Thursday, July 31, 2008


There have been a few announcements recently and some today at convention. I will be sending out my monthly newsletter to customers including more details next week. In the meantime here are some highlights with some pictures to follow.

**New Decor Elements are coming this fall. I got a sneak peek today and they are SO CUTE!!! They will be available in SU colors, new images including some for the holidays, and there will be several 2-Step items.

** All the stamp sets that are new to the catalog will be die-cut and starting with the next catalog in January ALL stamp sets will be diecut.

** Shelli Gardner- The co-founder and CEO of SU will be hosting a blog starting August 4th. It will include her thoughts, product talk, contests etc. It will be at

** Shelli is also releasing a including but not limited to stamps, accessories, home decor, etc. We were able to purchase an apron from the Designs by Shelli line of products. The items in this line will be things she really likes and or helped to design. I am really interested to see what she is going to put her name on. Coming this fall.

** In partnership with Country Living Magazine, Stampin' Up! is going to have a 21 page layout in the December Holiday issue. There will some bundle of products used and available for purchase.
** August 11-Sept 30th SU will be offering an assortment of the new stamp sets at a 15% discount. Here is a list of the sets that will be on sale with their sale prices. I know most of you don't have catalogs yet, but when you do check these out!!
Snow Swirled $21.21
It's a Stretch $20.36
Putt Putt $21.21
Eastern Blooms $18.36
Pocket Silhouettes $16.11
Upsy Daisy $16.11
Under the Stars $25.46
Heard from the Heart $19.41
Contempo Alpha $34.81
Felicidades Siempre $15.26
This flyer is the Canadian Flyer- US Disregard Prices

** For Demos Only- New Bulk Buy Items: Vanilla Hodgepodge Hardware label holders, Chipboard Frames and Rub-On Set. Can order on Demo order Aug. 11.

** 6 Month's Worth of Specials Announced

Listed on back of New Catalog Sampler (Replacement for preview catalog of the past) the following specials are listed:

Aug 11-Oct 11- Additional Free set with Starter Kit purchase
Oct 1-Nov 30- Host a $350 Workshop and earn a free set from the sampler catalog
Dec 1-Jan 18- When you spend $20 you'll receive 20% off any stamp set in the catalog sampler.

There will be other specials in addition to these i.e. the New Stamps sets on sale listed above.

Here are some sneak peek pictures of Phase 2 of the Decor' Elements Line
Here's a cute cupcake they had on the tables for us at lunch. The medallion is chocolate.

Here is a picture of the screen when I went on stage to be recognized for my 100K Sales Milestone Award. I hate being on stage, but for some reason felt the need to go up there since it was my goal this year. I practically ran off of stage, so I didn't give the gals enough time to get a better picture. That's OK.

Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Leaving on a Jet Plane

In a few short hours I will be headed to Salt Lake City for the annual Stampin' Up! Convention. I ran out of time to make swaps, but did get these boxes put together. They are floss boxes (the kind you get at the craft store for $2 and store embroidery floss or beads in) with each compartment filled with different goodies. Plus I added a mini highlighter and page markers to assist with catalog viewing and marking. I added a simple topper to the box stamped in the new In Colors with the Big Deal Alphabet and new Wow Flowers set. I made them for my downline and some friends whom are also attending. I saw this idea awhile back at a demo only event and thought it was cute.

Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Convention Brainstorming

Enough of the text posts. I hate that, though it is an necessary evil when these big announcements come out. I'd much rather just have pictures :) Well, I have been playing around trying to come up with some swaps for convention. I always overdo it and am trying to keep it simple this year. However, I can't say I love anything I am coming up with. I am headed out of town for the weekend, maybe a shooting star will hit me and bring me something fantastic but simple. If not, well I will probably not make any swaps other than for things I have committed to. Here are the three cards I came up with while playing. All three use the new In Colors and 2 out of 3 use the new Bella Rose Paper.This card uses the Pink Pirouette & Kiwi Kiss Cardstocks along with Bella Rose Designer Paper. The set is the new Dream Du Jour. The scallop is done with the new Scallop Edge Punch.The In Colors used here are Red Riding Hood, Kiwi Kiss, Pacific Point and Tangerine Tango. I used the Scallop Edge , Scallop Circle, Small Oval, 1 1/4" Circle, and 1 3/8" Circle Punches, plus the Crop-a-Dile. The Thank You is popped up on a Dimentional.This is my card for a Christmas Swap I am in. I tried to mimic a present. I used the Baja Breeze Cardstock and Bella Rose Designer Paper. For the tag- the stamps are from Punch Pals all of which are punched using the Scallop Circle, 1 3/8" Circle & 3/4" Circle Punches and then layered together. The ribbon is the 5/8" Chocolate Chip Grosgrain Ribbon.

Monday, July 21, 2008

Entire Retiring Accessory List

Update- All items are now retired and no longer available. I will not be updating the list anymore. Check out the new catalog for new and exciting accessories!!

Here is the entire list of retiring accessories. They are available while supplies last. Call or Email ASAP to get your order in. I will try to mark the items as sold out when I discover they are no longer available. This does not guarantee availability, but it should help you with your choices. When ordering via email, be sure to include the phone# at which you can be reached so I can follow up with you if something did sell out.


Accents & Elements Build A Flower

Sold Out

Accents & Elements Lucky Star

110719Accents & Elements Messenger

Acrylic Graph & Grid


Card Stock 12 X 12 In Color


Card Stock 8-1/2 X 11 Blue Bayou

108643Card Stock 8-1/2 X 11 Groovy Guava
108637Card Stock 8-1/2 X 11 In Color
108640Card Stock 8-1/2 X 11 River Rock
108639 Card Stock 8-1/2 X 11 Soft Sky
108641 Card Stock 8-1/2 X 11 Wild Wasabi Sold Out
108644 Card Stock 8-1/2 X 11 Purely Pomegranate Sold Out
103975 Card Stock Brushed Copper Sold Out
108694 Card Stock Textured 12 X 12 In Color
107312 Cards & Envelopes Gift Whisper White
107292 Cards & Envelopes Greeting Whisper White
109116 Notes & Envelopes Long Notes
109118 Notes & Envelopes Love Notes
109117 Notes & Envelopes Pocket Notes* Sold Out
110729 Notes & Envelopes Scallop Notes
109119 Notes & Envelopes Gift Notes
109018 Classic Stampin' Ink Blue Bayou Sold Out
109019 Classic Stampin' Ink Groovy Guava
109017 Classic Stampin' Ink Purely PomegranateSold Out
109016 Classic Stampin' Ink River RockSold Out
109015 Classic Stampin' Ink Soft Sky
109020 Classic Stampin' Ink Wild WasabiSold Out
109013 Classic Stampin' Pad Blue Bayou
109012 Classic Stampin' Pad Groovy Guava
109011Classic Stampin' Pad Purely Pomegranate
109010 Classic Stampin' Pad River Rock
109009 Classic Stampin' Pad Soft Sky
109014 Classic Stampin' Pad Wild Wasabi
110751 Designer Series Paper Azure*
110696 Designer Series Paper Bali Breeze
110749 Designer Series Paper Berry Bliss
109154 Designer Series Paper Cutie Pie
110699 Designer Series Paper East Coast Prep*Sold Out
109160 Designer Series Paper Fall FlowersSold Out
109159 Designer Series Paper Flowers For You*
110697 Designer Series Paper Ginger Blossom
110479 Designer Series Paper Jersey Shore*
109151Designer Series Paper Le Jardin
110748 Designer Series Paper Notebook*
110750 Designer Series Paper Olive Press
109153 Designer Series Paper Porcelain Prints*Sold Out
109175 Designer Series Paper Prints Almost Amethyst*Sold Out
109177 Designer Series Paper Prints Always Artichoke
109173 Designer Series Paper Prints Blue BayouSold Out
109174 Designer Series Paper Prints Brilliant Blue
109178 Designer Series Paper Prints Certainly Celery
109169 Designer Series Paper Prints Close to Cocoa*Sold Out
109168 Designer Series Paper Prints Groovy Guava* Sold Out
109171 Designer Series Paper Prints Lovely Lilac
109172 Designer Series Paper Prints More MustardSold Out
109176 Designer Series Paper Prints Old Olive
109170 Designer Series Paper Prints Pumpkin PieSold Out
109164 Designer Series Paper Prints River Rock*
109167 Designer Series Paper Prints Rose Red
109166 Designer Series Paper Prints So Saffron
109165 Designer Series Paper Prints Soft SkySold Out
109163 Designer Series Paper Prints Tempting TurquoiseSold Out
110698 Designer Series Paper Prints Spring Break
110273 Designer Series Paper Prints Spring Fling*Sold Out
110271 Designer Series Paper Prints Spring Silhouettes
110272 Designer Series Paper Prints Western Sky
107299 Envelope Confetti Cream Medium
105320 Eyelets Basic Sold Out
100375 Eyelets Bold Brights Sold Out
100381 Eyelets Earth Elements Sold Out
107233 Eyelets Fresh Favorites I
107234 Eyelets Fresh Favorites II
105316 Eyelets Rich Regals
100378 Eyelets Soft Subtles Sold Out
105515 Hodgepodge Hardware Pewter Sold Out
105531 Hodgepodge Hardware Antique Brass Sold Out
105532 Hodgepodge Hardware Aged Copper Sold Out
101120 Metallic Art Pencils
107307 On Board Accents
109181 On Board Blossoms & Basic
109179 On Board Ginormous Pieces
107306 On Board Simon Lower
102678 Paper Mulberry White Sold Out
109227 Punch Box Three For You Sold Out
102686Punch Handheld Rectangle
100271 Pure Color Pencils
109060 Ribbon Double-Stitched Blue Bayou Sold Out
109063 Ribbon Double-Stitched Groovy GuavaSold Out
109061 Ribbon Double-Stitched Purely PomegranateSold Out
109062 Ribbon Double-Stitched River Rock*
109059 Ribbon Double-Stitched Soft SkySold Out
109058 Ribbon Double-Stitched Wild WasabiSold Out
109189 Ribbon Originals Beachfront*
109187 Ribbon Originals District*
109188 Ribbon Originals Fairy Tale
109185 Ribbon Originals Jersey*
109184 Ribbon Originals Sherbert
109186 Ribbon Originals Theater
110716 Ribbon Striped Grosgrain Wild Wasabi*
110281 Rub-Ons Cherished Memories* Sold Out
110284 Rub-Ons Eastern Elegance*
110285 Rub-Ons Urban West*
110557 Simply Scrappin' Boho Blend
109610 Simply Scrappin' ConfettiSold Out
110572 Simply Scrappin' Crew Kids Boy
110567 Simply Scrappin' Crew Kids Girl
109597 Simply Scrappin' Home Again
110562 Simply Scrappin' Rose Cottage
109648 Simply Scrappin' Special Delivery Boy
109627 Simply Scrappin' Special Delivery GirlSold Out
110587 Simply Scrappin' Summer Days
110577 Simply Scrappin' Tie The Knot
111184 Simply Sent Friendly Notes
109228 Simply Sent Simple DelightsSold Out
109229 Simply Sent Three ThoughtsSold Out
106662Stampin'Around Wheel Daisy Field
107561Stampin'Around Wheel Garden Annuals
109681Stampin'Around Wheel Good Dog
109678Stampin'Around Wheel Kisses
107482Stampin'Around Wheel Lily PadSold Out
109680Stampin'Around Wheel Meow
109677Stampin'Around Wheel MistletoeSold Out
106610Jumbo Stampin' Around Wheel Basics Outline
107467Jumbo Stampin' Around Wheel Birthday
109571Jumbo Stampin' Around Wheel Dilly Dally Baby
109570Jumbo Stampin' Around Wheel Dilly Dally Friends
109569Jumbo Stampin' Around Wheel Dilly Dally Party
108423Jumbo Stampin' Wheel Leaves A La CarteSold Out
107468Jumbo Stampin' Around Wheel Nature Hike
108980Jumbo Stampin' Around Wheel Petals
107464Jumbo Stampin' Around Wheel Rough TextureSold Out
111261Jumbo Stampin' Around Wheel Spunky Spots
109554Stampin' Color Index Labels Sold Out
109553 Stampin' Color Index Labels (French)
106694 Stampin' Kids Markers


Zig Painty

Items with a * after them are the only ones that are part of the 25% off promotion.

Saturday, July 19, 2008

Discounted Retiring Accessories

Monday July 21st, SU will announce which accessories from the catalog will be retiring. All my customers- check your email Monday morning because all discontinued accessories are only available while supplies last- If there is something on the list you'd like, order it ASAP. Things sell out quickly.

Good News!!! Stampin' Up! has given us a list of a few items on the retired list that will also be on Sale for 25% Off!!! The following items will be on sale for the discounted price starting on the 21st. All other retiring accessories will remain at their regular prices.

Dates: July 21-August 10 (or while supplies last)

Promotion Details:

Save 25% off the following retiring accessories:

Item #
Pg. # Description Regular Price 25% Off Price
109117 167 Pocket Notes assortment $9.95 Sold Out
110479 168 Jersey Shore Designer Series paper $9.95 $7.46
110699 168 East Coast Prep Designer Series paper $9.95 Sold Out
109159 169 Flowers For You Designer Series paper $9.95 $7.46
110273 169 Spring Fling Designer Series paper $9.95 Sold Out
110748 170 Notebook Designer Series paper $9.95 $7.46
109153 170 Porcelain Prints Designer Series paper $9.95 Sold Out
110751 171 Azure Designer Series paper $9.95 $7.46
109164 171 River Rock Prints Designer Series paper $9.95 $7.46
109175 171 Almost Amethyst Prints Designer Series paper $9.95 Sold Out
109168 171 Groovy Guava Prints Designer Series paper $9.95 Sold Out
109169 171 Close to Cocoa Prints Designer Series paper $9.95 Sold Out
110284 182 Eastern Elegance Rub-Ons $10.95 $8.21
110285 182 Urban West Rub-Ons $10.95 $8.21
110281 182 Cherished Memories Rub-Ons $10.95 Sold Out
109185 190 Jersey Ribbon Originals $12.95 $9.71
109187 190 District Ribbon Originals $12.95 $9.71
109189 190 Beachfront Ribbon Originals $12.95 $9.71
110716 191 Wild Wasabi striped grosgrain ribbon $7.95 $5.96
109062 191 River Rock double-stitched grosgrain ribbon $8.95 $6.71

Friday, July 18, 2008

July Stamp Club Projects

Here are the projects for my July Stamp Club. I am definitely starting to see a shift in colors I use. I didn't used to be such a "Pumpkin Pie" person.

This is a simple card. The "Enjoy" and "Every Moment" images are from the Enjoy Every Moment set that is retiring. They are embossed to stand out. The designer paper is the Rose Red Prints Paper. The flower is a Felt Fusion flower with a Pumpkin Pie button in the center. The ribbon is 5/8" wide Old Olive Grosgrain ribbon. The flower and button were secured using Tombow Multi Glue- fabulous stuff!!

This celebrate card is done using the colors from the Spring Break paper. I believe it is likely to retire because it contains some In Colors. The star is a chipboard star, covered with Soft Sky Textured Cardstock. The white star is a rub-on. Once rubbed on, I used the star punch to punch it out. The tag is stamped in Blue Bayou and punched out with the large oval punch, then glued to the back of the frame from the retiring Hodgepodge Hardware (One Sale for only $20.86 a box). The ribbon is the Wild Wasabi Double Stitched Ribbon- retiring. Not my normal colors, but I like the way this turned out.
This is a simple Hershey Bar cover for a snack size bar. I used the retiring Cutie Pie paper to create a pocket. I crimped one end to really secure it shut. I punched a half circle for ease in pulling the candy out. The belly band is crimped Purely Pomegranate & Bashful Blue strips of cardstock. The "Enjoy" image is from the retiring Be Happy set. Here is a picture of it with the bar slightly pulled out.

Next club meeting is in August, check my SU site for the date. Non-club members are welcome with advance notice. A $15 supply fee is collected, or it's FREE with a $25 SU order.

Thursday, July 17, 2008

Stamp Club Starting

My new stamp club is starting this Friday. I usually give club members a custom stamped tote to bring their adhesive, scissors and pen in. Several of the members are repeat club members or belong to both of my clubs, so they already have totes. So last night I threw these together. They are swap boxes. I used empty Hodgepodge Hardware tins and coordinating designer paper. I stamped their names with the Big Deal Alphabet and embellished with the Scallop Punch and New Scallop Edge punch. Nothing too fancy. They can add to it if they want. My hope is that they will bring their swaps in the boxes, so I know who's is who's and can get the swapping done more efficiently. We'll see. I hope they like them.

Wednesday, July 16, 2008

New Stuff

I have had this huge box staring at me from the corner of my office for over a week. I would not let myself play with anything inside until stamp camp was over. I got my first chance to play today. Here is a card I am preparing for a shoebox swap at convention I am in.

The paper is the new Bella Rose Designer Paper. I paired it with Red Riding Hood, Kiwi Kiss and Pink Pirouette (yes new colors). The stamp set used is the new Dreams du Jour set. In addition I used the new scallop edge punch, gold brads, blender pen, scallop punch and dimentionals.
The ric rac is done with the new scallop edge punch. The scallop around the image is actually two scallop circles layered on the back to give it the appearance of an oval. I colored the image (stamped in Red Riding Hood) with the blender pen using ink from the Kiwi Kiss & Pink Pirouette Classic ink pads.

Here is a peek at a sampling of items in my box:
New 2008-09 In Colors: Pink Pirouette, Red Riding Hood, Tangerine Tango, Kiwi Kiss, Baja Breeze & Pacific Point.
New Bella Rose Designer Papers & Scallop Edge Punch.

I will post more sneak peeks as I get to play some more. If you would like to pre-order any of these items please let me know. I am not able to order until August 11th, however you won't want to wait. These are great colors and accessories. (I assume SU has planned for a huge order of scallop punches, however you never know what will go on backorder when it first becomes available- hint hint). Contact me for more details.

Tuesday, July 15, 2008

July Stamp Camp- Last Few Samples

Here you go. The last few samples from last Sunday's stamp camp. We had a great time. I hope you will join us for the next one. Date TBD for this fall.

This is a Sympathy card designed with the Close as a Memory set. This is a must have set. I never know what to write in sympathy cards and this set has some great verses. The flowers are done by coloring the stamp directly with the Watercolor Crayons, Spritzed with water, and then stamped. We used the Blender Pen to add the orange centers to the flowers.This is a cute treat box designed to fit the Ghiradelli Chocolate Squares. The box is made and then a topper and matching bottom piece added to add some interest. The belly band is Certainly Celery Grosgrain Ribbon with a White Scallop attached. I layered the stamped & punched center circles onto the scallop and then used scissors to snip the scallops to create the daisy look. The petals are bent up for texture. Sorry the sample is in such bad shape, my preschoolers thought it was very cool.
Here is a card that I cased off of SCS. I wanted to do a Resist Brayer card and this one fit the bill. We stamped the large flowers with Black Stazon and the small flowers with Versamark. Then we brayered over the top with Pretty in Pink ink. We completed the small flowers by using a pencil eraser to put the dots in the center. The larger flower centers were sponged with Regal Rose ink on a Sponge Dauber. The outside petals are highlighted with Gel Pen.
Oh no, my Blossoms Abound set is retiring. Here is it's farewell presentation. The background behind the flowers is the EnFrancais set inked in Close to Cocoa, but stamped off before it was stamped on the card. Then we stamped the flowers over the top. The edges are distressed with the Cutter Kit, and then sponged with Close to Cocoa ink. The Friend is torn out of a piece of scrap paper, sponged and added with the retiring Hodgepodge Hardware clip. The background is Tres Chic stamped in Brocade Blue and sponged with Close to Cocoa.
That's it for camp stuff. Next..... to play with all the NEW stuff in the big box by the front door. Stay tuned, I have my new In Colors, Stamps, Papers, & Scallop Punch. Yippee

Monday, July 14, 2008

July Stamp Camp- Samples #2

Decor Element Project- I wanted to include the new Decor Elements Line in the stamp camp. I couldn't very well have everyone apply one to their walls- that would be impractical and cost prohibitive without a camp fee increase. So, I ordered everyone the Monogram that coordinated with their last name. Then they got to make these Chipboard Clipboards. Depending on the size of their letters, they could choose to make a vertical or horizontal clipboard. Then everyone had the supplies to embellish with stars or flowers randomly included in their binders. Here are the two samples I provided for them. The chipboard is the Book Basics size small from the SU catalog and the clips are binder clips that have been covered and embellished.
This is one of my personal favorite cards. Not colors I normally use, but are growing on me. The heart is from the Sticky Letters and has Green Bead Duos on it. I sprinkled the heart with the larger beads and then added the matching micro beads to fill it in. The flower on the heart is a Felt Fusion Flower with a Brilliant Blue Brad in it.
Andrea Walford posted a tutorial for glittering glue dots. I remembered this technique from years ago and was glad to be reminded of it. I thought her card layout was cute so I cased that, but the colors and images are different. Colors used are Almost Amethyst, Ballet Blue, and Lavender Lace. The bird is watercolored with Aquapainters & Watercolor Crayons. The flower has a Barely Banana Brad in it.
I received a picture of one of these bag boxes on one of the Yahoo groups I belong to. They were so cute I had to make one immediately! This is my take on it. We used some Ribbon Originals, Porcelain Prints Paper, River Rock Double Stitch Ribbon and LOTS of Pretties Kit items. I really like how it turned out.
Check back tomorrow for the last 4 stamp camp samples. Thanks for stopping by and be sure to send me your questions if you have any.

Sunday, July 13, 2008

July Stamp Camp Samples

It's been awhile. I have been super busy prepping for stamp camp. My stamp camps are all day events where the guests make 12 projects. It's quite a full and fun day. Here are the first few projects we made this month.

This is a card that I cased off of SCS by DJLuvs2stamp. I loved the colors. Artfully Asian is one of my favorite stamp sets and I am sad it is retiring.
Another set that is retiring is Eat Cake. I think this is a great birthday set. I will miss it as well. This card is very simple. It is 4"x4". When opened this card "sings" the Happy Birthday song. I found the musical greeting card devices online. Here is a photo of the inside of the card with the device exposed. The full card is actually a trifold so that the device is covered up.
This is the cutest little pattern I have seen in awhile. I found it on several blogs I peruse, so I don't know who the original creator is, but whoever did it was very creative. The cellophane is actually a clear envelope folded in half. I used the Coluzzle to cut both the ovals, layered them together and folded in half. I punched holes in the top and tied knots in the ribbon to create the purse handle. I created a faux latch with the photo holder from the retiring Hodgepodge Hardware, it's pictured sideways, but actually hangs down.Here is a super simple project using the Scallop Notes that SU sells. The come in a pack of 30, with 10 of each Very Vanilla, Soft Sky & Kraft. Each guest made 4 gift cards, and envelopes and placed them in the wheeled bag that is tied shut with Celery Ribbon. Just Like You is the set used in this project. For every one of these sets sold, SU donates $2 to the Ronald McDonald house. It's limited edition and therefore retiring this month. It's a cute set and very easy to use.
Check back tomorrow for more samples.

Friday, July 4, 2008

Decor Element Sample

I have been busy prepping for stamp camp, but took a quick breather to put up one of the Decor Elements Items I bought to try out. Here are two pictures of it. I placed it above my desk. They go up fairly easily and very quickly. I have some experience with vinyl so I knew what to expect. I look forward to sharing other creations in the future. Back to prepping. Happy 4th of July!!

Tuesday, July 1, 2008

Stampin' Up! HodgePodge Hardware Special

Now Through August 10th Stampin' up! is offering 25% off Hodgepodge Hardware!!

Item# Page# Item
105532 188 Aged Copper
$27.95 $20.96
105531 188 Antique Brass
$27.95 $20.96
105515 188 Pewter $27.95 $20.96

Order soon, offer ends August 10th or while supplies last whichever is sooner. These are retiring, so stock up before they are gone forever.

Decor Elements Now Available

Happy July!!!

The new Decor Elements Line of Products is now available for purchase. Stampin' Up! has posted the brochure on-line along with application instructions and a video tutorial. If you would like me to email you a copy I would be happy to, just email me. Click on the photo here to direct you to the brochure and instructional materials. I have ordered some of these and they are great. I love them. I hope to post the samples soon. Hint- We will be doing a project at Stamp Camp using these.....