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March 2012

Stampin' Up! Scrapbooking Ava!

Now that I have finally posted all the pages for my Birthday Perpetual Calendar Class, I can get back to showing you more of my scrapbook pages!

This page I did a few years ago, 2005 in fact, of my second little granddaughter, Ava Claire! She's 6 now and in first grade, but it's amazing how much her little face still looks like her baby pictures!

Ava 1

Much of my scrapbooking has been done "on demand", meaning when one of my hostesses wants to feature scrapbooking at their party, then I scrap a page or two! I usually go to my "picture pile" (do we all have one of those?) and choose a few that go together, then I create the page!  You can probably tell that this page has been done in the "Progressive Scrapbooking" style, starting with the 6x6 page with Ava's picture in the center, layering on to the 8 1/2" x 11" with the "ghosting" wheeled on the left side, then added to the 12" x 12" with the smaller pictures on the right!

Ava 2

This is an close-up of the "ghosting" I did with the "Baby Rattle" jumbo wheel (now retired). I wheeled the baby rattle first with Regal Rose ink, lining up the seam on the wheel with the beginning of the cardstock. Then I took a second wheel, inked it with Versamark in the cartridge, then adjusted the seam on the wheel so that it would be just slightly off from where it started the first time. After wheeling the second time, I then embossed with white embossing powder and the heat tool.

That's all for today! Until tomorrow, have a "Stampingrox!" Day!

Stampin' Up! Birthday Calendar July thru December!

Here are the final 6 months for the Birthday Perpetual Calendar Class this Saturday!

Using Service & Sacrifice stamp set, Red & Silver Glimmer Paper, and Rhinestones colored with a Bright Blue Sharpie!

July 1

Using "Up, Up & Away"!

August 1

Confetti stamp set and Leaves #2 Die!


Wicked Cool stamps, Owl Builder Punch and Small Oval Punch for the pumpkins!


Autumn Days:


Pennant Parade stamp set:


That's it for this project! I still have some room in my 2 p.m. class, so RSVP today!

Until tomorrow, have a "Stampingrox!" Day!

Stampin' Up! Everything Eleanor and a New Technique!

Good Thursday Morning Stampers! I need to pause with showing you the rest of the calendar pages to show you a Sneak Peek from the Stampin' Up! 2012-2013 ANNUAL CATALOG, which begins on June 1st! In this catalog you will see many positive changes, with this catalog feature more of our "core" products and less seasonal. This is a positive change, IMHO, because who needs, for instance, Christmas stamps in your catalog in the spring taking up space?

Anywhoo, yesterday was my Mother-in-law's 84th birthday, so I made this card especially for her. She loves lavendar and purple, so I used Concord Crush, Wisteria Wonder, and Whisper White for my color palette, along with a Sneak Peek stamp set, "Everything Eleanor"! Everyone attending Leadership this past January received this set! I love how Stampin' Up! tries very hard to keep us supplied with fresh stamps!

Here's the card:

Versa shadow 1

I used a new technique I just learned from Erin Gonzalez, "Versa-Shadow"! It's very easy but gives a really professional look to your project! This is a Technique we will be learning at my Technique Classes in April! I also made her a corner bookmark with her initial, "D" for "Dolores", using the "Broadsheet Alphabet". The directions for the bookmark were in the magazine Stampin' Up! sends out to all demonstrators this month, so since Dolores loves to read, it was just the perfect thing for her!

That's all for today. Thanks for stopping by! Don't forget, Sale-a-bration ends on Saturday, just two more days after today, so contact me ASAP if you want to get some of the freebies available!

Until tomorrow, have a "Stampingrox!" Day!

Stampin' Up! Birthday Calendar April, May, June!

As promised, here are the next 3 months for my Birthday Calendar Class this Saturday!


Fun paper-piecing with the Everybunny stamp set!


I love that the Hello Doily background stamp coordinates so beautifully with the  Delicate Doilies!


The Beautiful Wings Embosslit really makes this page!

That's it for today! Until tomorrow, have a "Stampingrox!" Day!

Stampin' Up! Birthday Calendar Class First 3 Months!

Good Morning Stampers! I want to show you the first 3 months of my Birthday Perpetual Calendar Class today! I featured the covers we will choose from at the class in this post, so here are the first 3 months of the calendar:


We will be making the "snowflakes" by punching out the middles of the Lace Ribbon Border Punch with the 3/4" Circle Punch, then layering them onto 3/4" Baja Breeze Circles!


Using the cupid stamp from P.S. I Love You, along with the Fashionable Hearts Embosslit!


We will be paper-piecing with the kites from the Occasions Mini set, "Send Me Soaring"! I ordered this set for the express purpose of using kites on my March page!

The Birthday Perpetual Calendar Class will be held this coming Saturday, 10 a.m. & 2 p.m. at my house! Fee is $20 for the first calendar, then $10 for each additional calendar you want to stamp that day. Take advantage of my "Buddy System" by bringing a friend and you both get to stamp for only $10 each! RSVP to me!

Well, it's off to quilt class for me today! Class meets twice a month and I dont' get the chance to attend as often as I would like, but I'm going today! Yeah! I get to sew with my youngest daughter, Alisa, who has defintely caught the sewing bug!

Until tomorrow, have a "Stampingrox!" Day!

Stampin' Up! More Scrapbooking!

Here's a couple more pages. How do you like peeking into my family history with these? Pretty much all the stamps used for these pages are now retired, but the layouts and most of the colors are still current!

Scrapbook 3

Baby jessica

Perhaps if you were at the workshop where I demonstrated one of these pages you recognize it!

Until tomorrow, have a "Stampingrox!" Day!


Stampin'Up! My Scrapbooking Evolution Continues!

Good Sunday Morning! Here's a couple more pages I scrapbooked early in my Stampin' Up! Demonstrator career, the first one is probably the second page I ever scrapped, and the second one is the first one I did after learning the "Progressive Scrapbooking" techinque:

Scrapbook 2

I really loved this apple set! It was part of our "Definitely Decorative" line, designed for stamping on walls! It retired way too soon, in my opinion! Jessica took the picture of Maddie Kate! I love it!

Speaking of retired, Stampin' Up! just announced they will be releasing the Retiring Stamps list on April 15th and the Retiring Accessories List on April 25th! The retiring stamps will continue to be available through May 31st, but the Retiring Accessories will only be available while supplies last!

Here's the page I did a couple of years later, this time of Jessica right after she learned to walk!


BTW, that big guy in the picture holding Jessica is my big brother, Don! People sometimes wonder where Ben's looks and solid size came from, but all they need to do is take a look at my brother! Don was 18 years old and my sister Connie was 12 when I was born, so I truly am the "baby"!

Well, that's it for today! I have a workshop in Galatia this afternoon with Sherry Peyton and friends, so it's church, Sunday dinner (a roast in the crockpot, of course!) and then workshop! A fun day!

Until tomorrow, have a "Stampingrox!" Day!



Stampin' Up! The Evolution of My Scrapbooking Journey

This month marks 10 years since I first held a rubber stamp in my hand. I don't remember the exact date, but I know it was March 2002, I know it was before Easter, and I know I fell in love with stamping! I went to my first Stampin' Up! party with my oldest daughter, Jessica, and we knew from the beginning this was something we would love to do! I looked at that first catalog and said, "Wow, are we in trouble!", meaning I knew we were going to be hooked by this new hobby, and I was right!

After a few months of going to occasional stamping parties and stamp camps, both Jessica and I decided to have our own stamping workshops. We scheduled them with the demonstrator we had the most experience with and planned the dates. Before my party date arrived, however, my youngest daughter suggested to me that I should become a demonstrator "because you love it so much, Mom!".

I had read the business opportunity brochure included in my Hostess Packet, and I have to admit I did get a warm feeling in the bottom of my tummy that signals to me that this is an idea worth paying attention to, butit was never my intention to become a Stampin' Up! Demonstrator. I had a full-time day job, a husband, 4 kids still at home, two married daughters (and two Sons-in-law), and one darling 18 month old granddaughter. My life was full, why would I want to add anything more to it?

Well, she kept after me until I finally said, "OK, but I have to ask your Dad what he thinks first!", thinking he was my way out, because he generally says "no" much more often before he says "yes". But he surprised me by saying he thought it was a good idea "since you like it so much"!

So become a demonstrator I did, and actually I was the demonstrator for my own party! My upline helped me a bunch, as my Starter Kit had not even arrived yet. I had a full table of friends and family that November Saturday, and thankfully they loved me enough to put up with my nerves, shaking hands, and mumbling into the cowl-neck of my sweater! They booked parties anyway, bless them!

From those first parties I learned a lot:

1. I didn't have to know everything right away, nor did I need to bring everything but the kitchen sink with me to the party!

2. All I needed to do is ask people to have a party. If they said no, it was ok, they still liked me. And some of them said yes!

3. I found out I could share what I love, even with strangers!

4. I found I needed to talk LOUDER (and not wear cowl-neck sweaters to workshops)! lol!

At those early parties, I always demonstrated a scrapbook page. Maddie Kate, my then 18 month-old granddaughter, was my favorite subject, and since Jessica also loved taking her own photographs (she eventually left stamping to pursue her passion of photography. She now owns Jessica Hollis Photography), I had lots of pictures to choose from for scrap pages!

I have several to share, but since this is such a long post I will just show you a couple of them:

Scrapbook 1

This page was my very first, and used an alphabet, a Stampin' Around wheel (snowflakes), snowflake stamps, and "deckle" scissors! Wow! Things have really changed since November 2002!

Here's my most recent scrap page, but now Maddie Kate has a sister, Ava, and a little brother, Cohen, in these pictures. (littlest brother, Jaxon, hasn't made it to a scrap page yet, but he will!)

Scrap 2012©Stampin'Up!™1990-2012

This page is an expanded version of the 6X6 page I showed you here. I used  a technique called "Progressive Scrapbooking", where you start with a 6x6 page, layering it onto an 8 1/2" x 11" page, and then finish by layering it all onto a 12x 12 page! You can add more pictures and embellishements (notice no alphabet or scissors!), but journaling is still essential! The addition of the Big Shot to our stamping world really has made a positive impact on the way I stamp and scrap! I love the Everyday Enchantment Designer Paper and am really going to miss it when Sale-a-bration is over on March 31st! But of course, Stampin' Up! always has more gorgeous paper waiting in the wings!

I am so thankful I took my daughter's advice and gave the Stampin' Up! Business Opportunity a try. I still have my husband, two pretty much grown boys at home for just a little while longer, three married daughters, three SIL's, and four grandchildren with #5 on the way! Stampin' Up! is now my full-time job, and I have a   a thriving downline of over 40 demonstrators. I have earned 9 Incentive Trips (I took that youngest daughter with me to the Panama Canal in 2007!), and still love stamping and sharing just as much (maybe even more!) than I did way back then! Adding Stampin'Up! to my life has increased my joy, as well as given me a personal sense of accomplishment and a creative outlet I love, and  I appreciate all the new and enduring friendships I have made with my stamping customers and downline.

If you would like to join my team of demonstrators and give a try at sharing what you love, just contact me or go to my Demonstrator Business Website:

You can learn more there about the Stampin' Up! Business Opportunity, Accept the Demonstrator Agreement, and choose your stamps, ink, and paper for your Starter Kit at a $50 discount! If you have any questions, just contact me!

I will be back tomorrow with more scrap pages. I may even try to find the first card I ever stamped!

Until tomorrow, have a "Stampingrox!" Day!

Stampin' Up! Outlined Occasions Thanks!

Sue Burton was one of the commenters for my Pop-up Card blog gift back in January. You can view that post here. I gave away several of this card to a number of commenters and Sue was a recipient of one of them. Imagine my surprise and delight to receive this in the mail yesterday:

Sue burton

Just beautiful! Sue used "Twitterpated" Designer Paper from the Occasions Mini and "Outlined Occasions" from the Sale-a-bration brochure to create this lovely card! But even more surpriseing was the note inside:

Sue burton 2

THANK YOU SUE! You really made my day! You inspire me to keep creating!

Until tomorrow, have a "Stampingrox!" Day!

Stampin' Up! Birthday Calendar Class!

I apologize for the super late post today. I actually had one almost ready to post this morning, but for some unknown reason my computer froze up, I had to restart, then when I cam back to the blog the post was lost! So frustrating, but also compounded by the fact that I couldn't re-do it then because my daughter was picking me up to run some errands so it had to wait! WAAAAAH!

Ok, now that I've whined a bit, let's try this again! Thanks for letting me vent! ha!

I'm having a Birthday Perpetual Calendar Class at my house on the 31st of March, my last SAB event for this year, so of course I've been working on the calendar. I decided to go with two different cover versions. The inside pages will be the same for both, just the covers will be diff!

Here's the first one using the Big Shot Blossom Party Originals Die, Twitterpated DSP, and Cherry Cobbler Regals Buttons!

Bc 1

The tiny little flourishes under the medallion are from the still-free-set with a qualifying SAB order, "Kindness Matters"!


Here's the other calendar cover, this time in earthy tones using "Nature Walk" and "Best Friends Forever"!


I love collage stamping, but am somewhat intimidated by it, so I decided to just go for it with this, and I love the result! The one stamp that "Nature Walk" lacks, in my opinion, is a foliage stamp, so I turned to "Best Friends Forever", and it has the perfect one! I also used the Label Framelits Dies to create the focal image layers, and it turned out well too!


I used the "Petals-a-Plenty" Textured Impressions Folder for the layers, and added a brad from the "Vintage Trinkets", which added the perfect finishing touch!

Gotta go for now, lots to still do for my next few workshops and classes! Until tomorrow, have a "Stampingrox!" Day!