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January 2010

Melon Mambo Mini Pizza Box!

I'm back for the 6th day in a row! Can you believe it? I'm really on a roll, hope I can keep it up! This adorable mini pizza box was another of my WOW swaps at Leadership. In case you are wondering, "How many WOW Swaps DID she participate in anyway???" I did the WOW card I showed yesterday, the Baskets & Blooms Basket I showed a few days ago, this one (it was a Valentine WOW) and a Big Shot WOW I haven't showed you yet! So the treats just keep on comin'! I also took about 70 general card-front swaps to swap with other demos in the halls before and after sessions. No wonder I had no time to blog in early January!

I had a blast with this little box, and a modified version of it will be showing up in some of my workshops and camps after Valentine's Day, so you just may get a chance to make this little baby if you attend or host one of my events! (I still have a few dates open in February, so contact me to schedule your party TODAY!)

My current fav Melon Mambo was my choice for cardstock, ink, ribbon, and Designer Series Paper. I used the "I {LOVE} Love Jumbo wheel again, and the Flower Folds Big Shot Die to create the embellishment under the heart. This little box is scored on all four sides and in the middle, so the top of the box hinges up, giving it a "pizza box" lid effect. You could tuck Hershey's Nuggets in there, or any number of other treats! This box just takes teeny-tiny little pieces of Sticky Strip to assemble, so it's a very quick and affordable little treat box!

Another little thing I did to add to the WOW factor was use my 2-way glue pen to trace around the edges of the heart and sprinkled on Dazzling Diamonds glitter!

The heart is another stamp from the Occasions mini set, "I {Heart} Hearts" that SU! is donating $2 from the sale of every set sold through Feb. 28th to the Red Cross Haiti Relief Fund! I LOVE this set!

A mini pizza box


****I am making the tutorial, complete with pictures and a supply list, for this little mini-pizza box available through the month of February for $5.00.Just call or email me to arrange for a Paypal invoice and as soon as I receive payment I will send you the tutorial via email:


You can go to my Stampin' Up! website anytime to order stampin' supplies while you are in your jammies and UPS will deliver then right to your door:

Until tomorrow, happy stampin'!

Folk Flowers Stencil

Hooray friends! I did take of picture of this card! Actually, once again, this card is CASED from my downline, Jan. This was her Shoebox Swap card this month, and we all got to make it! We used the "Folk Flowers" Stencil from the new Occasions Mini catalog with sponge daubers in Regal Rose, Rich Razzleberry, Old Olive, and Soft Suede. This is a BIG card, 5x5 square, so it took some time to do all the stencilling, but a blast nonetheless! We also used the phrase, "on Your BIRTHDAY . . " from the birthday set, "On Your Birthday", punching it out with the large oval & scalloped oval punches!

Folk flowers


Other than the detail of the stenciling, a pretty quick but WOW card! I'm so glad I remembered to take a picture!

If you want to order the "Folk Flowers" stencil, #118139, it's only #12.95!

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Until tomorrow, happy stampin'!

Heart of Hearts Valentine

I thought about what I wanted to show you today, and decided to show you a card I swapped at Leadership. I originally made over 20 of these to swap in an organized WOW swap I joined, but decided they needed to be full cards instead of just fronts, so they became general Leadership swaps and I made another card instead, which I will show you tomorrow IF I remembered to take a picture before I got on the plane! I know you don't care what kind of swap this card was for, it's jus' plain ol' CUTE! I actually CASED and tweaked this card from one of my downline, Jan's, 13-old daughter! My group of Stampin' Up! downline demonstrators, the "Yes, Ma'am!" Stampers, met on New Year's Day at my house to have a Shoebox Swap. We had a blast, making each others' cards, laughing, and sharing! I tweaked it a bit from the original, using two of the "Heart of Hearts" embosslit hearts instead of one, but basically otherwise it's the same! I used the "Sending Love" Specialty Paper from the Occasions Mini and coated the hearts with Platinum Shimmer Paint - an item that has been carried over from the Holiday Mini (YEAH!).

A heart card


I'm really glad I took this photo in my bay window in the afternoon, because you CAN ACTUALLY SEE THE GLITTER THAT'S ON THIS PAPER!!!!!!!

Most of the time glitter doesn't photograph well at all, but I guess natural light helps!

The only thing about using this paper, (besides the fact that EVERY SIDE OF EVERY SHEET IS GORGEOUS!) is that it does take a bit more adhesive if you are not showing the glittery side. The glitter seems to resist the adhesive, so you have to slather it on more heavily. I'm talkin' about SNAIL adhesive, not glue, so since there is 472 inches of SNAIL in every refill, it's still worth it!

Well, that's it for now. If you need to order this beautiful, glittery paper (or any other SU! product), just give me a call, email me or go directly to my SU! website:


Clear-Mount Stamps, the BEST New Thing!

I LOVE Stampin' Up!'s new Clear-Mount stamp system! Just introduced in the new Occasions Mini catalog, Clear-Mount stamps are a fantastic new addition to our stamping experience! One thing I want to point out to anyone who hasn't seen these stamps yet: the stamps are NOT clear, they are the same superb quality red rubber Stampin' Up! has always had, so you will still get the crisp, excellent images when you stamp, but now they can be mounted on our CLEAR stamping blocks so you can see where you are stamping! There will be less need for the stamp-a-ma-jig, but we're o.k. with that, aren't we?

Even though you will be mounting your clear-mount stamp to a clear block every time you stamp (which I thought would be annoying, but it's really not!), you still have to permanently MOUNT the stamp to the image sticker, which is a little different from what we've experienced before, so I thought it would be a good idea to show you, step-by-step, how to mount your stamps!

Step 1: To start off, the Clear-Mount Stamps come packaged in this nifty DVD-sized plastic case, which is a great space-saver (I will show you how really space-saving these are in a bit!)

(I'm also showing you how to mount the I {Heart} Hearts stamp set, which right now Stampin' Up! is donating $2 from the sale of every set (clear-mount or wood-mount) to the Red Cross Haiti Relief Fund!

Stamp mounting 1


Step 2: Remove the stamps from the die-cut rubber (another fantastic SU! innovation!) You can discard the excess rubber or keep it in your case to put the stamps back into to keep them "under control"!

Stamp mounting 3


Step 3: There is a separate image sticker sheet included with each clear-mount set. Each image sticker is covered with a translucent white paper which has been scored down the middle of each image. Use the scoring to access the sticker and remove the paper WITHOUT removing the sticker from the sheet. This can be tricky sometimes, especially with tiny stamp stickers. These stickers are VERY sticky and stick easily to anything they touch, including the tips of your fingers! Try to keep the sticker on the sticker sheet until you have mounted the stamp onto it.

Stamp mounting 4


Step 4: Here I have successfully removed the cover paper while keeping the sticker attached to the page! yeah!

Stamp mounting 5


Step 5: Remove the backing from the rubber stamp. The back of the stamp foam is also sticky. Note: if you forget to remove this backing and try to mount the stamp to the sticker image, it will not stick! (Ask me how I know this . . .?!!!!)

Stamp mounting 6


Match up the rubber stamp with the corresponding sticker image. Try to match it up as closely as possible. The more closely the stamp and sticker are matched up, the more accurate your stamping will be later! Fortunately, if you have managed to keep the sticker on the sticker sheet, the outside die-cut edges of the sticker will help to guide your placement!

 Stamp mounting 7


Step 7: Voila! Stamp has been mounted perfectly to the sticker!

Stamp mounting 8


Step 8: To mount your stamp to our clear block, simply place the stamp where you want it on the block, then apply firm, even pressure to the stamp to press it onto the block until it "sticks". This attachment is sort of like suction.

Stamp mounting 9


Step 9: Here is the stamp attached to the block looking through to the sticker image. This is what you will see as you are stamping with this stamp! Our Clear-Mount Blocks are crystal-clear, beveled on all sides for easy handling, and are just the right weight to help you stamp perfectly! I recommend you purchase stamp "D" and "H" to get started, unless of course you prefer to purchase the entire 9-stamp bundle for $69.95 and save 10%!

Stamp mounting 10


Step 10: Here are 7 Clear-Mount stamp sets stored on their side 

in one of our Forget-me-Not Keepers. You can actually store 11 Clear-Mount sets in one of these, saving tons of room in your stamping storage! Notice the name & images are also printed on the side of the boxes, so you can decide which set to use with ease!

Stamp mounting 11


A few FAQ's:

How do you clean the Clear-Mount stamps? The  same way as with our traditional wood-mount stamps: with a Stampin' Scrub & Stampin' Mist. You leave the stamp on the Clear-mount block while you clean it on the Stampin' Scrub!

How do you clean the Clear-Mount Blocks? I use the Stampin' Mist to spritz the block, then clean & dry with a soft dishtowel. They don't get very clean when you rub them on the scrub (I've tried it!), but they clean excellently with the Mist and a towel. You may have to clean them this way once in awhile just to get fingerprint smudges or dust off of the blocks so the stamps will stick to them better.

My stamps keep falling off the blocks, what am I doing wrong?

It's probably not a matter of what are you doing wrong, but what you are not doing:

1. Not applying firm, even pressure to the stamp as you are pressing it onto your block.

2. Not keeping the blocks clean and smudge-free. Use the mist-and-towel method described above to clean the blocks.

3. Not keeping the sticker on the stamp clean. The sticker can also become smudged or dusty during the mounting process. I use the same slightly damp towel I clean the blocks with to clean the sticker image. DO NOT spray the mist directly onto the sticker as this can loosen the sticker from the stamp over time.

Here's a cute card made with this set one of my roommates received as a swap at Leadership:

(I have no idea who made it as I was taking tons of swap pictures late at night without noting who the artist was, that would take forever! If you know who the creator of this card is, please let me know and I will gladly give them credit!)

A swap


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Birdies and Valentines

While I have been crazy busy, I HAVE  been stamping, just not blogging, so I thought it would be good over the next few days to share some of my creative efforts with you!

This first card is not photographed very well. I think I took it's picture late at night by the light of Christmas tree bulbs or something (now you know my secret, I am a "late night stamper"!) We did a version of this card at my January SAS with the focal point stamped with a retiring dormant stamp set, but I changed it out to stamp some of my Leadership swaps and used "For All You Do"! I loved using the Medallion Background stamp as, guess what?! the background!

For all you do birdie

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I used the new two-step bird punch for my greeting. Several people have asked me why the punch is called "2-step bird" when there are 3 images punched at the same time: the bird, the wing, and the branchy-leaves. I really don't know why except to tell them the punch does make two parts to the bird, the bird and the wing, and the branchy-leaves aren't a part of the bird at all, so to call it a 3-step bird would be even more confusing! I stamped the "happy birthday" from Teeny Tiny Wishes first in Cameo Coral, then punched the birdie around the words like this:

Birdie punch

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ALWAYS stamp first, then punch around the image next!

This next project is part of my hostess gift to all my hostesses this month and next month up until Valentine's Day. I LOVE Melon Mambo and the "I {LOVE} Love Jumbo Wheel, so I've been going crazy with making these little baskets by modifying the Basket & Blooms Die! It can be a little tricky to get the round bottom into the round basket that this die cuts out, so I've modified the die after it's cut out with my paper cutter so it's just a teeny-little stand-up basket!

Leadership valentines baskets and blooms box

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I'm also using the new "Medium Jewelry Tag punch" for the "4 You" and some light pink crochet thread to tie. Every hostess also gets a cute little stamp and a Melon Mambo DSP wrapped Ghirardelli chocolate bar. I am also giving each hostess a step-by-step tutorial to make this little box, and presenting it all in a darling reusable shopping bag I purchased in the Memento Mall at Leadership!

If you would like to purchase the tutorial for this cute ensemble, the cost is only $5. Email me you would like to purchase this tutorial and I will email you a Paypal invoice. After I receive payment I will email you the tutorial as an attachment you can download to create at your convenience!

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Unfortunately, there is so little time between now and Valentine's Day that I can't offer this project in kit form, but I hope to get one together in time to offer it for Easter, so stay tuned!

That's all for today! I hope to have more to show you tomorrow!

My Life Update & Hostess Appreciation Info!

Love bandit 1


I have heard from several of you that you are afraid I have fallen off the face of the earth since it's been so long since I blogged or emailed, but I can assure you I'm still here, things have just been so crazy busy that I'm just barely keeping my head above water! It's a GOOD crazy busy, a HAPPY crazy busy, but BUSY none the less!!!

In the middle of the NORMAL craziness of Christmas we all experience, our oldest daughter, Jessica, and her husband bought their first house AND a property to turn into the JESSICA HOLLIS PHOTOGRAPHY Studio! They moved into the house the week between Christmas & New Year's, and my main contribution to that endeavor was to keep Cohen (he's almost 2!) for two days & two nights!

Isn't he a cutie? He loved wearing PaPa's sockcap around the house! We ended up with toys from one end of the living room to the other, but we got along great and I actually was able to work on projects for my "Express Yourself!" Birthday Stamp-a-Stack, which was on Jan. 2nd, quite a bit!

As soon as the Jan. 2nd event was over, it was time to get my swaps ready and pack to go to Phoenix, AZ, for the Stampin' Up! Leadership Conference with my downline buddy, Linda! We experienced a ton of new ideas, received new stamps, had fun M&T's, and even were given this fun quilt square made by Stampin' Up! employees who used the Big Shot, 5-Point 3D Star die, and the Scalloped Circle #2 Die! Can you imagine 1,000 screaming Stampin' UP! demonstrators receiving this quilt square all at once? REALLY CRAZY FUN!

 Leadership for connection


We stayed an extra day to attend the SU! Regional Conference, and that was a really relaxing day packed with Stamping, Stamping, Stamping! Here's a picture I took of one of the Regional Display Boards featuring the fun new Occasions mini set, I {Heart} Hearts! The presenter of this WOW demonstration used several of the stamps in this set to showcase 4 different simple stamping techniques all on one card: from left to right, top to bottom: "Rock n' Roll", "Generation" stamping (aka "stamping off"), "Direct-to-Paper", and "Kissing"!

Stampingrox Note: In order to give stampers an opportunity to contribute to the Red Cross Haitian Relief Fund, from now until February 28, 2010, for every wood or clear mount I {Heart} Hearts stamp set sold, Stampin' Up! is contributing $2 to this worthy cause! If you haven't already purchased this set, contact me today to order yours, or put it on your wish list to order at the next party you attend before Feb. 28!

llI Heart Hearts


Ever since I got home I've been busy with lots of Sale-a-bration workshops and stamp camps, punctuated by a colonoscopy last week (those of you that have had those, KNOW the pre-day is the worst!) and my youngest son, Ben, had all 4 of his wisdom teeth removed!

Which brings us to the subject of Hostess Appreciation! Originally scheduled for September 2009, scheduling conflicts prevented most of my hostesses to be able to attend, so I rescheduled it for Jan 30th. HOWEVER, before the snail-mail invitations could be sent out, we received the news of an important out-of-state family gathering we need to attend. I have now RE-RESCHEDULED Hostess Appreciation for this date:

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 13TH, 2010, 1-4 p.m. at my house, Bonnie, IL!

Past hostesses from Sept 2008 through future hostesses of March 2010 will be receiving their snail-mail invitation including all the details within the next week. Hostess Appreciation is FREE and includes food, fun stamping, doorprizes, a retired stamp set auction, lots of stamping displays, and this year a GRAND PRIZE!

That's it for now, but I PROMISE to be back soon with more fun stamping ideas!