Archive for June, 2013

Here is the fourth card I made last weekend using the new Kind and Cozy stamp set and Gingham Garden suite of products.

I love the 2 1/2″ circle layered inside the Island Indigo Window framelit shape – that is a combination that I can see myself doing in a variety of colors.  And that washi tape is back – a 30-second way to fill the empty white space on the card (while coordinating perfectly with the DSP).  Love it!



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Here is a third card from my retreat in Nashville last weekend.  This one uses the Kind & Cozy stamp set and coordinating Gingham Garden designer washi tape,  plus one of my favorite new stamp sets, Label Love.

I tell you, this washi tape is growing on me!  At under $5 for a set of three coordinating rolls, you can get a lot of mileage out of it!  It is easy to tear (definitely no scissors required) and it’s repositionable, so if you put it down and you don’t quite like the look you got, you can just lift it up and try again without wasting any cardstock or tape.  Very fun – and great for perfectionists like me!  🙂




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NEW Clearance Rack Items added today!

Clearance Rack Restock alert!  Stampin’ Up! has just restocked the Clearance Rack with a bunch of new items.  These tend to go fast, so if you see something you like, order now or it may sell out.

For members of my stamp club, you are certainly welcome to place an online order now using the hostess code KXTA7RHF and it will count toward your July order.

Actually, ANYONE can use that hostess code and our July hostess Michele will just be really excited about any bonus hostess rewards she receives as a result.  🙂

For those of you who may not have used a hostess code, once you place items in your shopping bag in my online store, you will see a box in the lower left hand corner of the screen to enter the hostess code.

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Here is the second of seven projects I made at a stamping retreat this past weekend.  Love the color combination of Island Indigo and Daffodil Delight, it seems really fresh and summery!

Here’s a tip – if you are ever stumped on picking out cardstock and ink colors for your project, looking at Stampin’ Up!’s designer series paper is always a great way to get some ideas.  If I like the DSP, I know the solid colors will look good together as well.   Check out p. 150-154 in the new Annual Catalog – each set of DSP has the coordinating colors listed in the catalog description.



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I just got back from a SUPER fun trip to Nashville with some of my favorite fellow demonstrators – we all attended a stamping retreat on Saturday and made seven great projects that I’m excited to share with you over the next week.

Most of the projects we made featured the new Gingham Garden suite of products shown on p. 80-81 in the 2013-2014 Annual Catalog.  Similar to a few stamps and papers I’ve received at previous retreats, this was one suite of products that I initially looked at in the catalog and said “eh, not really my style” and didn’t think anything more about.  These retreats always force me out of my comfort zone a little, which I think is good for me.  When we sign up a month ahead of time, we have no idea what projects we’ll be making – we only find out what stamp set we’ll receive and what projects we’ll make with it once we arrive.  Now that I spent a whole day making projects (that someone ELSE came up with) using this stamp set, I like it a lot more!  I am suddenly all about washi tape for sure.  🙂

Here is the first card:




  • To create the butterfly, we took a piece of Whisper White cardstock about 4″x4″ and applied the washi tape in diagonal stripes to the entire front of it.  Then place it facedown on the Beautiful Butterfly die and run through the Big Shot.  You’ll end up with a nice striped butterfly with perfect edges.
  • To create a multicolored stamped image, just use the “fat” end of your Stampin’ Write markers to color directly on the rubber stamp.  Then breathe on the stamp to remoisten the ink immediately before stamping on the card front.
  • Oh, how I love the new candy dots!  In the past I would have had to attempt to use a crop-a-dile or a tiny hole punch to punch three holes in a straight line for brad.  It is MUCH easier to just pop three candy dots right on there – they come on glue dots so all you have to do is stick ’em where you want them!

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Time sure flew by the last weeks of school!  We had a million end of school year activities ranging from class parties to field day to kindergarten awards…and then on the last day of school after a million and one gifts had been handed out to teachers and bus drivers and others, we piled in the car for our first summer road trip to visit family in Atlanta.  I took a mini-break from stamping while we were out of town, but now I’m back at it!  So excited about the release of the new catalog…have you looked at it yet?  It’s fantastic.

As a reminder, don’t forget about my Mystery Hostess Online Workshop.  Just place an online order using the hostess code RJS9GUXW (once you place an item in your shopping cart, there should be a box in the lower left hand corner of the screen to enter that code).  Each $25 you spend will give you an entry in the drawing for Mystery Hostess – the winner gets the free hostess benefits which basically gives you a little free shopping spree in the catalog!  The winner will be drawn June 3 at 9:00 pm central time (that’s tonight!!  Don’t miss out!)

For anyone who still needs teacher gift ideas (or even just a little summer hostess gift), here’s what I came up with for my son’s preschool teachers.  They had quite an ENERGETIC class full of three year olds this year (that is the nicest word I can think of… :)) and I thought they probably needed some time relaxing beside the pool with a cold drink this summer.  I got them these insulated cups and some packets of Crystal Light to mix up in their cups:


The pattern printed on the blue cup reminded me right away my Betsy’s Blossoms stamp set, so I used that as the basis for the thank you notes and then also the belly bands I made to go around the little canisters the drink mix came in:



  • Stamp Sets:  Betsy’s Blossoms, Oh, Hello, Label Love*
  • Ink:  Island Indigo, Pool Party, Strawberry Slush*, Blushing Bride*
  • Cardstock:  Whisper White, Island Indigo, Strawberry Slush*
  • Tools and Accessories:  Big Shot with Labels Framelits, Artisan Label Punch*, Stampin’ Dimensionals

* indicates NEW items from the 2013-2014 Annual Catalog

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