Friday, May 31, 2013

The New Stampin' Up! Catalog Starts Today!

View the 2013-2014 annual catalog online ( flash )

Annual Catalog ( pdf )

Samples Supply List ( pdf )  

Oh it's an exciting day! Today at noon mountain time you can order from the new 2013-2014 Stampin' Up! annual catalog!! I have my order ready to go! Click the links above to view the catalog and make your wish list!  

Here are some details you will want to know:   

  • Starting noon mountain time today you can place orders online
  • Orders from the Spring Catalog can be placed through today 5/31
  • Retiring product orders can be placed through Monday June 3, 2013

To get started You can purchase selected greeting sets on sale March 31-June 30, 2013

Sale Price Retail Price Description Item
$17.96 $23.95 Sassy Salutations Wood-Mount Stamp Set 132070
$13.46 $17.95 Sassy Salutations Clear-Mount Stamp Set 126707
$14.96 $19.95 Sweet Essentials Wood-Mount Stamp Set 132085
$11.21 $14.95 Sweet Essentials Clear-Mount Stamp Set 126457
$21.71 $28.95 Petite Pairs Wood-Mount Stamp Set 128706
$15.71 $20.95 Petite Pairs Clear-Mount Stamp Set 12249

Click the link below to start shopping today!

Thursday, May 30, 2013

Button Buddies

 Another retiring set from Stampin' Up! A fun and easy card to make. The Whisper White strips are 1-1/2 x 3/4 evenly spaced on a card front. I used Daffodil Delight for these happy little flowers!

I stamped the flower on a  scrap of cardstock in Chocolate Chip ink and punched the center of the flower out with my 1/2" circle punch and used a dimensional to adhere it to the center of the flower on the card. It adds a little dimension and interest. A Early Espresso Bakers Twine bow finishes the look!

Supplies Used:
Button Buddies stamp set - wood mount - 122026, clear mount - 122737
Curly Cute stamp set ( retiring as well ) - wood mount - 117014, clear mount - 120510
Whisper White cardstock - 100730
Daffodil Delight cardstock - 119683
Daffodil Delight ink - 126944
Chocolate Chip ink - 126979
Early Espresso Bakers Twine - 123124
Dimensionals - 104430
1/2" Circle Punch - 119869

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Just Believe

A very simple design but effective - especially in person. I saw this layout on Pinterest and changed the stamp as well as the punch design along the edge of the card. This is one of the designs we will be making in my Simply Stamped Cards class this week. Just Believe stamp set is retiring. June 3, 2013 is the last day this set will be available.

Supplies Used:
Stamps - Just Believe - wood mount - 116948, clear mount - 120453
Whisper White cardstock - 100730
Old Olive Stampin' Write Marker - 100079
Pink Pirouette Stampin' Write Marker - available in assorted pack of subtle colors - 119700
Pink Pirouette cardstock - 111351
Scallop Edge Border Punch - 119882
Beautiful Wings Embosslits - 118138

Sunday, May 19, 2013

Stampin Up 25th Anniversary Blog Tour: May

Welcome to my blog and the Best of Blog Tour! This tour features the Best of Butterflies. Enjoy my samples and when you are done click the 25 Years of Stampin' Up! icon to take you to the next blog.
Best Of Butterflies Clear-mount Stamp Set

Best Of Butterflies Clear-mount Stamp Set 133345
Price: $14.95
Note: Clear-Mount Blocks B, C, and D needed for this set.

Here we go.......

Using Stampin' Up!'s Designer Series Papers makes designing projects a breeze! The colors were pulled from the paper - Calypso Coral and Lucky Limeade. I mimicked the flower image in the paper by first embossing a piece of Whisper White cardstock with the Square Lattice Folder and then punching it out with 1-3/4" Scallop Punch.

Supplies Used
Whisper White, Lucky Limeade, Calypso Coral cardstock
Calypso Coral ink
Calypso Coral Ruffled Ribbon
Floral District Designer Series Paper
Needlepoint Border Embossing Folder
Create a Cupcake stamp set ( Happy Birthday )
Bitty Banners Framelit
1-3/4" Scallop punch
Square Lattice Embossing Folder

Embossing Folders add so much to a card. I used the Fancy Fan folder on this card leaving space at the bottom to stamp my sentiment. The rounded corners add a bit of softness to the design. I used Sahara Sand cardstock and stamped the butterflies in the same color. I wanted to keep the look soft. The piece of Twitterpated Designer Paper adds just enough color to make it interesting and not boring.

Supplies Used
Sahara Sand and Whisper White cardstock
Sahara Sand ink
Twitterpated Designer Series Paper
Loving Thoughts stamp set
Linen Thread
3/16" Corner punch

This card is a 4-1/4" square embossed with the Perfect Polka Dots folder and Needlepoint Border leaving room on the bottom for ribbon this time instead of a sentiment. Just two colors - Sahara Sand and Primrose Petals. A simple, sweet card to give to someone who needs get well wishes!

Supplies Used
Sahara Sand and Whisper White cardstock
Primrose Petals ink and Core'dinations Cardstock
Stitched Satin Ribbon - Primrose Petals
Teeny Tiny wishes stamp set

Wouldn't you love to receive a gift in this box?! I made a belly band to fit around the Kraft Gift Box so that the recipient can just slide it off to get to the goodies inside without ripping it apart.

 The center flower was made using the cupcake liners that come in the Pop-Up Posies Designer Kit in the Spring Catalog.

This butterfly image is soft and lacy looking which is why I used the Doilies. The Daffodil Delight adds that pop of color!

Supplies Used
Kraft Gift Box
Tea Lace Paper Doilies
Pop-Up Posies Designer Kit - cupcake liners, center brad and sentiment
Natural 7/16" Trim Ribbon
Daffodil Delight Seam Binding Ribbon
Epic Day Designer Series paper
Pool Party ink

I hope you have enjoyed my designs. You are now off to Anne Matasci's blog 

Saturday, May 18, 2013

Best of 25 Years Blog Tour Sneak Peek!

Tomorrow is another blog tour - Best of 25 Years with Stampin' Up! The stamp set featured in this tour is Best of Butterflies, a set of 5 butterfly images, 4 from  retired sets of the past and one brand new image.

Best Of Butterflies Clear-mount Stamp Set

Best Of Butterflies Clear-mount Stamp Set 133345
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?


Of course, you can just stamp a butterfly from the Best of Butterflies Stamp Set on a card and mail it ANYWHERE in the WORLD. Take that, Mr. Monarch butterfly!

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 Butterflies is our April 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 D needed for this set.

Here is a sneak peek of one of my designs. Be sure to check back tomorrow, Sunday, May 19 to view the rest of the card and more!

See you tomorrow!!

Friday, May 17, 2013

Bloomin' Bouquet

The Bloomin' Bouquet Kit from Stampin' Up! is so adorable! Watch the video below to see how to assemble this kit.

Here is my vase full of flowers that I put together......
Instead of using a glue gun to put the flowers together, I used glue dots. They seem to be holding up just fine. The flowers are just adorable and can be used on cards as well. Here are some that I made using the kit.

 Supplies added to make this card - Basic Gray cardstock, Epic Day This and That Designer Washi Tape

 Supplies added - Crumb Cake and Daffodil Delight cardstock, Calypso Coral Bakers Twine

Supplies added - Curly Cute stamp set ( on the retiring stamp list ), Whisper White cardstock, Calypso Coral Ruffled Ribbon and ink.

The Bloomin’ Bouquet Project Kit (item 134542) includes the following:
  • 2 sheets of 12" X 12" cardstock featuring 13 preprinted and precut flowers (flower colors: Pool Party, Gumball Green, Calypso Coral, Daffodil Delight, and Rich Razzleberry
  • 13 Vintage Faceted Buttons
  • 13 green floral wire stems
All you need is adhesive (a glue gun was used in the video but I used glue dots ) and you’re set! This kit is only available while supplies last, for $12.95 US/$15.95 CA.

Sunday, May 12, 2013

May Stamp of the Month Blog Tour

Welcome to my blog and another RemARKable Stamp of the Month Blog Tour! This months featured stamp set is By the Tide. One of my favorites! I hope you enjoy my samples. Click on the box that says Next Blog at the end of my post which will take you to Anne Matasci's blog to view more samples. Enjoy the tour!

By the Tide Clear-Mount Stamp Set

By The Tide Clear-Mount Stamp Set 129120
Price: $19.95
Beautifully rendered and exquisitely detailed--who wouldn’t want to add this extravagant seven-piece set to their stamp collection? Makes a wonderful gift for ocean and nature-lovers. Coordinates with the 1" Circle Punch.
Set Quantity: 7

Happy Mother's Day to all of the mom's on the tour! This card is for my mother today! There are many different textures going on here. The seaweed or coral imagine - depends on what you want it to be! is heat embossed on the pool party cardstock using white ink and clear embossing powder. The crumb cake piece was embossed with the Woodgrain Textured Impressions Embossing Folder.

 After stamping the shell, I cut it out, scrunched it and formed it so that the shell stands out from the card adding interest. My mother loves to collect shells when she is at the beach so this card is perfect for her!

Supplies Used
Wonderful Mother stamp set
Whisper White cardstock
Pool Party Core'dinations Card Stock
Neutrals Designer Series Paper Stack
Pool Party, Calypso Coral , Whisper White Craft and Crumb Cake ink pads
Clear Embossing Powder
Pool Party Seam Binding Ribbon
Pearl Basic Jewels

 Favor box using the Two Tags Bigz Die for the Big Shot which is on the Retiring List : (

 I stamped the Seaweed image on the designer paper that is wrapped around the box. Do you notice the shell image on the flower? I stamped that on Creped Filter Paper that was punched using the 1-3/4" Scallop Punch. I layered about 5 punched pieces and held them together with a brad. Then it's just a matter of scrunching the paper to form a fluffy flower.

My family is gathering today for Mother's Day celebration and I will be giving each mother one of these little treat boxes. The chocolate by the way is Dove Dark Salted Caramel. Yum-O!

Supplies Used
Wonderful Mother stamp set
Two Tags Die
Pool Party Cardstock
Whisper White cardstock
Neutrals Designer Series Paper Stack
Creped Filter Paper
Calypso Coral ink and Bakers Twine
Crumb Cake ink

A simple yet striking design. I must say that the lobster reminds me of my childhood. I grew up by the water in Connecticut and we used to go out in our boat almost every weekend. My dad had lobster pots out in the water and I remember hoisting them up the side of the boat and waiting to see if there were any in there. Almost always there were and we would enjoy fresh lobster for our dinner! 

Supplies Used
Crumb Cake, Real Red, Night of Navy, Whisper White cardstock
Stripes Embossing Folder
1" and 1-1/4" Circle Punches
Night of Navy and Real Red ink

Supplies Used
Itty Bitty Banners stamp set
Crumb Cake, Not Quite Navy, More Mustard, Very Vanilla cardstock
Not Quite Navy, Crumb Cake ink
Natural Composition Specialty paper
Linen Thread

Click the image below to take you to Anne Matasci's blog. Thanks for stopping by!

Saturday, May 11, 2013

Just Thinking of You

 I just love when products coordinate. It makes designing cards so much easier! Did you notice the background on the stamp coordinates so well with the background of the card? I used the Square Lattice Embossing Folder.

My Big Shot is one of the most used tools in my stamp studio! I used the Window Frame Framelits to cut out the stamp as well as the background piece. The banners were cut out using the banner framelit which is part of the Hearts a Flutter Framelit set.

 Who doesn't love a little bling? The Rhinestone Jewels finish off the card nicely!

Just Thinking stamp - 129940

Supplies Used
Rich Razzleberry cardstock - 115316
Very Vanilla Cardstock - 101650
Designer Paper for Banners is from the Razzleberry Splash Simply Scrappin' Kit - 126930
Midnight Muse ink -126860
Square Lattice Embossing Folder - 119976
Window Frames Collection Framelits Dies - 129021
Rhinestone Basic Jewels - 119246

Thursday, May 9, 2013

Aviary Easel Card

I love Basic Gray and Daffodil Yellow together. If I ever redo my bedroom, I'm going to do it in these colors! Anyway, Aviary stamp set is one that I will miss. It's retiring from the 2012-2013 Stampin' Up! Catalog May 31.

We will be making this card in my Second Friday Class this week. It is an easel card. When closed it measures 4-1/4 square.

This is what it looks like when you open the card - like an easel. The scalloped oval holds it in place.

What a fun way to display a card! CLICK HERE FOR A TUTORIAL ON HOW TO MAKE AN EASEL CARD.

Aviary Stamp Set - wood mount - 116956, clear mount - 120462

Supplies Used
Petite Pairs stamp set - wood mount - 122495, clear mount - 122497
Basic Gray cardstock - 121044
Basic Gray ink - 126981
Daffodil Delight Cardstock - 119683
Daffodil Delight ink - 126944
Whisper White cardstock - 100730
Neutrals Designer Series Paper Stack - 117157
Large Oval punch - 119855
Scallop Oval punch - 119856
2-1/2" Circle punch - 120906
2-3/8" Circle punch - 118874
Dimentionals - 104430
Rhinestone Basic Jewels - 119246

Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Lacy and Lovely Mother's Day Card

 Simple design using Lacy and Lovely stamp set and bright bold colors.


Lacy and Lovely stamp set -wood mount - 122885, clear mount - 122887

Supplies Used
Wonderful Mother stamp set ( retiring May 31 ) - wood mount - 126505, clear mount - 126507
Tempting Turquoise cardstock - 102067
Tangerine Tango cardstock - 111349
Whisper White cardstock - 100730
Tempting Turquoise ink - 126952
Tangerine Tango ink - 126946
Itty Bitty Shapes Punch Pack ( small flower ) - 118309
Pearl Basic Jewels - 119247
Large Oval Punch - 119855
Dimentionals - 104430

Saturday, May 4, 2013

Two Tags Gift Card Box

 Today I am sharing another make n' take that we did at the recent Stampin' Up! Baltimore Regional that I attended and wrote about in This Post. This is a little box that was made using the Two Tags Bigz die for the Big Shot. Isn't it sweet? The little gift cards are 2.5 x 5 and the perfect size for attaching to a gift bag or tucking inside a pocket or lunch bag for a little surprise! 

It is very simple to do. Cut two of the larger tag on the Two Tags die. These already have score lines so just fold at the score line and attach the two tags together at the bottom. To make the inside box you will need a piece of cardstock that is 2-7/8" x 6-3/4". Score horizontally at 2" and 4-3/4", score vertically at 1/2" and 2-3/8". Crease score lines and cut up score line to fold the box. Adhere with glue dot to form box shape and then use sticky strip to adhere between the two tags.
A simple and sweet little box to place on your desk or to give away. The Two Tags die is on the Stampin' Up! Retiring Accessories List so be sure and order it now before it's to late. This die is a must have!

Two Tags Bigz Die - 115954

Supplies Used
Lovely and Lacy stamp set - wood mount - 122885, clear mount - 122887
One in a Million stamp set ( Happiness ) wood mount - 126380, clear mount - 126382
Calypso Coral cardstock - 122925
Whisper White cardstock - 100730
Calypso Coral ink - 126983
Gumball Green ink - 126861
Fancy Flower Punch - 118073
7/8" Scallop Punch ( center of flower ) 129404
Dahlias ( center of flower ) 127556
First Edition Specialty Paper - unfortunately on retired list and SOLD OUT - you can use a page from an old book instead.

Friday, May 3, 2013

Clockworks Notepad Fun

I recently attended a Stampin' Up! Regional in Baltimore MD. I was so excited that it was so close to me. Only a car drive and light rail ride away! It's always fun to go to Stampin' Up! events to spend a day with friends and Shelli and staff from the Stampin' Up! home office. They do know how to make it fun!

We always have make n' takes to stamp while we are there and this was one of them.

 Isn't this adorable! It's a notepad that we covered. We used the Clockworks stamp set, a set I do not own but will HAVE to get now! It gives a fun vintage feel to the look. I love the color combo as well - Pool Party, Basic Gray, Gumball Green, Calypso Coral and a retiring color, More Mustard.

 The flower makes the design look so fun I think. So easy to do by using the Fancy Flower punch. I distressed the cardstock after I punched the flowers and pulled it apart and smooshed it and then put it together with a brad. The button is held in place with a glue dot on top of that.

The little banners are just strips of cardstock that are scored every 1/4" using the Simply Scored Scoring Tool. An easy technique that adds interest to the design.

Clockworks stamp set - wood mount - 126260
Clockworks stamp set - clear mount - 126262

Supplies Used
One in a Million stamp set ( the happiness ) - wood - 126380, clear - 126382
Basic Gray cardstock - 121044
Whisper White cardstock - 100730
Pool Party cardstock - 122924
Gumball Green cardstock - 126840
Calypso Coral cardstock - 122925
Pool Party ink - 126982
Calypso Coral ink - 126983
Gumball Green ink - 126861
More Mustard ink - 126964 - available while supplies last. Cardstock has been sold out.
Basic Gray ink - 126981
Vintage Faceted Designer Buttons - 127555
Calypso Coral Bakers Twine - 125573

Thursday, May 2, 2013

Mixed Bunch and A Round Array

A bright and cheery thank you card using Mixed Bunch stamp set and A Round Array stamp set. 

Mixed Bunch - wood mount - 125535
Mixed Bunch - clear mount - 125537

Supplies Used
Whisper White cardstock - 100730
Tempting Turquoise cardstock - 102067
Tangerine Tango cardstock - 111349
Daffodil Delight ink - 126944
Tangerine Tango ink - 126946
VersaMark ink - 102283
Calypso Coral Ruffled Ribbon - 122976
Blossom Punch - 125603
7/8" Scallop Punch - 129404
Perfect Polka Dots Embossing Folder -117335

Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Best of Everything

Best of Everything stamp is retiring from the 2012-2013 Stampin' Up! Catalog. Another birdie set that I love. Aren't these little guys the cutest? If you love the set, get it while you can!

Best of Everything - wood mount - 123534
Best of Everything - clear mount - 123536

Supplies Used:
Pool Party Cardstock - 122924
Island Indigo cardstock - 122923
Whisper White cardstock - 100730
Tangerine Tango Ink - 126946
Pool Party Ink - 126982
Island Indigo Ink - 126986
Old Olive Stampin' Write Marker - 100079
Early Espresso Stampin' Write Marker - 119680
Scallop Oval Punch - 119856