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July 2012

August Stampin' Up! Specials!

Get 31% off 31 digital content options and most of our print products for all 31 days in August! Feed your My Digital Studio addiction! With digital goods on sale and the 30-day FREE trial of the software, August is the perfect time for you to enter the digital designing craze and see what it's all about.

What's on sale?
ALL cards, photobooks, individual pages, and tags. That's right: print any photobook, board book, swatchbook, individual pages, greeting card, postcard, trifold card, or tag-all for 31% off.  Click HERE for more info on our Print Products.

Some of our best digital content. 30 downloads and 1 content disc. Yup, that equals 31.

Here's the list of content:

Item #

Description

Regular Price

Sale Price

127217

Floral District Collection Disc

23.95

16.53

118115

Night and Day Designer Series Paper

4.95

3.42

129929

Candid Frames

2.95

2.04

129921

Check This Out Page Templates

4.95

3.42

129609

Blossom Builders Embellishments

5.95

4.11

128999

It’s All Me Kit

9.95

6.87

127441

Whimsical Note Journal Template

1.95

1.35

128342

Pinwheel Daily Calendar Template

9.95

6.87

127599

Party Animal Kit

9.95

6.87

127600

Autumn Traditions Kit

9.95

6.87

127620

Grateful Heart Thanksgiving Ensemble

14.95

10.32

126027

Playful Polka Dots Kit

9.95

6.87

130066

World Traveler Photobook Template

17.95

12.39

131221

Storybook Specialty Designer Series Paper

4.95

3.42

130850

Joyful Times Kit

9.95

6.87

124463

One Great Year Digital Kit

9.95

6.87

127175

Limited Edition Embellishments

2.95

2.04

129607

Walk in the Park II Kit

9.95

6.87

129934

Hash This Stamp Brush Set

7.95

5.49

129923

Book of Birthdays Swatchbook Template

12.95

8.94

121701

Travel Journal Kit

9.95

6.87

129924

Get it Done Kit

5.95

4.11

129005

Sweetly Nested Framable Template

4.95

3.42

127758

Delight in the Day Photobook

19.95

13.77

130862

Blast Off Ensemble

19.95

13.77

129890

Little Milestone Birthdays Greeting Card

7.95

5.49

128892

Designer Gift Cards

4.95

3.42

127580

And a Happy New Year Photocard Template

1.95

1.35

127435

Thanks Tons Greeting Card Template

2.95

2.04

127587

Sending Glad Tidings Designer Tags Kit

7.95

5.49

127762

Gratitude Framable Template

1.95

1.35

The Fine Print

  • Print product bulk pricing isn't included as a part of this sale-sorry! (But not too sorry because it's still a sweet deal.) 
  • You can only get the digital downloads and print products via an Online order. 
  • The Floral District Collection Disc can go on a workshop order as it is a tangible item.
  • There's no limit to how many sale items you can order. Go crazy!
  • Get your orders in by Friday, August 31.
  • Still trying to keep up on all this? Get more info about MDS 2, the new software (coming soon), here.  

Howloween**Available now- MDS2!!  Get your 30 day FREE trial HERE

Also, when you JOIN MY TEAM in August, you will receive the Howl-o-ween Printers Tray Project Kit.


Serene Silhouettes and Flowering Flourishes

I am on vacation! I do not have internet but will head up the road a couple of miles each evening to get my cell/textm essages. Please call or text if you need me, if you call my home phone, you will get my house sitter and he knows nothing about stamping.

Through August 12th, I am offering Double Barb's Bonus Bucks!  All orders placed VIA MY WEBSITE while I am gone will be entered into a drawing for an any price stamp set out of the NEW Holiday Catalog.  Drawing will be held when I return on August 12th.

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Serene Silhouettes (Clear #127324 or Wood #127322) and Flowering Flourishes (Clear #126367 or Wood #126365) were two of the first sets I purchased out of the NEW Catalog.  I didn't necessarily purchase them with the intention of using them together but I thought I would give it a go.

The color combo is Rose Red, Marina Mist and Perfect Plum and of course, I used my Color Coach to come up with it.  The scallop edge was created with the Large Scallop Edgelit and I added the NEW Whisper White 1/4" Stitched Grosgrain Ribbon where the two pieces of colored card stock met.

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Here is a close-up of the focal point.  This image is from the Serene Silhouettes set and I colored it lightly with a Blender Pen and some Marina Mist Ink.  Each flower has a Basic Rhinestone in the middle for some BLING!!!  I also added some Paper-Piercing around part of the image with my Essentials Paper-Piercing Pack.

Place your orders in my Online Store.  

Howloween**Available now- MDS2!!  Get your 30 day FREE trial HERE

 Also, when you JOIN MY TEAM in August, you will receive the Howl-o-ween Printers Tray Project Kit with your Starter Kit contents.


Friends are a Treasure!

I am on vacation! I do not have internet but will head up the road a couple of miles each evening to get my cell/textm essages. Please call or text if you need me, if you call my home phone, you will get my house sitter and he knows nothing about stamping.

Through August 12th, I am offering Double Barb's Bonus Bucks!  All orders placed VIA MY WEBSITE while I am gone will be entered into a drawing for an any price stamp set out of the NEW Holiday Catalog.  Drawing will be held when I return on August 12th.

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Here is a card using the World Treasures (Clear #126767 or Wood #126765) stamp set and the International Bazaar Designer Series Paper.

I stamped the flower images in Versamark and embossed them with Tangerine Tango Embossing Powder.  The flower centers were colored iwth a Daffodil Delight Marker.

EdgelitsframelitsThe greeting was stamped in Early Espresso Ink on Lucky Limeade card stock and die cut with the Apothecary Accents Framelits!  I love, love, love our framelits, check them out HERE!!!

I also used the Alhambra Jumbo Wheel for the background on the main layer.  A bit of Daffodil Delight 1/4" Stitched Grosgrain adds a pop of color.

Howloween**Available August 1st- MDS2!!  Get your 30 day FREE trial HERE

 Also, when you JOIN MY TEAM in August, you will receive the Howl-o-ween Printers Tray Project Kit with your Starter Kit contents.


July 2012 Control Freaks Blog Tour - Freak For All!!

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

This month is Freak For All - Convention Swaps/Holiday Catalog  Our tour is nice and short and features some of your favorite Control Freaks Stampers. You may have just come from the fabulous Judy DiScipio'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 26th, please note that not all links may be working yet.  The tour officially begins on the 27th.

Up first is a card based on a sample shown on page 28 of the Holiday Catalog.  I loved the look of the many different patterns and layers and thought I could create a similar effect with the Orchard Harvest Designer Series Paper and some coordinating ribbons.  I love how this turned out.

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I used a few of the images from the Perfectly Preserved stamp set and added a Vintage Trinket Button Brad to the center of the Mustard Flower.  The Island Indigo Baker's Twine was added by piercing holes on either side of the jar mouth and threading the twine through those holes and tying it in a bow.

My 3-D project uses the MDS Toxic Framable Digital Designer Template on page 25.  I purchased this, downloaded it to my computer, opened MDS, dropped it in and changed a few things.  I rearranged the spider webs and changed the color of some of the words to Concord Crush.  I then saved it to a .jpeg.

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I opened a Word Document and added the .jpeg, printed it on Whisper White card stock and trimmed a bit off the edges.  I then layered it onto a piece of Basic Black and added some Basic Rhinestones to the spider web centers.

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I had a floating frame in my stash and put the matted art into the frame and added an embellishment made with the Vintage Faceted Designer Buttons, the NEW 1/2 Striped Satin Ribbon and Champagne Glimmer Paper!!!

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That does it for me, your next stop is the blog of my buddy Dawn Olchefske and I know you will love what she has to share.

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Thanks for visiting!!!!


Winner, Winner!!

Thanks to everyone who placed orders during my Birthday Special, here are the winners:

Package of Brights Designer Buttons - Julia F
Package of Hand Stamped Cards - Donna S
Package of Deck the Halls Fabric - Donna S
Be a Big Shot at Home precut supplies Kit -  Jodi M
FREE pass to my next Card Buffet - Barb P
Paper Piercing Tool - Julie D
Three month subscription to my Extreme Monthly Project Class - Teresa F 

Have a GREAT weekend!!!


Fun with the Elegant Bird Big Shot Die!

I am leaving for our annual two week camping/boating vacation on Friday. I will not have internet and will head up the road a couple of miles each evening to get my cell/text messages. Please call my cell phone if you need me, if you call my home phone, you will get my house sitter and he knows nothing about stamping. While I am gone, I am offering Double Barb's Bonus Bucks on all qualifying orders.  All orders placed VIA MY WEBSITE while I am gone will be entered into a drawing for an any price stamp set out of the upcoming Holiday Catalog.  Drawing will be held when I return on August 12th.

ComfortcafeHave you seen the Comfort Cafe Designer Series paper?  If you haven't, you are missing out, it is wonderfully fallish (is that a word..hee hee).  The colors in this paper are Cajun Craze, Midnight Muse, Pool Party, Soft Suede, Summer Starfruit and Very Vanilla.

My card project uses the Elegant Bird Bigz Die along with a couple of the patterns from the Comfort Cafe DSP Pack.  My color combination came from this paper.  I find that Designer Series Paper is much like a Color Coach. :-)

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This is one of the cards from my Be a Big Shot at Home Class in June.  I run this class twice a year for four months at a time.  The participants receive die cut projects to assemble at home each of the months and then receive a $150 gift certificate from me to spend on anything they want.  The next round will start in November so stay tuned for more details on that in the next few months.  

Howloween**Coming August 1st - MDS2 will be released...WOO HOO!!  Also, when you join my team in August, you will receive the Howl-o-ween Printers Tray Project Kit with your Starter Kit contents.

**Be sure to get your share of the amazing products in the Holiday Catalog, details are HERE.


Small Reason to Smile

I am leaving for our annual two week camping/boating vacation on Friday. I will not have internet and will head up the road a couple of miles each evening to get my cell phone messages. Please call my cell phone if you need me, if you call my home phone, you will get my house sitter and he knows nothing about stamping. While I am gone, I am offering Double Barb's Bonus Bucks on all qualifying orders/  All orders placed VIA MY WEBSITE while I am gone will be entered into a drawing for an any price stamp set out of the upcoming Holiday Catalog.  Drawing will be held when I return on August 12th.

Reasontosmile1You still have a few days left to purchase this exclusive stamp set for only $5.00! The set is available only in July and only through this special offer!

Get the Reason to Smile Set for just $5 when you spend $50 with me on any Stampin' Up! products in July.

Reason to Smile Wood-Mount Set  #131274*  $5.00
Reason to Smile Clear-Mount Set #131275*   $5.00
*Enter this $5 item number after reaching $50 on your order.

These cards are the 3x3 Love Note size so they are a small Reason to Smile. :-)

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My layers are 3 x 6, 2 3/4 x 2 3/4 and 2 1/2 x 2 1/2.  The bold image is stamped in Crumb Cake and the detail stamp is done with Chocolate Chip.  The Neutrals Designer Button on the bottom card has been stamped with White StazOn and then a small knot of 1/8" Taffeta Ribbon was added to the middle with a Mini Glue Dot. 

The greeting is from my new favorite set called Made For You (Clear #126342 or Wood #126340).  This set is only $8.95 for clear and $11.95 for wood so it is certainly within any budget.

**Be sure to get your share of the amazing products in the Holiday Catalog, details are HERE.


For the Birds!

**Be sure to get your share of the amazing products in the Holiday Catalog, details are HERE.

Here are a couple cards I made for a recent swap.  I used the For the Birds stamp set (Clear #126407 or Wood #126405) and copied a layout I recently used (see it HERE).

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SskitbandstandYou might be wondering where the Designer Series Paper came from.  It is one of the designer papers included in the Bandstand Simply Scrappin' Kit.  I chose my colors based on the ones in the kit.  The colors are Cherry Cobbler, Old Olive, Pool Party and So Saffron.

I die cut a piece of Old Olive with the Apothecary Accents Framelits and ran it thorugh the Big Shot again with the Perfect Polka Dots Folder.  I cut it in half and layered it behind the main image and onto the larger die cut.

My main image was colored with Stampin' Write Markers and Blender Pens.

Thanks for looking, place your orders in my Online Store and earn Barb's Bonus Bucks!


Wedding Card for my Nephew!

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I cased my friend LeeAnn Greff for this beauty and I hope my nephew and his new wife like it.

Supplies:
Stamps:
Word Play Clear 120651 or Wood 120308
Paper:
Basic Black
Whisper White
Marina Mist
Ink:
Basic Black
Accessories:
Full Heart Punch 119883
Scalloped Heart of Hearts Embosslit 117332
Manhattan Flower Folder 114517
Basic Pearls 119247
Basic Rhinestones 119246
White Organza Ribbon 11431


Wild Wasabi Reason to Smile!

Here is a card made with the Reason to Smile set (get it for $5 with a $50 order in July).  It uses Wild Wasabi, Certainly Celery, Rose Red Pretty in Pink and Whisper White.  The detailed stamp was inked up with the Rose Red and Wild Wasabi Markers and stamped.  The lighter colors were added with a blender pen.

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The Dotted Scallop Ribbon Border Punch was used on the border strip and a cute bow of White Baker's Twine gives it some texture.  The greeting comes from Loving Thoughts (Clear #125845 or Wood #125843)

My Birthday Special ends tonight!  For every $20 you spend with me, you will earn tickets to win the following prizes:

Package of Brights Designer Buttons

Package of Hand Stamped Cards

Package of Flirtatious Fabric

Be a Big Shot at Home precut supplies Kit

FREE pass to my next Card Buffet (if you are not local, you will receive a mailed kit)

Paper Piercing Tool

Three month subscription to my Extreme Monthly Project Class 

Place your orders ONLINE or with me via phone or email and I will enter you in the drawings.  If your order is $50, you can also purchase the Reason to Smile stamp set for $5 AND you will receive one Barb's Bonus Buck

Thanks for looking and have a GREAT day!!! 


World Treasures - Technique Time!

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I received this swap card from Catherine Harwood.  She inked the peacock from the World Treasures set (Clear# 126767 or Wood #126765) in Lucky Limeade and then added the other colors (Rich Razzleberry and Pacific Point) with Sponge Daubers, great technique!!!

The Rich Razzleberry piece was run through the Big Shot with the Fancy Fan Textured Impressions Embossing Folder and then she added the ribbon and greeting puched with the Jewelry Tag Punch.  The Safety Pin is from the Vintage Trinkets package of embellishments.


Thank you!!

The annual Stampin' Up! convention is taking place in SLC this week and last night was the annual awards and recognition event.  I had a number of my stampin' friends texting me with the highlights and I want to take this opportunity to say:

"Thank You!!"

to all my customers and my downline members for helping me earn a trip to the Stampin' Up! Founder's Circle Retreat again this year.  This exclusive trip is awarded to the top 100 demonstrators in the country and I am honored to be in this group.  This is the fifth year in a row that I will be treated to this fabulous trip and I have all of you thank for it.

I also earned the Incentive trip to Fiji next year and am so thankful that I can gift my hubby with another wonderful vacation.

I had a miserable year with my Frozen Shoulders and struggled to make it through many days.  I am so happy to report that after nearly 16 months of excruciatig pain and very limited range of motion in both of my shoulders, I am definitely on the downslide of this and can see myself doing jumping jacks in the near future. 

Thank you again for all your support through this and I look forward to another year of Stampin' Fun!!


Technique Geeks - Rays of Light!!

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This is one of the techniques we learned in my July Technique Geeks Class.  We used the Happy Hour stamp set (order it online in Clear 126642 or Wood 126640) and inked the greeting with markers.

Order your supplies in my Online Store anytime!

The strip of Designer Series Paper comes from the Brights Collection Paper Stack.  I love the paper stacks, you get basic patterns that work on many cards.  You receive 40 sheets, four of each color with double sided patterns. 

My colors are Lucky Limeade, Tempting Turquoise and Daffodil Delight.

You can purchase the instructions for this technique on my Technique Planner Page, scroll down to the bottom to find the paypal links.

I am starting to panic!!  We leave for a two week camping/boating vacation with my husband's family next Friday and I haven't done anything to get ready!!!  YIKES!!!  I also have a birthday on Saturday so be on the lookout for a quick special that starts tomorrow. :-)

Barb's Reminders: 


Reason to Smile today!

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More fun with the Reason to Smile set.   You can have fun with it too for only $5 when you place a $50 order with me. 

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Here is a closeup of the piercing detail.  I am in love with the new Essentials Paper Piercing Pack, it has so many pre printed designs with coordinating piercing holes and just wait until you see the holiday set coming in the Holiday Catalog!!!

Supplies:
Stamps: Made for You, Reason to Smile
Paper: Calypso Coral, Pool Party, Whisper White
Ink: Calypso Coral, Pool Party
Accessories: Big Shot, Large Scallop Edgelits, Essentials Piercing Pack
Embellshments: Pool Party Baker's Twine

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Barb's Reminders: 

 


I'm Still Smiling!

I have been having so much fun with the Reason to Smile stamp set.  I cannot believe that it is only $5 with a $50 order placed with me in July.

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I started with a piece of Whisper White cut to 3 3/4 x 5 and masked the strip in the center with a piece of scrap paper.  I stamped the flower image in Elegant Eggplant randomly on both sides of the maks and added the flower centers with Baja Breeze and Summer Starfruit.  I found my color combo on the Color Coach.  I wasn't too sure of it at first but after completing my card, I am in love!!!

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I drew straight lines along the mask with my Elegant Eggplant Marker and removed the mask.  I then attempted to stamp my greeting between the lines.  However, I accidentally dropped my stamp and it made a mess of the greeting so I cut a strip of Whisper White card stock to 1 1/4 x 5, stamped my greeting on it and layered in on the card over my messed up greeting. 

It needed something so I added some piercing with my NEW Essentials Paper-Piercing Pack. I then added an Elegant Eggplant Button from the Regals Designer Buttons and a small knot of Summer Starftuit 3/8 Stitched Satin Ribbon.  My mistake actually made my card better!!! LOL

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Supplies:
Stamps: Reason to Smile W131274 or C131275 , Perfectly Penned W122890 or C122892 
Paper: Summer Starfruit, Elegant Eggplant, Whisper White 
Ink: Baja Breeze, Summer Startfuit, Elegant Eggplant 
Accessories: Color Coach, Paper-Piercing Tool, Stampin' Pierce Mat, Essentials Paper-Piercing Pack 
Embellishments: Regals Designer Buttons, Summer Starftuit 3/8 Satin Stitched Ribbon 

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