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March 2011

Sale-a-bration is Coming to a Close!

I know, It's sad but true. Only three more days left of Sale-a-bration, the best time of the Stampin' Up! year when every order of $50 or more qualifies for FREE stamps! Also, only three days left to join my "Yes, Ma'am's" Demonstrator Team at a 15% Discount and get a free product bundle worth $50!

Where have I been the past couple of weeks? Meeting myself coming and going with Sale-a-bration Classes and Hostess Parties. We also had a big family weekend added in there with some of my husband's family in from Tennessee for a couple of days! We hosted the "family feed" at our house on the Sunday dinner of that weekend with over 30 people crammed together, but my daughters and my dear Sister-in-laws all pulled together and made it happen. It was an amazingly smooth and enjoyable day!

Just one more SAB party tomorrow night, then I move on to prep for my April Punch Class and "Days to Remember" Calendar Class this weekend!

April has an amazing hostess and customer special, (see my previous post), so if you want to get in on that as an April hostess, contact me and we will fit you in my calendar somewhere!

Here's a couple of projects from the past couple of weeks:

A candles

The above card uses the Clear Scallop Square Die for the base. Ice Cream Parlor Designer Paper and Ice Cream Parlor Ribbon & Buttons are all still FREE with a $50 order until Midnight, Thursday, March 31st! The candle flames are one of the Blossom Petals Punch petals, spritzed with Vanilla Smooch Spritz!

**Notice anything different about the "birthday" letters? They are heat embossed with White Embossing powder, but after the embossing cooled we "colored" inside the letters with the Versamarker! The Versamarker makes the Pacific Point cardstock underneath just a little bit "more" and makes it pop!

One of my Harrisburg groups likes to do Techniques, so this month we did "Embedded Embossing"!

A enbedded embossing

That's all for tonight, I'm heading to bed!

Hope you had a "Stampingrox!" day!


A Sneek Peek at April's Special!

Stampin' Up! has a fantastic special coming up in April that is going to make you want to have a party!

During the month of April only, Stampin' Up! is previewing a new stamp set and a brand new package of Designer Series Paper from July's upcoming new Idea Book & Catalog, Customers can buy both of them after they make a $20 order,but hostesses can earn both for FREE when they have a $350 party in April ONLY!

The stamp set is called "Four Frames", and is $20.95 in Wood Mount and $15.95 in Clear Mount. The Designer Paper is called "Paisley Petals" and is $9.95!  When April Hostesses have a sales total of $350 or more, they automatically get BOTH the paper and the stamp set, an up to $30.90 value, FREE!

I can't show you the actual stamp set or the Designer Paper until April 1st, but I CAN show you samples made with them!

This first sample uses the dotted frame folded over as a pennant. I stamped the "y o u" with the "Sweet Shoppe" lower case alphabet before punching them out with the 3/4" circle punch. The banner is strung on Linen Thread and anchored to the card with Antique Brads! Isn't the background paper gorgeous? I LOVE it and will be using it ALOT!

Four frames banner

This sample uses the framed roses stamp from "Four Frames". I teamed with with a more subtle piece of the "Paisley Petals" Designer Paper, Cherry Cobbler Textured Cardstock, an Sahara Sand! The blossoms are punched with the Itty Bitty Shapes Punch Pack and the Boho Blossoms punch, then they were scrunched and folded until the cardstock layers could be separated from each other to give it that soft, fuzzy, almost sueded look! The foliage is from the Two Step Bird punch! The finishing touches were added with the Basic Jewels Pearls and Cherry Cobbler Seam Binding!

Four frames flowers

This last sample shows how versatile this paper is! In the first sample it was paired with River Rock, Old Olive, and Baja Breeze. In the second sample it was paired with Sahara Sand & Cherry Cobbler, and in this sample it is paired with Marina Mist, River Rock, and Cherry Cobbler! I used the "Scallop Trim" Border Punch on the edges of the banner, and the "Vintage Wallpaper" Textured Impression folder on the card front! I used a "Vintage Trinket" to secure the "Boho Blossoms" layered flower, and then added a cute little "hello" from "Tiny Tags" with the "Medium Jewelry" punch!


All of these samples will be on dispaly at all of my workshops and events this month, and are available for you to choose for your Make-n-Takes at your April Party! Contact me to get yours on my calendar!

Until tomorrow, my friends, have a "Stampingrox!" day!


Beveled Windowpanes and the Charming Stamp Set!

Beveled windowpanes made their debut in the Occasions Mini Catalog and at first I had no idea what I would do with them, but after I saw them in person and used in many creative ways at Leadership I was excited to try them out! Basically they are a beveled rectangle of exremely CLEAR acrylic with slots on two sides so you can thread ribbon, twine, etc, through them to attach to a card, scrapbook page, or even to jewelry!

This sample I CASED from another demo on Stampin' Connection, but at the moment her name escapes me. I stamped the background words from the "Charming" stamp set in once-stamped-off Old Olive, then used a Cherry Cobbler & an Old Olive Marker direct-to-stamp for the flower image. The Beveled windowpane (the largest of the three sizes in the package) is held in pace with the ribbon wrapped around to the back side of the front card layers and a Mini Glue Dot hidden under each ribbon slot! I also used a Vanilla Ribbon Rosette that I colored with the same Cherry Cobbler Marker and then blotted the excess off with a paper towel It is attached with a Mini Glue Dot as well."wishes" is from the stamp set, "Fabulous Phrases".

Beveled charming

For the inside I "huffed" on the left-over ink on the flower stamp and managed to get TWO more stampings with the same inking! "wishing you happiness today and always" is from "Heard from the Heart"!

Beveled charming inside

These next two cards I CASED from Penny Thomas, a great lady I've had the honor of knowing thanks to Founder's Circle! Penny loves CAS (Clean And Simple)! Here I stamped the little bunny from "So Cute" to put behind the middle-sized Beveled Windowpane, and added pearls & "happy new baby" from "Family Phrases"! I sponged Blushing Bride ink on Whisper White 3/8" Taffeta ribbon for great co-ordination!

So cute

The inside I stamped with a phrase from the oldie-but-goodie, "Curvy Verses"! I love it that you can't mess up stamping these words, they are always "straight"! I punched them with the Decorative Label punch and then punched another in Blushing Bride, cut it into two pieces and STRETCHED my label!

So cute inside

The cupcake on this card is also from "So Cute", one of the sets you can get FREE right now with a $50 order!

So cute cupcake

The inside is stamped with another great phrase from "Bring on the Cake"!

So cute cupcake inside

See you tomorrow, my friends! Hope you have a "Stampingrox!" day!

Scrapbook Pages Are Just Big Cards!

I remember one time, not too long after I became a Stampin' Up! demonstrator, when I was worried about coming up with a cute scrapbook page for a hostess and one of my daughter's said, "Mom, a scrapbook page is just a giant card!" and she's right! Here's the perfect example of how that concept works! Here's the page I will be showing and gifting to my hostess, Lisa, next week, and the card everyone will make at her workshop that matches it! The guests can leave the card and use it as a card, or they can add it to their own page! This page and card uses the "Bring on the Cake" stamp set from the Occasions Mini and the "Build a Cupcake" punch! The colors are Poppy Parade and Baja Breeze with a little Daffodil Delight thrown in! The Designer Paper is from the Hostess Level 1 In-Color 6x6 Patterns Pack, all you need is a $150 order or party to get this FREE!


And here's the card!(I know, you've seen it before last week, but now it matches the page!)

Bring on the cake

I just LOVE the Baja Breeze Glass Glitter on this card!

Until tomorrow, have a "Stampingrox!" day!


The Rest of Punch Class!

Here are the final two projects from Friday night's Punch Class. On the last one I will show you how a "Punch Page" is laid out just so you can see everything you get when you come to this class!

These cute litte robin birdies are made entirely with the "Two-Step Bird Extra-Large" punch. The colors are Tangerine Tango and Soft Suede for the birdies, and the tree and sponging around the edges of the "Framed Tulips" Textured Impressions Folder is Early Espresso. "Friends" is from "Your a Gem" in the Occasions Mini! The tree, flowers and leaves are all from "Season of Friendship"! I CASED this birdie idea from Maria!


Stampingrox! tip: to achieve the shadowed tree effect you see on the inside of the card, stamp your tree image on the front of the card FIRST before putting it inside the "Framed Tulips" Textured Impressions Folder. After you run the cardstock through the Big Shot, immediately put your inside Very Vanilla piece into the same folder and Big Shot it. The ink residue from the front layer of the card will transfer to this layer, giving you a cool "shadowed" effect. Be sure to clean your folder with a baby wipe or wet towel and dry thoroughly before using on a project that you don't want to have the  shadowed effect!  "with Love & caring" is from "Thanks for Caring" in the Occasions Mini!


This rather forlorn little fellow is a CASE from Jackie Topa and someone else, but I can't remember the other girl's name. There are SO MANY great ideas out here on the net, I have to limit myself to just a few minutes a day of blog surfing or I would never get anything stamped! Wouldn't this little guy make a cute Christmas Elf or Papa Smurf too?  "good luck" and the shamrock stamp is from "So Happy for You", a free SAB set you can get with a $50 order, but time is running out, SAB ends on March 31st!


Inside is a phrase from "Full of Life"!

Gnome inside

Here's the punch page we made to correspond with the gnome punch project. Isn't it cool that with the exception of the "Itty Bitty Shapes" punched eyes and little hand-trimmed suspenders, he is entirely made with the "Blossom Petals" punch!


To make this punch page, all you have to do is follow the guide I provide on the stamping table (this is the exact one from this project!). Usually all the pieces are pre-punched for you (you do the trimming) and the labels are pre-printed.

That's all for today, my "Stampingrox!" friends!

Punch Class Projects!

Punch Class was Friday night here at my house. Here's the projects we made:

This is a cute little card made with the "Blossom Petals" punch and the "Tastful Trim" Die. The corresponding curviness of the Whisper White layer was hand-trimmed with Paper Snips using the negative leftover piece of the Pear Pizzazz Ric-Rac after it has been cut with the "Tasteful Trim" die! The centers of the tiny "Itty Bitty Shapes" punched flowers are from the "Build a Cupcake" punch.

Stampingrox Tip: it's easiest to dot on the 2-way glue pen in the center of the flowers first, then add the centers.

This card is a CASE but with the colors changed from Mary Fish. I added the tiny flowers where she had glimmer brads, and the inside design is all mine.

Blossom petals tulips

Here's the inside. These phrases are from "Messages for Mom",  a great set that works for many occasions, not just Mother's Day!

Blossom petals inside

I dusted off my sandly neglected "Trendy Trees" stamp set to create the "bones"  (and body) for this brave little fishy! His head is the "Small Heart" punch and his tail is the smallest heart from the "Heart to Heart" punch! I CASED the fish idea from Holly, but the rest of the card is my design.

The school of fish all swimming in the background is the goldfish stamp from "C is for Cat","hello" is from "Hello Again", and the watery swirls on the Tempting Turquoise background are from the "Perfect Details" Texturz Plate.

Trendy trees

We used a phrase from "Smarty Pants" inside. Each stamper had their choice of any of the cute and sassy phrases in this set.

Stampingrox Tip: Staz-On Black ink gives a sharp, clean look to all your images, and is moisture-proof when coloring with markers, aquapainters, or blender pens!

Trendy trees inside

Tomorrow I will show you the final 2 projects from Punch Class! See you tomorrow, my friends~until then, have a "Stampingrox!" day!

Easter is on it's way!

I'm starting to get ready for a couple of vendor fairs this month, so thought some Easter projects would be appropriate. This bunny I gleaned the general idea for from the Stampin' Up! Demonstrator exclusive website, Stampin' Connection, but I changed him up some and attached him to a Big Shot Fancy Favor box, then added a handle to make him into an Easter Basket! The box was wheeled with the "Daisy Dash" Jumbo wheel with Certainly Celery ink on the Certainly Celery cardstock. For the bunny face  and body on the backside of the box I cut my Naturals White cardstock with the biggest Scallop Circle Die, then used the Wide Oval punch, Scalloped Oval punch, Small Heart punch, 1/2" Circle punch, and 3/4" Circle punch.

Bunny basket

Here's this bunny's backside! I punched three pieces of Pretty in Pink Designer paper with the Scallop Circle punch, scrunched them up, pierced a hole in the center with my Paper Piercing Tool, added a brad to center to hold them all together, then attached it all to the back of the bunny with Stampin' Dimesionals!

Bunny basket tail

To take this bunny theme one step further, I made a matching Bunny card, this time using the Big Shot Scallop Circle #2 Die. All the punches used ar ethe same as for the bunny box, and I added the  "Easter Wishes" from the Occasions Mini Level 2 Hostess set, "Something to Celebrate", punched out with the Wide Oval punch and layered on the  Scallop Oval punch!

Bunny card

The inside phrase is from "Something Sweet", and I love the combo of the Scallop Circle punched and layered on the Pretty in Pink polka dot Designer Paper Decorative label. I continued the bunny theme with the darling little rabbit from a set you can get free right now during SAB,  "So Cute"!

Bunny card inside


Have a relaxing Sunday, my friends, but no matter what you do, make it a "Stampingrox!" day!

Easter Blossoms Workshop Card!

Here's another card you will get to make at my workshops this month. If you attend (or host) a two-card free party, you will get to make this card using the "Easter Blossoms" stamp set and "Springtime Vintage" Designer Series Paper, both from the Occasions Mini! The "birthday wishes" is from the Level 3 Hostess set, "Occasional Quotes", and after this card is complete you can spritz it with Vanilla Smooch Spritz for some added shimmer! I CASED this card from Kimbery Van Diepen, who CASED it from a sample Shelli Gardner showcased onstage at Leadership, so this card has a great heritage! There are actually two different ribbon versions of this card available, this one uses Crumb Cake Seam Binding with a Baja Breeze "Vintage Flower Adornment" from the Occasions Mini!

Easter blossoms crumb cake©Stampin'Up!™1990-2011

This version is identical to the first one, with the exception of using Marina Mist 3/8" Taffeta ribbon and a Very Vanilla "Vintage Flower Adornment"! The "Vintage Flower Adornments" come in a package of 24, 8 each of three colors: Very Vanilla, Baja Breeze, and Rose Red. At $5.95, these little beauties are economical and gorgeous! They remind me of the cream cheese mints that are often served at wedding receptions here in Southern Illinois, I have had to resist the urge to taste them! lol!

Easter blossoms marina mist

Here's the inside of both cards, but you will have to work hard to try to duplicate the smear I accomplished in my hast to finish up my card! ha! At the workshop you will have the choice of several great phrases from the "Herb Expressions" set that will be on the table for you to use! I punched my smeary phrase with the 2 3/8" Scallop Circle punch, then layered it on top of a 3/4" wide strip of "Springtime Vintage" Designer Paper. Seems like I always have lots of little pieces of Designer Paper scraps when I am working on a project, so adding just a little strip of my leftovers to the inside really helps bring the card together inside & out!

Easter blossoms inside

If you would like to host a workshop this month, just call me or email me and we will try to find a date in my calendar (there are a few days left in this last month of Sale-a-bration,) for you!

If you would like to order any of the supplies to make the cards I show on here, just go to my Stampin' Up! website:  where you can order from any of the Stampin' Up! catalogs any time of the day or night!

Until tomorrow, my friends, have a "Stampingrox!" day!


Bring on the Cake!

If you attend one of my workshops in March, you will get to make this card! I CASED this from one of my monthly swaps from January, and I don't have the creator's name anymore, but it is a fun card! We are using the Occasions Mini birthday set, "Bring on the Cake", with Baja Breeze Glass Glitter. We laid down a piece of Sticky Strip and sprinkled it with the glitter and gently pressed it down as the glass pieces can be a little "pointy"!The candles were punched out with the Build a Cupcake punch and attached with 2-way glue. The pedestal is punched with the Scallop Edge Border punch, which also provided the straight piece for the pedestal stand! We start with a 3/4" wide strip of Baja Breeze cardstock, then punch with the Scallop Edge punch. When we are done punching, the leftover straight strip of cardstock is perfect for the stand. I love it when one punching provides more than one element for the project! The pedestal base is half a 1 1/4" circle. The card colors are Poppy Parade, Whisper White, Baja Breeze, and Daffodil Delight, and the designer paper layer is from the Hostess Level 1 In-Color Patterns Paper Pack!

Bring on the cake

The inside of the card also uses a phrase from "Bring on the Cake"!

Bring on the cake inside

That's all for today, I've got to put the final touches on the March Punch Class for tonight!

Until tomorrow, friends, have a "Stampingrox!" day!