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March 2013

Stampin' Up! Butterfly Easter Wishes!

Good Morning! He is Risen! Happy Easter to you! This morning we will be at Sunrise Service in a few minutes, then a breakfast at church, then Sunday School, then Easter Worship Service, then home for our family dinner and Easter Egg Hunt! Yay! Family time is the BEST!!!! Hope you get to spend your day with your loved ones!

Quickly before I head to church I want to share some of the gorgeous butterfly swaps I received and snapped photos of at last weeks' St Louis Stampin' Up! Regional.

Created by Chrissy Anderson:
Chrissy anderson

Jane Linville:

Jane linville

Jessica Samuels:

Jessica samuels

Maureen Ma --- (the rest of her name was missing from the back of this swap!)


And last but not least my dear friend and downline, Linda Reaney! She combined Papillion Potpourri stamped butterflies with Elegant Butterfly punches and Bitty Butterfly punches, then added "happy birthday" stamp from the Sneak Peek New Catalog Set we received at Leadership, Sketched Birthday!

Linda reaney

That's it for today! Hope your day is filled with fun & family like mine will be! I have the Easter baskets, eggs, and candy all ready to go and most of my dinner is ready to put the finishing touches on when we get home from church, so it should also be relatively stress-free!

Until tomorrow, have a Stampingrox! day!

Stampin' Up! Best of Flowers #4!

Good morning! Hope you are having a good day! I am, or at least will once I get a little bit more awake! Spending time here on my blog with you all helps get me going!

Here's the final card I created for my "Best Of . . " class this weekend. I loved this little hydrangea stamp when it was a big stamp in the Hostess set a couple of years ago, and I love it even more now as a miniature of the original!

I did the "Stained Glass" technique for this card. Heat embossed the flower with White Embossing Powder on White Vellum cardstock, then flipped it over and colored the back side of the vellum with Bashful Blue and Certainly Celery Stampin' Write Markers. When you flip the vellum back over to the white embossed side the color shows through the frosty paper, giving it a soft and pretty look! I attached the vellum layer to the white layer underneath with 3 Glue Dots behind the colored areas of the flower so they don't show through.

Friend 1

Everything is cut out with the Floral Frames Framelits and the Big Shot. I dug out my long-neglected pack of Twitterpated Designer Paper for the color scheme of Certainly Celery, Marina Mist, & Whisper White! The greeting is from Friendly Phrases.

Friend 2

Inside I used Beautiful Birthday again, just like I did for this card HERE. I love the font and size of this stamp, it's perfect for a soft, feminine card like this one.

Well, now that I am awake, I need to get busy! Today's class starts at 1 p.m.!

See you tomorrow for another Stampingrox! day!


Stampin' Up! Best of Flowers #2!

Actually now that I think about it, in reality this is Best of Flowers #3, as I showed you #1 back on March 21 HERE , which makes yesterday's #1 Post actually #2!

Are you as confused as I am?

Anywhoo, here's the next Best of Flowers card we will be making today and tomorrow at my "Best of . . " Class!

Daisy 5

I REALLY like this one! It's so bright and spring-y!

Daffodil Delight cardstock, Chevron Textured Impressions Folder and Square Lattice Textured Impressions Folder, White Heat Embossing, brand-new daisy stamp from Best of Flowers 25th Anniversary stamp set for March, Pursuit of Happiness Stamp Set, Floral District Designer Paper, Whisper White 5/8" Organza Ribbon, and some Rhinestones Basic Jewels to give the card the extra little "bling" it needs!

Daisy 6

On the inside the verse from Feel Goods is set off by a strip of Floral District paper which has been run through the Big Shot with the Tasteful Trim Die!

It's just a little hard to tell from the first picture, but the center of each Whisper White-embossed flower has been colored in with a little more Daffodil Delight Stampin' Write Marker.

That's all for now! Must run to put the finishing touches on my class today!

Until tomorrow, have a Stampingrox! day!

Stampin' Up! Best of Flowers #1!

Good morning! Today is an exciting day for me! I get to go shopping ALL DAY with ALL of my daughters and my oldest granddaughter! I can't wait!

In addition to shopping, my youngest daughter, Alisa, (who is expecting my 6th grandchild, a boy! in July) will be starting her baby registry! I love it!

Since I have a few minutes before we leave, thought I would show you another of the cards we will be making tomorrow and Saturday at my "Best Of" Class!

I received a card with this general layout from Kathy Alt at last Saturday's Stampin' Up! St. Louis Regional, so I changed out the colors and designer paper, changed the greeting, added a technique and a Rhinestone, to make it my own!

Using the Best of Flowers stamp set, of course, I inked the miniature "Upsy Daisies" (Did you know that the re-issued stamps from the past are minatures of the originals? They are, which makes them perfect as an addition to the originals!) first in Wisteria Wonder ink, and then sponged on some Rich Razzleberry before stamping all together on the Whisper White!

I did the same inking technique on the "Oh Hello" stamp from the Oh Hello Stamp set. What do you think? After using this technique on the Tea Shoppe card HERE, I am having fun coming up with new ink color combos. Some colors don't look well together, and some, such as Wisteria Wonder and Elegant Eggplant, really look almost the same when used together, so some experimentation is fun!

Upsy daisy 1

It probably doesn't look like it in this photo, but the chevron oval is actually stamped in Basic Gray!

Here's my Wisteria Wonder-inked stamp being sponged with Rich Razzleberry ink!

Upsy daisy 3

Same inking technique for the inside word from Amazing Family!

Upsy daisy 2

Here's a quick tutorial to make the Oval Punch Faux Bow:

Fold each punched oval gently and attach ends together with Glue Dots.      

  Oval punch faux bow 9

Attach both folded ovals to DSP strip with Glue Dots.

Oval punch faux bow 10

To finish off center of bow, add a small strip of designer paper, a button, or a punched out shape with a Glue Dot.

That's all I have time for today! See you tomorrow for another Stampingrox! day!

Stampin' Up! Swallowtails!

Good Morning! Hope you have a fun day planned today! I'm finishing up the projects today for my "Best of" Class this Friday and Saturday, so it will be a fun day for me as I love creating for my classes!

In the meantime, I wanted to share with you some more of the swaps I received and photgraphed at Saturday's Regional, this time all using the fabulous Swallowtail single stamp.

This first swap is a CASE of Mary Brown by Amy Cloncs:

Amy cloncs

Jeni Northcutt combined Melon Mambo with Soft Suede and the En Francais Background stamp:

Jeni northcutt

Judy Meier used the "Thump & Huff" technique with Stampin' Write Markers to create this beauty!

Judy meier

And lastly, this swap was not claimed as it had no name on the back. LOVE the colors!


LOVED the colors even more when we found that this card matched Angela's shoes!!!!!!

Matches the shoes

That's all for today! I have LOTS of stamping to do, which makes me VERY HAPPY! A Stampin' Up! box is arriving on my doorstep sometime today too, a fact which ALSO makes me VERY HAPPY!!!!!

Until tomorrow, have a Stampingrox! day!

All supplies are available for purchase at my Online Store:



Swallowtail Clear-Mount Stamp #129216
Price: $13.95

This gorgeous, plus-size butterfly will provide a breathtaking focal point for scrapbook pages and oversized cards. Or sprinkle it with adhesive and Dazzling Diamonds Stampin' Glitter, then turn it into a one-of-a-kind tag for an extra-special gift.

Set Quantity: 1


Swallowtail Wood-Mount Stamp #129213
Price: $17.95

This gorgeous, plus-size butterfly will provide a breathtaking focal point for scrapbook pages and oversized cards. Or sprinkle it with adhesive and Dazzling Diamonds Stampin' Glitter, then turn it into a one-of-a-kind tag for an extra-special gift.

Set Quantity: 1

Stampin'Up! Hey There Friend, Revisited!

Good morning to you! Just a quick post today! I have lots on my plate, including a Stamp Camp at the GrandOArt Studio in West Frankfort tonight!

We are making 5 projects for the $15 fee, so come out and have some inexpensive stamping therapy with us!

The March Paper Pumpkin Kit, which is also the first kit anyone will receive from now on as their first "Welcome Kit", contains the awesome stamp, "hey there friend"! I showed you a card I had CASED from Diana Gibbs a few days ago HERE, and loved this card so much I decided to switch out the focal image stamp and use it again tonight:


Do you likey? I DO! I thought the chair stamp from Cherish Friendship would work nicely in place of the antique tricycle, what do you think? And I love the splotchy-waterdrop-splash stamp, it looks great in Sahara Sand ink!


This time I also added the flower from Oh Hello to bring just a bit more color to the inside!

Well, that's all for today! Come back and see me again tomorrow for another Stampingrox! day!

You can always go to my Online Store to purchase the stamping supplies you need to make this card:

Additional stamp set used:


Cherish Friendship - Clear-Mount Stamp #122882
Price: $13.95

It’s often the quiet, simple moments shared with a friend that are most cherished. Re-create that feeling on your projects with these realistic images that evoke those simple but treasured life moments. Available in both wood- and clear-mount.

Set Quantity: 4


Stampin' Up! Bunnies Day!

Good morning! Did you have snow where you live yesterday! We did! Unbelievable for the last week of March! Not much accumulation, but it was slick enough during the afternoon that our evening church was cancelled!

Today I want to show you the bunny swaps I received and took pictures of at yesterday's Regional.

This first bunny is actually a whole card, created with the Heart Framelits and punches:

Bunny card

Every Regional has a card contest, and this one using the single stamp, Ears to You, was one of the winners!

Ears to you

A sweet little card using the Everybunny stamp set:

Everybunny monique bromley

And last-but-not-least, this fun little chocolate holder using the Two Tags Die!

Tag bunny 1

Tag bunny 2

That's all for today! Most of my family involved with schools are on Spring Break this week, so some fun things are planned, if the weather cooperates!

Until tomorrow, have a Stampingrox! day!

Stampin' Up! St Louis Regional!

Wowza! I just had a fantastic day with some of my downline, the Yes, Mam! Stampers, at the St Louis Regional!

The mam's

From the top left to right: Jamie Cox, me, Angela Henson, Linda Reaney, Janice Felty, Martha Swift. I love spending time with these girls!

Today was a day of fun, inspiration, and learning! We watched some fun and EASY stamping presentations:


Had time to stamp some fun Make n Takes! This was the first time in a long time I was able to finish all of my Make n Takes (this is just one of the three for the day):

Two tags box

My Digital Studio presentation:

Mds trust your crazy ideas

"Express Workshops" information and inspiration:

Oh hello

And an mid-afternoon "Cupcake Break"!


I had the honor of participating in a on-stage panel discussion with Stampin' Up!'s Donna Griffiths, and fellow demo, Jan Burnett:

Panel discussion

All in all it was a lovely day of swapping, sharing, learning, stamping, and fun!

Well, it's off to church for me! I am so thankful for my job-it's always a blessing when you get to do what you love every day!

I will share more tomorrow! Until then, have a Stampingrox! day!


Stampin' Up! Fancy Favor Bunny Box!

REEEEAAALLLYYYY quick post this morning! I'm off in a few minutes to the Stampin' Up! St Louis Regional with 7 of my downline, the "Yes Mam! Stampers"!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Before I head out I wanted to show you this Fancy Favor Bunny Box I created a couple of days ago:
Bunny box - Copy
©Stampin'Up! ™1990-2013

Isn't "she" just adorable! LOVE that Vine Street Textured Impressions Folder! Wish it was still available, but that's how it goes, Sale-a-bration items are exclusive to the Sale-a-bration season, so unless they tell us ahead of time it will be in the next catalog (like they did with the Petite Curly Label Punch this year), you can't get it ever again!

That's it for today! I will see you again tomorrow, where I will have new swaps to share fresh from the Regional!

Until tomorrow, hope your day Stampingrox!

Stampin' Up! Best of Love "Read My Lips"!

Good morning! Can I just say, while I am always a little sad when Sale-a-bration is over for the year, if SAB this year went on much longer I'd be worn down to a nub? Seems like everyone decided to cram their final SAB workshop into this week! (pay no attention to the whining, I'm actually having a blast!)

One of my workshop hostesses last night, Rhonda, is a Mary Kay Consultant, so I customized a Fancy Favor Box for her using the "read my lips" stamp from the February 25th Anniversary stamp set, Best of Love!

Best of love lips take 2

I quite delighted with it, so much so that I need to  make another one for myself!

Supplies used: Pink Pirouette & Basic Black cardstock, Fancy Favor Box BigzXL Die with the Big Shot, Lacy Brocade Textured Impressions Folder, Paper Daisies, Vintage Faceted Buttons, 1/8" Basic Black Taffeta Ribbon, Basic Black & Melon Mambo ink, Hearts A Flutter Framelits, Stamping Sponges, and Crystal Effects!

An aerial view:

Best of love lips take 3 - Copy

Here's a close-up of the lips with Crystal Effects on them to make them raised and shiny:

Shiny lips

That's all for now! I have 22 swap fronts waiting for me to finish them before I head to Nashville, IL tonight for my final SAB workshop, then tomorrow morning it's off to St. Louis Stampin' Up! Regional!

Until tomorrow (if I survive), have a Stampingrox! day!