Our retreat stamping was in the bag …

Hello Stampin’ Friends,

Today is Day 2 of my “Holiday Retreat” series and I would like to take you along to our first stamping session on Friday evening.  After a dinner of hot turkey sandwiches, fruit salad, taco dip & chips and more, we retreated to our stamping area …

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I set up the area before my guests arrive so they can just come in and begin the fun. The projects are pre-cut for them but they still get to do some of the BigShotting, embossing and punching.  On Friday we began with a project, an awesome bag they could take their cards home in and pass on for a gift.

I’m sure some of you recognize the “Paper Pumpkin” bag … One of the benefits of being a Paper Pumpkin supscriber is that you can order “past kits” when available … and this is one of my favorites!  I’ve personally used them many times.   Click Link for more information …


I jazzed it up with our beautiful “Under the Tree” Specialty Designer Series paper found on page 5 of the Holiday catalog. A touch of Old Olive behind it really highlights the snowflake pattern.


The precious snowflake comes from the “Snowflake Card Thinlit Dies” and is done in the stunning Champagne Glimmer Paper. I will admit that the large Rhinestones used for the center are now discontinued, but my guests learned how easy it is to color any of their Rhinestones and Pearls with our Blendabilities … we used the “Skin Tone Assortment”.

I swapped out the ribbon from the kit and used the “Natural & Old Olive” Two-Tone Trim for the handles … they look so cool! All the colors came together so nicely to create a beautiful holiday bag that could be given to a man or women.

Tomorrow I’ll be sharing a few of the swap cards that my ladies created … we did an all occasion swap! There was a lot of talent in out stamping group!

The Stampin’ Supply List for today’s project is listed below.

Thanks for stopping by ~


Just click on the “Weekly Deals” to view.






Home Again …

Hello Stampin’ Friends,

I have returned from my 2014 Spring Retreat … it was a wonderful time with a wonderful group of ladies.

They were welcomed with the banner I created using the kit that was free during Sale-a-bration.  I used the Silver Glimmer paper for the letters and dyed them just like the Easter eggs.  If you missed that post you can find it under the Scrapbooking or Technique Category list on the right side.


The cute little flower pots were bought at the dollar store.  I added foam and moss for a more realistic look.  I wrapped the flower that was cut from the “Spiral Flower Originals Die” from the “Celebrate Everyday” catalog.  I put the link for you to view at the bottom of this blog.


After dinner we gathered around the table to make additional flowers with the lollipops and a cute little flower kiss (Not Shown: Cased from Connie Stewart).


The ladies picked a flower pot and added to their bouquet!   We even made a couple flowers to go on our banner … here’s the updated look 🙂



Tomorrow I will share some of the swaps!  There was a lot of stampin’ talent this weekend!

Thank you for stopping by and …

Have a wonderful week!




Grab some popcorn …

Hello my Stampin’ Friends ~

Since we’re under winter storm warnings again, I thought it was time to stay home, sit back and relax!  I have some great Stampin’ Up! videos that will introduce you to some items in the new Occasions catalog and more.

Here is our “Celebrations Entertaining Kits” …

One of my favorites … the “Perfect Pennants and Banner Dies

Oh … here is our new “Tag Topper Punches“.  Too cute and so much fun!

Wasn’t that fun!?  Keep coming back … as I will be sharing more ideas using these fabulous products.  And to my Club Members … I’ve got some special projects coming up for you too!

You can click on any of the links (highlighted in pink) to view the product and / or purchase any of these items.

Stay warm my fellow mid-westerners and everyone have a great day.

Thanks for stopping by.


Weekly Deals … My favorite!

Hello Stampin’ Friends,

Today I am going to share with you the weekly deals announced by Stampin’ Up!  Can’t believe the items on this list!

I will tell you that my favorite is the Season Style 8 x 8 Designer Album.  It’s a great size and if you pair it with the Season of Style Journaling Tags … you will get your Holiday Book done in no time at all.

The tags were created to coordinate with the album and slide nicely into the page openings…. all you need to do is add pictures and a bit of journaling.

Keep an eye on my blog as I will be posting a few pages from my Season of Style Album.  You will see a full description and photo of the item when you click on the highlighted (pink) item.

So without further ado … here are your weekly specials:

Weekly Deals

December 17th – December 23rd.  WHILE SUPPLIES LAST

Gold Metallic Encore Pad

Encore Metallic Gold Pad Item # 132141
Regular Price: $9.95
Discounted Price: $7.46

Silver Metallic Encore Pad

Encore Metallic Silver Pad Item # 132142
Regular Price: $9.95
Discounted Price: $7.46

Holly Jolly Greetings Simply Sent

Holly Jolly Greetings Simply Sent 
Item # 132159

Regular Price: $14.95
Discounted Price: $11.21

Season Of Style Designer Journaling Tags

Season of Style Designer Journaling Tags
Item # 132808

Regular Price: $4.95
Discounted Price: $3.71

Pretty Presents Designer Bows

Pretty Presents Designer Bows
Item # 132186

Regular Price: $3.95
Discounted Price: $2.96

Blast Off Ensemble -- Digital Download

Blast Off Ensemble Digital Download
Item # 130862

Regular Price: $19.95
Discounted Price: $11.97

Build A Banner Refill Kit

Build A Banner Refill Kit Item # 132699
Regular Price: $9.95
Discounted Price: $7.46

Naughty And Nice This And That Rotary Stamp

Naughty And Nice This Rotary Stamp
Item # 132278

Regular Price: $5.95
Discounted Price: $4.46

Seasonal Stripes 8" X 8" Designer Ring Album

Seasonal Stripes 8″ X 8″ Designer Album
Item # 132259

Regular Price: $14.95
Discounted Price: $11.21

Gold & Silver Stampin' Glitter

Gold and Silver Stampin’ Glitter
Item # 132205

Regular Price: $7.95
Discounted Price: $5.96

Christmas Banner Simply Created Accessory Kit

Christmas Banner Simply Created Accessory Kit  Item # 132697
Regular Price: $9.95
Discounted Price: $7.46

Snowflake Season Simply Sent

Snowflake Season Simply Sent Kit
Item # 132176

Regular Price: $14.95
Discounted Price: $11.21

Raspberry Ripple 3/8" Stitched Satin Ribbon

Raspberry Ripple 3/8″ Stitched Ribbon
Item #126845

Regular Price: $8.95
Discounted Price: $6.71

Extra-Large Gift Box

Extra Large Gift Box Item # 132147
Regular Price: $3.95
Discounted Price: $2.96

Best of 25 Years ….

Hello Stampin’ Friends,

Today’s share is a product share …

I am showing you some of my favorite “Best of 25 Years” stamp sets.  I have many of you asking me about these special stamp sets, so here’s the scoop…

Best of 25 Years Stamps

As part of our 25-year anniversary celebration, we’re bringing back some of our favorite stamp images from the last quarter century and combining them into 12 sets, which will release-one set per month-during 2013. Even better, along with some great classic images, each “Best of” set will also include a never-before-seen image!

Some things to remember:

  • All Best of stamp sets will include 3-5 images, including a never-before seen image, and will be priced at $14.95.

  • While we are releasing just one Best of stamp set per month (with a new theme each month), all of the Best of sets will be available until March 31, 2014.

  • All Best of stamp sets are available in Clear-Mount only.

As a special incentive to collect the Best of stamps, we’re including a collector’s card and 25-year proof of purchase sticker with every Best of set. Collect six stickers, and send it in to redeem a FREE set of your choice valued up to $14.95! Free sets must be redeemed no later than April 30, 2014.



Best Of Autumn Clear-Mount Stamp Set


Price: $14.95

Celebrate the change of seasons with some of our favorite autumn-themed stamp images from the past 25 years! The five-piece Best of Autumn Stamp Set brings together some beautiful fall images, along with a never-before-seen “Give Thanks” stamp that makes this the perfect set for your autumn projects!


Best Of Birthdays Clear-Mount Stamp Set


Price: $14.95

Happy 25th anniversary to us! Each month during 2013, we’ll smash up some of our all-time-faves with a new never-before-seen stamp to create twelve “Best of” stamp sets. We’re kicking things off with the Best of Birthdays Stamp Set. Party on!


Best Of Butterflies Clear-mount Stamp Set


Price: $14.95

Did you know that every year Monarch butterflies migrate from Canada to Mexico, and that the migration might span multiple generations of butterflies?



Best Of Christmas Clear-Mount Stamp Set


Price: $14.95

That’s right; it’s time to start thinking about Christmas again. Lucky for you, as part of our 25-year Anniversary celebration we’ve brought back three of our favorite images from Christmas past, and created a never-before-seen image that coordinates perfectly with the Christmas Ornament Punch.


Best Of Greetings Clear-Mount Stamp Set


Price: $14.95

You never have to be at a loss for the right words with the Best of Greetings Stamp Set. With this set, you have the perfect saying for almost any occasion!
Every month during 2013, we’re combining some of our all-time-favorite stamps with a new, never-before-seen stamp to create a monthly “Best of” stamp set. Best of Greetings is our June offering, but don’t forget to check out the sets from previous months as well. They’re available all year!

Note: Clear-Mount Blocks B, C, and G needed for this set.


Best Of Snow Clear-Mount Stamp Set


Price: $14.95

Is it winter yet? Even if snow isn’t on the ground yet, you can still celebrate the first snows of winter with some of our favorite snow images from the past 25 years! With the Best of Snow set, you also get the never-before-seen Let it Snow image which coordinates perfectly with the Bracket Label Punch.

These are only 6 of the already released “Best of 25” stamp sets.  To view all CLICK HERE.   There are more to come … I cannot wait to see them!

Remember, if you would like to purchase any of these stamp sets … just click on the name of the set you want, and it will take you to my stampin’ store.  You’ll also want to save the (25) and place it on your collectors card.

I’d love to hear which one is YOUR favorite.

Thanks so much for stopping by …  Have an awesome day!

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The Final Thank You Thursday!

Hello Stampin’ Friends, Today’s share is Stampin’ Up!s …

Final Thank You Thursday!

We hope you have enjoyed the last month of our Thank You Thursday’s, we sure have loved saying thank you! For this last one, we wanted to put a pretty little bow to wrap up them up and we thought what better way then with our Chevron Ribbon! Below you will find a few of our favorite colors.

Basic Black 3/4″ Chevron Ribbon
Item # 130010 

Regular Price: $8.95 US/$12.50 CAN
Discounted Price: $6.71 US/$9.37 CAN
Calypso Coral 3/4″ Chevron Ribbon
Item #130018
Regular Price: $8.95 US/$12.50 CAN
Discounted Price: $6.71 US/$9.37 CAN
Crushed Curry 3/4″ Chevron Ribbon
Item # 130019
Regular Price: $8.95 US/$12.50 CAN
Discounted Price: $6.71 US/$9.37 CAN
Island Indigo 3/4″ Chevron Ribbon
Item # 131151

Regular Price: $8.95 US/$12.50 CAN
Discounted Price: $6.71 US/$9.37 CAN
Smoky Slate 3/4″ Chevron Ribbon
Item # 131152
Regular Price: $8.95 US/$12.50 CAN
Discounted Price: $6.71 US/$9.37 CAN

I know I will be heading over to my website to order some of these beautiful ribbons … If I don’t get all five, I’m for sure getting the Crushed Curry and the Smoky Slate!

Don’t forget the weekly specials that I shared with you yesterday … Thursday (today) is a great day to cash in on all the savings.

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OK … I did it!  I ordered the ribbon, and a new scissors, and some digital downloads… all on sale!  Even got a FREE digital download 🙂  I will share a project using at least one of them with you tomorrow.

Here’s the downloads I just ordered (no waiting for delivery, you get them when you purchase) ….

Keep This Memory Photobook Template – Digital Download 129879
Price: $19.95 SALE PRICE: $9.98

This next download is using the “Chalkboard” technique.  I will be sharing this technique with my Technique clubs, so it will be fun to share with them the My Digital Studio version too!

To You From Me Designer Template – Digital Download 132811
Price: $3.95 SALE PRICE: $2.77

Remember that today … Thursday is the only day you can order your ribbon.  And please, if you have any questions … contact me: 262-334-1009.

Have a wonderful Thursday and I’ll see you tomorrow!

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What’s new and exciting for July …

Hello Stampers ~

The weekend is here and it’s time to relax!  Hopefully some of you are on an extended weekend due to our July 4th holiday.  I have been busy cutting cardstock for the upcoming Hostess / Customer Appreciation Party … can’t wait!

Today I want to share with you some of our July promotions:

July Best Of… Shelli

You’ve seen all the Best Of…sets.  The images for July’s Best Of…set were hand-selected by Shelli Gardner, Co-Founder and CEO of Stampin’ Up!  While Shelli defines her style as vintage, she has selected a good variety of images for this Best of…set.  Click on the flyer for details.


New Photopolymer Stamp Set

Just in time for summer, Stampin’ Up! has released an adorable Photopolymer set called Settin’ Sail.  So many great images in this set, and it will work great for all you lake lovers and travelers.  Check it out… just click on the flyer 🙂


Designer Series Paper – Buy Three, Get One FREE

I love it when our paper goes on sale!  Most of you know how much I love the Designer Series Paper… it makes card making so quick and easy.

Have you’ve been trying to figure out which papers you want to purchase – well, Stampin’ Up! is making it easier for you to narrow down the list.  Pick four – and pay for three.  Pick eight – and pay for six.  Do you see how this works?  Look on pages 151,153 and 154 of the Annual Catalog and start picking your papers!  *Specialty DSP and Paper Stacks are not included in this promotion.

This offer runs through July 31.  Don’t miss out… again, just click on the image!


Let me know if you need any help.

Have a wonderful weekend ~

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Designer Series Paper Sale!!

Hello Stampers …

 I can’t believe how beautiful it is here in Wisconsin the past few days!  I’ve been waiting for this since April… for those of you who live around me, enjoy!

 I have a really cool promotions to share with you.  Stampin’ Up! just announced a great new special… for all you Designer Series Paper Lovers (Like Me!).

Buy three packs of select Designer Series Paper and get one for free!

I love using DSP, it’s so great to have on hand when you need to make a quick card.  Just use any one of our beautiful or fun Designer Series paper, add a ribbon and a greeting and you have a card!

Three of my favorite Designer Series Papers to work with are:

Soho Subway – This one is great for women’s or men’s card… not to mention scrapbooking!

Gingham Garden – This is so fun and whimsical.

Birthday Basics – Awesome DSP to have on hand, who doesn’t need birthday cards.  It’s packed with fun and great colors (Gumball Green and Raspberry Ribbon to name a few).  Scrapbookers, you are going to love this too!  This is definitely a must have.


Buy three packs of select Designer Series Paper and get one for free!

·        No limits. Order six? You’ll get two for free. Nine? You’ll get three for free.

·        Check out our Designer Series Papers in the annual catalog pages 151, 153, and 154.

The Fine Print:

  • These items don’t qualify for the offer:
    • Designer Series Paper Stacks
    • Specialty Designer Series Paper
    • Designer Series Paper ordered through hostess benefits

Ok … I must admit, I fell in love with the “Modern Medley” too, and had to purchase that right away.

And the “Polka Dot Parade” – that’s another must have, because polka dots go with everything.  We found that out when Stampin’ Up! came out with the polka dot folder – lol.

 Let me know if you need help picking out these papers, I’d be happy to help!

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The “FUN” in on sale!

Hello Stampers ~

I’m excited to share with you some of the new items added to our clearance rack!  Stampin’ Up! has added more great items that you can get at a discount… and who doesn’t like a good sale!

Here are 3 of my favorites  …

1. Round Designer Ribbon Slides (127834)  Only $1.99 / 16 slides


These ribbon slides accent any of our 3/8″ ribbon, or create a gathered look when using a wider ribbon.  They have a high-quality antiqued silver finish… I just love them!

 2. Square Fire Rhinestone Brads (109112)  Only $4.39


Brads are a fun addition to any project, and these Rhinestone brads add extra fun and sparkle. Rhinestone brads coordinate with Stampin’ Up!’s exclusive colors, so there’s no need to guess about what colors to use your brads with.

■ Square brads: Approximately 80 per package (4 colors in 2 sizes)
■ Fire assortment (Pink, Red, Pumpkin, and Yellow) coordinates with Stampin’ Up!’s exclusive colors

3. Ice Cream Parlor Paper & Accents Pack (122242)  Only $4.39


The designer series paper in this pack are just delici0us and great for birthday or kids cards!  The fun “self-adhesive” accents make card making or scrapbooking a breeze … and it’s only $4.39 (won’t find that price anywhere else)

You may purchase these items and more of the clearance items by clicking the “shop now” link below (then go to clearance rack) or by clicking on the “clearance” block on my side bar (on the lower right side of this page).

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I will return to the “New Stamp Set Parade” tomorrow … I can’t wait to show you the next “featured” stamp set. New colors … New stamps… New accessories… Oh my!

Are you having as much fun as I am?  Let me know 🙂

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