Last Day for the This & That Bundle or the Sent with Love Suite

Just a reminder that today is the last day for a couple items, so I wanted to give you that one last reminder Smile

Sent with Love Suite


I loved the combination of travel theme and love theme for this product line.  It was something that felt versatile enough that I could use it for any time, not just Valentine’s Day or when scrapping a vacation.

Shop for the Sent with Love products in the online store

This & That Bundle

Epic Day This and That Bundle

Yes, the individual products will still be available from now until the new catalog launches (when they will be available in the catalog) but if you want to get the extra 15% discount and get them as a bundle, today is your last chance!

The bundle is 15% off and includes:

  • Epic Day This and That Designer Stickers
  • Epic Day This and That Journal (with patterned paper inner pages and 2 pockets)
  • Remember This and That Rotary Stamp
  • Epic Day This and That Washi Tape (set of 3)
  • Epic Day This and That Designer Series Paper

I’ve been using these different elements together in the journal as well as separately for cards and scrapbook pages.  So, its nice to get a deal on items that you can use a bunch of different ways.

Need some ideas for This and That stuff?  Check out the video below:

Or see a couple of the projects I’ve made with this collection here:  This & That projects

Check out the This and That bundle in the Online Store here

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See the Latest Availability & PDFs of all the retiring stamps and accessories here

My Paper Pumpkin Kit for April

Have you heard about Paper Pumpkin yet?

If not, here is the quick skinny on this new offering from Stampin’ Up!

Each month you are subscribed, you will receive a Surprise Box full of everything you need (except adhesive) to create some fun project.  They started the program in March 2013 and so March was the “Welcome Kit” which included a clear block and everything you needed for 4 cards.

Then in April, they sent out the first wave of boxes that were a complete surprise to everyone!

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It has been interesting to watch the reactions to this new kit.  Some people LOVE the 4 card kit that we received.  It has the fabulous Silver Designer Buttons in it along with some funky designs and elements.  However, others have been less keen on the stamps that were included.  The sentiments were “Seriously”, “you kick booty”, and “love your guts”.  Personally, I found them kind of fun but I know not everyone will find these sayings appropriate to send to family or friends.

On the plus side, I love the suggestions people have been making for other ideas for using the “Seriously” stamp, like

….. Seriously, I love you

….. Seriously, you rock!

….. Seriously, you are the best

heck, even …. Seriously, thanks so much!

But with each month, I challenge myself to not only make the project as designed in the kit, but to change it up and come up with some other ideas using the supplies found in the kit.  I know you can make even more cool projects if you incorporate other supplies as well, but for now, I’m trying to stick with just the box.

So, here is what I came up with for this month:

April Paper Pumpkin Samples 1 April Paper Pumpkin Samples 2  April Paper Pumpkin Bonus card

Curious about trying it out?

So, the fun part is that when you sign up, you will get the Welcome Kit
(you can see what I did with that kit here)

Then, the next month you will get the same surprise box that we all receive around the 15th of the month.  You just have to be subscribed by the 10th of the month.

If you don’t want to continue or need to pause for a little bit, you can always do that!

Now I’ll be honest, these are great to have as kits for something small and compact to take with you when you need something to do but don’t want to cart around your full craft closet!  But they are quick and simple projects.

However, that means they are perfect for giving as gifts to teenagers, parents, friends, etc who want to be crafty but don’t have the money, time, or space to start collecting all the supplies you might want.  These are a great way to try it out and keep it compact in regards to the amount of stuff you have left over!

Check out all the Paper Pumpkin details here


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Scrapbooking Sunday: Sent with Love–a Leadership Layout

If you remember, this was my first year attending Leadership convention.  I was so excited that I had promoted to Manager and so I had earned an entry into Manager’s Reception.  Well, this year, Manager’s Reception was at Harry Potter’s Wizardly World in Orlando.  Um, yes please!!

The whole weekend was super fun and so I just had to try to start committing at least some of it to a scrapbook.  And I found that the Sent with Love designer paper was a fun way to accent this first photo I scrapped:

The title here was actually made up of two different elements that I cut out of one of the pages of the Sent with Love Designer series paper (and even though you can’t see some of the pieces, I promise you they are from this page Smile:

See… isn’t it perfect?  And oh so true because the adventure of earning Leadership and then going their with my Mom (who is also my upline) was a blast!

Then, for a bit more whimsy on my page, I took squares of the designer paper and cut them in half to make triangles and then stacked them like arrows.  I totally mis-cut some paper, so when I fixed it I had thin strips of paper which I glued as a center piece in the triangles.

Then I used my Tombow liquid glue to draw dots where I wanted my twine to do loopty-loops along the side of my page and then pressed my Island Indigo baker’s twine into the loopy pattern on the right!

The sad thing is that I love this paper and I completely hoarded it and suddenly realized that it is retiring in 2 days!  Yikes!

So if you want to get in on the Sent with Love suite, check it out online today and grab yours before it goes away April 30th.
Use Hostess code EQ9PM3NX and be entered to win a free stamp set of your choice!


And since I’m in a reminiscing mood… I thought I’d share some of the other memories I need to scrap:  Harry Potter and Manager’s Reception, Amazing on-stage demonstrations, winning Prize Patrol, and meeting Shelli!

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Love these Stampin’ Up! events.  Smile


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Supples Used
– Sweet Shoppe Alphabet (retired)
Paper – Whisper White, Island Indigo, Calypso Coral, Sent with Love designer paper
Ink – Calypso Coral, Island Indigo marker (for journalling)
Accessories – Island Indigo Baker’s twine, Stampin’ Dimensionals, Sponges, Tombow liquid glue

Guest Designer: Stamping with Bleach with Liz

This is why I love swapping cards or seeing what other people create – because I would never have thought up this card but when I saw it in person I just thought it was the coolest looking card.

The best part is that it is so simple to create – and that is why Liz rocks! Liz Mitchell is a fabulous gal on my Stampin’ Up! team who makes these cards that are easy to replicate but always look so thought out and cute.  She tells me that she has a hard time coming up with card designs but I love how she finds an idea then changes it up to match her style and it turns out awesome, don’t you think?

Liz bleaching technique card

For this card, she took the flourish image from the Elements of Style stamp set and instead of inking it up with a standard ink, she used liquid bleach!

To stamp with bleach:

  • Fold up some paper towels at least 8 layers thick and put them in the bottom of a shallow container (if you are planning on switching over to the new wood mount cases, then the old clamshell stamp cases work great for this!)
  • Pour enough liquid bleach into the container so the paper towels are saturated but there is not standing liquid
  • Use the paper towels as your ink pad and tap your stamp directly onto the paper towels
  • Stamp immediately onto your paper.  This works best if you are stamping on dark paper.
  • Repeat as much as you want!
  • I would wipe off your stamp with a wet-with-water paper towel so that you don’t risk bleaching anything else by accident

I love her touches of pearls in the corner and faux stitching around her banner.

Thanks, Liz, for sharing your cute creation today!

Reminder, Win a Free Stamp Set of Your Choice!

Don’t forget about my special giveaway to kick off the countdown to the retirement of a ton of great products and the unveiling of a fabulous new catalog in June!

free stamp set

That is right!  From now until 4/28, place an online order using Hostess Code EQ9PM3NX and for every $25 in product you order, you will get your name in a hat to win a free stamp set of your choice!

I’ll be tracking entries based using the hostess code, so make sure you enter EQ9PM3NX from your shopping cart in the online store or email me at with your order to be entered!  So, grab those last chance items and you may be getting a bonus stamp set to go along with it!

Shop now & Be Entered to Win!


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See the Latest Availability & PDFs of all the retiring stamps and accessories here


Supples Used
– Elements of Style, Vintage Verses (retired)
Paper – Whisper White, Basic Black, Elegant Eggplant
Ink – Elegant Eggplant ink & marker
Accessories – Basic Pearls
**Items on the Retiring Stamps & Accessories List

Elements of Style Stamp Set - by Stampin' Up!

Create a Cupcake Makes for a Bright Birthday

When you are making a birthday card for someone, isn’t one of the top things on your mind all about making them smile?  Well, unless the birthday boy or girl hates cupcakes (is that even possible?!) I’m going to bet this one will bring a smile to their face!

At least it does for me every time I pull out this card. Smile

I designed this card for my technique class recently where we focused on paper piercing so I used the Essentials Paper Piercing Pack for the Decorative Label Punch shape around the outside of the punchout.  Then I used the rows of holes on the template to make even photo corners around each corner of the Whisper White cardstock.


Here is a close up of what I’m talking about:

Plus, with the coordinating Cupcake punch, it makes it easy to get your cupcake together too.

And speaking of birthdays, today is my Dad’s birthday!  I’m happy to be celebrating with him and my mom today and before we left to go visit, Nicholas decided to create a card just for Grandpa.  He picked out the stamp set, the colors, the punches, and where to glue everything down.  He may be 3, but he loves making cards for people too!

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Supples Used
– Create a Cupcake
Paper – Whisper White, Crumb Cake, Real Red, Brights Family Designer Paper Stack**
Ink – Chocolate Chip, Daffodil Delight
Accessories – Essentials Paper Piercing Pack, Piercing Tool, Decorative Label Punch, Cupcake Punch, Stampin’ Dimensionals, 2-way Glue Pen
**Items on the Retiring Stamps & Accessories List


Button Buddies Send Off Event Samples

As I was looking through the new catalog sneak peek that demonstrators got yesterday, I was excited by the changes with the designer buttons and realized this meant that all of the current designer buttons that match the color families would be retiring.  What I didn’t realize at first was that meant that my beloved Button Buddies stamp set would be retiring too!


I loved the cute images in this set and how they perfectly matched the different shapes of the designer buttons.  I had been planning to run a Button Buddies class but it kept slipping off my calendar but now, I HAVE to run it!

It is my last hurrah with this stamp set.  Here are two of the cards I had created for this class:

I mean, they are totally adorable images, right?!?  Smile

Join me for a Button Buddies Stamp-a-Stack Event!

Come make 8 cards, each one focusing on a different image from the Button Buddies stamp set.

For only $25, make all 8 cards that you can use throughout the year!  Plus have fun spending an evening crafting with some fabulous folks!

What:  Button Buddies Stamp-a-Stack – 8 different cards with envelopes.
Where:  Panera Bread in Redmond, WA ~or~ order a kit by mail!
When:  May 10th at 7pm
Why:  Because it will be a blast and you’ll have some great cards to use the rest of the year!

Early Bird BonusRSVP with your pre-payment by May 5th and SAVE $5 plus be entered into a drawing for a free Button Buddies stamp set which I will be drawing for at the event!

Contact me at to reserve your spot or sign up here:

Button Buddies Class Options
Early Bird – Class Spot $20.00 USDEarly Bird – Class Kit (local pickup) $20.00 USDEarly Bird – Class by Mail with priority shipping $26.00 USD


I’ll post more samples soon, but hope you can make it!


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See the Latest Availability & PDFs of all the retiring stamps and accessories here

Supples Used
– Button Buddies, Petite Pairs
Paper – Whisper White, Real Red, Crumb Cake, Regal Rose, Basic Black, Chocolate Chip
Ink – Chocolate Chip, Regal Rose, Basic Black
Accessories – Big Shot, Lattice embossing folder, Perfect Polka Dots embossing folder, Scallop Edge Border, Decorative Label Punch, 1 3/4” circle punch, 2 3/8” scallop circle punch, Whisper White stitched grosgrain ribbon, Real Red stitched grosgrain ribbon, Glue dots, Dazzling Details, Subtles designer buttons

Button Buddies stamp setDesigner Buttons - Subtles Collection - by Stampin' Up!

The 2013 Stampin’ Up! Retirement List and Giveaway Starts Today!

Well, the retirement list is here and it is a bit of a doozy thanks to the retirement of 10 colors and their related inks, papers, and accessories!  But hey, get up to 60% off some of the retiring accessories.  🙂

So grab a drink and find a cozy spot to check out the list and see if anything from your wishlist is saying it’s final good-byes!

Stampin' Up Retired Stamps list RETIRING STAMPS PDF

Stampin' Up! Retired Accessories


NOTE: Stamps will be available until June 3rd but anything on the accessories list is while supplies last!  So grab them before they sell out!

You can check out all of the Retiring Items in the Online Store Here

Retirement List Prediction Contest Winner & NEW GIVEAWAY!

I wanted to thank everyone who sent in your predictions.  There were some great guesses and amazingly I had 2 people who had 9 stamp sets guessed correctly and both of them missed by guessing It’s A Wrap Occasions!

Sarah Lassey for being the first in with 9 correct guesses!
She wins $15 in retiring products!

and because it was so close in count,

Melanie Carey!  You get a runner up prize of $10 in retiring products. 🙂

But even if you didn’t win that contest, I have a special giveaway to kick off the countdown to the retirement of a ton of great products and the unveiling of a fabulous new catalog in June!

free stamp set

That is right!  From now until 4/28, place an online order using Hostess Code EQ9PM3NX and for every $25 in product you order, you will get your name in a hat to win a free stamp set of your choice!

I’ll be tracking entries based using the hostess code, so make sure you enter EQ9PM3NX from your shopping cart in the online store or email me at with your order to be entered!  So, grab those last chance items and you may be getting a bonus stamp set to go along with it!

Shop now & Be Entered to Win!

So, what are your favorites that made the list?


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Swaps to Share Using By The Tide + LAST DAY for the Retirement List Contest!

Last week was an exciting time for me because I registered for the 25th Anniversary Stampin’ Up! convention in July, got travel all arranged for convention, and then got to participate in a Sneak Peek preview party for the NEW Annual catalog!  It was almost too much excitement for me as I was soooo hyped up on adrenaline by the end of the night on Saturday!

But it got me thinking about swaps and I remembered I had a number of swaps that I hadn’t shared from Leadership convention a few months ago and so I thought I would pull out a few of them to share with you today.

These cards all use the By The Tide stamp set from the Spring Catalog.  I’ll admit, this stamp set totally isn’t my thing, but obviously a lot of other people like it as my mom has a similar stamp set from a few catalogs ago and I got 3 cards while swapping using the set!

I thought these were great ideas and even if you don’t love the stamp set, you can use different papers and stamps and make other great cards!

Created by Nancy Smith

Created by Emma Fewkes

Created by Allison Okamitsu

Fun card ideas huh?

Have You Sent in You Retirement List Contest Entry?

Don’t forget you have until 3pm TODAY to get in your predictions for the Retirement List Contest!

All you have to do is pick 10 stamps or stamp sets that are in the 2012-2013 Stampin’ Up! Annual Catalog and send your predictions to me in an email.  Whoever gets the most right, wins a prize from me!

What are you playing for? Win $15 to spend on your favorites from the Retirement List!
Guess all 10 correctly and win $20 off your order instead!

How to Play

  1. Grab your copy of the 2012-2013 Annual Catalog an start flipping, or check out the catalog online here.
  2. Write down the 10 stamp sets or single stamps that are in the catalog that you think will be retired this year (not including hostess sets)
  3. Email me your list of predictions to by April 23rd at 3pm PST
  4. Watch on April 24th for the Retirement List to be released!
    With the discontinued colors and changing color families, I expect this list to be a big one; so you won’t want to miss out!

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Trying Out Ombre with a Fun Piercing Card

At a recent class, I focused on different ways to use Paper Piercing in your projects.  Well, we made this card as a way to show how you can use a design from the Paper Piercing Templates without needing to have the matching Big Shot die or punch.

See, as much as I think of myself as a hoarder of Big Shot dies and embossing folders, I still have managed to get by without the Apocathary Accents framelit set (I’m sure this will be fixed in the future though Smile)  But I had the piercing template and thought this shape would be a nice accent for some punched out butterflies.

You can see it a bit better in this picture:

I also pierced my Whisper White paper and glued it down so that the “backside” of where I pierced was what was facing up on my card (the pierced parts poke up and out from the paper instead of pushing into the paper).

Plus this was a fun attempt to try out the Ombre trend.  I played with a few color themes but settled on Blues as my colors of choice.  I used the following blues in this card:

  • Baja Breeze
  • Pool Party
  • Island Indigo
  • Night of Navy

But grab your favorite colors and try it out with pinks, greens, or purples.  Or you can step it up like some of the gals in my class did and start layering in on different blues using the Bitty Butterfly punch and layering them over these Elegant Butterfly punch outs.  Let me just say they look super pretty!


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Supples Used
Paper – Whisper White, Baja Breeze, Pool Party, Island Indigo, Night of Navy
Accessories – Paper Piercer, Essentials Paper Piercing Pack, Piercing Mat, Elegant Butterfly Punch

Scrapbooking Sunday: Layering, Misting, and More!

I’ve been trying to start up scrapbooking classes each month… partially because I wanted to have some balance in my classes and also because I am dreadfully behind on my scrapping.  So, creating layouts for a class forces me to get some extra pages done!

So, this month, I ended up turning to the Tea for Two suite from the Spring Catalog as my inspiration in creating two 12×12 pages.  I designed them so they could stand alone or be a two page spread.

Layout #1: Best Things in Life

So, this page is designed with the Basic Grey pieces to be mats for 4×6 photos – that means once you drop in your pictures there will a little grey mat plus the Old Olive mat behind that.

My favorite embellishment is this layered flower above the photos:

I took one of the Tea Lace Doilies (one of the best deals in the catalog! You get 24 doilies for only $2.95) and I sponged it with a sponge dauber and Calypso Coral ink.  You just have to be careful that you don’t rub too hard or you will tear part of the doily off.  Thankfully, in this case, you can tuck the yucky part (like I did!) under the grey photo mat.

Then I stamped the flower image from Betsy’s Blossom and punched it out with the 1-3/4” Scallop Circle punch.  For the top layer, I used one of the new Designer Build a Brads to create a cute topper.

Now, here is the trick – I snipped off the brad tines from the back of the Build a Brad!  Then stick your brad into a Stampin’ Dimensional and stick it to the front of your embellishment.  This raises the brad up off of the photo mat so you have room to slide your photo underneath!

I also thought it needed something in the upper corner so I used Besty’s Blossom again for the bird and leaves.

And I used this great sentiment from the Feels Good stamp set for my title.  If you are wondering about the shape I used for the title block, it is actually the largest of the Labels Framelits that I hung off the corner of the page and then snipped away all of the extra.

Layout #2:  Misting Fun

This is the second layout we created.  I’ll try to go fast since I know this post is getting totally long. Smile  This page was my “play with all the tools on my craft table” layout.

First I started by misting the corners of my base paper.  I started with Whisper White cardstock and then spruced it up by making my own So Saffron mist.


To make your own mist, add some rubbing alcohol to one of the Stampin’ SpritzersThen add a few drops of your favorite re-inker to the mix and shake it up.   I would add about 10 drops of reinker for about every 1/4 of the spritzer bottle you fill with alcohol.


Then I used my Color Spritzer and my Calypso Coral marker and spritzed over the So Saffron mist with Coral splatter.  It adds just a touch of coral to the page without jumping out at you.

Finally a few more touches… I used some of the Pool Party Core’dinations cardstock (sanded down of course!) to accent my photo mat for my 5×7” photo.  Then I cut out more of the images from the Betsy’s Blossom stamp set for a corner embellishment, which is also popped up on dimensionals so you can stick your photo underneath.

Finally I had to grab some of my new This and That items to finish it out.  The rotary date stamp for the banner label (I wasn’t sure which picture I wanted to use so I left the date blank) plus some washi for more color at the bottom of the page!

Whew!  Ok, made it through all those photos!  I just love scrapbook pages though because you can use all your different papers, tools, and accents to make one big cool design.

So hopefully this gave you some new idea and I’d love to hear what you think about these pages.  I love hearing what you think in comments, so if you have a minute please leave a comment and let me know what you think!


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Supples Used
– Betsy’s Blossom, Feels Good, This or That rotary date stamp
Paper – Whisper White, So Saffron, Old Olive, Basic Grey, Tea for Two designer paper, Pool Party core’dinations cardstock
Ink – Chocolate Chip, So Saffron, Old Olive, Calypso Coral, Calypso Coral marker, So Saffron reinker
Accessories – Tea Lace Doilies, 2011-2013 In Color Printed brads, Stampin’ Spritzers, Color Spritzer, This and That washi tape, Designer Build a Brads, Stampin’ Dimensionals, 1 3/4” Scallop Circle punch, Big Shot, Labels Framelits, Spone Daubers, Itty Bitty Punch Pack, Stampin’ Sanding System