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August 2012

Stampin' Up! Perfectly Preserved!

The Holiday Catalog is chock-full of delightful suites of products. Christmas is the first and formost (which you know I will be featuring soon!), but it also has gorgeous fun new stuff for fall, Halloween, and Thanksgiving!

The "Orchard Harvest" Suite is one such example. This card features the "Orchard Harvest" Designer Paper, along with the "Perfectly Preserved" stamp set and matchng "Cannery" Framelit Dies. This swap, which is nameless, also uses the "Little Labels" Punch Pack and "Lovely Little Labels" stamp set. The "thank you" is from "Perfectly Preserved", cut out with the small oval Punch and backed with an Itty Bitty Banner. The Scallop Oval doily under the jar is embossed with the new "Lacy Brocade" folder. The Island Indigo mat layer was embossed with the "Woodgrain" Embossing Folder.

Perfectly preserved 1

©Stampin'Up!Perfectly Preserve™19"90-2012

This  card by Rene Watson uses some of the same images from "Perfectly Preserved", but with the pear image instead of the appple! Using More Mustard cardstock gives this card a whole different flavor, doesn't it? Rene used the "Window Frames Collection" framelit dies to cut the Old Olive mat for the canning jar, with some simple Whisper White Baker's Twine to "tie" the top of the jar!

Perfectly preserved rene watson

Cherry Cobbler and Island Indigo are the featured colors of this card by Karen Kurz! Karen and Rene are  both demonstrators in the monthly swap I participate in. Karen used "Orchard Harvest" Designer Paper, along with the "Window Frames Collection" Framelits to cut the Cherry Cobbler mat. She complemented the window frame shape with paper piercing using the "Festive" Paper-Piercing Pack and our new, ergonomically designed Paper Piercing Tool. A bit of Early Espresso Baker's Twine finishes off the top of this canning jar!

Perfectly preserved karen kurz

Here's another card using products from the Orchard Harvest Suite, this time by Ann Lohmeyer. Ann used the "Woodgrain" Textured Impressions Embossing Folder to emboss the Soft Suede layer after applying the leaves cut with the "Autumn Accents" Bigz Die. The result is a look of the leaves being embedded in the woodgrain! "THANKS A BUNCH"  is from the "Friendship Preserves" stamp set and has been cut out once again with the "Window Frames Frames Collection" Framelit Die. She applied clear "Dazzling Details" last thing to the "THANKS" letters, and sponged the edges with Soft Suede ink.

Friendship preserves ann lohmeyer

Last but not least, Ruth Bingle, another monthly swapper, created this beauty with the "Autumn Accents" Bigz Die, a strip of "Howlstooth & Scaringbone" Designer Paper, a "Brushed Bronze" Designer Button, Linen Thread, and Basic Black/Basic Gray 1/2" Striped Satin Ribbon. The sentiment is from the "Day of Gratitude" stamp set found in the Annnual Catalog on page 27. A beautiful card!

Autumn Accents Ruth Bingle

Hope you have enjoyed today's samples as much as I have enjoyed selecting and showing them to you!

I'm not sure what I will have for you tomorrow, but please come back to find out!

Stampin' Up! Pleasant Poppies!

Today I am featuring a new background stamp, Pleasant Poppies! For the first time with this new catalog several of our background stamps are available in both clear and wood mount, and this is one of them! My downline, Angela Henson, created this card as one of her swaps for convention. Angela has only been a demonstrator since March 2011, but already has promoted from Associate, to Senior Associate, Supervisor, Senior Supervisor, and now Manager! I am so proud of her! She also used the sentiment from "Field Flowers", Pumpkin Pie cardstock and ink, and the Square Lattice Embossing Folder.

Pleasant poppies angela henson

Shannon Bradley stamped the poppies on First Edition Specialty Designer Paper with Cherry Cobbler ink, then complemented it with Cherry Cobbler 1/2" Scallop Dots Ribbon, Cherry Cobbler Regals brads, and a Lots of Tags Sizzlet tag! She also embossed the "get well" phrase from "Perfectly Penned" in Pewter Embossing Powder before punching with the Extra Large Oval Punch.

Pleasant poppies shannon bradley

Shoni Matney stamped the poppies in Summer Starfruit ink before adding all the butterfly layers using the "Beautiful Butterflies" Bigz Die with Summer Starfruit & Midnight Muse cardstocks, Patio Party DSP, and a Windowsheet! She added the "things of you" from "Sweet Essentials".

Pleasant poppies beautiful butterflies shoni matney

I LOVE all the new products available in the new catalog, but I love all the new stuff in the Holiday Catalog even MORE! Tomorrow I will have some samples from the new Holiday Catalog set, "Perfectly Preserved"!

Until tomorrow, have a "Stampingrox!" Day!

Stampin' Up! Papillon Potpourri!


Today I thought I would start showing you some of my swaps from convention. I've managed to sort some of them into groups according to stamp set, so today I'm featuring "Papillon Potpourri"!

This swap somehow managed to lose it's maker's name. If you know who made this beautiful creation, please let me know! This swap was made with Wisteria Wonder, Whisper White, as well as one of the Delicate Designs Folders, and the Elegant Butterfly Punch:

Papillon potpourri wisteria wonder ©Stampin'Up!™1990-2012

One of the great things about being a Stampin' Up! Demonstrator is all the dear sweet friends you meet at events like convention and Founder's Circle. Dena Rekow is one of those sweethearts I am so proud to call my friend. Dena is a little powerhouse of energy but has been having a difficult time the past year. She created this one for her New Catalog Open House, a simple one-layer card but beautiful! Check out her blog:

and her Stampin' Up! Demonstrator website:

Papillon potpourri dena rekow 1

Dena used a set from Petite Pairs for the greeting and the inside sentiment:

Papillon potpourri dena rekow 2

Swapping goes on everywhere at convention! One lunchtime I walked by a group participating in a SUDSOL swap and was fourtunate to snag this beauty from Catherine Harwood:

Papillon potpourri catherine harwood

Floral District DSP, Elegant Butterfly Punch, and a sentiment from"Just Believe"!

See you tomorrow with another batch of swaps!

Until tomorrow, have a Stamingrox! Day!


Baby Liam is home!

Just a quick post tonight to let you know Liam is HOME! Here he is all decked out in his "little man" shirt & pants just waiting for the final o.k. to leave the hospital:

Liam going home

You can't see his shoes very well here, but Mommy Kimmy crocheted them for him a few months ago - little black & white hi-tops!

I was happy to be able to help them load up!

Grammie & liam

Now I get to spend the next week with them, helping out and cuddling with Liam!

Be back tomorrow with some fun stamping stuff!

Until then, have a Stampingrox! Day!


Stampin' Up! Techniques Class and Baby Liam has arrived!

For those of you that are following the progress of the arrival of my newest grandson, I am happy to report he has arrived safely:

Liam label
and here is our little man!

Liam in the nursery
and up close with Mommy Kimberly:

Kimmy & liam
I think they BOTH look pretty good after almost 24 hours of labor and then a c-section! Mother & baby are both doing very well. They won't come home until sometime Sunday, so I have a chance to catch up on my sleep before I get to stay with them all next week to help out! I can't wait! Our whole family is rejoicing together for this wonderful gift from God!

While we were waiting for Liam's arrival during the loooong day yesterday, I did manage to get the pictures edited for the Technique side of the Punch/Technique Class next Saturday at my house (and the Punch/Technique Class in Galatia on Tuesday August 14th!):

Custom Color Designer Paper with the brayer:

Custom color designer paper 1

Collage stamping with the Papaya Collage stamp set:

Papaya collage 1

Vellum Windowpane with Stippled Blossoms stamp set:

Stippled blossoms vellum window 1

That's it for now! I plan to have more fun stuff to show you tomorrow!

Until then, have a Stampingrox! Day!

Stampin' Up! Punch Class!

Punch and Technique Class this month is scheduled for Saturday, August 11th at my house from 1-5 p.m.

Here are the 3 Punch projects we will be making:

Panda 1


Ice cream 1


Super owl 1

There will also be 3 Techniques. I hope to post them tomorrow!

Until then, have a Stampingrox! Day!

Stampin' Up! Holiday Catalog!

As this blog is posting I will be arriving at the hospital with Kimberly and Tony to start the process of helping Liam be born! Keep us in your thoughts and prayers!

Here's just a couple of cute samples using Holiday Catalog products:

Holiday catalog

The card on the left uses the "Googly Ghouls" stamp set and "Howlstooth & Scaringbone" Designer Paper. It is a swap I received at convention, but the creator did not put their name on the back. The card on the right is a swap I created for convention using the new "Ornament Keepsakes" stamp set and coordinating "Holiday Ornaments" Framelits with the Big Shot. I heat-embossed the ornaments in black on Brushed Silver cardstock and Basic Black cardstock, and silver on Black cardstock.  I used the new "Lacy Brocade" embossing folder on the Cherry Cobbler background.

If baby Liam comes today, I will do my best to let you know!

Otherwise, until tomorrow, have a Stampingrox! Day!

Stampin' Up! The Holiday Catalog Starts Today! What HAVE I been up to?


Some of you have inquired if I am o.k. I am. I know I haven't been blogging, and I apologize for that. I can't really explain why I stopped because I don't know why. I just stopped and it became harder and harder to get started again is all I can say about it. No special reason why I stopped, I just did.

That said, I'm ready to get started back blogging again, and plan to post lots of fun things for you here in the next few days.

Why the picture about Faith? Well, I took a picture of this plaque on the wall at my daughter Kimberly's doctors' office today and it explains in a nutshell what we will be doing the next couple of days:


My girlie is due tomorrow, August 2nd. She is also being admitted to the hospital at 6 a.m. tomorrow morning to get the process started to get our little Liam born safely! The problem may be that they say Liam is a big baby, most likely over 9 pounds. For those of us who have had babies, we KNOW that is just a little bit too big for a first baby! Ouch!

The doctor has suggested a plan of action to help Liam arrive safely and hopefully avoid a C-section. However, he also said it may take 2 days! So in comes the Faith part. We know and trust that God is in control and will bring Kimmy and Liam through this process safely. It may not be easy, but we are praying and trusting that all will go well.

Yes, I am planning to be there at 6 a.m., and plan to stay with them throughout the duration of the birth process, no matter how long it takes! Please pray for this Grammie to make it through what may be some lack of sleep and anxiousness for my girl!

On a stamping note, I plan to take a few projects with me to the hospital to help pass the long hours we may experience.(Kimberly even suggested I do this, my sweetheart!) Kimmy is planning to bring some crochet projects and she and her husband, Tony, and I will probably play cards and do whatever we need to do to help us all get through this!

The Stampin' Up! Holiday Catalog began today, which means this is the first day to order from it! Some of you have already placed Online Orders today! Thank you so much! I plan to send you a thank-you card as soon as I can, please just don't get too worried if it doesn't arrive right away. I plan to spend at least a week with Kimmy and Liam after they go home from the hospital, so I know I won't be getting much stamping done for awhile!

Before I go to bed tonight I'm going to set up auto-posts for the next few days so you have some inspiration while I am helping my family. Here's the first one:

Be of good cheer tree 1

And inside:

Be of good cheer tree 2

This was a cute little Christmas card we did at a Hostess Party Stamp Camp earlier this week! We used the 1" Circle Punch with the "Be of Good Cheer" Designer Paper and the Word Window Punch to create this cute little tree. We used the star punch from the "Merry Minis" Punch Pack to punch out the Champagne Glimmer Paper (SO GLAD to have a star punch again!) Both the punch pack and the glimmer paper are now available in the Holiday Catalog. The inside sentiment is from "Seasonal Sayings", a cute little set also from the Holiday Catalog (if you have your copy from me you know that at 8 1/2" x 1" it can't be called a "mini" anymore!) Flanking the sentiment are more punches from the "Merry Minis" Punch Pack. Easy-peasy and fun!

If you dont' have your own copy of the Holiday Catalog (or the Annual Catalog for that matter) and don't have your own local demonstrator, just let send me an email along with your address and I will make sure you get one of each!

That's all for today. I've got a few things to pack for our hospital adventure, as well as some future posts to get ready and to try to sneak in a little sleep before it's time to head up there in the morning!

Until tomorrow, have a Stampingrox! Day!