Last Call for the 2011-2012 Stampin’ Up! Catalog

Its finally here, the VERY LAST DAY you can order from the 2011-2012 catalog.  Don’t forget to double check your wish lists against the retirement lists so that you don’t miss out on something you’ve been waiting for.

Retiring Stamps | Retiring Accessories | Retiring Décor Elements

You can shop in the online store, or contact me at to place your order.  I’ll be checking email through midnight tonight so I’ll be able to get all the last minute requests in.

Here is my fond farewell to some of my favorite stamp sets and accessories:

Thank You Kindly Stamp Set, Berry Blossom designer paper, and Bouquet Blossom Triple layer punch

Awash with Flowers stamp set

Curvy Verses stamp set, Paisley Petals designer paper, Rhinestone Brads

Beary Best Friends stamp set, Blushing Bride In Color papers

Paisley Petals designer paper

Sincere Salutations stamp set, Flirtatious designer paper, Bouquet Blossom triple layer punch

Tree Trimmings stamp set, Many Merry Messages stamp set, Frightful Sight designer paper

So, act fast to grab what you love – Shop Online or email me ASAP at to make sure you get what you want –  and I’ll be back tomorrow with the digital version of the new catalog and all the information for the new catalog season! 🙂

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Retiring Stamps | Retiring Accessories | Retiring Décor Elements

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A Holiday Card from Halloween Paper?

So, after making a couple cards recently using the Frightful Sight designer paper , I decided to challenge myself to make a card that had absolutely nothing to do with Halloween using this paper pack.  So, how about a holiday card?

The black paper with green dots is the backside of the crazy pattern that I call "eyes” and the big colored dots are the backside of the green spider pattern paper.  But when paired with different cardstock, stamps, and embellishments, you would never know they were in a Halloween set!  (If you are curious to see the spider side and the black paper in action on a Halloween card, check out my facebook page where I posted a card with them this year).

I paired the designer paper with a matting of Old Olive cardstock, and put all that on a base of Cherry Cobbler.  Add some seam binding ribbon and then my stamped sentiment.  Some of the fun things I did with this card is I distressed the edges of my Whisper White cardstock in the center of the card using my scissors and then sponged the edge of the smaller piece with Cherry Cobbler ink.  The ornaments were stamped after I had “stamped-off” twice (where I inked up the image and them stamped twice on scratch paper before stamping “for real” on my paper.  This gave me a light enough image that I could stamp over the ornaments with Basic Black ink and have it be readable.

So, what do you think?  Think it works?

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Halloween Pumpkin Card Recipe:
Tree Trimmings, Many Merry Messages
Ink:  Old Olive classic, Cherry Cobbler classic, Basic Black classic
Paper: Cherry Cobbler cardstock, Old Olive cs, Whisper White cs, Frightful Sight designer paper
Accessories:  Cherry Cobbler seam binding ribbon, Sponge Daubers, Stampin’ Dimensionals

A Clean and Simple Holiday Card

When I was at the Stampin’ Up! regionals in Portland, I saw a demonstration that showed how cute a scalloped edge could be on a card.  I got inspired by the example and started playing with a card layout that has evolved into this design which I really like. 

I have made this design in the past using Whisper White cardstock as the base with Cherry Cobbler accents but I had some scraps lying around and so went ahead and tried it with Soft Suede.  It looks really nice in person (better than I think it shows in the picture).  The other thing I vary with this card – in this example I used a strip of Soft Suede cardstock for the string the ornament is hanging on, but when I used a white base, I really like using Early Espresso narrow taffeta ribbon.

Thanks for looking! 

Happy Holidays Card Recipe:
Tags Til Christmas, Many Merry Messages
Ink:  Cherry Cobbler, Early Espresso
Paper:  Whisper White CS, Cherry Cobbler CS, Soft Suede CS
Accessories:  Ornament Punch, Scallop Trim Punch, Adhesive Rhinestones, Stampin” Dimensionals

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Holiday Card Class part 1–Dasher and Northern Flurries

This last weekend I held my first Holiday Card stamp-a-stack of the season.  In an attempt to get a jump of making all your holiday cards this year, I put together a class for folks to make 12 cards – 3 each of 4 different designs.  It was an interesting challenge for me to put together cards that were fun and yet didn’t take a ton of time to make each one.  In the end, I love how these turned out.  Here are the first two we did:

Shimmery Dasher

This card was the simplest of all the cards we did.  It used one of my favorite patterns from the Deck the Halls DSP from the Holiday mini directly on Crumb Cake cardstock.  Then we stamped the A La Carte stamp – Dasher – on a piece of Whisper White and matted that with Chocolate Chip cardstock.

The part where it gets a little extra fun thrown in is on his antlers.  For this we added a bit of Frost White Shimmer Paint.  To get this effect, you ink up your stamp with Chocolate Chip ink and then before stamping, use a sponge dauber to dab shimmer paint directly onto the antlers – on top of the Chocolate Chip ink.  Now stamp and see the the shimmer.


Vellum Northern Flurries

This card was inspired by a card I received at the Portland Regionals created by Jenn Lindamood.  I tweaked it a little bit and really love how this looks in person. 

We embossed Cardstock Vellum using the Northern Flurries embossing folder from the Holiday Mini.  Before adhering the embossed piece to the Night of Navy base with silver brads, we stamped on Whisper White cardstock, snowflakes from the Northern Hearts hostess set in Bashful Blue and then stamped the sentiment from Many Merry Messages in Night of Navy.  Punch that out with the designer label punch and glue down to your card base.  Now attach your Vellum and you have a quick and pretty holiday card!

Tomorrow I’ll share the other two cards we made in this class. 

Get the kit

If you want to make these cards yourself, I am offering the entire class as a Holiday Card Class to Go kit giving you the full color instructions, pre-cut supplies, and envelopes for 12 total cards for only $25 plus shipping

or attend my second Holiday Stamp-a-Stack session on November 20th if you are in the Bay Area.

Contact me at to reserve your space or your card kit!

Holiday Stamp-a-Stack Sneak Peak – Part 2

I told you I had more sketches than necessarily for the Holiday Stamp-a-Stack this Saturday but I decided to make them up anyway.  Unfortunately I spent way to much time last night trying to figure out how to make one of my sketches work (it never did end up working) so I only got through four more cards.  However, I think I’ve made up some cool designs so between yesterday’s cards and today’s cards I think I will have my 5 cards picked out.

Here is what I made last night:








Some notes about the cards.  The snowman card has the front punch through to the inside where the snowman stamp is glued down. And the trees in the Seasons Greetings card are glittery (I thought it made a fun winter wonderland motif 🙂 )

Just a reminder, please RSVP if you want to come to the workshop or contact me to let me know if you want a card kit.  The current plan for the 5 card designs are the 3 from yesterday, happy holidays above and seasons greetings above.  Leave me a comment if you want to vote for a different set of designs!

Sneak Peek at the Holiday Stamp-a-Stack

So, Saturday is the holiday stamp-a-stack and I have been working on creating samples for some of my sketches. Last night, I was planning on getting them all done, but then I remembered I needed to finish glueing together the cardfronts for a card swap I’m in, so while I got all 11 of those cards done, I only got 3.5 cards done for the workshop on Saturday.

There is still room in the group on Saturday, let me know if you would like to join us. I will also make card kits available if you cannot attend in person but want the supplies to make them on your own. Cost for the kits is the same as the class – you get all envelopes, precut supplies, and instructions for creating all the cards plus free shipping!

I’m still finalizing the set of cards we will be making but here are 3 very likely candidates.


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