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Stampin'Up! Wonderful Wreath for the Holiday Catalog Open House!

Good morning and happy Tuesday! Just a quick post this morning. I just returned home yesterday evening from helping Alisa with baby Oakley, and now I'm off again early this morning to run some errands and to keep an appointment! You know how things are when you've been gone for from home for nearly two weeks but your family is still there! Chaos! Loads of laundry, and stuff just out-of-place! Ohhhhhhh!

This is the card you will be making when you attend my Holiday Catalog Open House this coming Saturday using all new products from the Hoilday Catalog, including the new Wonderful Wreath stamp:

Wonderful wreath

Isn't this pretty? I received this in one of the swaps I sent to convention this year. I'm so glad I did!

Here's Oakley this past Sunday! The day was so comfortable outside, not at all hot & muggy. We couldn't resist hanging out on a quilt in the yard for awhile. Oakley needed a bit of sun to help with his jaundice (which we had a GREAT report about yesterday!), so he hung out with us too:

Oakley 7- 28-13

That's all for now. Thanks for stopping by to check on me. Until tomorrow, have a Stampingrox! day!

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Stampin' Up! Gingham Garden Teapot Instructions!

Good morning! Oakley has his next bilirubin test this morning and a dr. apt this afternoon. Please pray that his numbers haven't spiked and all is well.

I have had requests to share the Teapot instructions, so here we go:

Gingham garden teapot

Here's the link to dowload the handout:

Download Gingham Garden Teapot

Fold a 12 x 6" piece of designer paper in half. Lay fold on Oval Accents Die just below the notch as shown:

Teapot 1

Here's a close up of where the fold should be on the die before runnning through the Big Shot:

Teapot 2

Cut off paper that sticks out around the edges of the die with scissors before running through the Big Shot. Save this paper. You will use it later for the teapot handle and the rim around the opening.

Teapot 3

Cut out with Big Shot:

Teapot 4

Open at the fold. Cut off one of the curved ends as shown with Paper Snips.

Teapot 5

This piece you cut off becomes your teapot spout! Attach to inside front of teapot with Tombow Mulitpurpose Glue or SNAIL.

Teapot 8

Punch the paper you cut off before running through the Big Shot with the Large Oval Punch first, then punch around the negative space with the Extra Large Oval Punch to create the teapot handle.

Teapot 9

Punch again in the negative space left from punching the handle to punch the rim of the teapot. You will have two pieces that look like this:

Teapot 10

Add handle of teapot to teapot body with Tombow or SNAIL. Adhere the sides of the teapot to each other with a thin line of Tombow, leaving the top notched ends open.

Teapot 11

Punch straight edge of top of teapot with Extra Large Oval Punch as shown. (The picture above also shows the teapot with the curve punched in it.)

Teapot 6

Layer half of a Tea Lace Doily over a piece of scrap cardstock. Punch with Extra Large Oval Punch, punching almost as far in as you can, lining up the curved punched edge with the curve of the doily. (If you try to punch the doily without the scrap of cardstock the doily just folds up into the punch, yuck!)

Teapot 7

Add punched doily to curved edge of top of teapot with a thin line Tombow glue.

Teapot 13

Trim top ends of doily with Paper Snips.

Teapot 14


Add the Midnight Muse gingham side of the punched curve piece over the edge of the doily with a thin line of Tombow as shown.

Teapot 15

Next steps have no pictures:

Add Silver mini-brad to the ends of the teapot you did not adhere with Tombow.


Stamp “Just for You” from Label Love with Island Indigo ink on Whisper White Scrap.

Punch with Artisan Label punch. Pierce hole in top of label with Paper Piercing Tool.

Remove tag from teabag, but leave the teabag string. Thread string through the new label and tie.(a dental floss threader works great to thread the string through the tiny hole)


Add teabag to your teapot, create a tiny card to insert, or add a giftcard.


You could make a custom matching designer paper envelope if you wish with the Simply Scored Scoring Board and the Diagonal Plate. (or the new Envelope Punch Board Coming soon!)

Gingham garden teapot


Supplies used:




·         Label Love stamp set

·         Gingham Garden Designer Paper, Whisper White cardstock

·         Island Indigo Classic Inkpad

·         Big Shot, Oval Accents Die

·        Sticky Strip, Tombow Multipurpose Adhesive Glue, Paper Piercing Tool, Stampin’ Pierce Mat, Silver Mini-brads, Tea Lace Doilies, Paper Snips, Large Oval Punch, Extra Large Oval Punch, Artisan Label Punch, tea bag

This project makes a great favor for a tea, shower, or mother’s brunch! Insert anything you can fit in the pouch, even a gift card!


That's all for now! Until tomorrow, have a Stampingrox! day!


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Stampin' Up! Sunday Swap Day #4!

Good morning! How are you on this last Sunday of July? I ready to share with you a few more swaps! Without further ado, here we go!

This card was created with 2013-2015 In Colors Coastal Cabana, Crisp Cantaloupe, and Strawberry Slush using the Sketched Birthday stamp set on page 13! Stampin' Up! gave everyone at Leadership in Orlando, FL this set, so I'm happy I have it!

Sketched birthday 1

The greeting is from the photopolymner stamp set, Bombs Away Birthday! This set is a go-to when I want a fun, irreverent, birthday greeting!

Sketched birthday 2

Next up is a card with the Tea Party stamp set (pg 35), Oval Collection Framelits, Beautifully Barouque Textured Impressions Folder, Tea Lace Doily, and Baked Brown Sugar 3/8" Stretch Ruffled Ribbon!

Tea party 1

Close-up you can see the attention to detail of both Stampin' Up!'s stamp creation and the stamper's coloring of the image with Baked Brown Sugar and Marina Mist ink & a Blender Pen. The addition of the 4-Petal punched flowers from the Itty Bitty Shapes Punch Pack and the Basic Jewel Pearl give dimension and vintage style!

Tea party 2

Last-but-certainly-not-least, Susie Wood created this center easel card with the Kind & Cozy (page 82) and the Simply Stars (page 124) stamp sets! Don't worry about all of those Real Red punched stars, the Merry Minis Punch Pack is still available on the Holiday Carryover List! The "hello" is from the Four You stamp set on page 22!

Susie Wood

That's all for now! I will be back tomorrow with more fun creations to show you and will have more swaps to show you next Sunday!

Until tomorrow, have a Stampingrox! day!


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Stampin' Up! Field Flowers Card Box!

It's Saturday and we've had one good night home from the hospital. Alisa & Cody are exhausted from the ordeal of worry and care for Oakley.We are hoping they will get caught up on their rest just a little bit (but who really rests with a newborn?) Lots of napping going on around here!

Here's Alisa & Oakley before they left the Cardinal Glennon NICU:

Oakley in nicu

Oakley's next blood test and doctor's appointment is scheduled for Monday. Please pray his numbers stay down and they can settle into a normal new-baby routine.

I thought I would try to show you a new swap today. I have swaps from the two organized swaps I participated in at convention, but haven't had any time to take pictures of them yet. My downline and friends swapped them for me.

Today's swap is from the second monthly swap I joined recently. This is from the June swap. I did not get to participate in the July swap because of all the Oakley excitement.

This swap is a "card box" created with the Field Flowers set and Pink Pirouette cardstock:

Field flowers box 2

The greeting is from the Hostess set, Banner Greetings.

Field flowers box 1
Not a particularly mail-able card, but a candybar would fit in here nicely, don't you think?

That's all for now. Tomorrow is Sunday Swap Day. I know I've almost only shown you swaps this month, but I hope you can forgive me for that since we've had so much going on. I hope to get back to creating next week if all continues to go well with Oakley.

Until tomorrow, have a Stampingrox! day!

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Home Again!

I'll bet some of you who check my blog daily have been wondering what happened to me. This past Tuesday Oakley was taken by ambulance to Cardinal Glennon Children's Hospital in St Louis to be treated for a high jaundice count, 23.5. He was put under the blue lights and given IV fluids to help his little body to process the excess bilirubin.

He has made a swift recovery with no adverse effects. We returned home today with apts for follow-up blood tests and doctor appointment on Monday. We have to be extra careful for the next several days to make sure his fluid intake is ample so he can continue to  keep his levels down, but otherwise he is a perfectly normal little fellow.

They really have no explanation for what caused this to happen, but we are just thankful we caught it in time before the count went any higher.

That's all for now. We are all exhausted.

Until tomorrow, have a Stampingrox! day!

Stampin'Up! Sketched Birthday Again!

Good morning! It's Tuesday, which means Oakley will be ONE WEEK OLD TODAY! It's been an amazing week! We are so thankful he is here, is healthy, and is doing well (and so is his Mommy)!

Today's swap card was created by Meg Wheeler. Meg used a Raspberry Ripple cardbase with layers of Birthday Basics Designer Paper and Bermuda Bay from the Brights Color Collection Designer Series Paper Stack. A bit of Coastal Cabana 3/8" Ruffle Stretch Ribbon add a festive touch behind the paper-pieced "Happy Birthday Cupcake" scalloped medallion.

Sketched birthday 1

Inside is the really fun part! The Big Shot Typeset Alphabet Bigz-cut "HAPPY" is attached to strips of acrylic Window Sheet inserted into the fold of the  card so it pops up!

Sketched birthday 2
Meg used My Digital Studio to create the extra-large "Birthday" sentiment, then stamped the candle from Cycle Celebration.

That's all for now! Until tomorrow, have a Stampingrox! day!


All products used are ©Stampin'Up!™1990-2013

Stampin' Up! Secret Garden Suspension Card!

Good Monday morning! I know a lot of people dread Mondays, and I must admit when I had a full-time day-job I dreaded Mondays too, but now that I am a full-time Stampin' Up! Demonstrator, that Sunday-night-a-little-bit-sick-to-my-stomach feeling is no more and I actually look forward to Mondays! A fresh new week, full of promise, full of energy, full of TIME to accomplish so much! The whole tone of my week is set by how much I accomplish on Monday!

Right now I'm still at Alisa's, helping her regain her strength after Oakley's birth and mentoring her with the process of learning how to care for a newborn, and I'm loving it. I will still be here for a few more days, so I'm savoring every chance I get to cuddle on this sweet little man!

That said, obviously I have had zero time to create anything new, and although I have TONS of ideas running through my head right now, they will just have to wait!

Until I get back to stamping I will have to rely on a few more swap pictures from my collection. Today's card is from a second monthly swap I have joined, sponsored by my good friend, Meg Wheeler!

This card was created by one of the girls in her downline. I don't have the card with me here at Alisa's so I can't give you the creator's name, but when I get home I will try to remember to update this post with that info.

This card is a suspension card using the Secret Garden stamps and framelits, the Ovals Collection Framelits, Label Love stamps and Artisan Label punch:

Secret garden suspension

Cardstock:Gumball Green, Whisper White

Designer Paper: Epic Day This & That

Ink: Gumball Green, Daffodil Delight, Calypso Coral

Accessory: Linen Thread

That's all for now! Hope your day Stampingrox! I know mine will with Oakley to cuddle!

There's still time to take advantage of the B3G1F Designer Paper Special! Go to my online store:

to place your order today!

Order three packages of any of our current $10.95 Designer Series Paper (not including the Quatrafancy or Naturals Composition), choose a 4th package for free!

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Stampin' Up! Sunday Swap Day #3!

Good morning! Hope you are having a good weekend! Today is "Sunday Swap Day", the day I share swaps I have received the previous month, so let's get started!

Our first card today was created by Renee Watson. Renee used a fun and easy technique to get more bang for your buck with embossing folders. She inked the raised side of the folder with Crisp Cantaloupe ink and  a brayer before laying the Crisp Cantaloupe cardstock directly on the folder and pressing gently. No Big Shot used for this technique, so if you LOVE the designs of our folders but do not own a Big Shot (yet!), you CAN use them anyway! So fun! I also love the faded and incomplete look of the inking with the folder. Gives this card a more casual feel!

Renee Watson hexagon honeycomb 1
Renee used the Six Sided Sampler Bundle for the "hello sweet friend" greeting and to punch the hexagons from Venetian Romance Designer Paper. A  Very Vintage Designer Button and a bit of Soft Suede 3/8" Taffeta Ribbon make the perfect finish!
Renee Watson hexagon honeycomb 2

Rhonda Bassler used Crisp Cantaloupe & Calypso Coral cardstocks with Everything Eleanor and A Dozen Thoughts stamp sets to create her feminine little pocket card. The Calypso Coral background was embossed with the Beautifully Barouque Textured Impressions Folder.

Rhonda bassler

To finish off our Crisp Cantaloupe/Calypso Coral day, Ruth Bingle created this fun card with the Gifts of Kindness stamp set, Apothecary Accents Framelits, Very Vintage Designer Button, and Calypso Coral 3/4" Chevron Ribbon!
Ruth bingle

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


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Stampin'Up! Baby Washi Tape!

Hi there! It's Saturday, and I'm lovin' on my newest grandson, Oakley, this morning! God is so good!

Just wanted to share with you the card I created for the gift (one of many!) I brought to the hospital for Oakley. Alisa likes the pirate/skulls motif, so I used the new Witches Brew Designer Washi Tape from the upcoming Holiday Catalog starting August 1st to create this little gem!

Washi boy 1

Although it's very hard to see in the picture, I layered the washi tape on my Whisper White layer, then embossed with the Stripes Textured Impressions folder!

Washi boy 2

Not much time for chatting today, so here's a quick list of supplies used:

Stamps: Cuddles & Kisses

Paper: Island Indigo, Basic Black, Whisper White, Regals Designer Paper Stack, Neutrals Designer Paper Stack

Ink: Jet Black StazOn

Accessories: Witches Brew Designer Washi Tape, Big Shot, Stripes Textured Impressions Folder, Hexagon Punch, 1 3/8" Circle Punch, Label Bracket Punch (also available starting August 1st in the Holilday  Catalog!

Paper Trimmer, SNAIL adhesive, Paper Snips, Stampin' Dimensionals

That's all for now! Tomorrow is another Sunday Swap Day Share, so come back and see me! Until then have a Stampingrox! day!

All products used are ©Stampin'Up!™1990-2013

Stampin' Up! Sketched Birthday Easel Card!

Good morning! Happy Friday! I'm at Alisa & Cody's helping with Baby Oakley for the next few days, so I'm in Grammie heaven!

Today I have a card that I CASED from myself! I posted my first easel Chalkboarding card HERE. I take my samples to workshops and if someone wants to make a display card at an upcoming party, I do my best to bring it to them. This card is an example of my efforts to grant a group's request.

Easel 1
The card from the earlier post was made with stamps (inside & out) that have now retired, so I redid it with the current stamp set, Sketched Birthday. What do you think? I really love the little Real Red Brights Candy Dots in the three corners!

Here's a rundown of the products used:

Stamps: Sketched Birthday

Paper: Soft Suede, Basic Black, Real Red

Ink: Versamark, Soft Suede Classic

Accessories: Big Shot, Woodgrain Textured Impressions Folder, Embossing Buddy, White Embossing Powder, Heat Tool, 1 1/4" Scallop Circle Punch, 1 3/8" Circle Punch, Brights Candy Dots, White Gel Pen, ruler (not Stampin' Up!), Itty Bitty Shapes Punch Pack, Basic Jewel Rhinestones, Stampin' Trimmer

Easel 2

That's all for now! I'm loving my time cuddling with Oakley!

Until tomorrow, have a Stampingrox! day!

All products used are ©Stampin'Up!™1990-2013