, today's card is simple and wow.  I colored the stamp with my markers to achieve the multicolored stamped image (on Very Vanilla cardstock).  When I stamped the image and saw that it came out beautifully, I just HAD TO put it on its own card. It blended really well with one of the sheets in the designer series paper pack. Even though the card has no sentiment on the front, it still came out to look complete, don't you think?  Quite an addition to the loot :) 

    Happy Stampin'!  

    Thanks for stopping by!

    Stamps: Friends Never Fade
    Ink: Real Red, Pear Pizzazz, Pumpkin Pie
    Paper: Pumpkin Pie, Very Vanilla card stock, Greenhouse Gala DSP
    Accessories: 1/8" Very Vanilla Taffeta Ribbon, Many Marvelous Markers, Glue Dots

    Monday, October 11, 2010

    Daffodil Friends

    This whole week will be devoted to the Greenhouse Gala Designer Series Paper and the Friends Never Fade stamp set.

    I really love this paper.  At first the prints seemed to bold for me to use (I'm always a skeptic, right?).  I kept seeing projects and cards made using this paper and they all came out beautiful. So I learned to like it and work with it.  Once I got the hang of seeing the bold prints, I paired it with the Friends Never Fade stamp set. FABULOUS!!  It was like... tah dah!!  Magic :)  This particular card was the first one I made out of the set.  I would say it's my least favorite of them all.  I think its because I'm missing some sort of sentiment on the card front or its just a tad bit too yellow for me. (Why would I make a card that even I think is too yellow is beyond me....)  Whatever it is, there is something off about this card in my eyes.  In the end though, it blends in with the rest of the lot.  Stay tuned this whole week to see the rest of them. 

    Happy Stampin'!

    Stamps: Friends Never Fade
    Ink: Pear Pizzazz, Daffodil Delight, Pumpkin Pie
    Paper:  Daffodil Delight, Whisper White cardstock, Greenhouse Gala DSP
    Accessories: 1/8" Daffodil Delight Taffeta Ribbon, Scallop Circle Punch, Paper Snips

    Friday, October 8, 2010

    Playful Birthday

    Here's a quick card made using the level 3 hostess set Playful Pieces.  At first glance, I found this set to be a little overwhelming since there were so many pieces. However, as I was playing with this set, I realized that there are so many possibilities with all the little pieces of this set.  I didn't get to show how versatile this set is, but I assure you this is a good set to play around with.  I think I may just surprise myself with what I can come up with.  

    Hope you're having a fab Friday!  Enjoy your weekend!

    Happy stamping!
    Thanks for stopping by!

    Stamps: Playful Pieces, Teeny Tiny Wishes
    Ink: Poppy Parade, Sahara Sand, Not Quite Navy, Whisper White
    Paper: Poppy Parade, Sahara Sand, Not Quite Navy, Very Vanilla cardstock
    Accessories: Small Heart Punch, Modern Label Punch, Silver Brads, Paper Snips, Stampin' Dimensionals