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August 2010

Woo Hoo, my tickets are here!!!

My favorite UPS gal Shonda arrived this evening with my tickets and travel wallet!!  I leave for my Founder's Circle trip in two weeks.  I can hardly wait!!  Thanks again to my fabulous customers and downline who made this trip possible. :-)



Greenhousetote1blog Receive a FREE Greenhouse Gala Craft Tote when you JOIN MY TEAM in September

NEW items added to the CLEARANCE RACK, shop now to get what you want before it is gone!!

Serifessentialsspooky SPOOKY Banner kit to go, order it HERE

Get your Seasonal Sweets Share from the Holiday Mini Catalog HERE



Just Believe and looped ribbon

Here is a card I did recently that uses the new set Just Believe.  I inked up the stamp with Marina Mist, Tangerine Tango and Early Espresso markers, stamped it and then added some highlights with my Dazzling Diamonds Glitter.


How do you like my little ribbon accent?  I used the Scallop Trim Border Punch on the edge of the Early Espresso piece and then just looped my 1/8" Taffeta Ribbon through the holes and secured the ends with Mini Glue Dots.  The gals at a recent class loved this little detail.


Order your Scallop Trim Border Punch HERE  


Greenhousetote1blog Receive a FREE Greenhouse Gala Craft Tote when you JOIN MY TEAM in September

NEW items added to the CLEARANCE RACK, shop now to get what you want before it is gone!!

Serifessentialsspooky SPOOKY Banner kit to go, order it HERE

Get your Seasonal Sweets Share from the Holiday Mini Catalog HERE


September Card Kit of the Month

Welcome to another month of my Card Kit of the Month.  These kits are a class in the mail for you.  The September Card Kit of the Month has a whimsical retro look!! 

Featured Stamp Set of the month: Funky Four

Featured Stamp Set of the year: Teeny Tiny Wishes

Featured Accessories: Brights Glimmer Brads
Medium Envelopes can be added for $2.50
You will receive all of the card stock and ribbon to create 12 cards. You will also receive 2 additional full color samples in the emailed instructions of “alternative” cards that you can make with the contents of the kit! In addition, you will receive step by step instructions on how to complete each of the 4 designs. The price of the Card Kit is $16.95 please add $3 (in the US) if you need me to ship it to you.   Orders will be processed starting September 10th.
New this year:  Teeny Tiny Wishes will be a featured set for the entire year!  This means each month, I will be using this set so you have a wide assortment of greetings with which to work.  Since the size of all the greetings is about the same, you can select ANY of the greetings in this set for ANY card. 

If you purchase the card kit, you can also purchase the featured stamp set and featured accessory at a 15% discount, normal shipping and tax apply.

Add-on Products:

  • Chocolate Chip Classic Ink ($5.95)
  • Old Olive Stampin' Write Marker($3.50)
  • Chocolate Chip Stampin Write marker ($3.50)
  • So Saffron Stampin' Write Marker ($3.50)
  • Real Red Stampin' Write Marker ($3.50)
  • Tempting Turquoise Stampin' Write Marker ($3.50)
  • Perfect Plum Stampin' Write Marker ($3.50)
  • 1/2" Circle Punch ($5.95)
  • 1 3/4" Circle Punch ($16.95)
  • Curly Label Punch ($16.95)
  • Teeny Tiny Wishes Stamp Set $36.95 $31.40 - discount given on the first card kit purchase of the year
  • Funky Four Stamp Set $14.95 $12.70 wood mount or $11.95 $10.15 clear mount with purchase of the kit
  • Brights Glimmer Brads $4.95 $4.20 with purchase of the kit
  • Set of 12 Medium Envelopes $2.50

Other Optional Purchases:

  • Stampin’ Dimensionals ($3.95)
  • SNAIL Adhesive ($6.95)
  • Mini Glue dots ($4.95)
  • Mat pack ($9.95)
  • Paper Piercer ($3.50) 
  • Bone Folder ($6.95)
  • Paper Snips ($9.95)

*Please note that this kit includes the Top Notes cut with my Big Shot and the Play Date Designer Series Paper may vary from those shown.


September Card Kti of the Month

My Anniversary Gift, the best one yet!!

Today is my 12 year anniversary and my hubby gave me the best gift ever!!!!  Lookie at what he made for me. :-)  He can make/fix anything and I am the luckiest gal on the planet!!!

Ribbonrackwithribbon I have been wanting something to hold my Stampin' Up! ribbon for years, literally years.  I have tried a few different methods but nothing seemed to really work.  I have seen tons of ways to store it but none of them really seemed like they would work for me.  I saw this design somewhere a long time ago and it just stuck in my mind.

I knew where I wanted it to go as I have this bit of wall space at the end of my stamp table and he sized it to fit perfectly.  I am so excited about this thing, I just sit and stare at it.  The dowels do not go through the rolls of ribbon, the rolls sit on the dowel so I can take a roll out of the middle and put it back with ease without moving any other rolls.  I thought I had a ton of ribbon while it was sitting in drawers and baskets all over my stamp room but now, I can clearly see that I need more!! 

Do you need some ribbon, I am still doing ribbon shares, see the details HERE.

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Receive a FREE Greenhouse Gala Craft Tote when you JOIN MY TEAM in September

NEW items added to the CLEARANCE RACK, shop now to get what you want before it is gone!!

Serifessentialsspooky SPOOKY Banner kit to go, order it HERE


Get your Seasonal Sweets Share from the Holiday Mini Catalog HERE



Holy Clearance Rack Batman!!!!

New items have been added to the Clearance Rack Place your orders ASAP before the items sell out.  Click HERE to go to my website then click "Shop Now" and Clearance Rack to view the items.

Here are a few of the items:

Card stock in the following colors from $2.49-$2.99 per pack (8 1/2 x 11 unless other wise listed)

Almost Amethyst
Basic Black
Bordering Blue
Brilliant Blue
Brocade blue
Cameo Coral
Creamy Caramel
Green Galore
Mellow Moss
Lavender Lace
Only Orange 12x12
Pale Plum
Pixie Pink
Pink Passion
Really Rust
Summer Sun
Taken with Teal 12x12
Yo Yo Yellow

Sending Love Designer Series Paper-$4.99


Real Red, Pretty in Pink, Chocolate Chip Epoxy Brads $1.49-$1.99


Snowflake Shimmer Decor Decals for your walls and windows $5.99

 Silver and gold elastic Cord $1.99 ea


I Wish Simply Scrappin' Kit $7.99

On Board Scallop and Bird Books $1.99 ea


Hurry and go to my WEBSITE for the best selection!

Have fun shopping!!!


Bleaching with Growing Green

Here is a card that I did at a recent workshop.  It uses a great new set called Growing Green (wood-118758 or clear-120624) that I got for FREE!!  You can see more samples with this set HERE, HERE and HERE.

I started by inking up the image with Chocolate Chip Craft Ink and embossing it with Clear Embossing Powder.  I then used my Aquapainter and regular household bleach to "color" in the flowers.  I used Cajun Craze card stock.  Every card stock bleaches differently and it is really cool to color on some scraps to see what you will get.  I wrapped my Top Note with our New Victoria Crochet Trim and finished it off with an Antique Brad.

The "Birthday Wishes" greeting is from a soon to be retired set called Watercolor Trio.  It is in the Summer Mini Catalog that ends August 31st.  Place your orders HERE for anything out of the Summer Mini.

Stamps - Growing Green, Watercolor Trio
Card stock - Crumb Cake, Cajun Craze, Early Espresso
Ink - Chocolate Chip Craft Spot
Accessories - Big Shot, Vintage Wallpaper Impressions Folder, Top Note Bigz Die, Antique Brads, Victoria Crochet Trim

Thanks for checking in, come back tomorrow for a card we are doing at Technique Geeks class.


Spooky Fun in Halloween Town, a kit to go!

Holiday Mini Product Shares, my "Seasonal Sweets", see them HERE

Here is another project from my upcoming Take A Trip to Halloween Town Stamp Camp.  It is a banner made with the Wicked Fun Designer Series Paper and the Serif Essentials Alphabet Big Shot die set.  If you are unable to attend this class, I am offering this project as a kit to go.


You will receive all the pre-cut supplies to make this banner and the kit also includes a package of the Black Flourish Designer Jewels from the Holiday Mini Catalog, this is used on the "S", O"O. "K" and "Y".  Click Here to see another project from this class.

Spooky Banner

Thanks for looking, see you tomorrow!! 

Take a Trip to Halloween Town

My upcoming class "Take a Trip to Halloween Town" promises some spooky fun!!!  We will be making a number of projects including this plant pick.  I don't know if that is the real name of this little gem but it works for me!!

It uses our Top Note die, On Board Long Board and our Chalkboard Decor Elements Sheets.  The gals are going to have a blast making this!!!

Thursday, I will be posting another project from this class that will also be offered as a kit to go so come back and see me. :-)

Be sure to check out my Seasonal Sweets Shares from the NEW Holiday Mini Catalog!!

Holiday Mini Catalog "Seasonal Sweets" Shares

The Holiday Mini Catalog is here and since I know that you want to see and feel all the wonderful new products in it, I am offering my Seasonal Sweets Shares.  A Seasonal Sweets Share will cost $26.99 (includes shipping) and I need four people per group.  Each share will consist of:
24 6x6 pieces of NEW Designer Series Paper one from
each pattern in four packs, one set is textured and one has bright red glitter accents.
24 Big buttons - 12 from each set
8 yards of new ribbon, 2 yds of Raven Lace Trim, Cherry Cobbler, Always Artichoke and Very Vanilla Seam Binding
20 Glimmer Brads - 1 of each color--ooooh sooo sparkly!!
2 Mini Scallop Edge Lunch Sacks
Add on a 1/4 pack of each of our NEW Fabric offerings for only $6-includes 6 pieces measuring 18 x 7 each
Purchase a Seasonal
Sweets Share and I will throw in two die cuts from the NEW Candy Wrapper Die!!  

Seasonal Sweets Share

Button, Button, whose got the button??

You will when you purchase a share of our Designer Buttons including the ones in the Holiday Mini Catalog.  You will receive 96 buttons total, one of each color and style.


$18.99 includes shipping

Check back a little later as I will have another project to share with you from my upcoming "Take a Trip to Halloween Town" Stamp Camp.

Need a little, PLACE AN ORDER, need a lot, HOST A PARTY, want it all, JOIN MY TEAM!!

Whose Clear Block Storage Caddy??

Barb's Clear Block Storage Caddy!!  Isn't it purty. :-)

Vinyl I was doing a little cleaning/rearranging this weekend and was reminded that I have some Decor Elements Sheets in some pretty nifty colors.  These can be found on page 205 in the Big Catalog and they are also in the Decor Elements Catalog which you can view online HERE

I ran the different colors through my Big Shot using a variety of dies to personalize my Caddy.

Topnoteblockcaseclose Did you know that the Clear Block Storage Caddy comes with a number of FREE Paper Piercing Mats?  It does and you can read about it in a PREVIOUS BLOG POST.

TIP JAR, thank you!!!

Order your Decor Elements Sheets in a variety of colors on my WEBSITE.

Check back Wednesday to see my Holiday Mini Shares and another Decor Elements Project.

Friends Never Fade

I love the colors in this Designer Series Paper and the fact that it coordinates with the Friends Never Fade stamp set is a bonus. 


Stamps - Friends Never Fade, Tiny Tags, Teahosue Background
Card Stock - Early Espresso, Marina Mist, Pear Pizzazz, Whisper White
Greenhouse Gala Designer Series Paper
Ink - Marina Mist, Pear Pizzazz, Pumpkin Pie Markers, Early Espresso Classic pad
Accessories - Big Shot, Vintage Wallpaper Impressions Folder, Medium Jewelry Tag Punch, 1 3/4 Circle Punch, Vintage Trinkets, Scallop Trim Border Punch, Crop-A-Dile


NEW My Digital Studio Downloads

Stampin' Up! will continue to offer additional downloads for the My Digital Studio Paper Crafting solution as they create new papers, embellishments and stamp brush sets.  I will post the pictures of the downloads with the item numbers and prices to make your ordering easier. 

The digital downloads must be ordered online through my website HERE and they are available for immediate download to your computer after the transaction is complete. 

You can see all the additional downloads available for purchase HERE.

Stampin' Up! has released four NEW Digital Downloads for My Digital Studio.  Please note that you do not have to have My Digital Studio to purchase these downloads, they will work in other applications.

123367    Flower Brads Brights Pack   $2.95
123374    Flower Brads Subtles Pack  $2.95
123381    Flower Brads Regals Pack    $2.95
123388    Flower Brads Neutrals Pack  $2.95

 121440    Letters stamp brush set   $13.25

 121439    Forest Friends stamp brush set   $2.95

 123431    Funky Four stamp brush set $5.95

 123433    Play Date Embellishments  $5.95

 123432    Play Date Quick Accents Kit  $7.95

 121438    Play Date Designer Series Paper $6.95


 122157    Striped Grosgrain Ribbon Color Pack  $5.95

Yesterday I showed you my first bookmark using the Two Tags die and our Magnet Sheets.  Today is the group shot.  They all use Designer Series paper from the Summer Mini Catalog, Island Oasis and Travel Journal.  Most items in the Summer Mini catalog will not be available after August 31st so place your orders today.  If your order is over $75, I will give you a FREE gift.

Aren't they just the cutest things, I know the kids will love using them.  I have brief directions in THIS POST

Stamps - Every Little Bit, Cottage Garden
Ink - Pumpkin Pie
Card stock - Pumpkin Pie, Bashful Blue, Night of Navy, Tempting Turquoise
Designer Series Paper - Travel Journal, Island Oasis
Accessories - Big Shot, Timeless Type Alphabet, Two Tags die, Scallop Circle, 1 3/8 Circle Punch

Are you looking to make some extra money each month?  Who wouldn't love that!!  Join my team of demonstrators and you can add extra money to the pot each month.  I can help you with the planning and running of workshops, classes and stampin' groups.  Join HERE or contact me with any questions.


Stampin' Up! Punch Caddies will not be available

Stampin' Up! has just announced that the Punch Caddies on page 200 will not be available.
We have discovered serious quality issues with the Punch Caddies that can not be resolved. Rather than deliver a defective product, we chose to halt production.
We are disappointed that we cannot offer the Punch Caddies for sale. But because of our ongoing commitment to providing you with the highest quality products, we simply cannot allow this product to go live. If you have additional questions about this matter, we’ve prepared a brief Q&A: 

Q: What were the quality issues with the Punch Caddy?
A: Through usability testing we discovered problems with the functionality of the Punch Caddy, as well as issues with materials and aesthetics that did not meet our standards.

Q: Will you offer a Punch Caddy in the future?
A: We have no immediate plans to manufacture the Punch Caddy as it is currently designed. We will possibly look into an equivalent product in the future, but we do not have any firm plans to do so at this time.

Q: Why don’t we get a different vendor to produce the Punch Caddy?
A: The problems with the punch caddy are in the design, molds and materials. Even if we selected another vendor, it would not be possible for them to manufacture a product that would meet our quality standards.
Q: Why are items that are not yet for sale included in the Idea Book & Catalog?
A: The timelines of the Idea Book & Catalog and product development sometimes overlap, and some products are still in development when the catalog goes to press. At the time of printing, we have assurances from our vendors that the products will be ready at or shortly after catalog launch. As the Idea Book & Catalog is the Stampin’ Up! storefront, including them in the catalog provides them with the broadest exposure—much more than they would receive if we were to launch those products independent of the Idea Book & Catalog. Unfortunately, in the case of the Punch Caddy, difficulties arose that will prevent it from being offered at all. Future print runs of the 2010–2011 Idea Book & Catalog will not feature the Punch Caddy at all.  

A Bookmark from Two Tags

I am finally getting my life back to normal after what seems like forever.  I was on vacation for two weeks, returned and left four days later for a 90th birthday party, returned and have spent this past week shuttling my kids to hair, dentist and eye doctor appointments to get them ready for school.  I should be back on my regular posting schedule now. :-)

Today's project will get those kiddos ready for school, it is a bookmark made with the Two Tags Bigz Die and my Big Shot.  For those of you who don't have a Big Shot, you really do NEED this and you can get it FREE with my new Be A Big Shot At Home program!!  I bet I use it every single day and keep wondering what I did without it!!!

TwotagsbookmarkmagnetJI used the new Cottage Garden set and circle from the soon to be retired Island Oasis Designer Series Paper from the Summer Mini, love those Polka Dots!!  A couple pieces of our new Magnet Sheets keep it closed on your page. 


I made one for each of my kiddos and one for a friend.  I will get the others photographed and uploaded tomorrow.  HOW I DID IT -I used a 2 1/4 x 8 1/2 strip of card stock and folded it in half.  Place that just below the dash marks of the scalloped tag on your die and run it through.