Top 5 Favorites from the New 2013 Stampin’ Up! Catalog

2013 Annual CatalogWoo hoo!  Its new catalog time!

I was so excited when I got to check out the new catalog and was really happy that some of my favorite stamp sets from the Spring catalog are carrying over (Oh Hello, anyone?!)  But I was super excited about some of the new items as well.

So today I thought I’d share with you my Top 5 Favorites in the new catalog!

1.  Core’dinations Cardstock in ALL the colors!  (pg 157)
When I finally started playing with the core’dinations cardstock from the holiday catalog and spring catalog, I discovered a love for distressing and tearing this paper.  The slightly lighter colored core and textured finish, gave a neat look to my projects.  It was also perfect for masculine cards and projects!
This is in my New Catalog Product Share because I need all the colors to play with. Smile

Samples of Core'dinations Cardstock from Stampin' Up
2.  Rotary Blade for the Stampin’ Trimmer (pg 176)
I love my Stampin’ Trimmer and use it every time I’m crafting.  But I’ll admit I started getting a bit disappointed that I couldn’t easily cut multiple pieces of cardstock at the same time.  Much to my very happy surprise, Stampin’ Up! had me covered!  They brought out a rotary blade for the Stampin’ Trimmer so now I can use my trimmer to cut multiple pieces of paper, fabric, and so much more!


3.  Flower Shop stamp set with coordinating Pansy Punch (pg 95)
I have a lot of stamps…. big surprise, right?  So, I’ve started getting a bit finickier about what stamp sets I want to get.  However, show me a great stamp set and a coordinating punch, and you have me hooked!  I love

Flower Shop stamp set with matching posy punch


4.  Chevron Ribbon (pg 173)
Everywhere you look, you can see chevrons…. but isn’t this ribbon so cute?!  I especially love that it comes in 12 different colors.  So you can play with this cute accent ribbon for cards, scrapbooking, or even that cute sewing project you have going on!
And yes! You can try out all the colors in my New Ribbon Product Sampler!

Chevron Twill Ribbon from Stampin' Up


5. Magnetic Platform for the Big Shot (pg 184)
If you have used framelits with your Big Shot … you’ve probably had at least a time or two where you put your paper down, laid down the framelit, and then put the cutting plate on top – only to realize that something moved and now your perfectly set frame is totally off.  Well, yay for technology… or at least magnets!  You can totally use the post-it note trick for holding your framelit in place, why not let a magnet do the job for you and make it super easy? Smile

Magnetic platform for the Big Shot



So those are my favorites…. so far.  Check out the new catalog and then visit me on Facebook or leave a comment here and let me know what you are most excited for!

The 2013-2014 Annual Catalog

2013 Annual Catalog

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**NOTE – just a heads up – the new catalog products will be available online starting 12noon MST.  It takes Stampin’ Up! a little bit to get the inventory updated and the online systems switched over to the new products.  So, if you get a little excited and head over early to shop online; don’t worry, they will be posted soon!


Teacher Appreciation Card for Cute Card Thursday

It’s the last Thursday of the month, which means it is my final week as guest designer over at Cute Card Thursday.  This week is a fun challenge, the theme is

Too Cool for School

Now, since I’ve been out of school long enough, all I could think of were 80’s movies (like Ferris Bueller’s Day Off) or the fact that we are nearing the end of the school year and I know enough teachers and how hard they work that they deserve a little appreciation.

So to all the teachers out there…. THANK YOU for your hard work this year!

When I started flipping through my paper and supplies, I knew I wanted to use my Storytime designer paper for the card.  I mean, look at these patterns, don’t they just scream school house to you? Smile


It is totally a Dick and Jane book!

Anyway, this is one of those paper packs that I pull out and think… awww its so cute!  And then I argue with myself about whether I need more of it because it is so cute or if I’m ok with using the last few scraps and getting excited about new paper designs coming out soon!  I guess I have a few more days before it retires on June 3rd as long as it doesn’t sell out before then!

So while I ponder my final list of “have to haves” from the retiring Spring Catalog and Annual Catalog, hop on over to Cute Card Thursday to check out the other cute school-themed cards and even submit your own for the challenge!

Get You Copy of the NEW Stampin’ Up! Catalog – Request yours here!

Try Out the 2013 New Product Samplers! – Get the Details Here

Order Stampin’ Up! Products Anytime, click here!

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

Card Supply List (all items Stampin’ Up! unless noted)

    • Stamps – Made for You**
    • Paper – Crumb Cake, Chocolate Chip, Storytime designer paper**
    • Ink – Chocolate Chip, Whisper White
    • Accessories – Real Red stitched grosgrain ribbon, Brights Designer buttons**, sponge daubers, corner rounder punch
      ** denotes items retiring by 6/3

Love Trying Out New Papers & Accessories? Check out these Product Shares!

I LOVE new catalog season because there are so many cute things that are coming out.  The only problem is that it is so tough to decide what to get now and what to get later!

Well if you are like me and would like a chance to try it all without buying it all then read on for this year’s new catalog product shares!

2013 Product Shares 2013 Stampin' Up Annual Catalog Product Shares

How it works:

  • I offer variety packs of new papers and accessories so you can get a little of everything instead of having to buy full packs – so it gives you a chance to see your options in person before committing to a full roll of ribbon or full pack of paper. Smile
  • I will be placing the first order for product shares on 6/2 and will be mailing out everyone’s shares by the end of the following week.
  • The prices listed below are the cost per share.  Once you tell me how many shares you would like, I will total them up and add $5 shipping cost to mail them out priority mail to you.

Paper Samplers!

  • Designer Series Paper Sampler – $22.00 per share
    78 – 6×6 sheets
    (1 of all 6 designs from each of the 13 paper packs in the 2013-2014 catalog including the  2 specialty paper packs)
  • Core’dinations Cardstock Sampler – $9.00 per share
    50 – 6×6 sheets
    (1 sheet of all 50 colors offered: all 10 colors from each of the color families plus the 10 In Colors for 2013)
  • New Core Colors Sampler – $6.98 per share
    20 – 8.5 x 11” cardstock sheets
    (2 sheets of each of the 10 new core colors:  Bermuda Bay, Crushed Curry, Soft Sky, Pear Pizzazz, Blushing Bride, Smoky Slate, Wisteria Wonder, Lucky Limeade, Island Indigo, Calypso Coral)

Ribbon and Accents!

  • New Ribbon Sampler – $18.50 per share
    17 yds of ribbon
    (1 yd each of the 17 new ribbon colors/styles)
  • Designer Button Variety Pack – $9.50 per share
    72 designer buttons in a plastic container
    (1 ea of 3 different styles in all 24 colors available… so 3 buttons per color)
  • Specialty Button Sampler – $4.50 per share
    11 of the new specialty buttons
    (2 ea of 3 designs of the Very Vintage designer buttons + 1 ea in all 5 colors of the In Color Boutique Details buttons)
  • Candy Dots Sampler – $9.25 per share
    80 adhesive-backed dots + 25 brad bases
    (2 each of the 40 core colors)

I Want It All!

Get a little bit of everything new with a bonus from me! – $79.73 per share
This is a great way to try out all the new stuff without to cost of everything!  You get all of the shares listed below which comes out to:

  • 128 sheets of 6×6 paper
  • 20 sheets of 8.5” x 11” cardstock
  • 17 yards of ribbon
  • 83 buttons
  • 80 candy dots
  • 25 candy dot brad bases
  • BONUS: 2013 In Color Sampler – 5 sheets of 8.5”x 11” cardstock, one for each of the new In Colors

So grab one or many!  It would cost you over $500 to get all of the products I’m offering in the share, so try a few and then pick your favorites after you’ve seen them in person and tried them out.  Smile

If you would like to reserve your spot, please email me at or fill out the form below and I will contact you shortly to confirm your shares!


Get You Copy of the NEW Stampin’ Up! Catalog – Request yours here!

To Order Stampin’ Up! Products Anytime, click here!

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

Cute Pinwheel Card Farewell to the Spring Catalog

If you have been around the Pacific Northwest the last few days, you know it has been rainy and a bit grey.  We had the most amazing summer weather a few weeks back and then suddenly mother nature remembered she was in the Seattle area and turned the water faucet back on again!

But never fear, that is what stamps and paper are for, right?  To bring some sunshine and springtime when outside just isn’t cutting it!

These cards use some of my favorite items from the Spring Catalog – surprise favorites actually.  I didn’t realize how much I liked the Sunshine and Sprinkles designer paper until I started working with it… and that cloud embossing folder, how cute is that?!

Finally, it uses the adorable pinwheel sizzlet that cuts your paper & the holes to make it super easy for you to make these pinwheels.  Just run through your Big Shot or other die cutting machine and put a brad through the holes and you are done!

So, are you feeling springy yet? Smile 

2 Days Left! Don’t Miss Out Due to Date Confusion!

So, we are in the last few days of the retiring catalogs and promotions and since it can be a bit confusing, I wanted to make sure everyone had it clear:

  • Thursday 5/30 – $30 Bonus for Hostesses or for your starter kit when you join my team as a Stampin’ Up! demonstrator ends at 11:59pm MST
  • Friday 5/31 – Last day to order from the Spring Catalog
                           2013-2014 Catalog goes live at 11am PST/12 noon MST
  • Monday 6/3Last day to order from the 2012-2013 Annual Catalog

So don’t forget to get your favorites ordered before they are gone!  Order Stampin’ Up! products anytime here!


Get You Copy of the NEW Stampin’ Up! Catalog – Request yours here!

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

Stampin’ Up! Supples Used
– Curly Cute **
Paper – Whisper White, Baja Breeze, Sunshine & Sprinkles
Ink – Melon Mambo
Accessories – Big Shot, Cloud Embossing Folder, Pinwheel Sizzlit, Early Espresso 1/8” taffeta ribbon, Labels Framelit, Window Frames Framelit, Silver mini brad, Glue Dots

Guest Stamper: Make Your Own Fabulous Backgrounds

I have a Facebook group for my Stampin’ Up! team where we share ideas, support, and projects we’ve been working on.  Well, this was one of the cards that Elise Hamilton posted in the group and we were all blown away by how cool the background looked on her card!

So I asked her if she minded if I shared this with you all since I thought it was a great idea.  Here is her card:

Keep Calm card

And seriously, who doesn’t love cupcakes? Smile

So, I loved how she used the Keep Calm hostess stamp set (available through Monday June 3rd only!) and then made her own background paper to compliment the cupcake colors.

When asked how she made it, this is what she said:

“I took a paper towel and grabbed ink off of my ink pad and then began to swipe it over the whisper white card stock.”

How easy is that?!

So grab a paper towel, your white paper, and some ink and give it a try!


Get You Copy of the NEW Stampin’ Up! Catalog – Request yours here!

To Order Stampin’ Up! Products Anytime, click here!

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

Stampin’ Up! Supples Used
– Keep Calm (*hostess set)
Paper – Whisper White
Ink – Early Espresso, Melon Mambo, Regal Rose marker

Tie it Up for Cute Card Thursday!

Have you been playing along with Cute Card Thursday?  I have been having a blast as guest designer this month with them and this week we have a great challenge for you:

Tie It Up!

I had a lot of ideas for this theme and I really wanted to do one that involved lacing.  Somehow, though, my lacing turned into a few stitches.  But I really did get my needle out and was sewing through my card!


I tried adding a bow to the card but I just couldn’t make it work without it feeling too over the top.  So I reminded myself that keeping it sweet and simple can be exactly the right way to go sometimes. Smile

For those of you who are Stampin’ Up! fans, this is your chance to get a peek at all 5 of the new In Colors that will be coming out in June.  I finally started playing with my new papers and love how pretty they look when you mix them together.  Almost a pastel without being too faded or “baby”.

I have to admit, I’m kind of digging the Crisp Canteloupe (orange) and Pistachio Pudding (green) the most right now… though a lot of people are big fans of the Strawberry Slush (pink).  And then there is the Coastal Cabana and Baked Brown Sugar.

So, get inspired and try out something new!  If you have an idea for the “Tie it up!” theme – head on over to Cute Card Thursday and submit your fabulous creations for their challenge!


Get You Copy of the NEW Stampin’ Up! Catalog – Request yours here!

To Order Stampin’ Up! Products Anytime, click here!

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

Stampin’ Up! Supples Used
– Pennant Parade
Paper – Very Vanilla, Baked Brown Sugar, Crisp Cantaloupe, Strawberry Slush, Pistachio Pudding, Coastal Cabana
Ink – Baked Brown Sugar, Strawberry Slush
Accessories – Paper Piercer, Paper Piercing Mat, Early Espresso Baker’s Twine, Sponges, Blender Pen

Bye Bye Button Buddies–more class samples

I really need to do this more often… hold a class (or just challenge myself) to create a set of cards using each of the stamps in a stamp set.  When I did this for my All Occasions card class focusing on Button Buddies, I was stumped on one or two stamp sets but loved the challenge of trying to do something different with each of the images (especially with trying to not do a Halloween or Thanksgiving card using the pumpkin stamp!)

This was the card most people picked as their favorite from the class:

I had fun with the bright colors and I pulled out the Striped Organdy ribbon from the spring catalog to add a little extra in the middle.

And then there was the pumpkin card…  I was a bit stuck on fall and Thanksgiving and so I kept it in theme and made it a thank you card!

We colored in the pumpkin image with markers and then stamped 3 times without reinking.  So:

  1. Color your image and stamp the center pumpkin
  2. Immediately stamp the pumpkin to the left of your center pumpkin
  3. Immediately stamp the pumpkin to the right of your center pumpkin
  4. Clean the stamp

That gives you the stamped images but slightly faded for the main image.  Then add a matching button and you get that extra pop!

So if you decide to go for the stamp set…. don’t forget to grab the matching buttons too!  They are even 40% off!

See them online:  Button Buddies stamp set  |  Brights Designer Buttons

To Order Stampin’ Up! Products Anytime, click here!

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

Stampin’ Up! Supples Used
– Button Buddies, Delightful Dozen
Paper – Whisper White, Certainly Celery, Early Espresso, River Rock, Crumb Cake
Ink – Early Espresso, Daffodil Delight, Primrose Petals, Tangerine Tango marker, Gumball Green marker
Accessories – 1 3/4” Scallop Circle punch, Brights Designer Buttons, Glue Dots, Old Olive Striped organdy ribbon

Who Doesn’t Love a Whale on a Card?

I don’t normally have a thing for whales; but when I saw the Oh, Whale stamp set, I thought it was pretty darn adorable.  Sadly, this is one of those stamp sets that I got early on, used a couple times, and then got distracted and didn’t use it nearly as much as I planned.  So, to start showing it some love I started out making a card using scraps from around my craft table –


I also thought I’d share some cute swap cards I received using this stamp set too.  That way you can see some other ideas for this guy too!

card designed by Rose Marie Coleman

card designed by Kim Allen

I guess we all were also inspired by the coordinating Sunshine & Sprinkles designer series paper.  Which, I have to say, is a paper that when I opened the package, I didn’t know whether I liked it or not, but after using it some (like on this sunburst scrapbook layout) I really have been having fun with it!

So, what do you think?  Are you on board with the whale? Smile

To Order Stampin’ Up! Products Anytime, click here!

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


Stampin’ Up! Supples Used
– Oh, Whale
Paper – Whisper White, Marina Mist, Sunshine & Sprinkles designer paper
Ink – Melon Mambo, Marina Mist
Accessories – Big Shot, Cloud Embossing Folder, Pinwheel sizzlit, Silver mini brads, rhinestones, Stampin’ Dimensionals

Scrapbooking Sunday: This Paper is not just for Valentine’s Day!

When I first saw the More Amore Designer Paper and the Hearts a Flutter stamp set I had Valentine’s Day on the brain.  And in fact I originally got both for a Valentine’s Day treat class I was holding earlier this year.

But as I started going through pictures and wanting to scrap this picture from Leadership convention with my mom, I saw the quote printed on the paper and thought it would be just right.

The quote is

A loving heart is the truest wisdom – Charles Dickens

Perfect for a picture of my mom who flew out to Orlando, FL with me from Seattle, WA to share the learning and excitement of Leadership and my first time being eligible to attend Manager’s Reception.


So with my base paper chosen, I started adding embellishments and it turned out the Hearts a Flutter stamp set and framelits fit my mood just right.

I grabbed some scrap fabric from the retired Springtime Vintage collection to add textured borders instead of my usual paper layering.  Then I tucked in some banners I cut out using the coordinating framelits.

For the journaling block, I just created an extended photo mat with Very Vanilla paper to give me space for my writing and then added some stamping and a little bit of ribbon to separate the journaling from the picture.


It turned out to be a fairly quick layout but one that I love for the great memories it captures!


To Order Stampin’ Up! Products Anytime, click here!

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

Supples Used
– Hearts a Flutter
Paper – More Amore designer paper, Very Vanilla
Ink – Real Red, Basic Black marker
Accessories – Big Shot, Hearts a Flutter framelit, Springtime Vintage fabric, Crochet Ribbon, Stampin’ Dimensionals

A Quinceanera Dancing Queen for CuteCardThursday!

Oops! I’ve totally fallen behind on my blog posting this week.  I’ll let you in on a secret – I’m working on a design refresh for my blog – and I’ve gotten so caught up with that and my monthly Stampin’ Up! team meeting this week, that I completely got behind on blog posts.

But, today is another challenge day at Cute Card Thursday, and so I have a fun card to share with you:

The theme for the week is  Dancing Queen and when I saw the theme, I immediately thought of the Quinceanera stamp set.  Sure, the image is for a coming out party technically, but doesn’t that usually entail some kind of dancing at the party? Smile 

The other thing that I thought of was disco balls and so all that Silver Glimmer paper I received during Sale-a-Bration this year got put to good use as a sparkly trim to my card.  Plus, with all that sparkle, I had to add some glitter to her crown too.  I couldn’t quite figure out how to make a disco ball for her to be dancing to… but now I feel the challenge coming on to come up with something!

The one other detail that I just had to do was to add a Vellum overlay to the stamped image.  It gave her dress some dimension and softened the Strawberry Slush color that I used to color in the dress.  I used a dot of the Tombow liquid glue at the waist to help hold it in place and then let the rest of it float freely.

Now, it you were paying attention and looking closely, you may have noticed some new Sneak Peek items in this card.  Smile

  • The card base and pink cardstock used in the card are from the new 2013-2015 In Color collection.  I used Baked Brown Sugar (this may be displacing Soft Suede as a go-to medium brown) and Strawberry Slush.  Everyone has been raving about this pink color and just looking at the sheet of paper I didn’t think it was all that special.  But once I started pairing it with other colors, I’m feeling the love.  Definitely not too bright while still being a rosy pink.
  • The sentiment is from a fun new stamp set called Really Good Greetings.  I think this will be a stamp set that is great for scrapbooking titles and accents as well as card making.  At least that is why I convinced myself I had to get it now.  hee hee .

So, speaking of new products – I am getting ready to mail out the new 2013-2014 Annual Catalogs (you know, that 200+ page book of products and project ideas) and want to make sure everyone who wants a copy will get one!

*** If you would like a copy of the new catalog mailed to you, shoot me a message at or fill out my catalog request form.

Thanks for stopping by and don’t forget to visit Cute Card Thursday to enter your take on the Dancing Queen theme for the week.  I promise it is a fun one!


To Order Stampin’ Up! Products Anytime, click here!

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


Supples Used
– Quinceanera, Really Good Greetings
Paper – Whisper White, Baked Brown Sugar, Silver Glimmer Paper, Strawberry Slush, Tea for Two designer paper**
Ink – Cardstock Vellum, Early Espresso, Strawberry Slush, Blush Blossom marker**, Gumball Green marker
Accessories – Tombow multipurpose liquid glue, 2-way glue pen, Dazzling Details glitter, Stampin’ Dimensionals
**Retiring item