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March 2012

Sprinkled Expressions-only two more days to get it!!


Sabexclusive-001The card uses three of the exclusive items in the Sale-a-bration brochure.  The exclusive items are only available for two more days and after that, they will be gone forever.  There are four stamp sets, Outlined Occasions, Fresh Vintage, Sprinkled Expressions and Elementary Elegance.

I used the following exclusive FREE products on my card:    Sprinkled Expressions stamp set, Everyday Enchantment Designer Series Paper, and the Everyday Enchantment Ribbon and Brad Pack

The other two exclusive items you can choose for free with your $50 orders are the Home Sweet Home Decor Element and the One Big Sale-a-Bration CD for My Digital Studio.

Place your orders in my Online Store and choose your FREE Sale-a-bration items today!!

Here is a look at the inside of the card.


Thanks to my friend Lori Schuch for the inspiration for it. :-)


Bright Blossoms Bunny Card

Isn't this little bunny the cutest!!  I found inspiration from Dena Rekow and Gina Taylor and here is my creation.


I thought his little bunny behind would look so cute sitting in the grass so I took a strip of Pear Pizzazz and used my Paper Snips to snip down about halfway and repeated this all the way across moving the scissors ever so slightly with each cut.  I went back and cut some of the blades on the diagonal.  I added a little circle of Pretty in Pink card stock with the small circle punch in the Itty Bitty Shapes Punch Pack and then adhered the matching button over it to create his tail.

The bunny is made using three of our punches:
3/4 Circle (head) 119873     
Small Oval (body) 120908 
Blossom Petals Builder (ears) 121808 

I stamped the leaves and daffodils using the NEW Sneak Peak set called Bright Blossoms.  You can purchase this during the new catalog sneak peak next month!  The Daffodil Delight Seam Binding is also part of the sneak peak.  The greeting is from the Delightful Dozen stamp set found on page 167 of the catalog

You now have three days left to earn your FREE Sale-a-bration items with your $50 orders or Join My Team for the terrific price of only $125!!  Please contact me if you have any questions.

Flipout Scrapbook Album Class - Live or To Go

How would you like to create this gorgeous Flipout Scrapbook Album with seven pages for your photos! You can, I am offering this as a live class and as a Kit to go.


Local classes will be held on Thursday, April 12th at 6:00 pm and again on Saturday, April 14th at 10:00.  RSVP is required and please bring your adhesive to this class.

If you cannot attend the live class, you may purchase a "Kit To Go" option via the paypal link below.  (If you are viewing this in a reader, you may need to come to my blog for the paypal link) I will take orders for the first round of kits through April 1st and ship them out shortly thereafter.

The "Mail it to me" option includes shipping in a Priority Envelope. 

Flipout Scrapbook Album

There are only four more days left to Sale-a-brate with me.  Place your orders in my Online Store or Join My Team for the super price of only $125.

Sprinkled Expressions in Peach Parfait

Can you believe that Sale-a-bration is coming to an end?  We only have five more days to earn FREE products with our $50 orders and you only have five more days to join my team for only $125.  Jennifer, Candy and Vicki joined me this month and so can you!!!  Click HERE to join me today!!

My card today uses the Sprinkled Expressions stamp set and the Everyday Enchantment Designer Series Paper along with a soon to be retired color, Peach Parfait.  I have certainly gotten used to Peach Parfait and all the 2010-2012 In Colors and cannot believe that they will be leaving us in two months. 

Stock up on Ink Refills and Card Stock in your favorite 2010-2012 In Colors this month and receive FREE Sale-a-bration products when you spend at least $50.


I added the dotted image from Bordering on Romance (Clear 125482 or Wood 125480) above the embossing I did with the Adorning Accents Textured Impressinos Folder.  I love using coordinating products and Stampin' Up! has a bunch to choose from.

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My Digital Studio Project - Rivet Swatchbook

I am so excited to share this project with you today.  It is a Rivet Swatchbook done with My Digital Studio!!! You create 26 pages in the program and the book comes to you printed with 13 double sided pages.  Here is a shot of the front cover and the pages on this side.


I used the Sweet Details Stamp Brush Set and the Sweet Details Designer Series Papers that come in the FREE Trial Version of the software along with some punches and embellishments I have purchased.

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The finished project measures 3 1/4 x 5 1/2 and it fits perfectly in my purse.  I designed one complete book in My Digital Studio and printed three of them, one for me and one for each of my kiddos.  Can you believe these swatchbooks are only $12.95 each, what a steal!

I had so much fun creating this book and it only took me a few hours on a Sunday afternoon.  The book comes with sturdy plastic front and back covers to protect the pages. Here is a shot of the back cover and the pages on this side of the book.


Here are some of the pages



Get started with your FREE 30 Day Trial and see how much fun Digital Crafting is.  I have one more FREE Intro to MDS Class this week.  It is Thursday night at 6:00, while the class is FREE, you must RSVP to attend.

There are only seven days left to Sale-a-brate!!  Place your $50 orders this week and choose a FREE item from the Sale-a-bration brochure.

There are only seven days left to join my team of demonstrators for the discount price of only $125, please contact me if you have any questions.

Everyday Enchantment 3D Box Card

Here is another 3D Box Card I created with Sale-a-bration Products.  You can see the one I did with the Sweet Cake set HERE.  This card uses products that you can earn FREE with your $50 orders in March. 


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These cards are so easy to make and pack a WOW when they are opened.  I chose the Everyday Enchantment Designer Series Paper, the Everyday Enchantment Ribbon and Brad Pack and the Sprinkled Expressioins stamp set for my card.  You only have Eight Days to place your orders and earn FREE Sale-a-bration items.  The Sprinkled Expressions set includes coordinating greetings to make it even more fun.

I used the Decorative Label Punch to create the 3D window for the greeting on the inside of the card.


Stamps: Sprinkled Expressions - get it FREE in March with a $50 order
Paper: Whisper White, Lucky Limeade, Pool Party, Everyday Enchantment Designer Series paper - get it FREE in March with a $50 order
Ink: Lucky Limeade
Accessories: Simply Scored Tool, Decorative Label Punch,
Embellishments: Basic pearls, Everyday Enchantment Ribbon and Brad Pack - get it FREE in March with a $50 order

Have fun creating your own 3D Box Cards and place your orders in my Online Store anytime 24/7.

Sneak Peak - Summer Smooches!!

Stampin' Up! is giving us a sneak peak at a new Suite of products called Summer Smooches that will be available in April.  As a demonstrator, I was able to preorder these products so I could start playing with them. 


This clothespin is approximately 6" tall and will make a great photo holder, recipe holder or a fun spring home decor item.  My club members will be making these at our club meetings in April!!!

The project uses the Flower Daisies #2 Bigz Die, the Summer Smooches Designer Series Paper and the Summer Smooches Designer Fabric Brads. 

Would you like start playing with these products now? Join my team of demonstrators and you can order these items today.  Click HERE to join me today and you will get a $50 discount of the Starter Kit.  Please contact me with any questions.

My Digital Studio Downloads - March 20th, 2012

Here are the latest downloads available for My Digital Studio.  New downloads are released every Tuesday.  You can order these in my Online Store and have instant access to them.  You can even purchase them and use them in your FREE 30 Day Trial of the software. 

Click the picture to see the file with colors and content.   


You can view more of the latest downloads HERE.

Don't forget that you can add regular catalog merchandise to your order and the downloads and the catalog merchandise all qualify for FREE Sale-a-bration items!!

March 2012 Control Freaks Blog Tour - Spring into Spring!


Welcome to the March 2012 Tour de Freaks Blog Hop! We are so excited to have you join us today.

This month we are featuring "Spring into Spring" cards and projects with a Spring and/or Easter theme.

Our tour is nice and short and features some of your favorite Control Freaks Stampers. You may have just come from uber talented Connie Babbert's blog, you may be one of my blog stalkers or you may have just stumbled here…however you got here, you’ll be very glad you did!  Be sure to take the whole tour!  Note:  If you are arriving here on the 19th, please note that not all links may be working yet.  The tour officially begins on the 20th.

Here's a fun and easy treat made with the 1 x 8 Cellophane Bags. I added a couple sleeves of Spring Sixlets (purchased at my local grocery store) to each cello bag.  I punched a flower with the Blossom Bouquet Triple Layer Punch and added a small flower to the middle with one of the punches in the Itty Bitty Shapes Punch Pack.



I attached the flower with two strands of the ribbon from the Everyday Enchantment Ribbon and Brad Pack that is FREE with a $50 order during Sale-a-bration.  I looped them around the treat, brought all ends up through opposite petals in the flower and tied it in a big bow.

SprinklesexpressionscandytreatThe greetings are from Sweetly Said and one of the Exclusive FREE Sale-a-bration sets, Sprinkled Expressions.  The greetings were stamped in Melon Mambo onto pennants from the Petal Cone Bigz Die, cut to size and attached to the cello bag with a Mini Glue Dot.


Next is a pouch treat and from my Easter Fun Camp.  I used Designer Series Papers from the Spring Fever Simply Scrappin' Kit, the Delightful Dozen stamp set and some  Daffodil Delight 1 1/4 Striped Grosgrain Ribbon to decorate it.  The greeting was punched out with the Large Oval and the back piece was done wiith the same punch.  I simply cut it down the middle and attached it to both edges making it look like I have another punch a bit larger.


My last project is a super simple Easter Card created on the Notecards that come with envelopes.  I have had the Furry Folk stamp set since the catalog came out and hadn't used it.  I was looking for bunny stamps and this little guy is so adorable that I had to use him.  The Polka Dot border on the card and envelope is one of three stamps you will find in the Borderlines Stamp Set. 

That does it for me, your next stop is the AWESOME LeeAnn Greff and I know you will love what she has to share.


Thanks for visiting!!!!

Big Shot and a Blossom Party in the Kitchen!

HAPPY ST. PATRICK'S DAY  Be sure to wear your Green today!!!

I found these Sugar Sheets in my local grocery store and just had to have them.  They are pliable sheets of colored sugar and you can cut them with your Big Shot Machine!


I removed the sheets from the package and cut them to size for my dies with my Kitchen Shears.  I used the Blossom Party Originals Die and the Floral Fusion Sizzlit.  The Sugar Sheets come with a thin cardboard backing on one side and a clear film on the other.  I kept the layers together as I ran them through the Big Shot.

Order your Big Shot Machine in March and qualify for FREE Sale-a-bration products.


When I separated the sugar pieces from the backing sheets, this is what I ended up with.  Aren't they cute!!  We also used the small circle from the Itty Bitty Shapes Punch Pack and the 1/2" Circle Punch on the finished cake.


I made a cake just so I could use these Sugar Sheet pieces and here is my finished treat.  My daughter helped me add the pieces and I have to say that they are pretty tasty as well. :-)  Who knew your Big Shot Machine could be used in the kitchen!!!


You can order all your Stampin' Up! supplies in my Online Store and don't forget about the Clearance Rack when you are shopping, you will find some incredible deals!!

BARB'S NEWS:  There are only two weeks left for you to join Stampin' Up! with me.  When you Join My Team this month, you will get a FREE pack of Designer Series Paper or FREE Digital Downloads every month for the rest of the year.  Sign up this weekend (the 17th or 18th) and I will give you a FREE Sponge Dauber Case!!  Contact me for details!

Party This Way Button Balloons!

How fun is this card, thanks to Deb Valder for sharing it on a recent Stampin' Up! webinar for demonstrators. I made a couple different color versions. They both use the Party This Way stamp set and the Brights Buttons. You can get either item FREE with a $50 order this month or spend $100 and get them both!!


BARB'S TIP:  I used a Floss Threader to get the three pieces of twine through that tiny hole in the tag.  You can get them in the toothbrush/toothpaste section of your local drugstore.

Stamps: Party This way (choose it FREE with a $50 order this month)
Paper: Real Red, Daffodil Delight, Tempting Turquoise, Pumpkin Pie, Old Olive, Rich Razzleberry, Whisper White, Brights Patterns Stack
Ink: Real Red, Rich Razzleberry
Accessories: Big Shot, Framelits Labels Collection, Scallop Border Punch, Small Oval Punch (balloons), Perfect Polka Dots Textured Impressions Embossing Folder, Lots of Tags Sizzlit Set (Happy Birthday tag)
Embellishments: White Baker's Twine, Lucky Limeade Baker's Twine, Brights Buttons choose it FREE with a $50 order this month

MDS Downloads March 13, 2012

Here are the latest downloads available for My Digital Studio.  New downloads are released every Tuesday.  You can order these in my Online Store and have instant access to them.  You can even purchase them and use them in your FREE 30 Day Trial of the software. 

Click the picture to see the file with colors and content.   


You can view more of the latest downloads HERE.

Don't forget that you can add regular catalog merchandise to your order and the downloads and the catalog merchandise all qualify for FREE Sale-a-bration items!!

Sale-a-bration Doorprizes

Here are a few of the door prizes I made for my Sale-a-bration Parties. I have a bunch of random Stampn' Up! stamps so I packaged them in Small Cello Bags and used my Workshop Words stamp set to create the tag.


The Blossom Bouquet Triple Layer Punch looks great on the tags.  I also added a small circle from one of the punches in the Itty Bitty Shapes Punch Pack and a brad in the middle.

These have been a big hit as I included a coupon to attend one of my very popular monthly card classes. 

If you would like to host a party with me before Sale-a-bration ends, contact me ASAP so we can get you on my calendar.

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  • A Sale-a-bration Envelope!


    Here is another custom envelope I made last week.  I wanted it to match the card so I used Pool Party card stock.  I cut the card stock to 7 3/4 x 7 3/4 and then using my Simply Scored Tool and the NEW Diagonal Scoring Plate, I scored it at 3 1/8" on two opposite sides and 4 1/8" on the other two opposite sides. 

    Envelope_snipedgesI snipped out the areas where the two lines crossed with my 1 1/4" square punch and trimmed the point off the bottom flap.  The liner is from the Everyday Enchantment Designer Series Paper that I received FREE with a $50 order I placed last month.  You can earn FREE products too, for each $50 you spend with me, either in person or in my Online Store, you can choose a FREE item from the Sale-a-bration brochure

    I cut the liner to 4x4 and that seemed to be the perfect size when i folded it to form two triangles.  It fits perfectly inside the envelope.  Here is a shot of the liner in place, the crossing lines snipped out and where I put my adhesive.


    The card used the Outlined Occasions Stamp Set as well as the Everyday Enchantment Ribbon and Brad Pack. Both of these items are also FREE choices for your $50 order.  I received the card in a swap.

    Supplies for the card and envelope:
    Stamps: Outlined Occasions - FREE with a $50 order through March 31st
    Paper: Pool Party, Calypso Coral, Very Vanilla, Everyday Enchantment Designer Series Paper - FREE with a $50 order through March 31st
    Ink: Black StazOn, Pool Party and Calypso Coral Markers
    Accessories: Labels Collection Framelits, Big Shot Machine, Adorning Accents Edgelits, Adorning Accents Textured Impressions Embossing Folders, Simply Scored Tool, Simply Scored Diagonal Plate
    Embellishments: Everyday Enchantment Ribbon and Brad pack - FREE with a $50 order through March 31st

    Online Project of the Month-March 2012 and more!

    March 2012 - Staggered Mini Scrapbook Album

    Animated GIF Pictures

    Are you getting spring fever yet? I sure am! Easter and Mother’s Day are just around the corner. Plus, end of school celebrations, wedding, and vacation seasons will be here before we know it. With all these occasions coming up, now is a great time to think about heartfelt handmade gifts. When you make mini albums as your special gifts, you have the perfect solution for many events, and a great way to celebrate National Scrapbooking month in May!

    I think the Staggered Mini Album, featuring the Country Club Simply Scrappin’ Kit and Clear-Mount Stamp Case, is the perfect way to make your spring blossom! I am excited to hear what you think of this unique project featuring the time-saving Simply Scrappin’ Kit.

    Purchase a subscription to My Online Project Club.  Each month, you will receive a tutorial showing you how to make the "Project of the Month"  Each full color tutorial will include over 20 pages of pictures with step-by-step instructions and can be yours for under $8 a month. 

     You can get this file FREE when you join my Coast to Coast Stampin' Buddies club.

    You can also purchase my Online Project of the Month tutorials three ways, click on the drop down arrow to make your choice.

    Single issue $7.95
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    You can also use the above paypal links to purchase back issues.  After you submit your payment, send me an email letting me know which project tutorials you would like.
    If you are a Stampin' Up! Demonstrator please contact me for more information.
    Please note that some of the tutorials use items that are no longer available but papers and ink colors can be easily substituted.
    February 2011 - Mixed Bunch Card & Basket Set
    January 2011 - Create & Keep Simply Sent Kit
    December 2011- Sweet Centers Card Treats
    November 2011-Easy Events Stamp A Stack
    October 2011-Mocha Morning Purse Set
    Here are more of the back issues you can choose from when you purchase a subscription.  You can EMAIL ME for more info on each month.
    September 2011 Over the Top Christmas Cards
    August 2011 Letters to Santa Card Set
    July 2011 Pennant Fun Card Set
    June 2011 Bow Boutique Card and Purse Set
    May 2011 Travel Log Card Set
    April 2011 Seven Watercolor Wonders
    March 2011 Alway Accordion Album
    February 2011 Celebration Central
    January 2011 Blossoms Petal Punch
    December 2010 - Build-a-Card Kit
    November 2010 - Bursting with Love - Pop Up Cards and Box
    October 2010 - Handmade Holiday Gifts
    September 2010 - Holiday Punch Stamp-a-Stack
    August 2010 - Just Believe Stationery Set
    July 2010 - 6 Ways to Watercolor Card Set
    June 2010 - Birthday Builder Wheel Card Set
    May 2010 - Stencil Trio Card & Frame Set
    April 2010 - Spotlight on Style
     March 2010 - Year in Review Scrapbook
    February 2010 - Vintage Vogue Purse & Cards
    January 2010 - Bird Punch and More
    December 2009 - Love Sparkles Love Notes
     November 2009-Thoroughly Modern Set
     October 2009 -  Medallion One Sheet Wonder
    September 2009 - Ornamental Bags & Tags Set
    August 2009 - Dashing Thru Christmas Cards and Treat
    July 2009 - Razzle Chic Rub-Ons Gift Set
    June 2009 Good Friend Birdhouse set
    May 2009 - Friendly Words Wheel Card Set
    April 2009 - Masculine Mix & Match Set
     March 2009 - Scrapbooking in the Box
    February 2009 - Sweet Stems Faux Silk Purse
    January 2009 - Always Organized Desk Set
    December 2008 - Scalloped Card Organizer Set
    November 2008 - Cookin' Up! Christmas Cheer Set
    October 2008 - A Wish for Simplicity Set


    September 2008 - Wide Oval Purse and Card Set
    August 2008 - Décor Elements Wall Hanging
    July 2008 - Elegant Monogram Card and Folio Set
    June 2008 - It's A Party Kit
    May 2008 - Tag You're It Card Set
    April 2008 - Brag About Mom Book
    March 2008 - Nifty Card & Purse Set
    February 2008 - Rub On Cards and Acetate Box Set
    January 2008 - Love Box Cards & Tags Set