Friday, March 28, 2014

PPA 197 Sketch Challenge

I thought I'd play along with this week's Paper Pal Arts Sketch Challenge PPA 197.  This card was one of the projects for this weekend's stamp meeting.  I've been wanting use some of the Retro Fresh DSP.  I used all of the colors from the DSP in the design of the card.

Stamp Set: Perfect Pennants
Cardstock: Baked Brown Sugar, Coastal Cabana, So Saffron, Tangerine Tango, Very Vanilla and Retro Fresh DSP
Ink: Baked Brown Sugar
Accessories: Baked Brown Sugar 3/8" stretch ruffle trim

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Up! Up! and Away!

Happy Birthday, Troy!  His birthday was yesterday, but we didn't see him until tonight; so late post of his card.  I used lots of different pieces from the scrap bag to create this fun hot air balloon card.

Stamp Set: Teeny Tiny Wishes
Cardstock: Chocolate Chip, Pacific Point, Pear Pizzaz, Very Vanilla
Ink: Peach Parfait
Accessories: Big Shot, Perfect Polka Dots TIEF, Top Note die, 1-3/4" circle punch, oval punch, cupcake builder punch, word window punch, hemp twine

Before framelits were launched the Top Note die was my favorite Big Shot accessory.  I still love this die, but now there's competition.  Very little stamping on this card (except the greeting).  

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Weekly Deals and Catalog Premiere

Time for another set of weekly deals:

Brights Core'dinations Cardstock
Price$23.95 $17.96
Cajun Craze 8-1/2X11 Card Stock
Price$6.95 $5.21
Champagne Glimmer Paper
Price$4.95 $3.71
Silver Glimmer Paper
Price$4.95 $3.71
Soho Subway Designer Series Paper
Price$10.95 $8.21
Subtles Core'dinations
Price$23.95 $17.96
This And That Epic Day Designer Series Paper
Price$10.95 $8.21
Wonderful You Board Book Template -- Digital Download
Price$14.95 $8.97

As a Stampin' Up demonstrator, I was able to obtain one of the tickets to the upcoming Catalog Premiere event in Kenosha next month.  Only Stampin' Up demonstrators are eligible to attend.  Do you want to attend this exclusive event?  Sign up to become a Stampin' Up demonstrator under me.  Contact me at for more information. 

Sunday, March 23, 2014

Classic Car

I needed a birthday card for a brother-in-law.  He loves old cars and motorcycles.  I thought he'd get a kick from an old classic.

Stamp Set: Classic Convertibles
Cardstock: Basic Black, Basic Gray, Tempting Turquoise, Whisper White
Ink: VersaMark
Accessories: Tempting Turquoise marker, black embossing powder, heat tool, Big Shot, Diamond Plate TIEF (CB), Crystal Effects, dimensionals

I used some Crystal Effects on the headlights, windshield and windows of the car to make them look more like glass.

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

First Day of Spring

It's the first day of Spring!  Let's celebrate with something bright and cheery!

Stamp Set: Happy Watercolor
Cardstock: Blushing Bride, Strawberry Slush, Whisper White
Ink: Basic Black, Blushing Bride, Strawberry Slush
Accessories: basic pearls, modern label punch, word window punch 

Redeeming my Free Set

As I mentioned last week, remember to send in for your free stamp set from the Best of 25 Years promotion.  Here's what you need to do:

Just remove the 25 year sticker from each of the sticker sheets that come with your Best of stamp sets.  Adhere them to the card that comes in the stamp set.  Decide what stamp set valued up to $14.95 you want, fill in your personal information and mail in to Stampin' Up!

This is the set I chose:

Walk In The Wild 130357
Price: $14.95
Take a walk on the wild side with this nature-inspired set. Whether he's an animal-lover or an animal hunter, the images in this set will appeal to the men in your life - moose, pheasant and quail. Clear-mount.

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Weekly Deals

Hospitals of full of sick people; so I managed to catch a cold during one of my trips there.  Thankfully DD's last day of outpatient therapy is Thursday.  Somehow, I'll pull it together for the final drive and day there.

Anyway onto the good stuff.  We hope you enjoy this week's Weekly Deals!

Pewter Stampin' Emboss Powder Item # 124114
Regular Price: $4.75 US/$5.95 CAN
Discounted Price: $3.56 US/$4.46 CAN

Silver Glass Glitter Item # 120995
Regular Price: $3.95 US/$4.95 CAN
Discounted Price: $2.96 US/$3.71 CAN

Tempting Turquoise Stampin' Emboss Powder Item # 122950
Regular Price: $4.75 US/$5.95 CAN
Discounted Price: $3.56 US/$4.46 CAN

In Color Boutique Details Item # 130938
Regular Price: $8.95 US/$11.50 CAN
Discounted Price: $6.71 US/$8.63 CAN

Vintage Trinkets Accents & Elements Item # 118764
Regular Price: $5.95 US/$7.50 CAN
Discounted Price: $4.46 US/$5.63 CAN

Scallop Trim Border Punch Item # 118402
Regular Price: $15.95 US/$20.95 CAN
Discounted Price: $11.96 US/$15.71 CAN

Crisp Cantaloupe 3/8" Ruffle Stretch Trim Item # 130021
Regular Price: $8.95 US/$12.50 CAN
Discounted Price: $6.71 US/$9.38 CAN

Grad Party Ensemble - Digital Download Item # 129877
Regular Price: $9.95 US/$10.95 CAN
Discounted Price: $5.97 US/$6.57 CAN

Monday, March 17, 2014

Erin Go Braugh

Did you know the phrase "Erin Go Braugh" translates to Ireland Forever?  Just wanted to share a little Irish trivia for you on St. Patrick's Day.  Being a wee bit of an Irish lass, I'm wearing green today.  Of course, only in Chicago would we dye the Chicago River a lovely Emerald Green.  That done was on Saturday along with the big parade.  Here are some images to share with you of this special day.

Sunday, March 16, 2014

Pinch Proof Candy Holder

Once again, I'm using my favorite punch to make a fun little candy holder.  The picture is a little blurry, I need to figure out how to take better pictures with my phone.

Stamp Set: Pinch Proof
Cardstock: Gumball Green and Whisper White
Ink: Gumball Green
Accessories: Scallop Tag Topper punch, 1-3/8" circle punch, 3/8" stitched Gumball Green satin ribbon, dimensionals, sticky strip

This candy holder is so easy to make.  Here are the directions:

1 strip c/s cut at 2" x 6-1/2" score at 2-3/4" and 3-3/4" 
insert both ends into the Scallop Tag Topper punch

2 pieces c/s cut at 1-1/2" x 1-1/2" score two side at 1/4"
on the 1/4" sides use sticky strip 

Place the smaller c/s pieces into the the larger folded strip.  They will form the sides of the box.  Decorate box as desired.  Use about 5" of ribbon to close the box.  Fill with candy and enjoy!

Thursday, March 13, 2014

Best of 25 Year Set - Free Stamp Set Redemption

As part of our 25-year anniversary celebration, we brought back some of our favorite stamp images from the last quarter century and combined them into 12 sets, which were released - one set per month-during 2013. Did you miss out on getting one of the anniversary sets?  You can still order them until March 31, 2014.  
Best Of Love Stamp Set Best Of Sale-A-Bration Clear-Mount Stamp SetBest of Shelli Clear-mount Stamp SetBest Of Snow Clear-mount Stamp SetBest Of Flowers Clear-mount Stamp SetBest of Greetings Clear-mount Stamp Set -- Digital DownloadBest Of Butterflies Clear-mount Stamp SetBest Of Brides & Babies Clear-mount Stamp SetBest Of Birthdays Clear-Mount Stamp SetBest of Halloween Clear-mount Stamp SetBest of Autumn Clear-mount Stamp SetBest Of Christmas Clear-mount Stamp Set

As a special incentive to collect the Best of stamps, we included 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.  To print out your own collector's card, click on this link

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Another Scallop Tag Topper Card

As I mentioned before, I love the new Scallop Tag Topper punch.  Here's another card using the punch closure.

Stamp Set: Petite Petals, Remembering Your Birthday, Secret Garden
Cardstock: Crisp Cantaloupe, Pistachio Party, Pool Party, Sahara Sand, Summer Starfruit and Sweet Sorbet dsp
Ink: Basic Black, Crisp Cantaloupe, Pool Party
Accessories: Petite Petals punch, Scallop Tag Topper punch, Secret Garden framelits, basic pearls, Sweet Sorbet accessories pack

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Weekly Deals and new Photopolymer Sets

There are two new Photopolymer sets: Sweetie Pie (12 adorable little girl faces) and Sweetie Pie Frames (the matching accessories set).  View the flyer here

We hope you enjoy this week's Weekly Deals!

Dress Form Pop' N Cuts Item # 130100
Regular Price: $21.95 US/$26.95 CAN
Discounted Price: $16.46 US/$20.21 CAN

Circles #2 Originals Die Item # 114526
Regular Price: $15.95 US/$19.95 CAN
Discounted Price: $11.96 US/$14.96 CAN

3 Inch Circle Originals Die Item # 122125
Regular Price: $17.95 US/$21.95 CAN
Discounted Price: $13.46 US/$16.46 CAN

Chevron Textured Impressions Embossing Folder Item # 127749
Regular Price: $7.95 US/$9.95 CAN
Discounted Price: $5.96 US/$7.46 CAN

Set Designer Frames Textured Impressions Embossing Folder Die Item # 123130
Regular Price: $8.95 US/$10.95 CAN
Discounted Price: $6.71 US/$8.21 CAN

Peekaboo Frames Bigz L Die Item # 124587
Regular Price: $32.95 US/$40.95 CAN
Discounted Price: $24.71 US/$30.71 CAN

Argyle Textured Impressions Embossing Folder Item # 127750
Regular Price: $7.95 US/$9.95 CAN
Discounted Price: $5.96 US/$7.46 CAN

Ahoy, Matey Ensemble - Digital Download Item # 130078
Regular Price: $14.95 US/$16.50 CAN
Discounted Price: $8.97 US/$9.90 CAN