Sunday, June 15, 2008

Say Goodbye! The Retired List Is Here!

The 2008 Fall/Winter Retired list is now available!
It's time to say goodbye to some old favorites while Stampin' Up! makes room in our new catalog for hundreds of new stamps and accessories. If you've been holding off on getting those retiring stamps on your wish list, now is your last chance to get them before they are gone forever! Retiring product quantities are limited so don't delay in ordering!

Order 3 retiring sets and get the 4th set at half off!
(4th set at equal or lesser value)
Good thru 27th.

Visa, MasterCard, Paypal and local California checks accepted!

Saturday, June 14, 2008

The Fall/Winter 2008 Idea Book Dormant List is Here!

Stampin'Up! just posted the new Dormant List. The Dormant List contains stamp sets that, while they have not been retired, are not listed in the current catalog. These sets are available for purchase during the listed timeframe and may or may not be listed again in future catalogs. The Fall/Winter 2008 Idea Book Dormant List will be available August 11, 2008-January 18, 2009.

Check back tomorrow, Sunday, Father's Day for the retired list!

Sunday, June 1, 2008

Fresh Cut June Promotion

Oooh, these are the neatest thing I've played with for awhile now! Stampin' Up! is giving us an opportunity to get one of the brand new Stamps in the Fall/Winter Idea Book coming out in August. During the month of June, when you purchase the Fresh Cuts stamp set (which is Die-Cut by the way!), an elegant floral set with a sophisticated French-inspired flair, you receive the coordinating Fresh Cut Notes at a special price of just $5. These notes are Whisper White laser-cut scored note cards with a gorgeous open-work flower in the front, and their unique size of 4x4 inches makes them fun to work with. Square cards are the hot, new shape. f you prefer to order just the Fresh Cut Notes & not the Stamp Set they are $8.95 for 15. The stamp set sells separately for $21.95 during June. Another neat thing about the Notes is that SU's 5 Petal Punch matches the center of the Laser Cut perfectly! (Check out the Pink & Olive Card below - the pink punch is underneath the die-cut area). Stampin' Up! is so smart to coordinate their products this way.

$$ Saving Offer! For those who purchase the bundle I am offering the coordinating 5 Petal Punch for only $13.

Hostess Benefit: Also, from June 1 through June 30, place a Stampin' Up! product order of $400 or more and you will receive the Fresh Cut stamp set and coordinating Fresh Cut Notes FREE. This is a $30.95 retail value in addition to regular hostess benefits. Email me for your special ordering code to get this discounted bundle price and to place your order today! Here's some additional samples to enjoy!

Simplicity. Just lovin' these laser cuts!

You really can't see it that well, but I stamped the taffeta ribbon and added the rhinestone brads along the bottom. There's just too much you can do with this stamp set and matching laser cut notes. I can't wait until the new catalog to see what else exciting Stampin'Up! has to offer. Hummmmmmmmm, now that i look at this card I think i need to add a button in the center for accent.

I've so enjoyed adding color to these laser cut cards. This time i took our Old Olive Prints Designer Series paper and layered it behind the punched out flower. Added a flower from our Flower Accents and a half pearl from our Pretties Kit. Finished off with our White Taffeta ribbon along the side.

I wanted a little bit of color and wanted the subtlety of the gray ink. So, it's been quite some time since i've pulled out my Stampin' Pastels. But, love the little bit of color.

Included in the set is "Thank You". I wanted to add the circle punch so i used my Stampin' Write marker to break up the expression.

Saturday, May 31, 2008


If you haven't heard yet, the current Catalog is good through August 10th. Stampin' Up! will be releasing the Fall/Winter Idea Book & Catalog at Convention in August. Be sure to let me know if you want to reserve your copy if you want one right away in August. I'll be pre-ordering on July 20th. ****Those who pre-order will be given first priority to my stash of brand new catties! Want a FREE copy? Ask me about my Stamp Clubs now forming! Retired Stamp Set List will be released June 15th. I will post a list here on my Blog as soon as I know. Retired Accessory List will be released July 21st. Any of the current punches, ribbon, papers, tools, scrapbooking items & wheels will be on this list if retiring.These items are only available as supplies last, so contact me ASAP if you want any of them.

In Color items will retire. This includes:
Purely Pomegranate
Wild Wasabi
Soft Sky
Groovy Guava
River Rock
Blue Bayou

If you love any of these 6 In Colors be sure to stock up on them. And if you have any of the ink pads, be sure to order the Ink Refill so you can keep your ink pad moist for a long time. And then you'll want to have a supply of card stock on hand to go with your favorite ink, right?? The stitched ribbons that match so well will be retiring as well as any papers or Simply Scrappin' kits that have any In Colors in them too.*****Any of these items will only be available as supplies last after July 21st, so order the before that date if you really want them!

Wednesday, May 28, 2008

Happy Birthday Patty!

With convention coming up at the end of July I've signed up for numerous WOW swaps. The other evening I was visiting with another demo friend, Elisa, and she showed me this really cool Pop Up card that she had found on Dawn's blog. The next morning I read on Patty's Bennett's blog her birthday card challenge so I thought, "Why not?" I had received the stamp set "Party Hearty" as a demo sales incentive a couple of months ago so thought why not use it. It's a new stamp set coming out in the new 2008 Fall/Winter Idea Book. So what do you think? Kinda out of my box type of stamping. Not my usual color selection but chocolate is hot right now so thought why not. So, Happy Birthday, Patty. Here's to many more!

Sunday, May 25, 2008

Father's Day Suit card is just too cute!

This card is just too stickin' cute! Actually, the original cardbase was made to be standard size but I realized that it wouldn't fit into an envelope so I trimmed the base down to a height of 5 1/4" . Thanks Cindee for noticing! The card was made using our Old Olive Prints Designer Series paper and retired Chocolate Satin ribbon. Sure hope Stampin' Up! brings back the satin ribbon. It is just perfect for this card. I did, however, practice with some of our current 5/8" grograin ribbon and that works too. Our black buttons finished off the card.

More on the Father's Day trio

The photo below shows an open view of the photo wallet.

I did it! I'm finally organized!

So, here's my workspace, or at least part of it. I have additional space in my closet and along other walls. Thanks to my friend, Cindee, who knew i needed help getting it done. Now I'm able to actually sit down at night and stamp. It all started over a year ago when i bought the drawer units at the Container Store but i knew the walls needed something. With the help of Uppercase Living I was able to finally put the finishing touches on my room. I just love it!

This is a closer look at the expression I created for over my workspace. I was inspired by the article on organization in our April 2008 Stampin' Success. Knowing the amazing abilities of the Design Tool on the Uppercase Living website I created this 4 foot expression just how i wanted. My own fonts, size and colors. Do you have an expression you would like? Well, then go to my Uppercase Living website (Register with Demo 487562 and token marini). Once registered you can go to the My Design Tool and see just how amazing this tool is. For additional inspiration visit my Uppercase Living blog.

Finally Finished at last

I finally finished the wall over my computer desk. Actually the canvas was one long graphic expression that i divided and applied to 12" canvases. Initially I wanted to add a chocolate wash but then decided I just wanted to put them on the wall. "Life Is A Journey"! I truly believe in this expression as I am the only one who determines who I am, where I go and how I will get there!

Welcome to my Stampin' Room!

This basically says it all! Welcome to my world of Stampin'Up! and Uppercase Living. This starts it all with my custom designed expression. I actually just put up the scissors first but when my son asked me one night, "So, mom, what are you doing tonight Stampin' Stickin or Sewin'?" I knew i had to add the expression to the door. Oh, sewin? That's upstairs in the loft!

Sunday, May 18, 2008

Father's Day Trio

Looking for something different this Father's Day? Then I have just the thing! Thanks to a talented demo from Canada by the name of Jackie for this amazing project. And, it might just be that special something for an upcoming graduation or retirement. The attache case holds lottery tickets, photos or gift cards. The centre support uses temporary adhesive so you can remove your items. So, join me on Thursday, June 12 at 7pm. Unable to attend the class? Worry not! Order a "Kit on the Go!" Your kit comes complete with everything you need including instructions and pictures. You simply provide the adhesive. All cardstock is cut and scored for you. Look for individual posts of the projects in the upcoming days.

Wednesday, May 14, 2008

Oohhhhhhhhhhhhhh Aahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh!

So, Cindee and I have been busy once again! We found this adorable tag card holder and just had to do it. The original by Andrea Walford was intriguing but we tweaked it. Now that we have the project done look for an upcoming class. Can't wait to share it in the next couple of months.

So, here's the card holder opened up. What a perfect gift idea. It's just so cool when it folds downwards to reveal the four tag cards. The neatest part was using my cutter kit to score the cards so all you have to do is tear off the card and send in the decorated open end envelope!

Had fun watercoloring with my Watercolor Wonder Crayons and Aqua Painter. Have never claimed to be an artist but I guess if I do it more I just might get better.

What a cool way to keep the tag open by using our exclusive My Way punch. The jumbo brads are a cool accent.

Chipboard Love Album

Take advantage of this month's On Board Chipboard Special and create this adorable album. Place a $35 order and receive the On Board Simon Upper for 25% off ($9.71). Now on sale thru May 31st! As a bonus I'll send instructions. Want a "Kit on the GO"? For an additional $15 plus shipping I'll send the instructions along with the Bali Breeze Designer Series paper, cardstock and accessories. (On Board Simon Upper sold separately). Contact me today for ordering information.
So, here's a better look at the album opened up. Just need to add pictures and journaling.

A close up look at the album.

Monday, May 12, 2008

Happy Mother's Day, Mom!

This last week has been filled with excitement as demonstrators were able to sign up for convention. This will be Stampin'Up!s 20th Anniversary! Geez, it seems like just yesterday that i signed up, but it's going on 7 years. Can you believe that? A favorite part of convention, or any Stampin'Up! event, are the swaps. So, i've been busy checking out the many swaps that are being hosted and came across this cute project by an amazing stamper by the name of Kristina Werner. So, as a special present to my mom I created my version of a Mini Pocket Book. At first i thought it would be an amazing project for my collection of colored staples but later found out that just your basic staples work out best but make sure you have a long neck stapler. Found that out the hard way! So, enjoy the many facets of this project.

First View!

So, this is the book when you first open it up. The left hand side has one large journaling page and the "swing" tags are to the right. Don't you just love the Summer Picnic Designer Series paper? I sure hope Stampin'Up! comes out with another winner when they unveil the new 2008 Fall/Winter Idea Book and Catalog. Oh, and yes, they're going back to the name Idea Book instead of Occasions! Yeah!!!

Last page of journaling.

The last page for journaling. You can't see it too well, but the cherries are behind the scalloped circle punch, not on top. Hummmmmmmmm, might have been easier to do that! Oh well.

Computer Journaling to match our exclusive colors.

This was a poem i found that just kinda said it all! And, i printed it off of my printer and coordinated the colors so they matched the book. Contact me for this cool conversion chart for all our exclusive Stampin'Up! colors including our In Colors! I used Real Red and Old Olive. Oh, and all of the journaling pages were finished off using our Striped Grograin Ribbon. Here's hoping for more in the new catalog. Did I say "New Catalog"? Yeap, I sure did. The new catalog goes into effect August 11. That's one of the coolest things at convention this year. I get to view the new catalog with thousands of other demos. Can't wait!

Two of the journaling pages done MY way!

These are the two "swing" journaling tags. Not being one for journaling i opted for stamps. I love the Define Your Life
stamp set.

Sunday, May 11, 2008

Mini Notes Tote

This quick and easy 2-pocket tote bag is the perfect size for small gift giving and fits Love Notes and envelopes or even note cards and small envelopes. It uses just one sheet of Stampin'Up!'s gorgeous double-sieded Designer Series Paper and coordinating die cuts from our Simply Scrappin' kits. Join me for this fun class on Sunday, June 29th at 1pm. Cost is $15. Unable to attend???? Order a "Kit on the Go!"

New Classes for June!

I've been busy creating classes for June. Check out my class schedule for the next couple of months. Now that our Occasions Mini catalog has been extended it has allowed me to share some exciting classes with these exciting products. So, join me for a class or two.

Carousel Note Purse Album

This amazing project uses 3 Carousel Notes, 2 envelopes, Afternoon Tea Designer Series Paper, assorted cardstock and accessories. Look for an upcoming class in the months to come!

Thanks Patty for the inspiration!

Aren't these just the cutest purses? Saw them demonstrated at a meeting last week and had to come home and make my own. What an awesome favor idea for your next luncheon, meeting, shower or just because! Contact me for complete instructions and/or to order your Carousel notes. Carousel notes will retire May 31!

When i first saw the Carousel Notes in our Spring Occasions Mini catalog I thought, "What would i do with these?" Well, during the last month or so the ideas have been springing up all over the place. This cute idea was brought to my Group Shoe Box swap last week by my amazing friend and an extremely talented demonstrator, Cindee.

Carousel Notes are just too fun!


Saturday, April 26, 2008

Spring Occasions Mini extended to June 30th!

We just were informed by Stampin'Up! this morning that the Occasions Spring Mini Catalog has been extended to June 30th! How exciting is that! That means Tart and Tangy, our exclusive and yummy Designer Series Papers and the amazing Carousel notes will be available for 30 more days. Check out my class schedule and attend a class or two!

Friday, April 25, 2008

Having more fun with Tart and Tangy

This cute bookmark uses a jumbo paperclip available at your local office supply store.

The cute treat holder was a swap i received at a meeting I attended last week. Simple to make and a great favor idea!

Having fun with Tart and Tangy

Never would have thought a bottled water container could be so cute.

And, so easy to do with a sheet of cardstock, designer series paper and brads.

These cute 3x3 notes are just so easy to make and fit nicely into a box for a great gift idea.

Each page is organized by the month. No more forgetting now that you can write the name in.

Fruity or Floral?

Which one is your favorite???? Choose one and join me for my Twisted Stamp a Stack classes in May. You'll complete the card portfolio (Thanks Patty Bennett for the inspiration!) and 5 additional cards to begin filling it with. Don't forget that next birthday, anniversary or other special day. Inside the month you'll be able to organize those special days by the month to remember for years to come. What an amazing gift to give to that special someone! Included in the class will be a pack of the Designer Series paper.

Monday, April 21, 2008

Bloomin' Beautiful Card Portfolio Class

Bloomin' BeautifulThe finished project! What better gift for that special "hard to shop for" than this timeless and elegant Bloomin' Beautiful Stationery Set. Special thanks to Andrea Walford for her amazing project. Create this unique Stationery Portfolio and 4 coordinating cards using Stampin' Up!'s Bloomin' Beautiful Stamp set and Afternoon Tea Designer Series Paper. Join me on Sunday, May 4 or Thursday, May 22 for this amazing class.