New Hostess Set from the Spring/Summer SU! Catalog

As part of the demo sneak, we are able to see some of the hostess level 2 and level 3 sets.  I’m still deciding which ones to order, but while my mom was visiting, she brought her level 3 set called Dream a Little.  It has a two step stamping flower head, two other long stem flowers, a hummingbird, a leafy stem, and the sentiment.  I love the stem and the flower heads from this set, and so I started combining them and came up with this card.


Dream a Little (S/S hostess set)
Ink: Rose Red, Old Olive, Basic Black
Paper: Very Vanilla CS, Basic Black CS, Green Tea DSP
Accessories: Rose Red Grosgrain ribbon, Stampin’ dimensionals

Decorating a Birthday Gift with Stamps

I’m always looking for ways to use my stamps in different ways.  giftbox_beforeSure I love making cards, but sometimes you need something different and its fun to use your stamping supplies to add that personal touch.  In this case, my sister-in-law’s birthday is 2 days before Christmas.  So, when I bought her a gift at the local soap store, they offered to decorate the box as a gift.  I couldn’t turn down free gift wrapping but after they gave me the wrapped gift, I realized it was really Christmas wrapped.  My birthday is a week before Christmas, so I’m pretty sensitive to differentiating birthday and Christmas gifts, so I wanted to make sure her gift was definately “birthday” and not “christmas”.  So, stamps to the rescue! 



 The turtle is from a hostess set from the last catalog, but the tag is from the new Party Hearty set and the Happy Birthday under the turtle is from A Little Birthday Cheer.  This was also my first time in a long time using water color pencils.  They are like magic!  🙂  If you haven’t used them before, you color in an image with the pencils and it looks like normal pencil.  But then, go over the colors with a water pen and suddenly the color blends and instead of pencil marks, you just have a smooth watercolor image.

Don’t forget about 20% off select fall/winter catalog stamp sets

I’ve been so caught up in the new Love You Much bundle special and the new catalog sneak peeks that I completely forgot that there is still a few days to get 20% off some of the current stamp sets in the Fall/Winter Idea book & Catalog! So, just in case you were like me and you had been thinking about getting one of the stamp sets below, you have 4 days left to get them at 20% off! You can contact me or order directly online for this great deal.

Sale sets
Item # Description Retail 20% Off Images
111564 Flight of the Butterfly $31.95 $25.56 flightofbutterfly
112911 Vuelo de la mariposa (Spanish Flight of the Butterfly) $31.95 $25.56 spflight
111676 Puns from the Past $27.95 $22.36 puns
111660 Just Jawing $25.95 $20.76 jawing
111624 Dreams du Juor $18.95 $15.16 ddj
111700 Thank You Kindly $13.95 $11.16 thanks-kindly
111714 Wow Flowers $12.95 $10.36 wow

A year in reflection scrapbook pages

Each year, I trade scrapbook pages as Christmas gifts with family members.  The pages highlight what my family did over the last year, so in the end, I have a stack of pages showing me what everyone has been up to while I’ve been living out of state.  It is lots of fun to do, but this year I had so many things to share that I needed to make 4 pages for each gift.  I was trading with 4 families this year, so that was 16 pages to make.  It may not seem like a lot, but doing 16 12×12 pages in 2 days (I’m a late starter) was a lot of work.  However, it was fun to get some scrapbooking in.  stampin-up-011

I’ve spent so much time recently doing cards and 3D projects, that I’m a bit rusty on scrapbooking (I was suprised at how different a style it can be).  This time, I was able to start incorporating stamping into my scrapbooking with the Enjoy the moment stamp set on my pink pages.  And of course, I couldn’t live with out my punches (corner rounder and ticket punch) whether I’m making cards or scrapbook pages.

Trying out a new bag style – paper purse

So, I’ve seen a lot of folks make different paper purses/gift bags/bag in a box/etc and I’ve dabbled a little in making these projects but only a little.  With my mom here for the holidays, she brought lots of project designs and creative motivation.  So I decided to try something new.  These purses are really cute in person and actually really easy to make.


The stamp set is Party Hearty for the clasp and main bag element with Sprinkles backgrounds on the paper straps.  I admit I completely cut corners when it came to making this sample since I didn’t know what I was doing.  I used some old paper I had lying around and paper instead of ribbon for the straps.  However, it came together pretty well, so I’ll probably make another with my heavier weight SU DSP and ribbon.  Well, gotta get back to crafting!  Gotta use some of the sneak peek stamp sets before mom takes them home with her. 🙂

Love You Much sample and Sneak Peek Promotion!

For some reason I had my dates wrong with the sneak peek promotion and didn’t realize it started today!  Oops!  Well, now I know better and wanted to share with you all the details and a sample I made.  So… want to see some new stuff from the upcoming Spring/Summer idea book?  Of course you do!  Well, it looks like some new punches, paper, brads, and stamp sets are in your future! 

lymbundleThis year Stampin’ Up is letting non-demonstrators get some sneak peek items before you can buy them from the regular catalog with the Love You Much bundle.  In this bundle, you get a brand spankin’ new stamp set, a hot off the presses set of Designer Paper, and the fantastic heart trio punch that is a perfect match for the stamp set!  And not only do you get the early preview of the products, but you get a 20% off discount! Seriously! 

This bundle is available until Jan 31st, but if you order today you can combine it with the free shipping and 10% off retiring set promotion for tons of savings. 🙂 (I’m a bargin shopper so this type of compounded sale is the sort of thing I live for).  If you don’t see the bundle available online, just email or call me to place your order.

Here is a quick sample I made up.  I love using the heart trio stamp set with the punch!  Too much fun (you can see them both in the image from the flyer). 

Last day for free shipping and 10% off retiring stamp sets

Hey there!  I’m back! 

Sorry for the long delay in posts.  Between traveling, getting ready for my birthday (and hosting my own birthday party), prepping for my parents to arrive for the holidays, and getting my Christmas cards and gifts out the door; I’ve been a bit busy.  But today I finally finished my last Christmas gifts and got everything out in the mail.  They won’t arrive on time, but at least I shipped them before the 25th. 🙂

So, I just wanted to remind everyone – today is the last day to get 10% off any retiring stamp set and to receive free shipping on orders totally $70 or more!  If you have been debating a set, now is the time to order to get the most for your money. 

Checkout the complete list of retiring stamp sets here
You can email me or shop online via my website to take advantage of this great special.

I’ll be back tomorrow to show off some of the projects I’ve been able to work on over the last few days.  I also hope to get in some time with my sneak peak stamp sets!  I’ll be sharing some of the previews with you over the next few weeks to check back for more. 🙂

New Ribbon Storage

ribbonholderSo during the recent holiday extravaganza sale, I decided to give in to my eternal debate for how to store all my ribbon and order the SU ribbon holders.  I had most recently been just stacking the ribbon in towers with my other stamping supplies, which doesn’t work so well because they kept falling over!  I had some other ribbon in a basket with a dowel holding them in place, but since I always take the whole spool to my project to decide if/how I want to use a ribbon, boxes with dowels just don’t work for me.

Finally today, after almost a week of traveling, I had a chance to put together my boxes.  I don’t have all of my ribbon in them yet, but I love them so far.  Way less space is taken up now and I feel so much more organized. 🙂 Now if only I could get everything else in my craft piles organized.

Finally able to post pictures

So, while away on my trip, I tried posting the pictures from last week.  Unfortunately, my internet connection was apparently not good enough to make that happen, so I wanted to get out a quick post this morning. 

Like I said last week, we had a great time getting ready for the holidays by making gift packaging.  I posted most of the items we made, but I didn’t get a chance to post the final two items. 

scallopedgc This bag was one I first saw my mom do and I thought it would be perfect for holding gift cards.  It is super simple to do; so I thought it would be a good addition to the class.  All you do to make it is cut a piece of 3×6.5″ cardstock, scoring at 5″.  Use the scallop punch to edge of the flap of the main cardstock. Using sticky tape, adhere a 3×5″ cello bag to the 3×5 section of cardstock.  Punch holes through the main cardstock and cello bag (one on each side) about halfway between the 5″ score line and the end of the flap – don’t punch through the flap itself.  Run ribbon from the back of the holder, through the holes, and then use to tie the flap down.

holidayboxThen, while waiting for the ladies to show, I decided I wanted to play with my new designer label punch and some hardware from the Hodgepodge Hardware kit.  So, I created a box with a band that would hold a designer label hardware piece.  Since it was based on the pizza box style boxes, it was super fast.  I just wish I had stamped the main cardstock instead of just the band.

Recipe (GC holder):
Ink: none
Paper: textured chocolate chip CS, Ghostly Greetings DSP
Accessories: scalloped edge punch, crop-a-dile, Ridinghood Red taffeta ribbon

Recipe (box):
Christmas Classics, Best Yet (hostess)
Ink: Always Artichoke
Paper: Ridinghood Red CS, Always Artichoke CS, Kraft CS
Accessories: Hodgepodge Hardware vanilla

A Quickie Christmas Card

So, I finally decided to start doing challenges on Split Coast Stampers and so I just did my first one, which was for SU demonstrators to come up with quicky holiday cards.  I still think I could have gone a bit more simple but at least the technique is very easy.  I think all told, this took about 5-10 minutes to put together including measuring and cutting the paper.


Christmas Classics, Deer Friends (hostess)
Ink: Old Olive, Encore Gold, Ridinghood Red
Paper: Whisper White CS, Ridinghood Red CS, Ski Slope DSP
Accessories: 1 1/4″ circle punch, 1 3/8″ circle punch