Friday, January 31, 2014

Cards In A Box!

I first saw these cute Cards In A Box on Pinterest and I just had to give them a try!  A Stampin' Up! demonstrator from the UK, Monica Gale, posted this idea in late December, and this idea has spread around the world!  I recently found a post by France Martin that featured dimensions that would allow the card to fit in our Stampin' Up Medium Envelopes here in the US.  Thanks for doing the math, Frenchie!!

My nephew's birthday is coming up, so I decided to make a special birthday card for his first birthday.  I was inspired by Frenchie's balloon birthday card:

I was so happy with how this card turned out, I had to make another one.  This time, I used the Backyard Basics stamp set and coordinating framelits.  What do you think?

The coordinating framelits make cutting out these images SO easy!  I used a Blender Pen to color the flowers and the butterfly.  I can see where this will be a fun class for my stamping friends!

Here are both cards together:

You can stamp a sentiment and sign your name on the back panel:

I apologize for the photo quality -- I am at a crop, so I am taking photos on the fly with my phone.  I just couldn't wait to share these fun cards with you!

Update:  I posted a photo tutorial about the Card In A Box on March 6.  Check it out!

Happy Stamping,

Croptopia Gettysburg Getaway

Hello, from Gettysburg, PA!  I am having a fun weekend at the Croptopia Gettysburg Getaway!  I have lots of retired items for sale (stamps, ink pads, markers, refills, Simply Scrappin' Kits, Designer Series Paper packs and individual sheets, and more!).  Come see all the new Sale-A-Bration items and try your hand at stamping with a free Make & Take! 

Thursday, January 30, 2014

Texture Boutique

Make an impression with our Texture Impression Embossing Machine. It’s coming in our
2014–2015 annual catalog, but we have a limited supply available now. The Texture Boutique works with Textured Impressions Embossing Folders to transform ordinary cardstock, paper, metallic foil, or vellum into an embossed, textured masterpiece. This machine embosses only; it does not die cut. (item 132657 $29.95)

Don’t forget to order the brand new Textured Impressions Embossing Folders that just came out in the Occasions catalog so you have everything you need to start creating with your new machine.
  • Ampersand Textured Impressions Embossing Folder (item 132970)
  • Arrows Textured Impressions Embossing Folder (item 132187)
  • Scallops Textured Impressions Embossing Folder (item 132971)
This machine is perfect to take with you to crops!  I just love to add a little texture to my products, and the Texture Boutique is the perfect addition to my craft room.

Happy Stamping,

Weekly Deals January 28 - February 3

Just in time for Sale-A-Bration:  the Weekly Deals!

Wisteria Wonder Classic Stampin' Pad
Item # 126985

Regular Price: $5.95 US/$7.25 CAN
Discounted Price: $4.46 US/$5.44 CAN

Daffodil Delight 1/2" Seam Binding Ribbon
Item # 125583

Regular Price: $6.95 US/$9.50 CAN
Discounted Price: $5.21 US/$7.13 CAN

Labels Collection Framelits Die
Item # 125598

Regular Price: $26.95 US/$32.95 CAN
Discounted Price: $20.21 US/$24.71 CAN

Flower Garden Textured Impressions Embossing Folder Item # 123113
Regular Price: $7.95 US/$9.95 CAN
Discounted Price: $5.96 US/$7.46 CAN

Pool Party Classic Pad Item #126982
Regular Price: $5.95 US/$7.25 CAN
Discounted Price: $4.46 US/$5.44 CAN

Pear Pizzazz 3/4" Chevron Ribbon
Item # 130011

Regular Price: $8.95 US/$12.50 CAN
Discounted Price: $6.71 US/$9.38 CAN

Winter Wonders Kit Item # 132567
Regular Price: $9.95 US/$10.95 CAN
Discounted Price: $5.97 US/$6.57 CAN

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Sale-A-Bration is in Full Swing!

Free Gift with each $60 purchase! Only during Sale-A-Bration, Jan 28-March 31. Shop now.
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Sale-A-Bration is HERE!  I am so excited, and I know you will be, too!  There are lots of fabulous Sale-A-Bration products you can earn with a $50 order (before tax and shipping).  You can choose from rubber stamps in wood mount or clear mount, "yummy" Sweet Sorbet Designer Series Paper and Sweet Sorbet Accessory Pack, the Good As Gold card kit, Decorative Dots embossing folder, the Banner Punch (my favorite!), the Twisty Treats Kit for those sweet Valentine's Day treat bags, a beautiful Heartfelt Banner Kit, and two Digital Ensembles for My Digital Studio:  Hooray For Parties and One Big Sale-A-Bration 2014. 

You can see all of these products at my online store -- just click on the link in the caption above to visit my website!  Use Hostess Code X9FGC7U2 to receive a special gift from me! 

Happy Stamping,

Saturday, January 25, 2014

January 2014 Paper Pumpkin Kit

Here is a video Stampin' Up! released showing the contents of the January, 2014 Paper Pumpkin Kit.  So much fun!!!  Remember, the Paper Pumpkin FREE markers promotion runs through February 10, 2014.  Just visit to sign up!

Friday, January 24, 2014

New Paper Pumpkin Subscribers Get FREE Markers!

I don't know about you, but I am starting to come down with a bad case of "cabin fever!"  It is so cold and snowy outside, and it seems like there is nothing to look forward to now that the holidays are over.  Paper Pumpkin to the rescue! 

Paper Pumpkin is a monthly craft kit that is delivered right to your mailbox.  It will have everything (except adhesive) that you need to complete the project in about 30 minutes.  It is a surprise each month, and the anticipation of what will arrive is half the fun!

And, from now until February 10, 2014, new subscribers to Paper Pumpkin will receive a pack of the 2012-2014 In Color Markers (a $14.95 value) for FREE!  These markers will be shipped with your Welcome Kit. 

It's so easy to get started. Simply sign up for the program by visiting and click Get it. Every month a new, surprise project kit arrives at your doorstep. Just think of the anticipation of creating a fun project to pin, showoff, and share with your friends and family every month!

Of course, you'll want to know more. So here's the nitty gritty:
  • Each month we send you a unique, surprise kit with a project-cards, journals, d├ęcor, and more! (We've even color-coordinated, measured, and cut everything for you!)
  • Each kit includes stamps, ink, paper, and accessories-everything but adhesive.
  • Each kit gives you a 30-minute creativity escape.
  • We will ship your Paper Pumpkin on or around the 15th of the month. 
  • You need to sign up for a kit by the 10th of the month to get that month's kit. If you sign up on the 11th of the month, your first kit will come the next month. (Let's say you sign up on May 10, we'll send your kit around May 15. If you sign up on May 11, we'll send your first kit around the June 15.)
  • A Paper Pumpkin membership is $19.95 per month (and shipping is included!) There's no commitment, you can cancel your monthly Paper Pumpkin at anytime. You can also skip a month if you want.
  • Not sure?  Then, our Try-It kit is perfect!  Just visit and click on the Try It button for more information. 

Let me know if you have any questions!  Have a great day, and STAY WARM! 

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Weekly Deals and New MDS Downloads

Hello, and welcome to a beautiful, snowy day here in the mid-Atlantic!  Our total accumulation estimates keep inching up, so it is the perfect day to stay inside and stamp.  I will share my creations with you throughout the week, but I wanted to tell you about the Weekly Deals for January 21-27 and the new My Digital Studio downloads.

You can shop online 24/7 by clicking on the link above.  If you need any help placing an order, please feel free to contact me at  I can answer any questions you may have, or I can place your order for you. 

Lots of fun downloads for My Digital Studio this week!  Check them out:

Birthday Countdown Templates

Birthday Countdown Templates - Digital Download 136832
Price: $7.95
This download was added on 1/21/2014

Download includes:
* 4-page designer template
* 14-piece SVG stamp brush set
* 7 Designer Series Papers
* 1 punch

* Digital exclusive
* Countdown to a big birthday with this advent-style countdown template
* Have fun for days while waiting for the big day

Gumball Green, Midnight Muse, Primrose Petals, Summer Starfruit, Tangerine Tango

Sketched Birthday Stamp Brush Set

Sketched Birthday Stamp Brush Set - Digital Download 136833
Price: $6.95
This download was added on 1/21/2014

Download includes:
* 8-piece stamp brush set

Sweetest Gift Stamp Brush Set

Sweetest Gift Stamp Brush Set - Digital Download 136834
Price: $4.95
This download was added on 1/21/2014

Download includes
* 7-piece SVG stamp brush set

Travel & Explore Stamp Brush Set

Travel & Explore Stamp Brush Set - Digital Download 136799
Price: $4.95
This download was added on 1/21/2014

Download includes:
* 5-piece SVG stamp brush set

* Digital exclusive
* Document your travels or travel bucket list with this fun stamp brush set

Very Best Birthday Template

Very Best Birthday Template - Digital Download 136831
Price: $4.95
This download was added on 1/21/2014

Download includes:
* 7-page designer template (8-1/2" x 11")
* 3-piece SVG stamp brush set
* 7 embellishments

* Digital exclusive
* Create a birthday puzzle poster for someone special * Here's how: print 6 postcards at home on 8-1/2" x 11" cardstock, cut them out, then send them to people to write special greetings to the birthday boy/girl
* Each postcard adds one more piece of the puzzle for the recipient

Basic Black, Crushed Curry, Pool Party, Tangerine Tango

Have a great day! 

Sunday, January 19, 2014

The Grand Finale: The Best of Sale-A-Bration!

Hello, and welcome to the final installment of the Best of 25 Years blog tour!  This month, we will feature the Best of Sale-A-Bration stamp set:

Best of Sale-A-Bration
134393  $14.95
I decided to use only one image from this set for this blog tour, and show you the versatility you can have with only a single stamp.  Here are the 3 cards I made:

I applied ink with our Stampin' Write Markers for two of the cards.  I used Rich Razzleberry and Old Olive markers to apply the ink direct to the stamp.

My first card is a vintage-style card (you know how much I love the vintage look!).  Lots of sponging with Crumb Cake ink to get an aged look:

I used the same Rich Razzleberry and Old Olive markers and made a clean-and-simple card:

Do you see a new embossing folder?  You can earn this for FREE with a qualifying purchase during Sale-A-Bration beginning January 28, 2014!

And, here is the final card I made using this stamp:

I got this fading effect by inking the stamp 1 time with Early Espresso ink then stamping and re-stamping 4 times, moving the stamp slightly to the right each time without re-inking the stamp.  It gives a subtle, faded look that I like. 

Remember, you can order all of the Best of 25 Years stamp sets through March 30, 2014.  And, when you order 6, you can get a stamp set valued at $14.95 for FREE.  Just save the stickers from the sticker sheet, apply them to the card inside your stamp set, and send it back to Stampin' Up! with your choice of a free $14.95 stamp set.  Woohoo!!

Thank you SO much for joining us for this tour.  Now, it is time to see what Missy Bolinger has created! 

Here is the complete list of participating bloggers:
Stay warm,

Thursday, January 9, 2014

RemARKable Stampers Pinworthy Blog Tour: Lovey-Dovey

Hello, and welcome to the first Remarkable Stampers Pinworthy Blog Tour!  I am so excited to be part of this group of talented stampers.  Each month, we will bring you ideas based on a theme.  "Lovey-Dovey" is the theme for this month, just in time for Valentine's Day, weddings, anniversaries, and special "I Love You" projects. 

I was so excited to use some brand-new products from the Occasions Mini Catalog for my projects today.   

I just love the Peachy Keen stamp set!
And, I am giving you a "sneak peek" at a fun Sale-A-Bration stamp set, too!

My inside verse is from the Perfect Pennants stamp set.

Here is how I made the arrow appear longer!  Two arrows and sticky strip!

You know I just LOVE our Stampin' Dimensionals.  I love having things pop off the card!

Here are the supplies I used for this project:

Peachy Keen (#133110 Wood Mount $19.95 OR #133113 Clear Mount $14.95)
See Ya Later (A Sale-A-Bration set you can earn beginning January 27th!)
Perfect Pennants (#133227 Wood Mount $29.95 OR #133230 Clear Mount $21.95)

Strawberry Slush
Pink Pirouette
Whisper White
Early Espresso (reminds me of dark chocolate -- perfect for Valentine's Day!)
Silver Glimmer (love the sparkle!)

Strawberry Slush
Early Espresso

On Film Framelits Dies (#132969 $29.95)
Ovals Collection Framelits Dies (#129381 $26.95)
Hearts A Flutter Framelits Dies (#130159 $24.95)
Label Card Thinlits Dies (#133479 $32.95)
Strawberry Slush 3/8" Ruffle Stretch Trim (#130023 $8.95)
Scallops Textured Impressions Embossing Folder (#132971 $7.95)
2013-2015 In Color Stampin' Write Markers (#131260 $14.95)
Early Espresso Stampin' Write Marker (119680 $3.50)
Stampin' Dimensionals
Small Heart Punch (#117193 $5.95)
Owl Punch (#118074 $16.95)

You can purchase the Peachy Keen stamp set and the On Film Framelits Dies in a bundle and save 15%!  Woohoo -- Who doesn't "love" to save a little money?  The Perfect Pennants stamp set can also be bundled with the new Banners Framelits Dies and (you guessed it!) you save 15%! 

Now, it is time to see what Melissa Bolinger has created for us!  Just click on this link to continue on the tour!

See you soon!


Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Happy New Year!

Hello!  I know it has been a l-o-n-g time since I have written, and I want to let you know that I am sorry I have not posted in a few weeks.  The holidays are always a busy time, and having one bad cold on top of another makes it very challenging to get everything done -- LOL! 

But, it is a new year now, and I am ready to stamp!  I want to let you know about a brand-new blog tour I am participating in with fellow Remarkable Stampers:  The Pinworthy Blog Tour.  Pinterest is such a great place to get ideas and inspiration, and we will be posting lots of fabulous ideas based on a monthly theme.  The first blog tour begins this Thursday, January 9, and the theme is "Lovey-Dovey."  So, you will see ideas you can use for Valentine's Day, weddings, anniversaries, and cards to say "I Love You."  I cannot wait to see all of the ideas from this group of very talented stampers.  So, be sure to check in on Thursday for the blog tour. 

Stay warm -- BRRR -- it is supposed to be 4 degrees here tomorrow!