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April 08, 2013

Baja Breeze Refill Sold Out!

Free shipping weekend has prompted many of you to order so much Baja Breeze ink that the refills are now sold out.

Don't be disappointed...order your supplies of any retiring colors TODAY.

To order online
Click here to go to my ordering website. Enter the item numbers you wish and checkout. Orders over $150 receive hostess rewards, so make sure you add those before you checkout.


12 Hours Left for FREE Stampin' Up! Shipping

ClockHandsYep, today marks the end of free shipping.

The clock is ticking...orders must be in by 11:50 p.m.

Congratulations to those of you who have already placed orders this weekend. Aren't you clever!

To order online
Click here to go to my ordering website. Enter the item numbers you wish and checkout. Orders over $150 receive hostess rewards, so make sure you add those before you checkout.

To order by email
Send an email to or with your full name, address, phone number and the items you want. I will phone you for your payment information.

To order by phone or text
Call or text me at 678-467-1330. I'll happily place the order for you.


April 07, 2013

New Stampin Up! Color Families

Let's look at how the Stampin' UP! color families have been rearranged as of May 31st, 2013.





Here are four cards I did in My Digital Studio to give an overall feeling for the color families.

The new Brights family:


The new Subtles family:


The new Regals family:


The new Neutrals family:


You're going to love working with the new family collections!

Why not stock up on ink, paper and refills this weekend during the FREE SHIPPING event?

To order now, click here to go to my online store. You might want to add some Clearance Rack items while you're at it.

Or call, email or text me before 3 p.m. Monday. Don't you just love free shipping?????


April 06, 2013

Retiring Stampin' UP! Colors for 2013

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Here are the colors retiring from the Stampin' Up! color family:



FreeShipping_BoxesWith free shipping available to you through Monday, there is no better time to stock up on these babies. 

Some retiring color products will sell out quickly -- especially refills -- so if you want to extend the life of your stamp pads in these colors, make sure you get a couple of refills for each one.

I mean, really, how will you live without Baja Breeze  card stock??? LOL!

To order now, go to my online store. If you prefer, email your order to or phone or text to 678-467-1330...but do it quick -- free shipping ends Monday.

So what's replacing the retiring colors?

One brand-new color will debut in the new catalog that goes live May 31st, 2013.

It's called Smoky Slate, and it's a lovely light grey...just right for the oh-so-trendy grey we're seeing everywhere.

Nine of our most popular InColors (current & past) fill in the other spots and there's been a little rearrangement of the families.

Here are the new colors coming in:


Recognize some favorites?

I am wild about Wisteria Wonder, Pool Party and Crushed Curry. And I can't wait to put Island Indigo with Bermuda Bay and Soft Sky in a monochromatic treatment. Woohoo!

Tomorrow we'll look at the new family arrangements. For now, here's a sneak peek at three cards, each one featuring one family. Can you pick out which is Brights, Regals and Subtles?




If you can, we need to chat about you joining my team of demonstrators 'cuz you're good!


April 05, 2013

Stampin' Up! Sale List

All right, let's get ready for FREE SHIPPING this weekend. Here's a quick reference list for all availalbe new products and promotions not in the current catalogs.

Click on any picture for details.

1. This and That #133350


2. Spring Surprise #133899


3. Photopolymer Clear Stamps #132956


4. The Basics Class #133385


5. Sent With Love #132851


6. Single Stamps


7. Paper Pumpkin Try Me Kit #132600


8. Paper Pumpkin Subscription


9. Best of 25 Years Stamps


10. Dude, You're Welcome #132807


11. Talking Tag #129723


12. Fancy Friends Kit #132319


FreeShipping2Free Shipping starts Saturday, April 6 and ends Monday, April 8.

  • No minimum order amount required
  • Ships directly to your address
  • Hostess benefits available on orders of $150 or more

Order Online Here

Or call, text or email me and I'll be happy to enter the order for you!


April 04, 2013

This and That Bundle thru April 30

This_and_That_Photo2_SmallCapture your moments, thoughts, plans, ideas, sketches, hope, dreams—anything and everything—with This and That products.

• Use This and That as a decorating handbook, tucking in paint samples, fabric swatches, photos and measurements.

•Keep a This and That journal by your side as your daily log, making quick notes as you go and keeping all those "must have" receipts, tickets and appointment cards right with you.

•Know someone who is planning a wedding, expecting a baby or on a job search? What a perfect gift! And don't forget graduation and Mother's Day is just around the corner.

Get your This and That bundles for 15% off this month only.

Fresh, fun products from the upcoming 2013-2014 Catalog at a discount -- and don't forget FREE shipping April 6-8. It's a perfect addition to your order!


This_and_That_BundleThis and That products are great as individual supplies, too. Use the date stamp, the washi tape and the Designer Series paper in any of your crafting projects. Or save 15% on the bundle now!

Bundle includes:
* Epic Day This and That Journal #131268
* Epic Day This and That Designer Series Paper #130814
* Remember This and That Rotary Stamp #130133
* Epic Day This and That Designer Stickers #131271
* Epic Day This and That Designer Washi Tape #131269

Bundle only available through April 30.

Order This and That here.





Epic Day This and That Journal



Epic Day This and That Designer Series Paper



Remember This and That Rotary Stamp



Epic Day This and That Designer Stickers



Epic Day This and That Designer Washi Tape



Epic Day This and That Bundle
Includes all five products listed above.
Only available until April 30.

15% Off Retail Value!

Download This and That flyer here.


Watercolor Pencils & Crayons Discontinued

Heads up -- due to problems with suppliers the company has decided to immediately discontinue both the Watercolor Pencils and the Watercolor Wonder Crayons.


Still available while supplies last are three of the Watercolor Wonder Crayon collections:

  • Subtles Collection #119802
  • Neutrals Collection #119805
  • Regals Collection #119803

Any one of these crayon collections would be a great addition to an order for this weekend, when you'll enjoy FREE SHIPPING April 6-8 only.


Big News: Color Changes & FREE Shipping

Oh, my. You're going to need to be sitting down for this one. Ready?


Yep, free shipping for three days starting this coming Saturday. No minimums, no limits. Can you say, "WOW!" with me?

FreeShipping2Go a little crazy -- you can order anything you want from the main Catalog, the Spring Seasonal Catalog, Celebrando Creatividad, any current promotion and even the Clearance Rack at my online store.

Click right here to place your order with free shipping between Saturday, April 6 (12 a.m. MT) and Monday April 8 (1:50 p.m. MT).

And it's a good thing we have a free shipping opportunity for the next announcement...



Here it is...straight from the Corporate Office...


"We love color and we know that you do too. Color is fundamental to who we are and what we offer. It’s important for us to stay up-to-date with color trends so we are thrilled to share our updated line of colors, and hope you will be as excited as we are by the new possibilities!

"Why now? In 2010 we did a big color renovation and shared our plans for smaller color refreshes every three to five years to keep our colors on trend. Well it has been three years and we are excited to announce that the upcoming 2013-2014 annual catalog will include 10 new colors (most of which are returning In Colors from previous years)! We are welcoming back some of your favorites, moving some colors around, and introducing one brand-new color, so take a look!"


Click here to download a flyer you can print for yourself.

So what does this mean???? It means you'd better take advantage of the free shipping this weekend to stock up on any retiring color supplies you want before they sell out!

Starting today, April 4, 2013, all retiring color ink, paper, refills, ribbon, and accessories will only be available while supplies last. This means that some products will not be available through the retired list period. The free shipping promotion means this is a great time for you to get your favorites before they are gone!

I hope you love the changes as much as I do...I've developed an unnatural attachment to Wisteria Wonder, Soft Sky and Pool Party. In fact, I'm so tickled they're included that I only had a momentary lump in my throat over losing Baja Breeze and Regal Rose. And did you see that there's a brand new color, Smoky Slate? Can't wait to see that baby.

What You Need To Do Next

WomanHurry•Run, do not walk, to take stock of your colors. Remember to check out the obvious ink pads, markers, and card stock but don't forget the ink refills, ribbon and brads. Stock up on the retiring colors you love because they will be flying out the door this weekend. Get 'em while you can -- once they're gone, they're gone for good.

•Take advantage of free shipping to order extras of the colors that are staying.

•Remember that free shipping applies to ANY product, so throw in anything on your wishlist from the current catalogs.

•Order $150 and choose an additional $25 in free product; order $200 and choose an additional $30 in free product; order $250 and choose an additional $40 in free product; order $300 and choose an additional $50 in free product...and pay $0 for shipping!


Questions? Give me a call or send me an email and let me know what you think about the changes. Tomorrow I'll review the current special promotions and offers that are not in the Catalog so you'll have a chance to add those to your free shipping order.


April 03, 2013

I'm Back with News!

The last six weeks I've been consumed with weddings...two of my girls decided to get married within a 3-month time span of each other, and both of them gave us only four months notice. It's a conspiracy!

Mikelle and Michael were married last week in a lovely ceremony in the north Georgia mountains. Two weeks of company, airport trips, making gift bags and favors ended in a fabulous weekend of wedding festivities.

Becky is next. Her marriage to Rick is in June and we're well on the way with the arrangements, even if it there are moments when it feels like there is so much left to be done.

Here are two quick pictures that Becky shot (the wedding photos are not back from the photographer yet).


Are they an adorable couple, or what?


And this is the most adorable flower girl ever -- my Smooshy girl. She was so fascinated with the Stampin' Up! ribbon on her basket she forgot to throw the rose petals. It was a big job for a two-and-a-half-year-old, and she was just precious.

I'll be sharing some of the crafty items I made for Mikelle's wedding later this week -- invitations, thank you cards, favors, and more. I have much to catch up on and I know there are going to be some pretty big announcements tomorrow, so be sure to check out my blog Thursday to see what the big stampin' news is.

My guess is color changes; what do you think?




February 26, 2013

Swallowtail: Today's Tuesday Downloads

MiraclesHappenThe Swallowtail stamp set (Wood #; Clear #129216) stamp set has been a big hit in my parties and classes this month...a breathtaking butterfly focal point for scrapbook pages and cards.

It's an over-sized stamp that is drop-dead gorgeous glittered, works well with texture treatments and lends itself to all kinds of coloring techniques.

And now the Swallowtail stamp is available as a digital download! It is item #133011 and you can pick it up here. For less than a cup of your favorite coffee concoction, you can download this image to use in My Digital Studio or any photo-imaging software.

Here's another terrific value -- FREE!

Not just one, but two FREE downloads for you today. The first is the March screensaver and the second is a pocket card designer template.

Spring To Life Digital Wallpaper
INCLUDES: 6 embellishments (desktop wallpaper in six sizes)
COLORS: Always Artichoke, Early Espresso, Lucky Limeade, Wild Wasabi
Coordinates with the Spring to Life Kit


No Regrets Pocket Cards
INCLUDES: 1-page designer template (8-1/2" x 11")
COLORS: Basic Gray, Bermuda Bay, Crushed Curry, Melon Mambo, Pool Party



Lots more today in the digital offerings...

Spring To Life Kit
INCLUDES: 11-piece SVG stamp brush set, 12 Designer Series Papers, 15 embellishments
COLORS: Always Artichoke, Bashful Blue, Brilliant Blue, Cherry Cobbler, Crumb Cake, Crushed Curry, Early Espresso, Lucky Limeade, Marina Mist, Sahara Sand, Tangerine Tango, Very Vanilla, Wild Wasabi


Happy Things Pocket Cards
INCLUDES: 7-page designer template (8-1/2" x 11"), 30-piece SVG stamp brush set, 5 embellishments, 3 COLORS: Basic Black, Basic Gray, Bermuda Bay, Crushed Curry, Melon Mambo, Midnight Muse, Old Olive, Pool Party, Sahara Sand


Pleasant Poppies Stamp Brush Set
INCLUDES: 1-piece stamp brush


Lucky You Ensemble
INCLUDES: 4-page décor designer template (8-1/2" x 11"), 29-piece SVG stamp brush set, 1 Designer Series Paper, 10 embellishments, 1 punch
COLORS: Basic Gray, Gumball Green, Pear Pizzazz, Summer Starfruit, Whisper White


To see all of today's downloads, go to this page.

Happy Tuesday!


February 21, 2013

My Secret Garden Feels Good

We finally got some sunshine today here in Duluth, GA. This winter, it has felt more like living in Vancouver or London than living in Atlanta...lots -- and I mean lots and lots -- of cold, bone-chilling rain.

So the bright sunlight lured me outside to shoot this card and enjoy a few moments of sun.


Secret Garden stamp set (Wood #129141; Clear #129144)
Feels Good stamp set (Wood #129681; Clear #129684)

Melon Mambo card stock #
Rich Razzleberry card stock #115316
Whisper White card stock #100730

Melon Mambo Classic stamp pad #
Rich Razzleberry Classic stamp pad #126950
Old Olive Classic stamp pad #126953 
Daffodil Delight Stampin' Right marker #

Secret Garden Framelit Dies #129372
Ovals Collection Framelit Dies #129381
Linen Thread #104199
Sycamore Street Designer Buttons (Sale-A-Bration gift)

The bad news -- we're getting more rain starting tonight. Sigh.

The good news -- there's still time to get your free Sale-A-Bration gifts. Just place a $50 order and choose the gift of your choice from this flyer. Order now at my website.


February 20, 2013

Tanglewood Weekend: Scrappin' In The Mountains 2013

Oh, what a wonderful weekend I had with some great crafting buddies!

Twenty of us gathered for our annual "Scrappin' In The Mountains" near Helen, Georgia. Four days of crafting, sharing, get the idea.

Here are some of the cards I worked on while I was there. You'll see some of them closeup on this blog and in my newsletter.


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February 19, 2013

My Digital Studio: Tuesday Downloads

Yeah, baby -- you get four templates in one in the NEW Think Back Photobook Templates digital download. What a terrific value!

Fun graphics abound in the Hello There kit. And more labels that makes my organizing little heart skip a beat; this week there are labels for your playroom and your garage. To round up today's offerings is one of my favorite stamp sets, Serene Silhouettes, in digital form.

Think Back Photobook
Just imagine the fun you'll have asking family members great questions, like "What makes you feel young?" or "What was the first thing you learned to cook?" Create a lasting memory of your family using My Digital Studio.



Label This Playroom Designer Template


Label This Garage Designer Template



Hello There Kit


Serene Silhouettes Stamp Brush Set


See all these new downloads here, or try My Digital Studio FREE for 30 days.


February 15, 2013

Pop-Up Tutorial: Meet Karen Buniston

My PhotoThe designer who created the Stampin' Up! pop up dies is Karen Buniston. Karen has graciously shared some templates and video tutuorials to take your use of the pop up dies up several notches.

The Pop-Up dies were introduced in the Spring Catalog, just a few weeks ago.

The Card Base Pop 'n Cuts die (#130099) is magnetic, so you can insert the magnetic Pop 'n Cuts Dress Form Die inside this base to cut a fun pop-up card. The base measures  4-1/4" x 11".


The Pop n'n Cuts Dress Form Die (#130100) is 3-1/4" x 4-5/16".


Then there's the All Dressed Up stamp set (Wood #129171; Clear #129174).


And you can easily cut out the stamped dress image from this set using the Dress Up Framelits Die (#130101). The largest design is 1-1/2" x 4-1/4" (3 dies).


The All Dressed Up stamp set and Framelits dies are available as a bundle for 15% off (#131095).

How do you use them? Here's a video done by the designer herself, Karen Buniston.




But that's not all! Karen also has this video, showing you how she created a "floating floor" for the pop-up card so she could attach items (like the hearts above) in front of the dress. When you're finished watching the video, click here to download the Floating Floor Template.


To order any of the Pop-Up items, go to my online ordering site. Don't forget it's Sale-A-Bration and you'll get a free gift with every $50 you spend.



February 14, 2013

Happy Valentine's Day & Hostess Code

Oh, boy, do I have great news!

But first, here's my favorite valentine.


It sparkles! It's lacy! And it makes me smile.

Now the news that will make YOU smile...

Stampin’ Up! has officially introduced a Hostess Code, allowing customers to combine online orders with workshop orders. What does this mean for you?

More FREE stuff!

Now you can invite friends and family to add orders to your party, even if they live a long way from you and can't attend in person. And those ordering online may add digital downloads and print products, plus anything from the Clearance Rack -- good deals for them


good for your party totals because it all gets added together to increase your hostess rewards. A win-win!

All we have to do is make sure your online "guests" are using the unique Hostess Code assigned to your party.

Pretty simple. Very sweet. How appropriate for the sweetest day of the year!

Call or email me now to pick a date for your hostessed party. I'll help you with invitations, email reminders and all the details to make YOUR party a GREAT party, with loads of benefits for you.

Let's party together!


February 13, 2013

Valentine's Day: A Favorite Tool

I love my Big Shot™, Scallop Edge and 3/16" Corner punches, but my favorite tool used on this card is the uni-ball Signo® Gel Pen #105021.


Now, now...I hear the rumbling out there. A pen?

Yes. A pen.

But not just any pen. This is a vibrant white gel pen that flows smoothly. It is perfect for journaling, accenting and highlighting and you'll especially love it on darker-colored cardstock.

And it's a steal at $3.95. It's the perfect item to add to your basket when you're just a little bit short of the magic $50 in product you need to qualify for a free Sale-A-Bration gift.

Need more suggestions? Call or email me for assistance.


February 12, 2013

My Digital Studio: FREE Download

Get your free gift today...a label download for all of Stampin' Up!'s yummy colors. Go here to download the Label This Designer Template -- FREE!

While you're at it, look at the new Label This Craft Room Template, too. Organizing your craft space was never so much fun.

Rounding out the digital offerings today are two more goodies -- a Make A Wish stamp brush set that will covers all things birthday and a 26-page photobook template, Up To Date Planner, that will make you the Queen of Organization.

Label This Designer Template
INCLUDES: 5-page decor designer template (8-1/2" x 11"), 88-piece SVG stamp brush set


Label This Craft Room Designer Template
INCLUDES: 4-page decor designer template (8-1/2" x 11"), 108-piece SVG stamp brush set


Make A Wish Stamp Brush Set
INCLUDES: 7-piece SVG stamp brush set


Up To Date Planner Template
INCLUDES: 26-page designer photobook template (11" x 8-1/2"), 106-piece SVG stamp brush set, 7 Designer Series Papers, 10 embellishments
COLORS: Baja Breeze, Early Espresso, Primrose Petals, Pumpkin Pie, Raspberry Ripple, Sahara Sand, Summer Starfruit


Check out all the recent digital downloads here. It's easy! Order and instantly download for immediate use, whether you use My Digital Studio or another type of software.

Want more free stuff? Order $50 in Stampin' Up! product and choose a stamp set, digital disc, ribbon and button pack, even a punch -- see your choices here.

And don't forget that today is the last day to order $1 content discs. Happy, happy Tuesday!


February 11, 2013

Mardi Gras: Laissez les Bons Temps

My daughter went to college in New Orleans and my son-in-law is from that great city. They live in Washington, D.C. now, but that doesn't stop them from celebrating Mardi Gras in grand fashion.


Laissez les bon temp roulez means "Let the good times roll." And roll they did this past weekend!

We dined on red beans and rice, jambalaya and corn crab bisque. We drank Hurricanes. We danced to the rhythms of New Orleans jazz and then we drank more Hurricanes. In between, we tried to see who could best pronounce Tchoupitoulas street. Strangely enough, the winners were the people who drank the most Hurricanes.

There were green, purple and gold beads everywhere. And not one, but two King cakes.

It was the Big Easy transported to D.C.

May your Mardi Gras (Fat Tuesday) be terrific!


February 07, 2013

Sale-A-Bration: Feeling Sentimental

Sale-A-Bration is in full swing and I thought I'd show you some projects made using one of the 19 free products you can earn through March 22nd.

Choose a Sale-A-Bration product for every $50 you order. Click here to shop now.

Today I'm featuring my favorite Sale-A-Bration stamp set.

Feeling Sentimental Stamp Set
Wood #129627
Clear #129630
Available in French & Spanish, too.




Are you "feeling sentimental?" I'll be happy to guide you in choosing products to earn this great set!


See the offical Sale-A-Bration brochure here.

See an easy-to-read Sale-A-Bration pictoral flyer here.


February 06, 2013

Love Notes...Stampin' Up! Style

Impress that oh-so-significant-other with love notes strategically placed around the fun for the love of your life to discover your personal declarations of love!


The stamps used are oldies but goodies. As part of Stampin' Up!'s 25-year Silver Anniversary celebration, we are selling some of our “Best of” stamps from the past 25 years. Each "Best of" set also includes a never-before-seen image. A new "Best of" stamp set will be released every month in 2013. All "Best of" sets will be available until March 31, 2014.

As a special incentive to collect the "Best of" stamps, starting this month you'll find a collector’s card and 25-year proof of purchase sticker in every "Best of" set. Collect six stickers and send in to redeem a FREE set of your choice valued up to $14.95.

This month it's the Best of Love stamp set. Don't miss the chance to snap up this set and spread your love all through the year.

So just how were these cute notes created? First, the envelopes.

LoveNote2Cut your paper into 6" x 6" squares.

Using the Simply Scored Scoring Tool with the Simply Scored Diagonal Plate, score all sides at 2-3/4" (gray lines).

Cut out the triangles where the score lines meet (the grayed-out portion on each side of the paper).

Round all four corners.



LoveNote1Cut out doily hearts from the More Amore Specialty DSP, then emboss the “Love you much” image on the hearts using Versamark ink, Gold Stampin' Emboss Powder, and the Heat Tool. 

Tie the hearts onto your envelopes (after placing your note inside).






LoveNotes_NotesCompleteTo create the notes, cut a 3-1/2" square from Watercolor Paper.

Use a Pool Party ink refill to watercolor a square in the middle. Next, stamp the “love” image in Versamark ink, then emboss it with White Stampin' Emboss Powder and the Heat Tool.