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!