Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Last Chance Favorites: "Water" Gel Card

Well, I took some pictures of new projects today, but I just didn't get a chance to do much beyond that with them. So here's another Last Chance Favorite! You're almost out of time for Last Chance items! Make sure to get your orders by Thursday night!

The new catalog will start on July 1st, but Online Ordering will not be available until the afternoon. Don't worry, I'll be sure to post all the info that day!

This card uses the Pun Fun stamp set. Click here to find it in my Online Store. Click here to view the original blog post with project details.

Click HERE to Order Stampin' Up! Products Online, Anytime!

Monday, June 27, 2011

Last Chance: Pendant Notecards

I enjoy getting together almost every month with some stamping friends for "Card Club". It's basically a shoebox swap -- everyone brings a project to make and we pass the trays around the table making each person's card. It's so nice to just sit and stamp and visit. I appreciate the grown-up time! We do a different theme each month. This month the theme was wedding/anniversary. I designed this card using the retiring Pendant Notecards. (Click here to find them in my Online Store.)

One of the images in the Baroque Motifs stamp set coordinates perfectly with the shape on the Pendant Note. I stamped it with Versamark ink on the inside and added the greeting (from a hostess set) over it.

Stampin' Up! Supplies: All Holidays, Baroque Motifs, Occasional Quotes, Jet Black Staz-On Ink, Versamark ink pad, Pendant Notecards, Very Vanilla cardstock, Basic Black cardstock, Boho Blossoms Punch, Rhinestones Jewel Accents, Stampin' Dimensionals

Click HERE to Order Stampin' Up! Products Online, Anytime!

Friday, June 24, 2011

Last Chance Favorites: A Flower for All Seasons

Catalogs have been sent. (I even included something extra inside!) New drywall is up downstairs. We're starting to paint. Carpet is ordered. I'm shopping for new furniture...we're making progress!!! By this time next week, I hope to have everything done and ready to move back in to the family room, guest room, and office/stamp room. Just in time for holiday weekend company!

I have a few more Last Chance favorites to share and then some new projects to post and THEN brand new catalog samples. I'll probably save the brand, brand new stuff for July 1st, which is only one week away! Make sure to get your Last Chance orders in before next Thursday! Click here to shop now.

Both these cards, and the Spring Tulips card I posted a couple of weeks ago, use the A Flower for All Seasons stamp set. This is one that is retiring, so make sure to get it before it's gone on June 30! Click here to find it in my Online Store.

Click HERE to Order Stampin' Up! Products Online, Anytime!

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Last Chance Favorites: Cheep Talk

I'm feeling a little overwhelmed by my "to do" list. It just seems never-ending! Hope to share some new stuff soon, but it's just not top on the list. So here are a couple favorites using the soon-to-be-retired Cheep Talk stamp set. Click here to find it in my Online Store.

Click HERE to Order Stampin' Up! Products Online, Anytime!

Monday, June 20, 2011

Last Chance Favorite: Always

I love a good stamp set with coordinating designer paper. The Always stamp set used to have some designer paper that coordinated. It's long retired now, but the stamp set is still a good one and you can create your own coordinating paper with the stamps in the set!

Click here to find this stamp set in my Online Store.

I stamped the bird in Chocolate Chip ink and then colored in the negative image of the flowers using markers.

Click HERE to Order Stampin' Up! Products Online, Anytime!

Sunday, June 19, 2011

Top 5 of June 2010

It's time to rewind! I know we've been doing it all month, but here's a look at my favorite posts from this time, last year! Click on each photo for more details about the project. Click here to see all my June 2010 blog posts.

Click HERE to Order Stampin' Up! Products Online, Anytime!

Friday, June 17, 2011

Strength & Hope: Mother of Pearl Technique Tutorial

I hope you have been enjoying all the Last Chance Favorites that I've been posting this month. I have some new things to photograph and share and I hope to do that soon. We're still dealing with the mess downstairs and my stamp room has been moved to several parts of the house (bedroom, kitchen, boxes in the garage). I'm hoping to be back to normal in early July. I'm excited about reorganizing my crafting space and look forward to sharing pictures of the process!

In the meantime, I found something new that I haven't shared yet! This was a Stamp Club project last month and I took pictures before we left for Alaska and never posted.

This technique, Mother of Pearl, is really stunning to see in person! It was highlighted in a recent Stampin' Success magazine. That's the monthly magazine that demonstrators get. (Love it!!) But don't worry, I'll give you a little how-to!

First, start with Frost White Shimmer Paint (#116854, $5.95), Glossy White Cardstock (#102599, $5.95), a disposable plate, and plastic wrap (scrunched into a ball).

Pour a small amount of paint on to the plate. Use the ball of plastic wrap to "pounce" and apply paint to the glossy white cardstock. Allow to dry. Using a Rubber Brayer (#102395, $12.50) and Classic ink pad, roll over the cardstock until you get the desired shade of color.

The dried paint will resist the ink. Rub a cotton ball in a small circular motion over the cardstock to remove the ink off the dried paint. Viola! Stamp on the cardstock using Staz-On ink or use as a background piece.

Stampin' Up! Supplies: Strength & Hope stamp set, Basic Gray ink & cardstock, Blushing Bride ink & cardstock, Whisper White cardstock, Glossy White cardstock, 1-3/8" Circle Punch, Scallop Circle Punch, Rhinestone Jewel Accents, Frost White Shimmer Paint, Rubber Brayer

Click HERE to Order Stampin' Up! Products Online, Anytime!

Thursday, June 16, 2011

And the winner is...

I wish I could give a prize to everyone! But I'm not Oprah, so you'll have to settle for one winner! I used Random.org to select a number, which corresponded to the comments left on the 650K Blog Candy post and the winner is
Tracy Stancil said...

We had a scrapbooking day at church and the grand prize was $45 album. My girlfriend asked my daughter to draw a name and of course like any other mother, I'm yelling, PULL MY NAME BABY. And she did. She was more excited than I was.

June 9, 2011 12:23 PM

Congratulations, Tracy!! Please email me with your mailing address so I can send out your prize!

I'll be giving away another prize over on my Facebook Fan Page because we just surpassed 250 fans! If you're not a fan already, hurry over and "Like" my Fan Page to be eligible for the next Facebook Fan Freebie coming this weekend!

Click HERE to Order Stampin' Up! Products Online, Anytime!

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Last Chance Favorites: Great Friend

Here are a couple favorites using the Great Friend stamp set. I designed these projects for our annual Spring Into Stamping demonstrator gathering a couple of years ago. I still really love the way they turned out! The colors are just so soothing. Click each image to see the original blog post with details about the projects.

Click here to shop for the Great Friend stamp set in my Online Store. Click here to shop for Clearance Rack Jumbo Grommets in my Online Store (for only $1.49!)

Click here to view more samples using this stamp set.

Click HERE to Order Stampin' Up! Products Online, Anytime!

Monday, June 13, 2011

Last Chance Favorites: Petal Pizazz Emboss Resist

I love this card from two years ago. I saw the idea on Shelli's blog. I think it was one of her daughters who originally posted the technique. It's a classic "Emboss Resist", but instead of plain paper, I embossed on a piece of designer paper so the pretty patterns shows through even after you brayer the darker color over it. This bold flower from Petal Pizazz is perfect for this technique! Make sure to snatch it up before it's retired on June 30. Click here to find Petal Pizazz in my Online Store.

Click here to see the original post with details about this project.

Click HERE to Order Stampin' Up! Products Online, Anytime!

Sunday, June 12, 2011

Last Chance Favorites: On a Pedestal

In honor of Miss Claire's 6th birthday today, I thought I'd post some birthday cards with one of the Last Chance stamp sets: On a Pedestal. Here's my favorite card with this set. It's really clean and simple and just my style.

Here are the invites I made for Claire's birthday party a couple years ago:

And I love the way these party favors turned out. (Click the image for project details.)

Click here to find On the Pedestal in my Online Store and make sure to get it before it's gone on June 30.

Click here to find more birthday project ideas on my blog.

Click HERE to Order Stampin' Up! Products Online, Anytime!

Friday, June 10, 2011

Last Chance Favorites: Bugs & Kisses

I love the Bugs & Kisses stamp set. It's so cute and perfect for kids -- cards, scrapbook pages, everything! I usually don't keep my retired stamp sets, but I think this will be one I hang on to! Here's a couple cards I've made with the Bugs & Kisses stamp set. (Click here to find it in my Online Store.)

Click here to see more Bugs & Kisses projects on my blog.

Click HERE to Order Stampin' Up! Products Online, Anytime!

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Big Shot Dies: 25-40% Off in June

Do you own a Big Shot? Or another die-cutting machine that can use the Big Shot dies? There are dies on the Last Chance list that will be retiring after June 30 and many of them are on sale for 25% or 40% off the regular price!! Click here to see a list of all the Last Chance Accessories. These are only available while supplies last until June 30th, so don't wait to get your order in. While you're ordering online, make sure to check out the discounted dies in the Clearance Rack.

Here are some of my Last Chance Favorites featuring Last Chance Big Shot dies:





Click HERE to Order Stampin' Up! Products Online, Anytime!

650K Blog Candy & Alaska Cruise Highlight

Every year I hold a Customer Appreciation Party to say thank you to my customers for supporting my business and stamping with me. My favorite part of the whole night is giving away prizes. What a joyful thing to make someone's day with a special gift to make them smile. I can only imagine what Oprah feels like when she gives away cars!!

It's also kind of fun to be on the receiving end of prize-winning. On the Stampin' Up! Cruise to Alaska, they had a guessing game in the hospitality room for us. Almost every day there was a new bag of Stampin' Up! goodies and we had to feel the bag and guess how many products were inside. And guess who won Bag 2!? ME!!

When we got back to our room after a late night in Juneau and a quick dinner, there were a message on my room phone saying that I had won! I screamed. I mean literally screamed! I was so excited! Unfortunately, the hospitality room was already closed. And the next morning we had to be off the ship bright and early for an excursion, so I had to wait the WHOLE next day before I could check in and claim my prize! Here I am with the bag:

And all the loot spread out on the table:

There were 34 items in the bag with a total value over $250!! WOW!! There was a lot of consumable stuff like ribbon, adhesive, buttons, envelopes, but also some fun stuff like a stamp set, Big Shot folder, a set of 10 markers (!), SIX packages of Rhinestones...

What a thrill!! Have you ever won a prize? Leave a comment and tell me about the biggest prize you ever won and I'll choose one random winner next Wednesday, June 15 to receive my 650K Blog Candy: the Playdate Rub-Ons and coordinating Funky Four stamp set. I'll also throw in a surprise item from my bag of loot!

For my record more than anything else, here are the latest blog stats, as of today, 6-8-11:
Days Blogging: 1,078 (3+ years!)
# of Posts: 992
# of Hits: 656,061
Stamping Top 500 Rank: 71

Click HERE to Order Stampin' Up! Products Online, Anytime!

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Last Chance Favorites: Spiral Pop Up Card

I think this is one of my most favorite cards that I've ever made. I found it on my desk when I was packing up the office last week. I first saw this at Convention one year. It's so fun! Click here to see the original post and how to make it.

The Just Buzzin' By stamp set is retiring. Click here to view it in my Online Store.

Here's another variation I made for a birthday:

Click here to see the original post with details about this card. The Party Hearty stamp set is also retiring. Click here to view it in my Online Store. Click here to see more Party Hearty projects posted on my blog.

Click HERE to Order Stampin' Up! Products Online, Anytime!

Monday, June 6, 2011

Last Chance Favorites: Eastern Blooms Circle Card

I'm finalizing projects for tomorrow night's demonstrator meeting in Springfield. One of the projects we'll be making is a circle card using the Scallop Circle die, which kind of reminded me of this card from 2008 using the retiring Eastern Blooms stamp set. Click here to see more Eastern Blooms projects on my blog and click here to shop for this retiring stamp set in my Online Store before it's gone for good!

Click HERE to Order Stampin' Up! Products Online, Anytime!

Saturday, June 4, 2011

Last Chance Favorites: Sock Monkey Card

I have loved this little Sock Monkey! And the coordinating accessories are great too -- even without the monkey! Click here to view all the projects I've posted using this stamp set. Here is one of my favorite with the paper pieced body:

Click here to see the original post. Click here to find Sock Monkey in my Online Store. Also retiring: the Small (1-3/8" x 5/8") Oval Punch.

Click HERE to Order Stampin' Up! Products Online, Anytime!

Friday, June 3, 2011

Last Chance Favorites: Jumble Birthday Card

My new catalog preview order came today! Woo hoo!! New punches, a new Big Shot die, new designer paper. I can't wait to play with everything! I have a little more cleaning up to do to clear a space in the kitchen for my new make-shift stamp studio so I can design projects for our demonstrator meeting on Tuesday. I haven't stamped all week, so I can't wait to get my fingers inky! :)

Here's another "Last Chance Favorite" project featuring retiring stamp sets Fundamental Phrases and Jumble Alphabet. Make sure to snatch these up before they are gone at the end of June!

Supplies: Jumble Alphabet, Fundamental Phrases (happy), Pink Flamingo DSP, Cameo Coral ink & cardstock, Ballet Blue ink & cardstock, Kiwi Kiss ink & textured cardstock, Whisper White cardstock, Trio Flower Punch, Silver Brads, Crafter's Toolkit

Click HERE to Order Stampin' Up! Products Online, Anytime!

Thursday, June 2, 2011

Last Chance Favorites: Spring Tulips Card

Today I finished packing up my stamp room. As I mentioned the other day, we had some water (from the sewer line -- yuck!!) that backed up in the lower level while we were gone on the cruise and now we're dealing with clean up. They are removing the carpet and even some of the dry wall and trim in the affected areas and that means everything has to be packed up and moved. I am exhausted!! While I am saving out stamping supplies to prep for my events this month, I'm simply not going to be stamping as much as I normally do in the next couple weeks.

Since I won't have a lot of brand new projects to share, I thought it would be fun to re-post some of my favorites using products on the Last Chance List. I hope you will find inspiration and snatch up these favorites before they are gone forever at the end of the month!


Today's card uses the A Flower for All Seasons stamp set and the Old Olive 5/8" Grosgrain Ribbon. Click here the original post and project details.

Click HERE to Order Stampin' Up! Products Online, Anytime!

Free Stamp Set of the Month: Party This Way

Thanks to everyone who placed an order with me in May! I drew one winner from all of the online and email orders and Christine Treat is the lucky stamper to win the Picnic Parade stamp set! Congratulations, Christine!

It's a new month, and time for a new free stamp set giveaway! Each month, I will give away a free stamp set. To be eligible for the drawing, all you have to do it place an online order (email orders count too!) that is not part of a club or workshop. You'll get one entry for each order that you place with me between June 1-30. I'll draw a winner on July 1st. This month's stamp set is Party This Way. You'll love this birthday stamp set and the way it coordinates with the new Petite Pennants Builder Punch to be released in the new Stampin' Up! Catalog on July 1st!

Click HERE to Order Stampin' Up! Products Online, Anytime!

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Last Chance List Announced Today

It's here! The Last Chance list was just released! Make sure to look at the Last Chance Accessories because many of them are on SALE up to 40% off! WOW! These accessories will only be available while supplies last until June 30, so make sure to order early for the best selection!
In order to make room for all the new products coming in July, hundreds of stamp sets, accessories, and home d├ęcor products are retiring! These last-chance items are only available June 1-30, so get your favorites before they’re gone.

PDF Lists
** Don't freak out about the 12x12 cardstock appearing on the list. Stampin' Up! will still carry 12x12 cardstock in every color, it is just being reconfigured in the new catalog!

Links to Online Store so you can Shop Now
Note: Discounted prices are shown when items are added to the cart.

Ready to Order? Click here to visit my website and SHOP NOW!