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April 2013

Stampin' Up! WE ARE IN FIJI!!!!!

Can't take much time to chat today. We arrived here in Nadi, Fiji, at about 5 a.m. on Tuesday, April 30th!!!! Now I know this is posting on Monday, April 29, so that is really weird!

I only have 30 minutes of free internet down here in the lobby, so I've got to rush, and will try to post a few pics tomorrow, but it is BEAUTIFUL here! Green, lush, tropical, beach right out our balcony window, humid, warm, but rainy today. Tomorrow we are taking a River Rafting tour (didn't realize there would be rivers in Fiji, did ya?, so really looking forward to that!

Gotta run, if you want to know what happens tomorrow today, just let me know! lol!


Until tomorrow, or whatever day tomorrow is, have a Stampingrox! day!


Stampin' Up! Fiji Bound!

Today is going to be a looooong day for me! We fly out of St. Louis to Chicago at 1:20 p.m., then it's off to L.A. with about a 5 hour layover, then we fly out of L.A. at about midnight, arriving in Fiji in the wee sma's of the morning! Stampin' Up! will have a breakfast ready for us when we get there, and then I'll bet I will be ready for a big nap!

I am all packed and ready to go! My swaps are done and packed, safe in my carry-on along with my brand-spankin' New Annual Catalog! I've viewed the catalog online already, but I am saving a good long browse for the plane rides! yay!

Today I have my Fiji swap to show you. I made 26 of these, 25 to swap and 1 for Stampin' Up!

Note: all products used are ©Stampin'Up!™1990-2013 unless stated otherwise.

Fiji swap 1

At Leadership this past January, Stampin' Up! gave everyone in attendance this new catalog stamp set, Sketched Birthday, so I decided to create my swap with it! I chose Polka Dot Parade Designer Paper because it is CARRYING OVER into the New Catalog, so I decided to use Real Red and Marina Mist, which are two of the page colors, for my color palette. The images and paper are all punched with the Postage Stamp Punch. I embossed the Whisper White layer with the Chevron Folder, and added Silver Sparkle Dazzling Details for a little bling!

Here are some close-ups of the bling:

Fiji swap 3

Stampin' Up! offered two bottles of the Silver Sparkle Dazzling Details as a demonstrator incentive recently. I've always been a sucker for an incentive carrot! It's fun to be able to use a completely FREE product, which is another fun perk of being a demonstrator!

Fiji swap 2

Well, I must close for now and finish getting ready to go! My son, Troy, will be here soon and we will be on our way to a week in Fabulous Fiji!

Until tomorrow, have a Stampingrox! day!

Stampin' Up! ONE MORE SLEEP 'TIL FIJI!!!!!

 Good morning! Today is my day to pack my bags for Fiji!!!!!!!!!!!

Can you tell I'm really excited?

I do have some new stuff to share while I am gone. I will be pre-setting my blog posts to show up every morning as usual. Don't think much will show up on Facebook from here, though. That problem seems to only be fixable if I create the post the same day it needs to go to Facebook, then by the end of the day it says I have an "invalid session", so then I have to manually fix it again! arrgghh!

I have found out we will have free wifi in the lobby of our hotel, so maybe I will be able to post some pictures as we go along. Or maybe not. You never know just what you are going to do on a vacation, do you? That's part of the fun, the opportunity to completely relax and.   do.  absolutley.  nothing.

I have a couple of remaining swaps from this month to share, but guess what? I found a whole bag from last month that I haven't shared either, so you will probably get to see a few of them next week too! They are really great creations, some with retiring sets and accessories, so keep coming to see me, even though I won't actually be here! lol!

Note: all products used are ©Stampin'Up!™1990-2013 unless stated otherwise.

Cindy Ewertz created this card using one of the Best of Love stamps in Calypso Coral, and then she used the Lace Tape Masking technique like I used HERE, only she sponged Whisper White Craft ink over the Lace Tape. The "love" greeting is another from the Best of Love set. I really like all the fun little embellishments she added with a Silver Glimmer paper heart, a Small Heart-punched heart, punched Bitty Butterflies with pearls, and retiring Calypso Coral 3/8" Ruffled Ribbon.

Lace Tape Masking Cindy Ewertz

Can you guess what else is retiring on this card?

The Whisper White Scalloped Square mat behind the focal image is from the retiring Scallop Square Duo Die!

This fun Watercolor Wash card by Karen Kurz with the Secret Garden stamp set is a technique I've been dying to try! This will be one of the Techniques for my May Punch/Technique Class.

Watercolor Wash Karen Kurz

Can you guess what element of this card will be retiring on May 31? It's the Print Poetry Designer Paper I used behind I like this card so much I may have to CASE it for my class!

When I post my card I will give you the low-down on how its' done, ok?

Well, that had better be all for now. I've got lots to get done today!

Until tomorrow, have a Stampingrox! day!


Stampin' Up! Sparkly Window Sheet & Brayer Tapping!

Good morning! I'm getting really excited! Just two more sleeps before I leave for Fiji! I can't wait! My first trip out of the country where I will actually SLEEP on foreign soil! (well, I guess I have slept in Canada, but it was years ago when I was on vacation with my parents, and Canada is just the "Northern Version" of America, so it hardly counts as foreign!)I'm not packed yet, but am a bit worried how I'm going to get everything stuffed into one suitcase with a 50 lb limit and one 15 lb. carryon! The airline is allowing one free checked back under 50 lbs, but another bag will cost $5 per pound! Yikes! Stampin' Up! always gives us great pillow gifts, so I am packing an extra medium-sized duffle to check going home just in case!

I know you didn't come here to learn about my travel packing woes, you came here to see some fun projects, and I don't think you will be disappointed!

Please note: all products used are ©Stampin'Up!™1990-2013 unless stated otherwise.

First up, a cute masculine card created by Kathy Stephenson using a technique she calls "brayer tapping" with the Dapper Dad stamp set!

Brayer tapping Kathy Stephenson

The wedding card created bySherri Beyrer using a Window Sheet, Creped Filter Paper, and Shimmer Paint with the Love & Laughter and Mr & Mrs stamp sets:

Acetate over creped paper Sherri Beyrer
This card is even more sparkly, iridescent, and shimmery in real life than the picture can show! I love it!

Well, that's all for today! I have my "Best of" class here at my house this afternoon, then I must finish the preparations for the Fundraiser/Vendor Fair at the Lutheran Church in Nashville, IL for tomorrow!

Until then, have a Stampingrox! day!

New "Bluesox" Online Ordering Rewards Program!

Beginning Today, April 26, 2013 EVERY ORDER of at least $25 placed through

My Online Store

will recieve one "Bluesox" token from me. Order must be at least $25 to qualify. Tokens will be awarded with every $25 ordered. (For example, if you order $50, you will be awarded two "Bluesox" tokens)

When you have collected 12 tokens, you can redeem them for your choice of any $19.95 item from any of our current catalogs!





I am a BAD, BAD, BLOGGER!!!!

Good morning! Oh, my, my day completely got away from me yesterday! I stayed up REALLLY late the night before in order to view the Demonstrator Preorder List and Hostess Set Preorder List! Then I submitted my Preorder so I could expedite the shipment so it and the hard copy of the NEW 2013-2014 Catalog will be here before I leave for Fiji on Sunday morning! I NEED that catalog for the 10.5 hour plane ride to Fiji! (We fly from St Louis to Chicago, then Chicago to L.A. with a 6 hour layover until the chartered Fiji flight takes off!)

BTW, the you are gonna LOVE the New Catalog!!!!! You can trust me on this one!

I had a LONG list of errands to run yesterday to get ready for Fiji, and then just as I got home Liam and his Mommy & Daddy arrived for the evening! So no blogging, and I am truly sorry!

Note: all products used are ©Stampin'Up!™1990-2013 unless stated otherwise.

I DO have a couple more fine swaps to share with you today!

Up first, Embossed Metallic Duct Tape by Nancy Hall using the Flower Garden Textured Impressions Folder and "Thinking of You" from Thoughts & Prayers.

Embossed Metallic Duct Tape Nancy Hall

Today seems to be the day for Monochromatic with the Split Negative technique by Kathy Morgan using the wonderfully vintage set, Postage Due!

Split negative Kathy Morgan

That's all for now! See you tomorrow for another Stampingrox! day!

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Stampin' Up! Emboss Resist Technique!

Good morning! Hope your day is going well! Today I'm working on my swap for the Stampin' Up! Grand Vacation in Fiji! I will show it to you  before I leave, but today I have some more fun swaps to show you! This month's theme was "techniques", and everyone really outdid themselves. Today I am showing you a collection of samples using the "Emboss Resist" technique, so here we go!

Note: all products used are  ©Stampin'Up!™1990-2013 unless stated  otherwise.

Rhonda Bassler combined En Francais background with a white embossed and stamped-and-punched butterflies from Papillon Potpourri. She added a little sponged Calypso Coral to make the embossed butterflies "pop"!

Emboss Resist Rhonda Bassler p

I always love black & white with a splash of color, it's just so elegant! Tamie Ackerson white embossed the Sweet Floral background stamp on a Whisper White Top Note, then sponged Pool Party ink over the image for a gentle and soft look!

Emobss Resist Tamie Ackerson p

An finally for today, Mary Waring used lots of retiring colors (Pretty in Pink and Lucky Limeade) and product on her swap. She Clear-embossed one of the flowers from the Secret Garden stamp set on a Whisper White Top Note, then sponged Pretty In Pink ink over them. She used more stamps from the same set, clear-embossing again on white before cutting out with the Secret Garden Framelits and coloring with Rose Red ink. She finished off her card with Rose Red 1/2" Seam Binding (retiring) and a stamp from the Spring Special Bundle, A Round Array!

Emboss Resist Mary Waring p

That's all for now! It's back to swap making for me! See you tomorrow for another Stampingrox! day!

Retiring products are only available while supplies last! You can order yours today HERE!

Stampin' Up! More Swallowtails!

Happy Monday morning too you! Today I am going to be head-down working on prep for two stamp camps this week at separate locations, a vendor fair, and getting packed and ready for Fiji! Well, I don't actually expect to pack any today, but I am going to get my suitcases down from the attic so I can start seriously thinking about it! lol!

I know I said a few days ago I was done showing you butterflies for awhile, but then my monthly swap came in the mail and here were these three lovely examples, all made with the Swallowtail single stamp!

Note: all products and images used are ©Stampin'Up!™1990-2013 unless stated otherwise.

Brenda Hukriede created this lovely sample using the Chalkboard Technique!

Chalkboarding Brenda Hukriede

Linda Pagel used simple White Embossing with a bit of sponging to make this one really pop off the page!

Heat Embossing Lilnda Pagel p

Alas, this beauty either didn't have a creator's name on it, so I'm just guessing that she used a variation of the Polished Stone Technique with Whisper White cardstock instead of the traditional glossy, and then added some Shimmer Paint for the final step! It's a gorgeous card, no matter what the technique used!

Polished Stone on Whisper White p

Well, that's all for today! I've really got to get busy! What I get accomplished today will most likely make- or-break my entire week!

Until tomorrow, have a Stampingrox! day!

You can always go HERE to order your stampin' supplies, anytime of day, any day of the week!


Stampin'Up! Emboss Resist and Chalkboarding!

Good morning! I can barely keep my eyes open this morning because I stayed up super late last night watching a special webinar from Stampin' Up! giving us Sneak Peeks of the NEW CATALOG!!!!!!

I can't let any cats out of the bag yet, but I CAN tell you that YOU ARE GONNA LOVE IT!!!!!

Until then, I will keep showing you new samples every day, I promise!

Note: all products used are ©Stampin'Up!™1990-2013 unless stated otherwise.

I just receive my monthly swap, and found these lovely examples of Emboss Resist with the Occasions set, By the Tide.

Created by Susie Wood:

Emboss Resist Susie Wood p

Created by Kelly Acheson:

Sponged Masked Background Kelly Acheson


And another Chalkboarding example, again by Susie Wood with the single stamp Hello Hello. (I'm not entirely sure why I received two swaps from her, but it's fin with me as all of her swaps are always excellent!)

Chalkboarding Susie Wood p

Well, that's all for today! It's off to church for me and then Sunday dinner with the fam!

Until tomorrow, have a Stampingrox! day!

Stampin' Up! Bombs Away Birthday & My Crazy Friday!

Happy late Saturday Morning! Whew! Yesterday really wore me out! It was one of those days where everything happens on top of each other so you feel like you are in six places at once, but it was ALL GOOD and I feel SO BLESSED!!!!

I will just give you a quick run-down of my day:

8 a.m. I leave my house to drive the 21 minutes to Kimberly's to pick up my grandson, Liam. On the way home we make a quick trip around Kroger to pick up some groceries and get gas. Liam has discovered there IS such a thing as a strange face, so bursts into hysterical tears when only 3 feet away from me down the check-out line.

10 a.m. We get home and Ben helps me bring in all my groceries and Liam. Mark comes home and I put Liam down for his morning nap while I get a shower.

11:30 a.m. Jessica drops off Cohen & Jaxon so she can run some errands in Mt Vernon. I fix lunch.

12:45 p.m. Liam gets up from his nap and Jaxon goes down for his nap at 1. They use the same pack-n-play, of course, so the bed barely gets cold in between!

1:15 p.m. Liam and I head back to Mt Vernon to meet Jessica for pedicures. Like me, Jessica is so busy with her photography business she rarely gets a moment to enjoy a little perk like this.

3:00 p.m. Liam, Jessica & I meet Alisa & Cody, Cody's Mom Diane, and Kimberly at Alisa's dr. We all get to watch the 4-D sonogram of Alisa & Cody's coming baby boy, Oakley!

4:00 p.m. I arrive back home minus Liam, who stayed with his mom of course, to pack up to go to the Honduras Fundraiser.

5:00 p.m. My dear Downline, Linda Reaney, arrives with her granddaughter, Brooklyn, to ride back up to Mt Vernon with me to the Fundraiser.

11 p.m. Arrive back home from the Fundraiser!

Can you see why it's taken me until late morning to get around to blogging?????

Here's some pictures of my day (I'm amazed I had time to think to take any pictures! I wish I had taken more!)

Aunt Jessica & Liam at the pedicure!

Aunt jessica

Alisa & Cody waiting for the 4-D Sonogram!


Sweed & cody

And now a few of the cards we made at the Fundraiser:

(Note: all products used are ©Stampin'Up!™1990-2013 unless stated otherwise)

The newest Photopolymer set, Bombs Away Birthday, with the Triple-Time Stamping Technique!

Bombs away birthday 1

Bombs away birthday 2

Linda demonstrated  "Depth & Dimension", inspired by Ann Schach, with the sets By the Tide, Stippled Blossoms, and Loving Thoughts:

By the tide 1

Angela Henson, another of my downline, demostrated "Paper Piecing" with a Sunburst Technique and the Print Poetry Designer Paper Stack:

Paper piecing

Here are a few more of the fun projects everyone made:

Create a Cupcake-

Cupcakes 1

Using the retired Heart to Heart punch to create these fun flowers!

Heart petals

And a fun Milk & Cookies punch project with the "ick" sick? phrase from Word Play:

Sick 1

That's all for now! As far as I know I get to stay home ALL DAY today! ha!

Until tomorrow, have a Stampingrox! day!

All products, unless noted as retired, can be ordered from my Online Store:


Bombs Away Birthday Stamp Set #133411
Price: $13.95

Use this exclusive photopolymer birthday set for catchy and unique greetings that will make your special someone smile. We recommend clear block sizes C & H (not included in the set).

Our photopolymer stamps offer a versatile all-clear stamping option. You’ll find that our photopolymer is top-quality and give a perfectly stamped image every time. The stamps stick amazingly well to our clear blocks and are easy to place just where you want them. And best of all, you get to enjoy tons of images for a great price!

Set Quantity: 7




By The Tide Clear-Mount Stamp Set #129120
Price: $19.95  Also Wood-Mount #129117 $27.95

Beautifully rendered and exquisitely detailed--who wouldn’t want to add this extravagant seven-piece set to their stamp collection? Makes a wonderful gift for ocean and nature-lovers. Coordinates with the 1" Circle Punch.

Set Quantity: 7




Create A Cupcake - Clear-Mount Stamp #121982 $16.95  
   Wood-Mount # #121915 $22.95

What’s our favorite birthday treat? Cupcakes that are oh so sweet! There’s just something about cupcakes that brings joy to a person’s heart and taste buds, which is why it’s one of our favorite birthday themes for stamping cards and scrapbook pages. Our

Set Quantity: 12





Word Play Wood-Mount #120308 $41.95  
Clear-Mount #120651 $28.95 

An image is worth a thousand words—but these words have quite a bit to say themselves. With some font-tastic emphasis and a few images mixed in, they’ll express your feelings in a big way with maximum meaning on scrapbook pages, cards, tags, and more. Ava

Set Quantity: 12


Stampin'Up! Chalkboard Easel Card!

Good morning! It's a Liam day today! Yay! Then this evening I'm off to help with the Hondura's Fundraiser!

I am demonstrating the Chalkboarding Technique tonight! Here are a couple of samples I've made, inspired by Becky Roberts.

This first sample uses the Woodgrain Textured Impressions Folder, Easy Events stamp set, World Spectacular Designer Paper, and the Petite Pennants Builder Punch!

Chalkboard 1

This sample uses the Carry On Hostess stamp set from the Annual Catalog. All Hostess sets retire at the end of each catalog, so if you want this one you will need to have a party before May 31!

Chalkboard 2

All products used are ©Stampin'Up!™1990-2013 unless stated otherwise.

Well, I need to get going to get to Liam's! Until tomorrow, have a Stampingrox! day!

Stamps used for today's projects:


Easy Events - Clear-Mount Stamp #123225
Price: $24.95  Also Wood-Mount #116958 $32.95

Been searching the world over for a cheery, sweet, and perfectly adorable stamp set? Here it is! You'll get plenty of mileage out of this eight-piece set by mixing and matching the sentiments and images! Use it for tags, cards, and scrapbook pages.

Set Quantity: 8


Carry On Clear-Mount Stamp Set 126647
Price: $10.00  Also Wood-Mount #126645 $14.00

From shopping to cupcakes to stamping (of course!), we've given you lots of fun ways for encouraging others to stay calm and carry on in the midst of life's ups and downs. One of our more versatile stamp sets. You'll want to buy an extra set as a gift for a favorite friend!

Set Quantity: 11