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April 2012

Stampin'Up! Today Is the Last Day to order from the Occasions Mini!

Today is the last day to order from the Occasions Mini AND the last day for the Summer Smooches Sneak Peek! Here's a swap from the Spring Into Stamping Event I attended this month using the "Bright Blossoms" stamp set and the "Summer Smooches" Designer Paper and Fabric! I've had these on my camera for more than a week and today was the first chance I've had to download them!

Bright blossoms 1

I love this swap, but wasn't able to bring the real thing home with me so I don't know who the creator was! The "HAPPY BIRTHDAY" greeting is also from a set that will be unavailable after today, "Loved Ones"!

I have a BUNCH of great stamping idea pictures from this event which I will be sharing a few over the next week or so. Here's a full card that someone made for the "Spring Into Stamping" leader Kim Peck. Kim is moving from Central Illinois to California, so everyone was signing this "we will miss you, friend" card:

Mixed bunch 1

This was a large 8 1/2 x 5 1/2" card using an entire 8 1/2 x 11 cardstock base folded in half. No envelope was needed as this was hand-delivered to Kim at the end of this event. The creator used the "My Friend" and "Perfectly Penned" stamp sets, which are not retiring, but also used the "Mixed Bunch" stamp set to create the lacy butterfly, which will be unavailable after today!

I have one last order going in for this month tonight at 10 p.m. CST, so if there are some Occasions Mini or Summer Smooches items you need to order, just contact me by phone or email and I will get them ordered for you!

Until tomorrow, have a "Stampingrox!" day!

Stampin'Up! Another Pop-up Card!

I'm back today with another Pop-up Card! This is the last one I created for my presentation last Saturday. I used the "Cheerful Treat" Hostess Designer Paper(retiring May 30), the Blossom Punch, and the "Dazzling Diamond Dust" Technique:

Present pop-up 1

Present pop-up 2

More retiring products used: Eyelet Border Punch and "Happiest Birthday Wishes".

Present pop-up 3

To view the my original pop-up card tutorial, go here:

Pop-Up Card Tutorial Post

Hope to be back tomorrow with a new creation for Big Shot Buddies Class!

Until then, have a "Stampingrox!" Day!

Stampin'Up! Summer Smooches and Loved Ones!

Now that you have had a chance to view all of the retiring lists, how about a few cards?

These cards are the result of my stamping for my "Spring Into Stamping" presetation last Saturday. These cards are all made with the Summer Smooches DSP, Blossom Party Die, Scallop Square Duo Die, and the Occasions Mini set, "Loved Ones"!

Mom 1

I liked the colors and the layout, but something was just not quite right, so I changed the greeting colors to this with Not Quite Navy, Real Red, and Lucky Limeade Stampin' Write Markers:

Mom 2

And I loved it! It's amazing how just changing the color scheme of the greeting "Mom" made all the difference between o.k. and WOW!

As a tie-in for my presentation with the Big Shot Multi-Purpose Adhesive Sheets (which are NOT on the Retiring Accessories List! YAY!), I did another card identical except for adding the Adhesive Sheets on the cardstock before going through the Big Shot with the Blossom Party Die, then adding Dazzling Diamonds:

Mom 3

A completely different look, adding the glitter! It mutes the bright colors, but is truly "dazzling"!

"Loved Ones" will only be available for 5 more days, when the Occasions Mini expires. And unfortunately, the Summer Smooches Fabric Brads are no longer available, as the supply was just for this month and has now been exhausted. The Flower Brads are on the Retiring Accessories List but currently still available, so you need to check out those lists and get your orders in early! I've already had a few Online Orders take advantage of my "BlueSox" Online Stampin' Rewards Program, so join in today!

Until tomorrow, have a "Stampingrox!" Day!


Stampin'Up! Double Door Summer Smooches!

Here's another sample I created for my presentation on Saturday. It's hard to see in this photo, but I used the Dazzling Diamond Dust technique with the Multi-Purpose Adhesive Sheets on the middle Blossom flower again:

Double door 1

I'm really digging the bold, bright colors in the Summer Smooches Suite! The "grandma" word is from "Loved Ones" in the soon-to-be-expired Occasions Mini, and "you're the BEST!" is from the "Perfect Words" Hostess set! 

That's all for tonight. Until tomorrow have a "Stampingrox!" Day!

Stampin'Up! Beau Chateau Gatefold!

It's Sunday evening and I'm finally finding a minute to sit down and think about my blog! The past couple of days have been action-packed: Friday we most of the day in the car driving to Rolla, MO to attend a Transfer Student Enrollment Day with Logan. We've been expecting to move him there in August, but found out that day that he will be moving there in JUNE! Turns out if he takes a couple of Chemical Engineering Pre-requisite Classes this summer he can start in the fall as a Junior. I must admit, I'm having trouble with his leaving early, so I may be teary alot in the next few weeks!

Yesterday was spent at a "Spring Into Stamping" event in Champaign, IL. Three of my downline attended with me, and even though we left my house at  4:30 a.m. for the almost three hour drive, we had a blast!

I had the priviledge to present at this event, and I showed the Dazzling Diamond Dust Technique with the Multi-Purpose Adhesive Sheets. This is the card I demonstrated, using Beau Chateau Designer Paper and the Blossom Punch!

Beau chateau 1

This is a "Gate-fold" or "Double-door" style card. I have made a tutorial for this design. You can dowload it here: 

Download Beau Chateau Gatefold

Until tomorrow, have a "Stampingrox!" Day!


Stampin' Up! Summer Smooches Petite Purses!

Today was a day I set completely aside to just play with Summer Smooches and the Multi-Purpose Adhesive Sheets in preparation for my presentation on Saturday, and hooo-boy, did I have fun! Lookie:

Summer smooches petite purses

Aren't these little gals just the cutest things? Of course, since they are made with the Petite Purse Die and the Big Shot, they won't hold much, just important things like 3-4 Hershey's nuggets, but who cares when it's chocolate????

I cut my cardstock the regular size, then attached a piece of the Big Shot Multi-Purpose Adhesive Sheet. After removing the second protective layer to completely expose the adhesive on the cardstock I added a final layer of Summer Smooches Fabric to the cardstock before running it all through the Big Shot. Voila! A Summer Smooches Fabric Purse to match the purse I made a few days ago, just pint-sized! I LOVE them!

I used the Flower Fusion Sizzlet Die to cut the flowers. These were a little bit more challenging as the cutting surface of a Sizzlet is so shallow, but I just put an extra shim under my die, cranked it through, then used my Paper Snips to cut the threads that didn't cut completely through. Not too bad!

After assembling with Sticky Strip, I finished them off with Real Red Flower Brads from the Brights collection, and the Whisper White brads from the 5/16" Neutrals Jumbo Brads. Absolutely adorable!

Well, I'd better toddle off to bed soon, we have a 3 1/2 hour drive to Rolla, MO, tomorrow for Logan's college visit!

Until tomorrow, have a Stampingrox! Day!

Stampin' Up! Multi-Purpose Adhesive Sheets!

Well, it seem like I'm doing late night postings for now! Jessica, Alisa, and I worked on the decorations for Kimberly's baby shower today, and we got a lot of things worked out and planned, and some things even finished, so we think one more day and we will be done!

This weekend a few of my downline and I are going to Champaign, IL, for a "Spring Into Stamping" event hosted by Kim Peck and Meg Loven. We have attended this event a few other years and it is always enjoyable! This year I was invited to present a 10-15 minute Technique demonstration "on stage", so I am really  excited and nervous at the same time! I have chosen to demonstrate the "Dazzling Diamond Dust" technique with the Multi-Purpose Adhesive Sheets, but have been playing around with a few other uses of the product. Here is a new card I just made tonight with the Dazzling Diamond Dust Technique, Beau Chateau Designer Paper, Manhattan Flower Textured Impressions Folder, and "Loving Thoughts" stamp set:

Beau chateau manhattan flower

Beau chateau inside

Beau chateau butterfly

Beau chateau dream

So what do you think? The photography is kind of crummy because I didn't take the time to get out my photo tent to take the pictures, but you get the idea!

I think it's time for me to go to bed, I've run out of things to say tonight!


Until tomorrow, have a "Stampingrox!" Day!


Stampin' Up! Summer Smooches Fabric Purse!

Oh my, I just realized I have almost missed two days blogging! I've been extremely busy with classes, prepping for classes, and helping my downline, that I completely forgot!

Today, however, I did help participate with a Fabric Purse Class and managed to complete this using the "Summer Smooches" fabric while helping teach the class:


My daughter, Alisa, helped the other half of the class make purses with the Scallop Square Die, while my ladies made purses with the Pennant Die, which while retired is still available on the Clearance Rack).

Here's a couple more views of the flower pin made with the Flower Folds Die and the pockets on the inside:

Purse flower

Purse inside

That's all for today, this girl needs to hit the hay!

Until tomorrow, have a "Stampingrox!" Day!

Stampin' Up! Slider Card by Meg Wheeler!

Good morning! Just a quick post here before my classes start today. I participated in this swap last month, a "Cards That Move" swap, and here's my favorite, a Slider card created by my good friend, Meg Wheeler:

Megs slider

All current Stampin' Up! product used, including Paper Daisies, Blushing Bride Pleated Satin Ribbon, and Letters to Santa DSP! Just a reminder though, a BUNCH of accessories will be going on the Retiring Accessories List, which will be released on April 25th, and all the colors of Pleated Satin Ribbon will be going away, maybe forever, on April 30th!

Here's the card when you slide it open:

Megs slider open

Meg used "Crosses of Hope" for this beauty!

Have you gathered together your picks of possibly retiring stamp sets for the Retired Stamps List? You have until midnight tomorrow night to send them to me! Whoever guesses the most correct I will send the winner some hand-stamped goodies!

Until tomorrow, have a "Stampingrox!" Day!

Stampin' Up! Greenhouse Garden! Are you going away?

Are you wondering what my title means? It means the Retiring Stamps List will be released by Stampin' Up! on Monday and they have hinted it will be extra long this year, so I'm just guessing what will be leaving us forever! I don't actually KNOW anything special about THE LIST, just guessing!

That said, I want to show you this card I made a couple of days ago for my workshop in Vienna tonight using the wonderful-set-but-might-be-retiring Greenhouse Garden! This card is almost completely CASED from my sweet friend, Patsy Waggoner, who has her first Video on her patsy waggoner blog showing how to make it! After you look at mine, go take a look at her "two-step stamping" video! She's my hero, I hope to get a video on here for you one of these days! I am determined, if Patsy can do it, so can I!

Greenhouse garden 1

I also have a paper tutorial that you can print out with all the supplies listed and instructions:

Download Summer Smooches Greenhouse Garden

Pretty fun, huh?

What stamps do you think will be on the Retiring List? Leave me your comment with at least 20 sets you think will be on the list and I whoever has the highest number right will receive this card and another cute gift from me in the mail! You have until Midnight, April 14th to get your guesses in!

Well, I'd better run, got to finish my prep and loaded to trek to Vienna tonight! It's about an hour down there, but she has 9 people coming, so it will be loads of fun!

Until tomorrow, have a "Stampingrox!" Day!