Saturday, January 29, 2011

Bliss card samples

How about some more card samples to drool over? These use the Sale-a-bration set "Bliss".

The first one is one that I made for a card swap. I CASEd the idea from a sample I saw somewhere, but I can't recall where. I love the elegance of this card. The colors are Basic Black and Very Vanilla and it has just a few Basic Pearls for accents. I also uses the new Framed Tulips Textured Impressions Embossing Folder (2011 Occasions Mini Catalog pg. 28). I LOVE this embossing folder! I've seen it used on so many different cards and it adds such a wonderful touch. I think this card would make a beautiful wedding or anniversary card or you could change up the sentiment and it could be a sympathy or birthday card. So versatile!Carol Stofer created this second card. Isn't the butterfly gorgeous? I also love how she used the different punches behind it to accent it.
Here is another great card from Diane Kipp - Night of Navy and Very Vanilla combine to make another elegant card. I love the small strip of First Edition Designer Series Paper (2011 Occasions Mini Catalog pg. 25) that she used.
Did you consider that you could use this card for a Valentine's Day card? Joyce Feraco made this one. She used Cherry Cobbler ink, card stock, and 1/2" Seam Binding Ribbon. I tell you, the more I see this ribbon and use it, the more I fall in love with it. It ties so nicely and looks so pretty. And did you notice that Joyce used that same Framed Tulips embossing folder? If you look closely at the mini tag, you will see a sweet little bird that comes in this set. The background paper is more of the First Edition DSP.
I love the bright colors on this next card! I know that I got it through our swap, but there's no name on the back so I can't give credit to the stamper who made it. (If you're the stamper, let me know so I can give you credit!) ADDED: I should have known - Carol Stofer made this card. I always love her creations! Thanks, Carol!
So many different ideas from one stamp set! That's one of the things that I love about Stampin' Up! - their stamps are sold in sets where all the images coordinate and you can use them in so many different ways. You can't buy this stamp set, but you can get it for free! This is a Sale-a-bration stamp set. You can pick this for your FREE item when you spend $50 in merchandise. This stamp set will never be available for sale, but you can get it for free! Contact me to get yours today!

Thursday, January 27, 2011

Punch Bunch is most popular FREE set!

Sale-a-Bration has just started and I'm so excited! Have you seen the adorable items that are available for FREE in the Sale-a-Bration catalog? We have heard that Punch Bunch is the most popular SAB set so far. This set has five images that all coordinate with a specific Stampin' Up! punch! I have lots of samples to show you, but I'll just start with a few today.

This first card was made by Diane Kipp. Diane is a member of my Chalk-a-holics stamping group and is a wonderful stamper! I love all of her creations. Don't you just love all the textures and shapes on this card?

The second card is made by Ann Welborn. Don't these owls just make you want to squeal with their adorable-ness? The owl is one of the images in Punch Bunch and the circle on the lower left that says "True Friend" is also one of the images in the set. I love this card and the wonderful colors on it.Laura Miller made this card using Basic Black and Melon Mambo. It's simple, but so eye-catching, don't you think?
This last card was created by Angelia van der Leek. I love the interplay of the different circles and scallop shapes on this card. Sometimes it's the extra touches that make a card stand out.

So are you inspired yet? Have you decided that you need this set yet? Don't worry - there will be more samples coming of this and the other items in the SAB catalog. You can't buy these, but you can get them for FREE with every $50 in merchandise that you purchase. Contact me for more details at Happy stamping!

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Get Ready for Sale-a-Bration!

Smiley from millan.netFor anyone who might not know what Sale-A-Bration means, it means FREE Stampin' Up! merchandise! Every year around this time Stampin' Up gives you the opportunity to get FREE stamp sets and other Stampin' Up! products! Sale-a-Bration starts TODAY January 25th and runs through March 31st 2011. You won't want to miss this!!Smiley from

You get FREE GIFTS for each $50 you spend as a customer or as a demonstrator (see the SAB Mini Catalog for all the details)!! In addition to the stamp sets, ribbon, buttons, DSP, downloads, etc., in the SAB Mini Catalog, you can also select from dozens of free stamps and sets listed on the last page of the SAB mini catalog! (They are also shown below.)

Did I mention that if you join me in Stampin' Up! during Sale-a-Bration, you get a 15% discount on your kit plus $50 Product Bonus? Now how could you pass that up? Smiley from

Don't forget you can contact me if you have questions on how to get these FREE Sale-a-Bration items! Or you can ORDER NOW HERE by clicking on the "Shop Now" button.

Here are some of the FREE stamp choices that we have - in addition to the exclusive Sale-a-Bration items:

Stay tuned for lots of card samples made with the Sale-a-Bration stamps and other merchandise!

Thursday, January 20, 2011

Nature Walk cards

Nature Walk is a new stamp set in the 2011 Occasions Mini Catalog. The images in this stamp set are so realistic-looking and so detailed. There is also a coordinating Designer Series Paper pack called Botanical Gazette. (These items are found on pages 26 and 27 of the OCM.)

These first two cards were made by Cricket Thompson. Don't you just love the muted colors on this first one? How can you go wrong with blues and browns together?

The DSP on this next card is actually the Springtime Vintage pack (pg. 15) - but look how nicely it goes with this set! Plus the Pear Pizzazz 1/2" Seam Binding Ribbon adds such a nice bright touch without being overwhelming.
Gwen Duckworth created this card. I love how she stamped the images in various colors at the top, and the ruffled Crumb Cake 1/2" Seam Binding Ribbon adds a great note of interest to the card. Did you also notice that she stamped the eggs on top of the saying? They are very faint, but again it adds such a nice touch.As you can see, the 1/2" Seam Binding Ribbon is a VERY popular item - and we have it available in seven colors now--Very Vanilla, Cherry Cobbler, Always Artichoke, Baja Breeze, Crumb Cake, Pear Pizzazz, and Rose Red. It is so soft and ties into such a nice bow. It would make a great addition to any card or scrapbook page!

Thank you for your beautiful cards ladies, and for letting me share them! Smiley from

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

More Occasions Mini Cards

Are you ready for some more great cards from the swap? These are made by Cindy Westerink. She always makes wonderful, creative cards. One of the greatest benefits of being a Stampin' Up! demonstrator is all of the terrific friends I've made! Dear friends that I probably wouldn't have met if it wasn't for Stampin' Up! Now how terrific is that?

This pretty card uses the First Edition Specialty Designer Series Paper (pg. 25 Occasions Mini Catalog) to make the flower - now isn't that a clever use for the DSP? The center of the flower is one of the Vanilla Rosettes (pg. 16 OMC) and the wide striped ribbon is tied with a piece of the Baja Breeze 1/2" Seam Binding Ribbon (pg. 16 OMC).
This card uses the Red Glimmer Paper (pg. 7 OMC) for the heart. This is such great paper - you can get a lot of glitz and shimmer without having glitter everywhere! Cindy also used the Lots of Love Letterpress Plate (pg. 7 OMC) and the XOXO stamp set (pg. 6 OMC). It was cut out with the Big Shot and the Scallop Circle Die. Wouldn't this be a great card for your valentine?
If you'd be interested in making new friends and having fun stamping together, contact me and I'd love to tell you all about the Stampin' Up! opportunity and how you can get started!

Saturday, January 15, 2011

Card Samples from 2011 Occasions Mini Catalog

Since I'm not quite up to "stamping speed" yet, I thought I would share some cards with you that I've received in a recent through the mail swap.

These gorgeous samples were made by my friend Julie Taylor. This first one uses the Sew Suite stamp set with the coordinating DSP. She also used some Pompom Trim in Melon Mambo and Ice Cream Parlor ribbon and buttons from the Sale-a-Bration catalog. That ribbon and button pack is one of the items that you could choose for FREE during Sale-a-Bration with your $50 purchase. SAB starts on January 25th - just about a week away. I can't wait!
This elegant card was made with the Mother of Mine stamp, which is available for only $6.95!! It's one of our a' la carte stamps found just inside the back cover of the mini catalog.
Aren't Julie's cards great? I'm so glad to have them! I have lots more cards to share from this swap group, so stay tuned!

Sunday, January 9, 2011

Stampin' Up! 2011 Occasions Mini Catalog

Have you seen the new Occasions Mini Catalog yet? Oh my goodness - there is so much in there I don't know where to start!
I love punches, and once again Stampin' Up! has some amazing ones with COORDINATING STAMP SETS!!! There is the Build a Blossom stamp set with the coordinating Blossoms Petals Punch (pg. 12). You can stamp the flower petals and punch them out - no cutting with scissors needed! How cool is that? And that's not the only one. There's the Create a Cupcake stamp set with the Build a Cupcake punch (pg. 22) Both of these punches are so cool when used with the coordinating stamp sets, but you can use them individually too.

Also in this mini is some gorgeous red Glimmer Paper. You can have red glitter on your projects without all of the clean-up! Smiley from There are also five new Designer Series Paper packages for Valentine's Day, Easter/Spring, masculine, and sewing.

There are some wonderful new accessories - Vintage Flower Adornments, Vanilla Rosettes (made from ribbon), Designer Buttons and Fabric, more colors of the 1/2" Seam Binding Ribbon, and some really cool new things called Trinket Crowns and Trinket Keys. You just have to see these to really appreciate them.

There is a stamp set that I KNEW I had to get the moment I saw it - it's called Eat Chocolate! That had my name all over it! Smiley from
There is an entire section devoted to the "Oh Sew Suite" collection. It's a retro, whimsical, feminine, bright, fun color palette for little girls to grandmas. Here are just a couple of the items in the collection. The first are the Fabric Designer Brads called Sweet Stitches and the second is the Sweet Stitches Designer Series Paper. There are also some stamp sets in this collection called "Pattern Pieces" and "Button, Button", plus lots more!There are also some wonderful downloads for the My Digital Studio. If you haven't seen this yet, be sure to ask me about it!

If you don't have a copy of the Occasions Mini Catalog yet and you don't have another demonstrator, I'd love to send a copy of this to you. Just contact me and I'll be happy to put one in the mail to you! You can also go to my Stampin' Up! website and view the items in this mini catalog for yourself. Just go to and click on the button on the right where it says "Shop Now". You can view all of the items in the mini and in the regular catalog there.

I hope to be able to post some ideas using some of these new items soon. I'm still a little hampered by my shoulder problems, but I'll be stamping soon, I know it! Thanks for your understanding and patience! Smiley from

Thursday, January 6, 2011

2011 Desktop Coaster Calendar - Oct., Nov., Dec.

Here are the last three months of my coaster calendar. I hope you've enjoyed seeing each page and maybe you've been inspired to create a calendar of your own. If so, I'd love to see it!

October is made using the Basic Black DSP from the Neutrals Patterns DSP Pack (pg. 175 IB&C) and accented with Pumpkin Pie and Old Olive cardstock. The pumpkin is made by punching three oval shapes (I used the 1-3/8" by 5/8" oval punch) and sponging the edges with Pumpkin Pie ink.
November uses Autumn Spice DSP, which was available in the most recent Holiday Mini Catalog. This paper is no longer available, but you could use any type of fall patterned paper. It's accented with Cajun Craze and Early Espresso cardstock, and I used some 1/8" Taffeta Ribbon in Early Espresso for a little bow accent.
December's page is pretty much exactly like the one that Carol had created. I just loved what she had done and just figured I would CASE it. The background is Jolly Holiday DSP (pg. 174 IB&C). The adorable snowman is from the Tags til Christmas set (retired from the Holiday Mini Catalog). After stamping him in Cherry Cobbler ink, he was punched out with a circle punch and the "snow" was made by using a 2-way glue pen and some Chunky Essentials White Stampin' Glitter (pg. 196 IB&C).
To keep the size of the calendar from being too large, each coaster has two sides (January-February, March-April, etc.). After we had them all made, we put them together using my Bind-It-All. It only took us a few hours to make our calendars and we were all quite pleased with how they turned out!

I hope you've enjoyed seeing my calendar and I hope you've been inspired to create something of your own. You could take any of these ideas or layouts and translate them into a card or scrapbook page element. If you do, be sure to show me your creations! Happy stamping!
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Wednesday, January 5, 2011

2011 Desktop Coaster Calendar - July, August, September

Ah, into the summer months. Right now with the cold and snow it's hard to believe that we'll be hot in just a few months. No matter what, I'm ready with my calendar though!

July is my birthday month! But because of the 4th of July celebration, I usually make my July calendar pages in patriotic colors. The background DSP is Night of Navy from the Regals Patterns DSP Pack (pg. 175 IB&C). The two stars are punched with Stampin' Up!s small and extra-large star punches. I then took a 2-way glue pen, ran it around the edges, and sprinkled Dazzling Diamonds glitter on each star. There is a small clear rhinestone brad in the center of the stars for a little more bling. (You can never have too much bling, right?) Smiley from
August's page uses some Elegant Soiree DSP. I was trying to go for a bubble/swimming look. Smiley from Don't know if I exactly got the concept across, but I like the way it turned out. There are three of the Bitty Buttons (pg. 186 IB&C) on the lower right-hand corner with some linen thread tied on them for the extra accent on this month.

Even though none of us have any kids going back to school in September, we all agreed that this Play Date DSP was perfect for this month! And because owls seem to denote wisdom, it seemed appropriate to have an owl watching over September. (Two-Step Owl Punch pg. 200 IB&C.)

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

2011 Desktop Coaster Calendar - April, May, June

As promised, here are the next three months of my coaster calendar.

First is April, which uses the Woodland Walk DSP (pg. 173 IB&C) and butterflies made with the Beautiful Wings embosslits die (pg. 215). If you don't have this die yet, you NEED to get it. These butterflies are so detailed and add such a nice touch to any card, scrapbook page, or anything else you're creating.
May's DSP is from the Sweet & Sour Specialty pack (pg. 172 IB&C). This is such a pretty pattern in Rose Red and with the Pretty in Pink 3/8" Taffeta Ribbon bow, I think it turned out quite pretty.
June's page uses the Sunny Garden DSP (pg. 174 IB&C). I wanted to add some accent to this one, but wasn't sure what. Any ideas or suggestions?
So we're about halfway through on the pages, what do you think so far?

Monday, January 3, 2011

2011 Desktop Coaster Calendar - January through March

Smiley from Hello all and happy new year!

I am starting to get more mobility in my right arm following my surgery, so hopefully I'll be able to post more regularly. I do have a slight problem in that I can't really stamp right now, so I'll have to find things in my stamp room that I've already created to share with you for awhile. Smiley from

Today's share though, is part of a recent creation. Some of my Chalk-a-holic buddies and I got together just before my surgery in December and made these desktop coaster calendars. It was so much fun! The original idea came from Carol Stofer - she had one very similar to this at the last Tickled Ink meeting I attended, so we started with her basic idea and created our own.

Most of the Designer Series Paper I used is current, but a few things used are retired Stampin' Up! things. But hey, if I've got it, I may as well use it, right?

January's paper was from the Candy Cane Christmas DSP pack. The snowflake is something that SU! had in a mini catalog about a year or so ago , and it's accented with a clear rhinestone brad for a little extra bling.

The February coaster uses paper from the Play Date DSP. Don't you just love those little hearts? It's accented with some Chantilly Crochet Trim, a small punched red heart, and a pearl from the Basic Pearls.March is done with Peach Parfait DSP from the In Color DSP Stack (pg. 175 IB&C). The Chocolate Chip cardstock is cut with the Scallop Squares duo die - I just love that die! The leaves are from the Two-Step Bird punch. The flowers are punched from a retired Stampin' Up! punch, but you could use any type of flower for an accent.

I will be back tomorrow with more pages for this calendar.