Archive for May, 2013

The new catalog is LIVE!  Start shopping!!  🙂


To go along with the debut of the NEW 2013-2014 Annual Catalog (it’s live now, the online store is back up and running!), Stampin’ Up is offering a 25% discount on some of their best greeting stamp sets.  Love these sets, greetings are the most versatile sets you can buy and I always feel like I get more use out of them than any other sets I buy.

The discount is applicable through June 30, so if you’ve had your eye on one of these stamp sets, get it now!  You likely won’t ever see a better price.

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 122497

Would you like a FREE shopping spree in the new catalog?  Don’t forget about my Mystery Hostess giveaway this weekend.   You get one entry for every $25 you spend between now and June 3 – just enter the hostess code RJS9GUXW when you place your online order!   (When you view the shopping cart, there is a box in the lower left hand corner of the screen to enter that code).  One lucky winner will receive ALL the hostess benefits from my cumulative sales over the weekend and will get to select free products from the new catalog!  I will draw the winner at 9:00 pm central time on June 3rd and notify them by email.


Sassy Salutations126457L

Sweet Essentials122495LPetite Pairs


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It’s the most exciting day of the Stampin’ Up! year!  The debut of the new annual catalog is always an exciting time, and this year it is even more exciting than usual with the color refresh.  Without further adieu, here it is:


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Things to know:

  • The new annual catalog goes live at Noon MDT (that’s 1:00 central time for my local friends).  Online ordering is currently down while they update with ALL the new products, so don’t try to place an order until the catalog goes live.
  • Today is also the LAST day to order from the Spring Catalog – these products will retire forever tonight at midnight
  • Monday, June 3 is the LAST day to order retiring products from the 2012-2013 Annual Catalog.  You can check them out here.

If you are paying close attention, you will see that there is just a 12 hour window TODAY where you can order from ALL THREE CATALOGS at once.  I don’t think I can remember a time when we’ve had three catalogs live at one time – that’s exciting!

Want some FREE things from the new catalog?  Please join in my Mystery Hostess Online Workshop!  Just use hostess code RJS9GUXW when you place your order online.  For every $25 you spend between now and June 3, you will get an entry in the drawing – the winner will get ALL the hostess benefits earned from all my customers’ orders put together.  This could be as little as $25 in freebies but could go way up from there if my sales are high this weekend!  Tell your friends!  🙂  The winner will be drawn at 9:00 pm central time on June 3 and will be notified by email.

To shop, just click HERE to go to the online store (remember it is down between now and noon MDT today while the updates are being added, but I promise it will be back this afternoon!).  When you are viewing your shopping cart, there is a box in the lower left hand corner of the screen to enter the hostess code; just copy RJS9GUXW and paste it right in that box!  

Now excuse me while I go and put together my own order from the new catalog.  My wish list includes ink pads, markers, and cardstock in the ten new colors from the color refresh PLUS the five new In Colors……and that’s before I even get to the stamps!  What’s on your wish list??

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For our third club project in April, we did another emboss resist project using Lovely as a Tree, but this one added an additional trick for a fun effect.


I used one of my Apothecary Accents framelits with a piece of scrap cardstock cut the same size as the front of the card to create a stencil.  After I stamped the tree image in versamark in the center and heat embossed using white powder, I put the stencil over the embossed image and sponged the entire opening with Always Artichoke ink.  Simple, but really lovely.


Tip – this stamp makes for a gorgeous wintertime/holiday card.  Try white or silver embossing powder with Midnight Muse ink, or the same Always Artichoke ink I used above paired with a sentiment stamped in Cherry Cobbler ink.  Since it is springtime right now I was going for a more neutral look – Always Artichoke + Crumb Cake makes for a great masculine card any time of year, but this stamp is definitely one to remember later in the year when you’re looking for holiday projects.

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I shared a little yesterday about my new stamp club, including the first of our projects from last week’s meeting.  Here is our second emboss resist project, using one of my all-time favorite stamp sets, Lovely as a Tree:



Can you believe that background started out as a plain piece of Whisper White cardstock?  I cut a piece 4″x5 1/4″ (just a little smaller than the front of my card) and stamped the oak leaf image in repeatedly in Versamark all over it, then heat embossed using white embossing powder.  Then I sponged the entire piece of cardstock with soft suede ink using one of our big Stamping Sponges.  The ink will not stick to the glossy embossed image, but it will stick to the plain cardstock surrounding it, providing really beautiful contrast.

These sponges come in a circle and I usually cut them into 6 or 8 wedges to get a lot more bang for my buck.  Now, I love my sponge daubers, but they are really better for sponging smaller areas (or around the edges).  For covering a large area like this the Stamping Sponge works better.

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I started a new stamp club this month and we had our first meetings last week.  What a fun bunch of ladies!  We meet once a month and I am so looking forward to spending some time with them on a regular basis!

Each month at our meeting we are going to focus on a specific technique and do a few projects with it.   For the first month we worked on the emboss resist technique.  It gives a GREAT effect.  Here are the basic steps:

  1. Stamp an image with Versamark ink
  2. Cover stamped image with embossing powder and shake off excess
  3. Set powder using heat tool
  4. Sponge contrasting ink over embossed image.  The ink will stick to the paper but not to the glossy embossed image.
  5. Step back and say “Wow!”  🙂

Here is the first of three cards we made at club this month, this one uses the new Swallowtail stamp from the Spring Catalog.  It’s inspired by one I saw on Brenda Keenan’s blog.



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