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February 05, 2013

My Digital Studio: Tuesday Downloads

I have a dirty little secret. One that I suspect some of you share.

I am a little nutty about organizing. Give me a labeller and I'm a happy woman.

Now 'fess're with me, right?

So the release today of the Label This Office download makes my day. Goodbye labeller, hello Label This Office!

Order any of these downloads at my online ordering site.

Label This Office Designer Template


Just Thinking Stamp Brush


Love More Photobook Template


You Rule Stamp Brush Set


You & Me Designer Template


Sent with Love Kit


How about these images? (Click on the photo above for a larger view.) We have coordinating products for the Sent with Love images. Check them out here.

While you're doing that, I'm off to make labels with the Label This Office for my studio. I know some of you are wishing you were doing the very same thing right now!


February 04, 2013

Super Bowl Mystery Hostess Winners

The Baltimore Ravens were victorious last night and they displayed jubilation...


And thankfulness...


And even playfulness...


So how will you celebrate if YOU are a winner in the 2013 Super Bowl Mystery Hostess Event???

Are you ready to learn who won $25 in free hostess dollars?

Drum roll, please...

We have four winners!

Cheryl Revis

Joy Jones

Allison Branden

Peggy Tatum

Congratulations to our winners! I'll be contacting each of you today to get your choices of free Stampin' Up! product.

Thank you to all of you who "attended" my virtual Super Bowl party. You're all winners in my book!


February 01, 2013

Super Bowl XLVII Special

Let the guys analyze the plays...
Let the kids eat all the snacks...
Let Beyonce sing her heart out...

YOU could be the big winner in my

Super Bowl Mystery Hostess Event!

Yes, you could receive Stampin' Rewards just as if you hosted your own in-home party. How?

Simply place an order on Super Bowl Sunday!

How It Works

  1. Place an order directly with me on Sunday, February 3rd  between 11 a.m. and 11 p.m. EST
    • Call me at 678-467-1330 or email Pay by credit card or PayPal to (Online orders not eligible for drawing.)
    • If you call and get my voice mail, I'm taking someone else's order.  Leave a message with your name and phone number and I'll call you right back.

  2. Earn tickets for the Superbowl XLVII Mystery Hostess Drawing
    • Order up to $49 in Stampin' Up! product = 1 ticket
    • $50 - $69 = 2 tickets
    • $70 - $99 = 3 tickets
    • $100 or more = 4 tickets
    • Refer a friend who places a first order on Feb. 3rd = 4 tickets
    • Book a Sale-A-Bration party for February or March = 5 tickets
  3. Drawing is at 11:00 a.m. on Monday, February 4th and announced on my blog. Winner(s) receive $25 in product dollars to spend on exclusive hostess sets or any other current prouct.

  4. Earn FREE Sale-A-Bration Goodies
    With every $50 ordered (before shipping & sales tax) you choose a gift from 19 free products, including stamp sets, buttons, ribbon, card kit, punch, and digital discs. Take your pick -- one gift for every $50 you spend!

  5. Don't have a catalog? View it online here. Browse the catalog, view specials and see samples. Just remember to order through me by phone or email this day only for my Super Bowl specials.


But wait -- it gets even better!

SuperBowl_1Order during Super Bowl and get all the above,
plus the specials listed below!      

   1st QuarterFREE Grab Bag with every order – a stamp, cardstock, ribbon, & more! 

    2nd QuarterFREE Snail Refill with an order of $50 or more! 

    Half TimeFREE Classic Inkpad (your color choice) with an order of $60 or more!

    3rd QuarterFREE Buttons & Bows (Assorted buttons & ribbon) with a $30 or more order! 

    4th QuarterFREE Stampin' Dimensionals with an order of $25 or more!  


BaltimoreRavens_LogoMark your calendars now to call or email me on Super Bowl XLVII Sunday with your order. Mystery hostesses will be drawn at 11:00 a.m. Monday. Those lucky people receive $25 in hostess dollars to spend however they choose from our current 2013 Catalog or the Spring Mini Catalog.




Winners will be called Monday afternoon for their free Stampin' Up! hostess reward choices. The number of winners depends on the amount of sales – one winner for every $150 of product ordered.


Now you can really get excited about
Super Bowl XLVII.

Game start is 6:30 p.m. EST.  

The winner just might be you!

January 31, 2013

One Dollar for Digital Collection Discs. Really!


What a different digital collections on sale for a buck each. How can you go wrong?


Click here to shop now -- don't wait!


These collections originally sold for $16.95 to $39.95.  Shown at right is just one of the digital collections, the Cheerful Treats CD.

  • Cheerful Treats Digital Content CD #124237
    Was $16.95
    Now just $1

  • Avant-Garde Collection DVD #125841
    Was $31.95 Now just $1
  • Express Booster Pack DVD #124889
    Was $39.95 Now just $1
  • His & Hers Collection DVD #125842
    Was $32.95 Now just $1
  • October, December, Whenever Collection DVD #124485
    Was $26.95 Now just $1
  • Simple Snapshots Content CD #127185
    Was $16.95 Now just $1
  • Sweet Retreat Collection DVD #125840
    Was $26.95 Now just $1

From now until February 12 (or while supplies last) you can get a sweet deal on any of these content discs.

But don't wait. No kidding. Shop our Dollar Sale now.


January 30, 2013

Valentine's Day: Vertical Z-Fold Card

At my downline meeting last week, we reviewed classes we took at the recent Stampin' Up! Leaership Conference, shared plans and strategies for Sale-A-Bration, and had a great time creating the project below.

We meet once a month and it's no secret that one of the best perks of being a Stampin' Up! demonstrator is the close relationships you develop. I love my team members!

This is what the vertical Z-fold card looks like flat, as it comes out of the envelope.

You Are Loved (Wood #123777; Clear #123779)
A Fitting Occasion (Wood #127047; Clear #127049)

Real Red cover stock
Basic Black cover stock
Whisper White cover stock
Polka Dot Parade DSP #126902

Real Red Classic stamp pad


This is what it looks like when it is sitting up on display.


Here's the side view.


We really had fun with all the embellishments -- various punches, brads, pearls and the new Designer Builder Brads #129329 in the Spring Catalog.

These are so fun to use -- the 1/2" Circle punch (#119869) and the smaller circle punch from the Punch Pack (#118309) are a perfect pair to punch out a small stamped design. Use a mini glue dot to attach to the Designer Builder Brad, and then top it off with the included epoxy bubbles. So pretty!

We snapped off the brad prongs on the back and used our Multipurpose Glue (@110755) to attach the brad to the project.

DesignerBrad_CUWouldn't you enjoy being a member of a team who gathers regularly to create, share and grow? I'd love to talk with you about the possibility of becoming a Stampin' Up! demonstrator.

During Sale-A-Bration, you receive an additional 25% in your starter kit -- an incredible $156.50 worth of products for only $99. And you get to choose those products yourself! See more information here.

Call me at 678-467-1330 or email to chat about how you can enrich your life as a member of my team.


January 29, 2013

Get Your Free Digital Download Today

Just released! Downloads for Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Yep, you read that right -- a free digital download for you! It coordinates with the Box of Chocolates Kit, another new offering.

I downloaded it (for free) this morning, opened it up in My Digital Studio, added a birthday reminder and it's now set to be my screensaver for February. Woohoo!


To download your free wallpaper, go to my ordering website and put item #133023 in your shopping cart. Of course, I'd love it if you took that opportunity to shop for other things you must have (you've seen the Spring Catalog, right???) but you may also simply checkout with only the freebie if you wish.



FREE Item #133023
Box Of Chocolates February Wallpaper

INCLUDES: 6 embellishments (desktop wallpaper in six sizes)
COLORS: Cameo Coral, Close to Cocoa, Crushed Curry, Early Espresso, Poppy Parade

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Item #133024
Box Of Chocolates Kit

INCLUDES: 8-piece SVG stamp brush set, 12 Designer Series Papers, 9 embellishments
COLORS: Cameo Coral, Close to Cocoa, Crushed Curry, Early Espresso, Poppy Parade

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Item #133334
Happy Heart Greeting Card Templates

INCLUDES: Greeting Card designer template (4-1/4" x 5-1/2"), Double-sided postcard template (7" x 5"), Double-sided postcard template (3-1/2" x 5"), 8-piece stamp set, two Designer Series Papers, two embellishments
COLORS: Basic Gray, Pink Pirouette, Primrose Petals, Raspberry Ripple, Regal Rose, Whisper White

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Item #132795
Love More Ensemble

This gorgeous wedding suite will take you from Save the Date through the Thank You cards. Just look at all the templates for invitations, centerpieces, favors, guest book, and more...and you can easily make it match your wedding colors.

INCLUDES: 24-page photobook designer template (11" x 8-1/2")
, 6-page décor designer template (11" x 8-1/2")
, Double-sided tag designer template (3-1/4" x 3-1/4")
, four table number greeting card designer templates (6" x 6")
, Trifold card designer template (3-1/2" x 5")
, Double-sided postcard designer template (9-1/4" x 4")
, Double-sided postcard designer template (5" x 7")
, 173-piece SVG stamp brush set

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Item #133327
Valentine Love Ensemble

Easily create treat toppers, cello bag holders, name cards, mini banners and more!

INCLUDES: 6-page décor designer template (8-1/2" x 11"), 14-piece stamp brush set, two Designer Series Papers, ten embellishments, five punches
COLORS: Cherry Cobbler, Early Espresso, Real Red, Regal Rose

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Item #133268
Label This Closet

Last week we organized our laundry room with digital labels; this week it's closets!

INCLUDES: 2-page décor designer template (11" x 8-1/2"), 41-piece stamp brush set
COLORS: Basic Gray, Pool Party, Whisper White

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Item #132270
Paper Doilies

INCLUDES: 4 embellishments
COLORS: Gumball Green, Pool Party, Primrose Petals, Whisper White


Wow! What great choices this week -- and perfect timing, too! Why? Because when you order $50 of Stampin' Up! products you earn a FREE Sale-A-Bration gift!

It's the perfect time to browse through the latest updates and choose the ones you've been eyeing.

To order now, go to my online shopping site. To see the free gifts you may choose, download the Sale-A-Bration brochure here.


January 26, 2013

Star Trek to Card Trek...The Next Generation of Crafters

If you're a Star Trek fan, you'll enjoy Stampin' Up!'s version called "Card Trek."


Just a bit of fun from the home office. :-)


January 25, 2013

How To Make A Valentine Flag Banner

What are your favorite Valentine's Day colors? Perhaps Real Red and Pink Pirouette? Maybe paired with Chocolate Chip, Basic Black or Espresso?

Well, hold on...what would you think about putting together the pale tones of Pool Party, mixed with vibrant Primrose Petals, sophisticated Very Vanilla, and vintage Old Olive?


That's what Jen picked to pair up with First Edition Specialty Designer Series Paper for a fabulous Valentine flag banner. Jen is a concept artist with Stampin' Up!

Here's the project, in her own words...

"The base for each flag was cut from First Edition Specialty Designer Series Paper. I cut each flag down to 4" x 6". I was able to get six flags from each sheet. Using a scrap piece of cardstock, I made a 4" x 6" flag pattern to cut the bottom of my flags.

Once they were all cut, I added hearts to each flag using the Heart Framelits Dies and the Full Heart Punch.

I layered my pieces using Stampin’ Dimensionals, to give my banner some added depth. I finished them off with Dazzling Diamonds Glitter and Vintage Faceted Designer Buttons.

I love the look of stitching on a project, so I stitched all of the flags together. If you don’t have access to a sewing machine, the flags could all be hung on Baker’s Twine or Linen Thread."

Thank you, Jen, it's a great project!

The items used for this Valentine Flag Banner:

  • Cardstock: Pool Party #122924, Primrose Petals #126841, Very Vanilla #101650, Old Olive #100702
  • First Edition Specialty Designer Series Paper #121878
  • Vintage Faceted Buttons #127555
  • Dazzling Diamonds Glitter #102023
  • Heart Framelits #125599
  • Full Heart Punch #119883
  • Baker's Twine #124262
  • Linen Thread #104199

Shop for these items now at my online store. Remember you earn a free Sale-A-Bration goodie with every $50 you spend through March 22, 2013!


January 24, 2013

Stampin' Up! Donates to 2,000 Teachers in Orlando

MakingADifference.SmallIt makes me so proud to be associated with a company that promotes sharing and service as core values.

Stampin' Up! has partnered with Ronald McDonald House Charities since 2003, offering a specially-designed stamp set every year and designating $3 from the sale of each stamp set to RMHC. But that's not all... demonstrators donate cards at every corporate training event for RMHC house residents to use, and many demonstrators provide stamping activities for adults and children across the country while they are staying in the Ronald McDonald houses.

In addition, Stampin' Up! has donated $1.1 million to the September 11th Disaster Relief Fund, $82,000 to the Huntsman Cancer Institute for breast cancer research, $575,000 to Save the Children to support the Asian tsunami disaster relief effort, as well as substantial funds for the fight against heart disease, and to help those affected by Hurricanes Katrina and Rita.

It's quite a record. In this 25th Anniversary Year, Stampin' Up! has started its year by taking service to an even higher level.

A highlight of the recent Leadership conference was a service project. Staff and demonstrators joined forces to stuff 2,000 bags full of fun Stampin’ Up! product. Those bags (with $325 worth of art supplies) were delivered to elementary school teachers in the Orlando area.


MovingForward.HBSampleStampin' Up!'s mission statement, called the Statement of the Heart, reads: "To love what we do and share what we love, as we help others enjoy creativity and worthwhile accomplishments . . . in this we make a difference."

It does make a difference and we do love what we do!

You can help us make a difference. Purchase this year's set, Moving Forward (Wood #126320; Clear #126322), and know that $3 will be donated to Ronald McDonald House Charities for each set purchased.

And if you are ready to work at a job you love with a company intent on making a difference, call me at 678-467-1330 to chat about how becoming a Stampin' Up! demonstrator could make a difference in YOUR life.

Together, let's make the world a better place.


January 23, 2013

Memorable Moments with Flowering Flourishes

What constitutes a "memorable moment" for you?

I've had several memorable moments lately. My baby girl's first haircut, reconnecting with a dear friend I've not spoken with for several years, my sister's birthday, losing my iPad at the airport -- all are recent moments I will not forget.

Some are moments we wish to cherish; to mark them with a card, scrapbook page or framed display. Others we might just as soon wish we could forget they ever happened. (Did I mention I lost my iPad?)

So for one of those moments you DO wish to commemorate, consider this card. The sentiment could be Happy Birthday, or you might with to say "Congratulations," "Thank You," or simply "Friend."



• Flowering Flourishes
 (Wood #126365; Clear #126367)
Memorable Moments

 (Wood #126682; Clear #126680)


• Pool Party Card Stock

• Primrose Petals Card Stock

• Summer Starfruit Card Stock

• Whisper White Card Stock


• Primrose Petals Classic Pad

• Summer Starfruit Classic Pad


• Summer Starfruit 3/8" Stitched Satin Ribbon #126846

• Naturals Designer Buttons #127554

• Rhinestone Basic Jewels #119246

• 1-3/4" Scallop Circle Punch
• Big Shot
• Large Scallop Edgelits #127019

I'd love to help you commemorate a memorable moment in your life. Give me a call to chat about the perfect way to acknowledge your moment.


Order now at my website for Sale-A-Bration bonuses -- a gift for every $50 purchase!


January 22, 2013

My Digital Studio: Tuesday Downloads

Laundry is not my favorite task, but I have to 'fess up that my husband has done 99% of the laundry for the last couple of decades. Maybe if I had a laundry room displaying My Digital Studio cool labels I would want to spend some time in there.

Aw, let's get real... I know a good thing when I have it!

I could pretty it up for Jim, though. :-)

The Laundry Designer Template is just one of five new digital downloads released today. There's also a great photobook template, a So Sorry stamp brush set, an alphabet and pretty thread embellishments. Have a look:

Item #133264
Laundry Designer Template


Item #133013
So Sorry Stamp Brush Set


Item # 132918
Family History Photobook



Item #132268
Designer Threads



Item #133017
Simply Serif Alphabet


See today's digital downloads here.

Check out all the latest My Digital Studio downloads here.

Get a free MDS2 Trial here -- yours to use for 30 days.



Sale-A-Bration Starts Today

Get ready for some serious extras with Stampin' Up!'s annual Sale-A-Bration!

For the next 60 days you earn free gifts and bonuses for buying, hosting or joining my team. 


Choose an option from the choices below, or what the heck -- choose all three!


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Buy $50 of Stampin' Up! product -- get a free gift. Yep, one gift for every $50 spent. Easy, right? See the brochure here of all the great free items you can earn, then visit my online shop to order now.

Short on time? Email or phone me at 678-467-1330 and I'll happily place the order for you.


SAB2013LP_HOST_Jan2213_US_02OPTION 2

Host a party and earn fabulous Sale-A-Bration benefits on top of our regular hostess benefits. Woohoo!

Click here to see some suggested dates I have open for your very own fun event, or call me to arrange a different date from now through March 20th, 2013.

Added bonus -- For a minimum $150 party, you’ll get a FREE pack of Silver Glimmer Paper. Why silver? Because it is Stampin' Up!'s 25th Anniversary!

Host a $400 party, and you’ll get the free Glimmer Paper PLUS a FREE product bundle of a stamp set, ribbons, butttons and Designer Series — and that’s in addition to the normal hostess benefits of $65 in FREE products of your choice AND 50% off any single product.

Let's talk about your potential party and I'll show you just how easy it is to host. You choose the projects we'll present and I'll do the work. Easy!


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And here's my favorite... join my team as a demonstrator and earn a special bonus for joining during addition to the great value you already receive on a starter kit, during Sale-A-Bration you'll choose $156.60 worth of products for only $99. Wow! That's 25% extra stamps, ink, paper, tools...whatever you want!

Call me today to talk about taking advantage of the Sale-A-Bration bonus...this could be the day you start a job you love!

And I'd love to tell you about my team, our meetings and events, my exclusive team website, weekly "in the know" emails, plus the training, support and friendships you'll find as a Stampin' Up! demonstrator on my team. Let's chat.


So... three great options for buying, hosting and joining.

I love Sale-A-Bration, don't you? Email or call me if you have any questions and to arrange the option you picked.


January 18, 2013

New Single Stamps from Stampin' Up!

Save money by buying only the images you want...


Here's a news flash -- The Single Stamp program was a great success! You liked it so much that we've brought out two more collections of brand-new images for you. Buy one, buy two, buy 'em all if you like. 

Single_Stamps_Collection3Collection 3





 Click here for the Collection 3 flyer.


Single_Stamps_Collection4Collection 4





Click here for the Collection 4 flyer.

The Details

  • Find the stamp item numbers on the flyers above
  • Clear-mount only
  • Single stamps are not in our typical packaging, but are in cello bags.
  • Want a case for your stamp? Buy the Clear-Mount Stamp Cases (#119105) in packs of four.
  • Recommended block sizes can be found on the flyer
  • No limit on how many pieces you can buy
  • Available through March 31, 2013 only

 Get 'em while they're hot -- order now at my online store.


January 17, 2013

More Samples from Leadershp 2013

The next best thing to hanging out in Orlando with stampin' pals is to see all the swaps, presentations an samples. Have a look at some of the eye candy we were treated to last week at Stampin' Up!'s Leadership Conference.



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See anything that catches your eye?

You'll see more closeup samples in my Stamp Journey newsletter. If you've already subscribed, you know that the newsletter gives you exclusive tutorials, articles and tips. If you're not a current subscriber, just put your email address in the box at the top left of this page. And then enjoy!


January 16, 2013

Dude, You're Welcome

There are men who create wonderful, artistic cards.

Some men.

Make that a few men.

Here's Stampin' Up!'s solution for the rest of the testosterone-heavy world.


* Four wood-mount stamps (double-mounted) with the perfect sentiment for every occasion
* Twelve 4" x 6" postcards in four manly colors
* Twelve gray envelopes
* Basic Gray Classic Stampin’ Pad
* An instructional guide (like they'll read it!)

Dude Kit

Dude, You're Welcome is item #132807.

Order it now for all the macho men in your life.




January 15, 2013

My Digital Studio: Tuesday Downloads

Save time with a Valentine's Day template...
Be trendy with shaped clip sembellishments...
Get organized with a kitchen pantry label kit...
Feel like a genius with a complete photobook solution for your precious pictures...

All of this is only a download away with the brand new digital downloads released today.

Singles Awareness Day/Valentine Card Templates
INCLUDES: 2 greeting card templates, 1 double-sided postcard template, 16-piece stamp brush set, 1 embellishment
COLORS: Calypso Coral, Crushed Curry, Pool Party, Poppy Parade, Pretty in Pink, Whisper White


Shaped Clips
INCLUDES: 6 embellishments; an arrow, bike, airplane, thought bubble, hanger and heart

Label This Kitchen Designer Template
INCLUDES: 2-page label designer template, 142-piece stamp brush set
COLORS: Baja Breeze, Basic Gray

Nobody's Business Photobook Template
INCLUDES: 24-page photo book template (12 x 12), 27-piece SVG stamp brush set, 12 Designer Series Papers, 49 embellishments, 3 punches
COLORS: Going Gray, Neon Blue, Green, Neon Orange, Neon Pink, Neon Yellow, Whisper White

Clockworks Stamp Brush Set
INCLUDES: 8-piece stamp brush set


Have you tried My Digital Studio yet? Why not???

Download your FREE Trial version of MDS2 here. It's easy, fun and free!

To see all the latest digital downloads, click here.


January 14, 2013

Stampin' Up! Leadership 2013

Oh, the swapping! Oh, the giveaways! Oh, the fun!

And Orlando was not too shabby, either.

Fourteen-hundred and ninety-nine of my BFFs gathered in Florida last week for three days of demonstrations, classes and even a pajama party -- complete with milk and cookies.

Yep, p.j.'s right there in the fancy-dancy Orange County Convention Center. I'll bet it was the first pajama party that center has seen. I doubt the Woodworking Convention taking place at the same time as Leadership was not nearly as fabulous.

Here are some of the swap boards with oh-so-wonderful samples.







Many of these projects feature products from Stampin' Up!'s Spring Catalog. I'll be glad to send you a copy of the catalog FREE. Just send me an email with your name, mailing address and phone number and I'll pop one in the mail to you. Email me at


January 11, 2013

Paper Pumpkin Kit of the Month Debuts in March

Save time, scratch your crafting itch and reach out to touch someone with a handcrafted item...


Do it all at a price that will make you smile.


Stampin' Up!'s brand new monthly kit program will have you creating cards, journals and home décor items quickly and easily.

PaperPumpkinKitArrivesCraft during your lunch hour, grab a few moments before work, or enjoy some crafting time at night in your don't have to go anywhere because we'll deliver an easy-to-do-but-oh-so-cute craft project every month complete with instructions and supplies.

It's SO easy to get started!

Beinning in March, you'll receive your Paper Pumpkin Kit at your home. Kits will continue to come to you once a month until you decide to stop. No long cancellation periods; no pesky bills every month, no sweat.

You can sign up for the program starting this coming Monday, January 14th.

Just go to and click "Get it."

Select Kathleen Innes (me!) as your demonstrator when prompted and get ready for some crafting fun!

PaperPumpkinMarchKitAnd the subscription price? Just 19.95 a month, including shipping!

Your Paper Pumpkin Kit will ship out to you on or around the 15th of the month, with the first kit shipping in the middle of March.

Consider it your "Creativity Escape" because we've color-coordinated, measured and cut everything for you.

PaperPumpkinCreatingProjectEach kit includes the stamps, ink, paper and the accessories you'll need to create the charming monthly paper-crafting projects. You supply the adhesive and we've got you covered for everything else.

To receive your first Paper Pumpkin Kit in March, you need to be signed up before March 10th...but why wait?

Hop over to right now and sign up.

For all the kit program details, click here.

I'll have more news from our Stampin' Up! 2013 Leadership Event when I return home on Monday.


January 04, 2013

Oh, Hello from Spring Catalog

Loving the Artisan Embellishments Kit, Flower Trim and Tea for Two DSP from the 2013 Spring Catalog!

Oh, Hello stamp set (Wood #130730; Clear #130733)

Crumb Cake Cardstock
Very Vanilla Cardstock
Tea for Two Designer Series Paper #129311

So Saffron Classic Stampin’ Pad
Soft Suede Classic Stampin’ Pad

Artisan Embellishments Kit #129328
Vanilla 5/8" Flower Trim #126869
Stampin’ Dimensionals
Big Shot
Labels Collection Framelits #125598
Sewing machine and thread

There's a lot going on in the card 'cuz there's a lot going on in the newly released 2013 Spring Catalog!

You need to get your hands on this Tea for Two paper; two each of six different double-sided designs that will have you dusting off GreatGrandma's tea service. The paper is sized at a true 12" x 12" that's perfect for scrapbooking, cardmaking and creating gorgeous 3D items.


The new Vanilla Flower Trim will set any girly-girl's heart a fluttering, and the Artisan Embellishment Kit simply makes me happy.

Get happy with me -- order these fabulous new products now at my online store.

Click here to go to my catalog download page, or get a pdf of the 2013 Spring Catalog by simply clicking on the catalog image in the left column.

It's a good thing. :-)


January 03, 2013

Valentine Treats: Let the New Year Begin

Valentine Treat Bundle, #132771


This sweet bundle contains the all-new single stamp, Happy Valentine Heart, as well as a package of 1" x 8" cellophane bags. Use it to make treats for your child's classroom or for each of your 50 BFFs. Who doesn't need treats?

The clear-mount heart stamp in this bundle coordinates with the Full Heart punch (#119883).

It's a sweet bundle price, too, at a 20% discount...but only until January 21st.

Order the Valentine Treat Bundle at my online shop now. Enter item #132771.

My Little Valentine Promotion, #132242 

MyLittleValentine_StampSetWhat? A second new stamp set? That's right! From January 3-21, purchase the brand-new My Little Valentine Stamp Set, and you'll get the Sealed with Love Simply Sent kit FREE! 

That's a $7.95 value for FREE just for buying a new stamp set that you'll want to have anyway. Use the stamp set with the free Sealed with Love Simply Sent Kit to quickly create special love notes. It's available in three languages, but only until January 21st.

BeMyValentine.SimplySentThis exclusive four-piece, clear-mount stamp set has every valentine sentiment you need to share your love with your significant other, best friend, favorite child, or even that coworker you barely tolerate.

At left is an example of a sweet card made using the Sealed with Love Simply Sent Kit you'll receive free when you order the My Little Valentine stamp set.

Order My Little Valentine at my online shop now. Enter item #132242 for the English version (French and Spanish also available).

2013 Spring Catalog

As if two new stamp sets weren't enough, the 2013 Spring Catalog is now live! Forty fabulous pages of new products sure to kick off your creative juices.

My customers have already received their issues to drool over...if you'd like your own copy, just send me an email with your full name, mailing address and phone number and I'll happily send one out to you.

Can't wait to receive your copy? Click here to browse the great products in the 2013 Spring Catalog.



January 02, 2013

Last Chance to Order Single Stamps


Here's your first deadline of the new year...order your single stamps now!

Stampin' Up!'s limited-time offer for single stamps from select sets expires at midnight tonight.

Want to see what you're missing? Check out the great images -- and great prices -- by clicking here.


January 01, 2013

Free Download: Happy New Year!

How about a free download to start your 2013 with a bang?

Let It Snow January Wallpaper
INCLUDES: 6 embellishments (desktop wallpaper in six sizes to accommodate various screen resolutions)
Features a free desktop calendar that will brighten your day every time you look at it.
Coordinates with the Let It Snow Kit (#132963) for you to customize to suit you!
COLORS: Bashful Blue, Concord Grape, Crumb Cake, Rich Razzleberry, Sahara Sand

To download this free digital image, go to my online store and enter #132962. No shipping, no tax, no charge. Wow!

Then have a look at the other two digital offerings today. The Let It Snow Kit gives you coordinating brushes, papers and embellishments so you can tweak your free January calendar to be just what YOU want it to be. The Layered Labels brush set brings one of our favorite stamp sets to the digital stage. Order any -- or all -- of today's digital items here.

Let It Snow Kit
INCLUDES: 8-piece SVG stamp brush set, 12 Designer Series Papers, 9 embellishments
Coordinates with the Let It Snow January Wallpaper (#132962)
COLORS: Bashful Blue, Concord Grape, Crumb Cake, Rich Razzleberry, Sahara Sand


Layered Labels Stamp Brush Set
INCLUDES: 14-piece SVG stamp brush set


And have a happy, fulfilling, creative new year!


December 02, 2012

Shipping Deadlines Approaching


To receive your holiday orders by December 24, make sure your orders are placed by:

Traditional products
- December 12 by noon if you phone or text your order to me
- December 12 by 11:50 PM (MT) via Online Ordering

My Digital Studio print products
- December 6 for regular shipping
- December 10 for Second-Day Air
- December 11 for Next-Day Air

Remind your spouses to call or email me before December 12th to get your Christmas gift ordered!



December 01, 2012

My Digital Studio: Mega Massive Giveaway

Win a copy of MDS 2+ and EVERY SINGLE digital download in 2013!


GRAND PRIZE for 1 Winner
- The My Digital Studio 2+ design software (disc or download) and EVERY SINGLE digital download My Digital Studio releases in 2013—a $1600 value.

- EVERY SINGLE digital download My Digital Studio releases in January, 2013—a $125 value.

BONUS PRIZE for Everyone
- One AWESOME download for everyone who enters if at least 10,000 people enter the contest.


To enter, go to starting today, December 1st.

All you have to do is "like" the page. The contest runs through December 29th, so plan to enter once a day every day!

You, too, can be an digital artistic champion using My Digital Studio to create cards, scrapbook pages, photobooks, journals, calendars and more. If you are not already an MDS convert, go here to download the FREE 30-day trial.


November 30, 2012

Polka Dot Sparkle

This card reminds me that my seven Christmas trees are not up.

Yep, seven. Not counting mantel and tabletop trees.

Our tradition is to spend the day after Thanksgiving (now known everywhere except in our house as Black Friday) decorating our inside trees. This year, however, we were in Washington, D.C., for Thanksgiving at the home of my youngest daughter and my adorable two-year-old Smooshy.

Now Smooshy is not her real name, of course, and her mother would prefer that I not call her that, but she will forever be my first granddaghter with chubby cheeks that made me just want to "smoosh" her....hence the Smooshy handle. The little girl in the card below is pretty darn cute, but not as cute as my Smooshy!


The stamp set used here is Greeting Card Kids (Wood #119887; Clear #120633; Digital #123961) and it's not too late to order this sweet stamp set in time to get some holiday cards done. The rest of the images in the set are not Christmas, so this is a set you can continue to use all year round.


To order now, go to my online store. Don't hesitate to call or email me if you have any questions, or if you'd like me to place an order for you. I could probably use the break from decorating trees!


November 29, 2012

Wrap It Up!

Two great bundles for you today to make your gift wrapping chores sooooo easy. The Trimming & Tags Bundle has 25 bags to decorate with the included tags and sweater trim. It's perfect for those kids' class gifts, Sunday School gifts, co-workers or scout troop.

Then there's the Petite Treats Bundle with 10 bags to pretty up with the included stitched felt decorations and satin ribbon. A great choice for those neighbor and special friends' gifts!

Both bundles are available from today through January 2nd.

Trimmings & Tags Bundle

Item #132769
$13.50 (a $16.85 value)

  • Gusseted Cellophane Bags (25 bags; 5" x 3" x 11-1/2")
  • Snow Festival Designer Printed Tags (25 double-sided tags; 4-1/2" x 3-1/8")
  • Cherry Cobbler 1/4" Sweater Trim (10 yards)


Petite Treats Bundle

PetiteTreatsBundleItem #132770
$13.50 (a $16.85 value)

  • Glassine Bags with die-cut edges (10 bags; 3" x 5" x 1-1/2")
  • Handmade Holidays Stitched Felt (8 pieces)
  • Gumball Green 3/8" Stitched Satin Ribbon (10 yards)


To order now, go to my online ordering site to see the new arrivals available for you. If you prefer, email me or give me a call to place an order for you. I'm always happy to do that!


November 28, 2012

Door Busters Sale: Today Only!

It's storage all the way today...great deals on clear blocks, a caddy to store them in and a place for your embellishments.

Only until midnight tonight -- Don't Wait!

Make sure you use the item numbers below to get the terrific sale price.


Clear Mount Blocks Bundle

Sale price only $53.56

If you stamp with clear-mount stamps, you'll love our acrylic blocks. Made from high-quality, sturdy acrylic, use these blocks for a single stamp, or for multiple stamps to create collages.

It's a clear choice!



Clear Mount Storage Caddy

Sale price only $13.56

This compact storage caddy handily holds one of each size of our clear-mount blocks. The foam insert holds the blocks securely in place.

■ Opens flat for easy access
■ Locks shut
■ Built-in handle makes it easy to carry
■ 8-1/16" x 10-5/8" x 1-13/16"



Stack & Store Caddy

Sale price only $27.96

What a perfect way to store your small embellishments. It spins completely around to make finding just the right button or brad so easy. Store anything packaged in the Stampin' Store containers (contents not included).

■ Stores 24 large containers or 48 small containers
■ Die-cast aluminum handle for ease in turning
■ Approximately 6" in diameter and 12" tall
■ Swivel base allows unit to turn 360°

Hop on over to my online store to order your storage goodies, or give me a call and I'll happily place the order for you. But remember -- these deals go away by midnight November 28!


November 22, 2012

Happy Thanksgiving, Y'all!

Oh, how much I have to be grateful for!

My family, my friends, my customers, my work, my colleagues, my home, my freedom, my country, my health...I could go on and on but there are just too many "my's".

I wish each of you the strength of conviction, the blessing of giving back, and the foundation of family. May you find on this day of Thanksgiving the motivation for making the world a better place every day.


Forever With You stamp set (Wood #126725; Clear #126727; Digital #127204).

Happy Thanksgiving!


November 21, 2012

Name This Bird

Today's card features a much-loved, common bird. Do you know what it is?


My best guess is a Black-Capped Chickadee. Here's a photo of the real thing.

Black-capped Chickadee Photo

The stamp set is called Beautiful Season (Wood #122680; Clear #122682, Digital #127779) and coordinates with the Curly Label punch #119851.


My favorite coloring tools are the Watercolor Crayons #119803 (Regals) with an Aqua Painter #103954. I just love how easily you can shade the leaves and create depth with them. A Uni-Ball Signo Gel Pen #105021 is handy, too, to create those small white highlights on the berries after coloring.

For more holiday ideas and step-by-step tutorials, make sure you are subscribed to my newsletter list. I'm doing a special Christmas series every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday through December 18...don't miss the free inspiration!

To sign up now, go to the top of this page and enter your email address in the box at the top left.


November 20, 2012

My Digital Studio: Tuesday Downloads & Software Sale

Now through Nov. 28 only!


Click here to go to my online store to get your copy of My Digital Studio 2 for half-price.

Today's digital downloads include a gorgeous group of hand-drawn frames, a great kit to help kids get ready for Hanukkah, and a fun Christmas designer ensemble.

Freehand Frames Overlays Stamp Brush Set
Includes: 4-piece SVG stamp brush set, 1 punch


Hanukkah Happiness Ensemble
Includes: 8 double-sided designer tag templates (2-1/2" x 4-1/4"; 3-1/4" x 3-1/4"), two double-sided postcard designer templates: thank you and wish list (5" x 7"; 7" x 5"), four 1-page décor designer templates (8-1/2" x 11"), 35-piece SVG stamp brush set, eight Designer Series Papers, four embellishments, one punch

Includes all you need to celebrate the festivities: a wish list, eight different tags for eight presents, a coloring page, a framable, and a thank you card

Colors: Baja Breeze, Daffodil Delight, Night of Navy, Very Vanilla, Whisper White


Waiting For Santa Ensemble
Includes: Two 1-page décor designer templates (8-1/2" x 11"), two double-sided postcard designer templates: thank you and wish list (7" x 5"), two double-sided designer tag templates (2-1/2" x 4-1/4"; 3-1/4 x 3-1/4), 25-piece SVG stamp brush set, six Designer Series Papers

Everything the kids need to get ready for Santa—a wish list and thank you to Santa as well as décor pieces for his treats (use the belly band to wrap around a jar or cup for the reindeer treats and a table tent for Santa’s cookies)

Colors: Bordering Blue, Going Gray, Ruby Red, Sage Shadow, Taken with Teal, Very Vanilla, Whisper White


Today's digital downloads can be found here.


November 19, 2012

Door Busters Sale: Today Only!


Save big with three Doorbusters you won't want to miss!



First, the most popular die-cutting machine ever made...the Big Shot Die-Cut Machine #113439.

BigShot2Create the die cuts you've always wanted...with the ease of a Big Shot!

This great machine comes with Standard Cutting pads and Multipurpose Platform so you can get started right away.

Use for paper crafting, quilting, home décor.

Don't wait -- sale price ends at midnight Nov. 19.



How does a Big Shot travel? Why, in a snappy doctor's bag, of course! Doctor's Bag #113474.

Room for your Big Shot Die-Cutting Machine, cutting pads, dies, embossing folders and more.

Keep your hands free for crafting on the go with the Doctor's Bag...especailly made for your Big Shot!

This deal ends at midnight tonight!




DiagonalPlateAdd the Diagonal Plate* #125586 to your Simply Scored base for easy-as-pie diagonal scoring.

Create envelopes and boxes with ease.

Sit the Diagonal Plate* on top of your Simply Scored base to score any size card stock or paper up to 12 " x 12".

Instructions included.

*Requires the use of a Simply Scored tool, item #122334.



The Clock is Ticking!

Order by midnight tonight -- Monday, Nov. 19 -- for the Doorbuster Specials.

To order now, click here to go to my online store...or call or email me and I'll happily place the order for you.


But There's More...

Save 20%-50% on all kinds of papercrafting goodies with the Online Extravaganza through Nov. 28.

Click here to see all the savings.


November 02, 2012

Saving Time: Ready To Go Gift Solutions

Hope Gibson works as a Technical Demonstrator Support Agent at Stampin' Up! and recently wrote this article for the My Digital Studio blog.

With holiday merchandise beginning to fill our local department store shelves, I've started thinking about Christmas. It's almost that time of year (not that I'm counting). I keep thinking of how I can use My Digital Studio for my Christmas gifts. I love making things for my loved ones instead of buying something from a store. And, in my experience, handmade gifts are welcomed with open arms in my family.

I was looking through downloads and came across the Melt in Your Mouth Photobook Template (released July 24) and was instantly intrigued. The colors are vibrant, the patterns are fun and the best part—it already has recipes with mouthwatering pictures in it!


So, with the work already done (thanks, Stampin' Up!) I have more time to spend with my family and less time contemplating how to get started. I decided to print myself a copy. I wanted this recipe book to stand out from my others in my small collection and wanted something that could ship easily at a low cost. I decided a 5" x 5" soft cover photobook was a perfect fit for my needs. 


When I unboxed my book, I fell in love. The little book was so CUTE! With inspiration at my fingertips, I wanted to keep going, so I converted my project into a 5-1/2" x 6-1/2" easel calendar as well.


I'm so excited to start sharing these adorable cookbooks and newly adopted recipes with my loved ones. Are you going to use MDS 2 to make gifts for loved ones this year?

The Melt in Your Mouth Recipe Photobook Template is item #131007. The download includes a 24-page photobook 8" by 8" designer template, 18-piece stamp brush set, 13 Designer Series Papers, 21 embellishments. The coordinating colors are Basic Gray, Calypso Coral, Island Indigo, Lucky Limeade, Pool Party, Summer Starfruit and Very Vanilla.

My thanks to Hope Gibson for this very cool -- and easy -- idea for holiday gift-giving!


October 30, 2012

My Digital Studio: Frisky Tuesday Downloads

From frisky to funky…this week's digital offerings include perky bows, an edgy stamp brush set, the latest in designer papers, and a sophisticated film-look kit complete with a template for your photos.

Order any of today's new downloads at my online shopping site.

Freehand Phrases Stamp Brush Set
INCLUDES: 7-piece SVG stamp brush set


Here & There Designer Series Paper
INCLUDES: 12 Designer Series Papers

COLORS: Basic Gray, Bermuda Bay, Calypso Coral, Lucky Limeade, Summer Starfruit


Naughty Or Nice Bows
INCLUDES: 5 embellishments

COLORS: Cherry Cobbler, Gumball Green, Very Vanilla


Picture This Kit
INCLUDES: 5-piece SVG stamp brush set, 5 embellishments, 1-page designer template (11" x 8-1/2")

COLORS: Basic Black, Basic Gray, Chocolate Chip, Crumb Cake, Crushed Curry, Daffodil Delight, Sahara Sand, Soft Suede, Very Vanilla


Have you seen what's going on over at It's a week-long PARTY!

Today, guest blogger Mandy Douglass shared this party invitation:


How cute is that? Check out Mandy's post here.


October 29, 2012

Spooktacular Sale Ends Tonight at 11:50 p.m.


Got your FREE digital downloads?

Scroll down to the next post to download your FREE downloads now!


Spooktacular Sale

Make today a feel good stamp day!


1. Right now, click HERE to go to my online store and download THREE FREE digital downloads.

2. 15% OFF almost every stamp we sell -- ends at 11:50 PM (MT).

This means all stamps in the current catalogs including:

  • Background stamps
  • Personalized name stamps
  • Incentive stamp sets from the supply list
  • Cookie press stamps
  • Single-image stamps
This DOES NOT include
  • Hostess sets
  • Bundled stamp sets
  • Digital stamp brush sets

There is no minimum purchase, and no limit to the number of stamps you can order.

 Click here to place an order now!


October 27, 2012

Digital Scrapbooking Day: Save with 50% Off Sale

Here's how to have a Happy Thanksgiving...

Celebrate with a 50% Off Sale on digital kits!


First, join us Monday at for all the information on digital doings. There will be free downloads AND 50% off the loooong list of digital kits below. It all starts Monday, Oct. 29th and runs through the following Monday, Nov. 5th.

You'll be able to order online at my website, or just drop me an email or phone me to have me place the order for you. Remember the sale price will not show at the online site until Monday the 29th.

Item        Name of Kit - Retail Price / You Pay 50% Off
130861    Afternoon Daydream Kit - $9.95 / $4.97
129928    Afternoon Tea II Kit -$9.95 / $4.97
119839    Always Elegant Digital Kit - $9.95 / $4.97
129358    Attic Boutique Kit - $9.95 / $4.97
122175    Autumn Spice Digital Kit - $9.95 / $4.97
127600    Autumn Traditions Kit - $9.95 / $4.97
130969    Bandstand Kit - $7.95 / $3.97
130970    Be of Good Cheer Kit - $7.95 / $3.97
123728    Celebrations Digital Kit - $9.95 / $4.97
130982    Chevron Punch Kit - $7.95 / $3.97
123956    Christmas Cheer Digital Kit - $9.95 / $4.97
120880    Christmas Cocoa II Digital Kit - $9.95 / $4.97
127362    Convention 2011 Digital Photo Kit - $9.95 / $4.97
128876    Day in the Life Kit - $14.95 / $7.47
130059    Fifty Nifty Kit - $9.95 / $4.97
130062    File it Fun Kit - $7.95 / $3.97
131228    Friendship Preserves Kit - $3.95 / $1.97
128875    Frosty Days II Kit - $9.95 / $4.97
129924    Get it Done Kit - $5.95 / $2.97
129870    Good Times II Kit - $7.95 / $3.97
118465    Happy Birthday Digital Kit - $14.95 / $7.47
128872    Holiday Harmony Kit - $7.95 / $3.97
127773    Holly Berry Bouquet - $9.95 / $4.97
118466    Hoppy Memories Digital Kit - $14.95 / $7.47
128999    It's all Me Kit - $9.95 / $4.97
130850    Joyful Times Kit - $9.95 / $4.97
124230    Just Add Cake Digital Kit    $14.95 / $7.47
124446    Leadership 2011 Digital Kit - $9.95 / $4.97
124568    Leadership 2011 Digital Photo Kit - $9.95 / $4.97
124443    Love Birds Digital Kit - $9.95 / $4.97
131231    Lovely Little Labels Kit - $7.95 / $3.97
129359    Mixed Bunch Kit - $7.95 / $3.97
119978    My Sweet Pea Digital Kit - $9.95 / $4.97
132264    Neon Notes Kit - $9.95 / $4.97
129898    New Heights Kit - $7.95 / $3.97
122174    Nite Owl Digital Kit - $7.95 / $3.97
129340    Number One Kit - $9.95 / $4.97
129360    On the Go Kit - $9.95 / $4.97
124463    One Great Year Kit - $9.95 / $4.97
131360    Ornament Keepsakes Kit - $6.95 / $3.47
127599    Party Animal Kit - $9.95 / $4.97
131226    Picture This Kit - $4.95 / $2.47
130851    Pinwheels on Parade Kit - $7.95 / $3.97
126027    Playful Polka Dots Digital Kit - $9.95 / $4.97
131227    Providences of Provinces Kit - $7.95 / $3.97
130983    Raspberry Splash Kit - $7.95 / $3.97
118869    Recipes By Design Digital Kit - $9.95 / $4.97
127163    Red, White, and Blue Digital Kit - $5.95 / $2.97
130060    Season By Season Kit - $9.95 / $4.97
127587    Sending Glad Tidings Designer Tags Kit - $7.95 / $3.97
129605    Special Delivery Bright Kit - $7.95 / $3.97
129606    Special Delivery Subtle Kit - $7.95 / $3.97
127759    Spice Cake Kit - $5.95 / $2.97
130852    Spring Break II Kit - $9.95 / $4.97
129608    Spring Fever Kit - $7.95 / $3.97
130076    Summer Happiness Kit - $9.95 / $4.97
118464    Summer Home Digital Kit - $14.95 / $7.47
129601    Summer Smooches Kit - $9.95 / $4.97
124229    Sunset Serenade Digital Kit - $5.95 / $2.97
129339    Sweet Shop Kit - $9.95 / $4.97
129882    Tea Time II Digital Kit - $7.95 / $3.97
132190    That's a Wrap Kit - $7.95 / $3.97
127431    Tickets & Tags Kit - $9.95 / $4.97
125757    Tickets & Tokens II Digital Kit - $7.95 / $3.97
131217    Topsy-Turvey Celebration Kit - $9.95 / $4.97
121071    Travel Journal Digital Kit - $9.95 / $4.97
126022    Travel Log Kit - $9.95 / $4.97
129332    Twitterpated Kit - $9.95 / $4.97
129607    Walk in the Park Kit - $9.95 / $4.97
132567    Winter Wonders Kit (out Oct. 30, 2012) Kit - $9.95 / $4.97
127609    Wicked Fun Kit - $9.95 / $4.97
131218    Wonderfall Kit - $7.95 / $3.97
120881    Write Stuff II Digital Kit - $9.95 / $4.97
128883    You're My Sunshine Kit - $7.95 / $3.97


October 25, 2012

Boo, Y'all!


Simple, direct and to the point, don't you think?

Very similar to the great sale this coming Monday, Oct. 29th...a simple way to save money. Buy stamps on October 29th. That's it. No great secret, no complicated formulas.

15% off stamp sets and single stamps in the Holiday Mini and 2012-2013 Stampin' Up! catalogs* -- ONE DAY ONLY.
*Does not include hostess sets, digital stamp brush sets or bundled sets.

It includes:

  • Background stamps
  • Personalized name stamps
  • Incentive stamp sets from the supply list
  • Cookie press stamps
  • Single-image stamps

So grab a cup of tea, pick up a pack of sticky notes and start marking out those stamps and sets you want. Circle Oct. 29th on your calendar, and get ready to SAVE!


October 23, 2012

My Digital Studio: Trendy Tuesday Downloads

Oh, my yes...there are must-have downloads in this week's offerings!

Capture the best moments in your life with a fabulous photobook, keep your life organized through the holiday season with the holiday list to end all lists, and save time on your cards, tags and home décor accents with a fresh, contemporary designer kit.


INCLUDES: 4-page designer template (11" x 8-1/2"), 70-piece SVG stamp brush set, 17 embellishments

COLORS: Basic Gray, Gumball Green, Island Indigo, Midnight Muse, Pear Pizzazz, Pool Party, Raspberry Ripple, Riding Hood Red, Summer Starfruit, Whisper White



INCLUDES: 28-page photobook designer template (12" x 12"), 39-piece SVG stamp brush set, 12 Designer Series Papers, 91 embellishments, 4 punches

COLORS: Basic Gray, Midnight Muse, Pool Party, Primrose Petals, Raspberry Ripple, Sahara Sand, Summer Starfruit, Whisper White



INCLUDES: 15-piece SVG stamp brush set, 10 Designer Series Papers, 19 embellishments

COLORS: Going Gray, Island Indigo, Night of Navy, Pool Party, Real Red, Tangerine Tango, Tempting Turquoise


To order now, go to my online ordering site.


October 20, 2012

Wedding: Love & Laughter in White

Elegance made easy!


The stamp set is Love & Laughter (Wood #125475; Clear #125477).

This is an 8-piece set that makes it easy to create elegant and fresh engagement and wedding cards, gift tags, scrapbook pages, and placecards...all you need for that special day for that special bride and groom.

Love & Laughter is paired up with the Vintage Wallpaper Embossing Folder #120175 and Whisper White 5/8" Organza Ribbon #114319. You'll need a Big Shot Die-Cutting Machine to run the folder through and a Boho Blossoms punch #119858 for the flowers. Add the Basic Pearls Jewel Accents for the flower centers for that final sweet touch.

Colors are Whisper White and Basic Gray.

If your thoughts today are more holiday than wedding, make sure you are signed up for my 12 Weeks of Christmas newsletteer. The next installment comes out next Wednesday afternoon and features another holiday card project exclusively for my newsletter subscribers. Sign up now at the top left of this page.


October 19, 2012

Clearance Alert!

DealsOfTheWeekLogo70 items added to the Clearance Rack -- don't wait!

Shop now at my online ordering site.


October 18, 2012

How to Save Paper Die-Cutting Autumn Accents Leaves

Today's cards come in two variations -- one is in portrait view and one is in landscape view. You might prefer to call it vertical or horizontal. Whatever you call it, I've used the amazing Autumn Accents Bigz Die to make leaves.



I just love cutting the leaves with my Big Shot Die-Cutting Machine, dry embossing them and then distressing the leaves. It's great therapy to crunch up the embossed paper leaves, fold them back out, dab with sponges and spray with the spritzer tool! Crunch, dab, spray...crunch, dab, spray...I could do it all day long. It just never gets old. LOL!

Wonderfall stamp set (Wood #128084; Clear #128087; Digital #131218) in Holiday Mini
Teeny Tiny Wishes stamp set (Wood #115370; Clear #127802; Digital #125766)

Portrait card: Glossy White, Old Olive, More Mustard, So Saffron, Pumpkin Pie
Landscape card: Whisper White, Early Espresso, More Mustard, So Saffron, Pumpkin Pie

Big Shot Die-Cutting Machine #113439
Autumn Accents Bigz Die #127812
Woodgrain Embossing Folder #127821
Color Spritzer Tool #107066
Early Espresso Stampin' Write Marker #119680

Here's what the leaves start out as...


It's quite a transformation to those on the cards above, isn't it? Of course you can also die-cut the leaves after stamping them, and you can cut them out of any card stock, designer paper or fabric you like.

AutumnAccentDieSave time by cutting several leaves at once with the Big Shot Die-Cutting Machine. To get the most leaves with the least wastage of paper, cut your paper to the following sizes:

Oak 2-1/2" x 4"
Maple 3-1/2" x 3-1/2"
Birch 2-1/2" x 2"
Ash 1-1/2" x 2-1/2"
Acorn 1-1/2" x 1-3/4"

I'm thinking of using my scrunched, dabbed and spritzed leaves on my Thanksgiving dinner place cards, and on a matching napkin ring. And some of them may just find a temporary home strewn on the table for instant décor.

What will you do with these Autumn Accent leaves? Leave a comment with your ideas!



October 16, 2012

My Digital Studio: Spicy Tuesday Downloads

Today's digital download releases have me sniffing the air for spicy cider, pumpkin pie and fragrant cigar smoke.

Really, you say? Cigar smoke????

Yes, really. More on that later.

First, let's have a peek at the new digital offerings for My Digital Studio.

You'll be the hostess-with-the-mostest showing off your framable Very Very Thankful décor page and giving out your homemade treats dressed up with the flags, tags and belly bands in the Homestyle Goodies Template, guaranteed to have your Thanksgiving guests oohing and aahing. Save time with the Christmas Trimmings Foldable Template -- it's a card and envelope all in one! And the Fine Print Coupons Swatchbook will bring you appreciation from your special love for the special gift you made just for them. It's sassy, it's easy and it's as special as they are.

 1-page decor designer template (8-1/2" x 11")
A great way to let everyone know what you are thankful for this year by putting it on display in your home, or printing one for everyone at your dinner party.
COLORS: Early Espresso, Peach Parfait, River Rock


INCLUDES: 10-page décor designer template (8-1/2" x 11")
, 12-piece SVG stamp brush set
, 6 Designer Series Papers, 13 embellishments

All you need to prep your homemade treats for gift giving; use these tags, flags, and belly bands to spice them up

Crumb Cake, Pool Party, Poppy Parade, Very Vanilla



INCLUDES: 3-piece SVG stamp brush set, 2 Designer Series Papers, 2 embellishments
, 2-page designer template (8-1/2" x 11")

A card and envelope in one; fold your card into its own fun-sized note, seal it, and gift it

COLORS: Always Artichoke, Cherry Cobbler, Crumb Cake, So Saffron, Yo Yo Yellow



INCLUDES: 26-page swatchbook designer template, 28-piece SVG stamp brush set
, 35 embellishments

A sassy swatchbook coupon book to give your significant other

COLORS: Cherry Cobbler, Early Espresso, Marina Mist, Mellow Moss, Midnight Muse, Sahara Sand, Whisper White


Order any -- or all! -- of these great downloads today at my online store.

Now, about that cigar smoke.

Our family had huge gatherings for Thanksgiving dinner when I was a child. All the relatives came -- aunts, uncles, cousins twice removed. My mother was also keen to invite just about anyone she thought would not be at a Thanksgiving table with loved ones...whether they were new neighbors or someone she met in the grocery store line. Got the picture? Lots of people.

After our traditional Thanksgiving dinner and before dessert, the men would retire to the outside deck for a drink and a smoke while the women cleared the table. The pre-feminist me loved being included in the washing up chores with the adult women of my was a rite of passage. They spoke of their lives as they washed and dried dishes, they consoled each other over losses, gave advice on everything from cooking to sex, and they laughed. They laughed a lot. The more they talked about their men the more they laughed. It was a secret club of very funny women showing sides of themselves I did not see at any other time.

It was my job as the eldest daughter to invite the men back in when dessert was ready. The women-only time of sharing the cleanup and sharing the moments of their lives came to a close when I was sent out to the cigar-filled deck. It's a bitter-sweet moment that I treasure and the smell of a cigar takes me to that moment every time.

What holiday smells evoke memories in you? Do you have a special memory of a Thanksgiving moment you treasure? Leave a comment if you'd like to share your moment.


October 15, 2012

The Shades Among Us

One of the best things about Halloween in Duluth, GA, are local walking tours offered by Duluth Ghost Walks.

It seems our oh-so-modern southern city is more than a metropolitan is a community named for a French explorer, on land originally occupied by Cherokee Indians and rife with stories of hauntings and things that go bump in the night.

You can imagine that with a rich history from the time of settlers through the arrival of the railroad to the heyday of cotton, spanning the fights of the Civil War, Women's Vote and Civil Rights, there are many stories of life and love, violence and hate, delight and despair.

Oh yes, there are said to be ghosts in old Duluth.

Whether or not you believe there are shades who walk among us, the Duluth Ghost Walks presents an outing that combines local legends with the definitely-spooky City Cemetary at night. Just right for a Halloween outing!

Duluth Ghost Walks runs Friday and Saturday nights through October 31st. For information and tickets call 770-403-1795 (reservations recommended but not required).

Now what do you suppose any self-respecting ghost walker would wear on a scary cemetary walk?

Why, BOOts, of course!


This card was on the display board at a recent Stampin' Up! gathering. It made me smile!

It uses the stamp set Bootiful Occasions (Wood #126595; Clear #126597).


Leave a memorable footprint with this stamp set. To order, go to my website and shop now.

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October 12, 2012

An Old-Fashioned Open Sleigh Christmas

I spent yesterday battling technology.

Technology won.

Who knew that the simple purchase of a new HDTV would lead to upgrading everything from our TIVO and sound system to our wireless router, modem and internet provider? Never fear, I will return to fight again.

I sought solace last night with the things that soothe me. There MAY have been a glass of wine in my hand but my important instruments of calm are ink, paper, stamps. Ah, yes, it feels better already!


This card has no electronic gizmos that I have to make play nicely together. The sleigh appealed to my momentary yearning for a simpler time.

I have to admit, however, that I've never ridden in such a sleigh. I'm not likely to do so, either, as I don't believe there has ever been a sleigh-sighting in Georgia...not even in the giddy, alcohol-enhanced shenanigans of a UGA football tailgating party.

The charming sleigh is from the Open Sleigh stamp set (Wood #126460; Clear #126462).


What do you stamp for solace? Leave a comment with your favorite comfort-stamp and I may just find some old-fashioned blog candy to award!


October 11, 2012

Happy Birthday, Shelli!

The co-founder and CEO of Stampin' Up! is having a birthday today. I've been a long-time advocate of not showing up for work on your birthday. Now there's a union demand I could support.

I wonder if Shelli gets today off? We'll have to check her blog at So Shelli later today to see if she posts. :-)


To Shelli...hope your day is wonderful!


October 10, 2012

Halloween: Monster Munchies Box

Oh my, "Bone" Appétit...there's a stamp you don't see every day.


Monster Munchies (Wood #127904; Clear #127907)

Gumball Green Card stock
Very Vanilla Card stock
Howlstooth & Scaringbone Designer Series Paper #126906
Silver Glimmer Paper #124005

Elegant Eggplant Classic Stampin’ Pad

Pumpkin Pie 1/8" Taffeta Ribbon #119253
Stampin’ Dimensionals
1-1/4" Circle Punch
1-3/8" Circle Punch
1-3/4" Scallop Circle Punch
Takeout box

If you're a digital crafter, there's an exclusively-digital download that includes the Bone Appétit skeleton image, along with everything you need for a too-cute Halloween party.

Monster Munchies Ensemble #131314


You can even get a digital version of Howlstooth and Scaringbone DSP, #129827.

For a real treat, make sure you are signed up for my 12 Weeks of Christmas newsletter. The second issue will be sent out this afternoon, so go to the top left of this page and enter your email address now. You won't want to miss this series of holiday cards, gifts, tags and wrapping projects exclusively for my newsletter subscribers!


October 09, 2012

My Digital Studio: Spooky Tuesday Downloads

Halloween is in the air and today's digital offerings definitely raise the creativity bar. If Halloween isn't your thing, check out the two holiday downloads.

INCLUDES: 7-page 8-1/2" template; 7-piece SVG stamp brush set
COLORS: Basic Gray, Pumpkin Pie

INCLUDES: 2-page 8-1/2" x 11" template; 9-piece SVG stamp brush set
COLORS: Basic Black, Basic Gray

INCLUDES: 9-piece SVG stamp brush set; 9 punches

INCLUDES: 6-piece SVG stamp brush set


Go to my online store now to order your digital downloads.


October 06, 2012

World Cardmaking Day: Moving Forward

We cardmakers are celebrating our art today. I can't think of a better way stamp set to highlight on such an occasion than Stampin' Up!'s Moving Forward (Wood 126320; Clear 126322).

Every year, Stampin' Up! designs a child-centered stamp set that's featured prominently in the catalog as the "RMHC set". In our current catalog, you can find the Moving Forward set on the inside back cover.

This set is special because every time one is sold Stampin' Up! donates $3 to the Ronald McDonald House Charities.

That is just part of the partnership...all over the U.S. demonstrators donate cards year-round for families staying at Ronald McDonald houses to use, and we hold events for residents to make their own cards. Some of us create stamped coloring books as gifts for the children with this set.

And what a set it is!


Three primary images comprise the set -- the balloon above, an old-fashioned tricycle and a sailboat.



Here's the complete Moving Forward stamp set.


Why not celebrate World Cardmaking Day with a purchase that delivers quality art to you and supports loving care for sick children and their families?

Click here to order Moving Forward now.


October 03, 2012

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October 02, 2012

Suddenly Single: Now Single Stamps


Buy a single clear-mount stamp from one of three select stamp a single-stamp price!

The stamp sets are:

Word Play - PDF flyer with pricing



Seasonal Sayings - PDF flyer with pricing



Perfectly Penned - PDF flyer with pricing


This is a trial program and right now is expected to end January 2, 2013.

Note also:

  • Single Stamps are sold in the clear-mount version only
  • Your stamp comes in a cello bag packaging
  • There's no limit to the number you may purchase
  • You need your own blocks, but the suggested block size is in the flyer

So there you have it, my friends...your stamps YOUR way!

To order now, hop over to my online store.