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December 2012


Third post for today!

Thanks to those of you who left me a comment on my post featuring the Russian Creme recipe I created using My Digital Studio.  I have randomly chosen two of you to receive your own copy of the recipe and here are the names of the winners......WOO HOO!!!

Faye J        AND        Carol Carriveau

Ladies, please EMAIL me with your mailing addresses and I will get these out to you.

You can try MDS2 FREE for 30 days, click HERE to get started!

15 more items added to the Clearance Rack!!

Stampn' Up! has added 15 more items to the Clearance Rack, and they are:

Neutrals Flower Brads
Regals Flower Brads
Subtles Flower Brads
Pretty in Pink 5/8" Satin Ribbon
Bashful Blue 5/8" Satin Ribbon
Chantilly 1/2" Crochet Trim
Artichoke 3/8" Denim Jean Ribbon
2010-2012 In Color Stampin' Write Markers
2011-2013 In Color 12" x 12" Textured Cardstock
Timeless Portrait Designer Series Paper
Beau Chateau Designer Series Paper
Well Worn Designer Series Paper
Beau Chateau Side Notes
Sweetest Stem Embosslits Dies
Flower Burst Embosslits Dies

Markers Sweeeteststem Prettyribbon Untitled

Items are available while supplies last and all Clearance Rack sales are final, no refunds and no exchanges.

Click HERE to go to my Clearance Rack for these newly added deals!!

Sealed with Love Simply Sent

From January 3rd - 21st, 2013, you can get the Sealed with Love Simply Sent kit FREE when you purchase the My Little Valentine stamp set for $9.95 - details HERE.

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Have you seen this adorable kit on page 35 of the Holiday Catalog?  It is called the Sealed with Love Simply Sent Kit and is available through February 14th, 2013 for only $7.95. 

This kit makes ten acid-free 4 3/4 x 3 7/16 Love Notes and includes:
10 notecards: 5 ea. of 2 designs; 3-3/8" x 4-9/16"
10 double-sided envelopes: 4-3/4" x 3-7/16"
20 printed paper buttons
10 pieces Whisper White/Real Red Baker's Twine: ea. 10" (color exclusive to this kit).
24 Stampin' Dimensionals.
Note: The US Postal Service cannot process or deliver.
Colors used - Calypso Coral, Pool Party, Real Red, Very Vanilla, and Whisper White.

SealedwloveflowerI added a little detail to the front of the envelope using the 1-1/4 Scallop Punch to make the 3D flower.  I punched five scallops from Pool Party card stock, poked a hole through all five and secured them together with a brad.  I spritzed them with water to make them more pliable, formed them into the 3D flower and let dry. After it was dry, I added a bit of sparkle by rubbing some Cherry Cobbler Dazzling Details on the dried flower with my finger.  The flower and leaf sprig from the Bird Builder Punch were glued to a Calypso Coral Decorative Label punchout and my sentiment from Fabulous Phrases (Clear #120501 or Wood #117002)was added in Real Red ink.

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These notes are the perfect size to tuck in a lunchbox, back pack or briefcase.  Order your Sealed with Love Simply Sent Kit today in my Online Store.

Barb's Reminders:
*Shop the Clearance Rack for bargains up to 80% off!
*Get the Talking Tag and make your greeting cards and scrapbook pages interactive.
*Holiday Bundles only available through January 2nd!
*Shop the Holiday Catalog through January 2nd
*Follow Me on Pinterest
*Check out the latest downloads for My Digital Studio, these can now be added to Customer and Workshop orders!
*Single Stamps only available through January 2nd!

Butterfly Notepad Gifts

Here is a quick and easy gift for you. Die cut notepads done with your Big Shot Machine and the Beautiful Butterflies Bigz Die.


I used Designer Series Papers from a couple of our Simply Scrappin Kits (Afternoon Delight and Razzleberry Splash) and the Patio Party Designer Series Paper package.  I cut the front and back piece from the Designer Series Papers and the inside pieces are copy paper.  You can cut 12 sheets of copy paper at a time with dies in the Bigz series.

Punch a hole in the edge of the wing and add a snippet of ribbon or a book ring.  Decorate the front with brads, buttons, ribbon knots and another butterfly from the Beautiful Wings Embosslit.

Get your Spring Catalog Product Shares, click HERE for the details and then EMAIL me with your preference.


TalkingtagHave you heard the news, the Talking Tag is way too much fun!!  If you have a smartphone, you can attach the Talking Tag Stickers to your greeting cards, note cards, you can even add one to a cold lunch!!  The receiver scans the tag to hear your recorded message.  Click HERE for more details and a Video.


The Holiday Catalog is coming to an end, be sure to get all those fun goodies before they are gone!  There are a few items that will carry over and you can view them on page 36 of the Spring Catalog or Click HERE to see the items Online.

Bold Snowflake - Quick & Easy Gift Tags

This was one of the projects from my December Card Buffet, I added a few fun holiday items to the buffet this month.  My next one is Janaury 3rd and 4th, come join us!!


This is a package tag and it can be created to coordinate with ANY wrapping paper.  We used the Bold Snowflake Single Stamp with Pacific Point ink and Whisper White card stock.

The Bold Snowflake Single Stamp is only available through January 2nd so don't delay, order yours today.  You can punch it out with the Blossom Punch!

TwotagsbuffetpacificThe tag was created with the Two Tags Bigz Die.  The snowflake is attached to the front of the tag with Stampin' Dimensionals so it won't interfere with the closure tab.  We added a small flower from the Itty Bitty Punch Pack and the flower middle is one of the Googlies Googly Eyes colored with a Silver Sharpie from the Holiday Catalog.

I attached a piece of Whisper White punched with the Decorative Label and wrote the "to" and "from" with the Pacific Point Stampin' Write Marker.  This marker is on the Clearance Rack for only 99 cents, yep, only 99 cents!! 


Thanks for stopping by and you can order your Stampin' Up! Supplies in my Online Store anytime.


TalkingtagHave you heard the news, the Talking Tag is way too much fun!!  If you have a smartphone, you can attach the Talking Tag Stickers to your greeting cards, note cards, you can even add one to a cold lunch!!  The receiver scans the tag to hear your recorded message.  Click HERE for more details and a Video.



The Holiday Catalog is coming to an end, be sure to get all those fun goodies before they are gone!  There are a few items that will carry over and you can view them on page 36 of the Spring Catalog or Click HERE to see the items Online.


December 2012 Control Freaks Blog Tour - Winter Fun!


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

This month we are showing off some of our Wintery Fun Creations Our tour is nice and short and features some of your favorite Control Freaks Stampers. You may have just come from Yvette Ashe'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 this month on the 20th.

When I think of Winter, I think of Christmas and snow but I also think of New Year's Eve.  I was the recipient of a wonderful bottle of wine last year and it had a nifty tag on it.  I knew I could do better than a store bought tag so here it is!

I used the New Years Single Stamp (Single Stamps are only available through January 2nd) and embossed it on Basic Black card stock with Gold Embossing Powder and Versamark.  I cut it out with one of the Labels Collection Framelits and added it to a 2 x 8 strip of Soft Suede card stock.  I scored it at 2" and punched a hole in it with the 1 1/4 Circle Punch so it would go around the neck of the bottle.  I stamped the strip in Soft Suede with one of the snowflakes from the Snowflake Soiree stamp set in the Holiday Catalog.  The Vintage Brad at the bottom adds some dimension.  Great way to jazz up that bottle of spirits or in this case Sparkling Cider. :-)

My next project is another recipe for my local swap group.  I always create my recipes in My Digital Studio as I love the ease of designing it, printing multiple copies from my computer and adhering it to a coordinating 4x6 piece of card stock.



This recipe comes from my friend Vesta and I make it as dessert for Christmas each year.  It is a big hit and even the kids love it!

I used the Winter Wonders Digital Kit with MDS2 to create this recipe. 

Download includes:
* 15-piece SVG stamp brush set
* 10 Designer Series Papers
* 19 embellishments
Coordinating colors: Going Gray, Island Indigo, Night of Navy, Pool Party, Real Red, Tangerine Tango, Tempting Turquoise

It was so easy.  Notice the scallop on the front?  It is one of the digital embellishments that comes with this kit. I printed a sheet of them and punched them out with my 1 3/4 Scallop Circle Punch.  The embellishment imported into my project as a 1 3/4 Scallop Circle Punch so it punched out perfectly!

Leave me a comment on this post and I will send two of you your own Russian Creme Recipe Cards.  Comments will be accepted through December 23rd, 2012.

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


Thanks for visiting!!!!

Be of Good Cheer Jar - Paper Bow Tutorial

How cute is this jar!! It was one of the projects on display during my trip to Disney World back in May.

You could use an empty coffee bottle for this project as well and fill it with chocolate!!

The Be of Good Cheer Designer Series Paper was used on the bottle. 

If you are wondering how to make the cute little bow on the top of the lid, you can click HERE to see a tutorial on how to do that.


The Clearance still has GREAT items available at a GREAT price.  Check out the Clearance Rack in my Online Store.  If you experience trouble placing orders, PLEASE contact me and I will take care of it for you!


Time is running out to get your favorite single stamps from three sets.  SEE THEM HERE!  This pilot program ends on Jauary 2nd.

Stamp Sets on the Clearance Rack!!

For the first time ever, ther are a few stamp sets on the Clearance Rack.  Check out some of these wonderful sets.

EASTER BLOSSOMS #122057 $11.39 Clear Mount
While this set is perfect for your Easter Cards, you can use it for any occasion.  


This card could be used for any occasion simply by changing the greeting to happy birthday, thinking of you, get well soon or thank you.

This adorable 3x3 Love Note uses the Easter Egg with the 1" Circle Punch to add some interest to the bottom left corner so even and Easter Egg could be used for any occasion.EasterblossomspinkBe sure to check out the Clearance Rack today and get bargain pricing up to 80% off of retail.

Some of the great deals you will find on the Clearance Rack:
.49 cent packs of Maze Games and Heart Treat Cups
.99 cent Stampin' Write Markers
1.39 Rolls of Pleated Satin Ribbon
2.19-5.19 Packages of Designer Series Paper
2.39 Ink Pads
3.59-3.99 Rolls of Ribbon
5.79 Punches
11.99 Crop-a-Dile
11.99 Heat Tool
59.99 Large Alphabet Big Shot Die – was $149.99!!!

Remember, for every $50 you spend with  me, you qualify for a Barb's Bonus Buck as part of my customer loyalty program.

Movers & Shapers Windows on the Clearance Rack!

I see that the Movers & Shapers Bigz XL Die AND the Window sets for it are on the Clearance Rack.

Did you know that you can use the window sets without the Movers & Shapers Die?  I have a video showing you how to use the windows in your Scallop Square Clear Die.

You can purchase the Window sets in my Online Store right now on the Clearance Rack!

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 Punch Windows #115953 $11.99    Holiday Windows #116821 $11.99   

A couple more samples using the die and windows.

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Today (Sunday) is the last day to join my team of demonstrators and receive a FREE set of Ink Pads.  Click HERE to start!


Blossom Builders on the Clearance Rack

The Blossom Builders Kit is on the
Clearance Rack for only $3.99...what a deal!! 

Making beautiful flower embellishments for a card or page has never been easier! Double-sided, printed, die-cut flowers on textured paper make it easy to mix, match, and layer one-of-a-kind flowers. Also includes half-back pink rhinestones (exclusive to this kit) to dress up your unique flowers. 2 sheets of printed flowers. 12" x 12". 1 sheet rhinestones (30 ea. in 2 sizes: 7 mm and 2 mm). Colors include: Very Vanilla, Lucky Limeade, Blushing Bride, So Saffron, Baja Breeze, Rich Razzleberry, Poppy Parade, and Daffodil Delight.

Here are a few projects I did with them.


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Get your Clearance Rack items before they are sold out, order in my ONLINE STORE anytime!!

TOMORROW  is the LAST DAY that you can join my team and get your FREE set of Ink Pads.  I would love to welcome you to my team of demonstrators all over the country.  Lert me know if you have any questions or if you are ready to do it, click HERE and get signed up in minutes.

Clearance Rack Blitz - up to 80% off!

They've done it again, Stampin' Up! has updated the Clearance Rack with over 300 new items.  Some of these items are 80% off!!


Over 300 new Clearance Rack items have been added to the CLEARANCE RACK in my Online Store at discounts up to 80% retail-only while supplies last!

The Fine Print:
*Only online orders qualify for this promotion. Feel free to order both Clearance Rack and non-Clearance Rack items on your order though.
*There is no minimum purchase required to participate in this special offer-go nuts!
*Qualifying Clearance Rack orders are eligible for hostess benefits/Stampin' Rewards. Bonus!
*Clearance Rack Blitz items are only available while supplies last-so don't wait! And sorry, but there are no refunds or exchanges on Clearance Rack items.
*Check out all of the NEW Clearance Rack Blitz items HERE   

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These are some of the items you will find: 
*Big Shot items
 *Old Style Punches
 *Old Style Ink pads
 *Packs ofDesigner Series Paper
 *and believe it or not, for the first time...RETIRED stamp sets!
Shop in my Online Store today for the best selection as things are going to sell out fast!!!

Christmas Nuggets!

Fun little treat for a co-worker, paper boy, hairdresser, UPS driver, waiter/waitress, teachers, the list goes on and on and when the gift is this easy, you can give one to everyonoe!  I posted my Autumn version HERE.  


I wrapped each nugget with a 1 x 3" piece of the Candlelight Christmas Specialty Designer Series Paper.  Slid four of them into a small cello bag (retired last year).  Back them with a piece of card stock that measures 3 x 5" and score/fold it at 1 3/8" with the Simply Scored Tool.

Order the supplies to make these in my ONLINE STORE today!

Stamps: More Merry Messages, Merry Minis
Paper: Real Red, Candlelight Christmas Specialty Designer Series Paper, Very Vanilla
Ink: Lucky Limeade, Real Red, Early Espresso
Accessories: Modern Label Punch, Merry Minis Punch Pack

Handmade Holidays Stitched Felt!

What a fun product, The Handmade Holidays Stitched Felt are sooo cute.  Here I paired it with some of the Be of Good Cheer Designer Series Paper.


My tree "branch" is actually one of the fancy flourish stamps in the Flowering Flourishes stamp set (Clear #126367 or Wood #126365).  My Greeting is from the More Merry Messages stamp set (Clear #126402 or Wood #126400)

Order your goodies from the Holiday Catalog in my Online Store and when your order reaches $50, you will earn a Barb's Bonus Buck, collect 10 and I will buy you the stamp set of your choice!

You can get the Handmade Holidays Stitched Felt pieces alone or as part of the Petite Treats Bundle which includes the felt pieces, a full roll of the Gumball Green Satin Stitched Ribbon and our Glassine Bags.

SUNDAY is the last day you can Join My Team and receive a FREE set of ink pads with your Starter Kit.  Contact me today with any questions you may have.