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February 2014

Stampin' Up! Do You Know Your Greens?

Hey there! Just a quick post tonight. I've been playing "catch-up" all day, after spending TOO MUCH time on those dreaded taxes, hence the lack of a blog post until now. And since I've been "catching up", that also means I've not had a chance to create anything new. Sorry!

Since there's nothing "new" to share today, and since with this latest deep freeze we are in right now, I thought you might like to see something GREEN!

One of my stampers recently needed to decide on a green for an event she was preparing for, so I stamped this so she could see all of the Stampin' Up! greens side-by-side:


Using the leafy stamp from the free Sale-a-bration set, Petal Parade, I started with Pistachio Pudding and worked my way through all 7 Stampin' Up! greens until I ended with Always Artichoke.  I thought they actually look quite lovely together. What do you think?

What color did my stamper choose for her project? She chose Garden Green!

Which Stampin' Up! green is your favorite?

That's all for now. Friday is the last day of February. February is always such a short month. Maybe God gave us a short month to help it seem like spring is coming faster. We can always hope!

To order your favorite green, and anything else stamp-y, just click HERE to shop in my Online Store!

Until tomorrow, have a Stampingrox! day!


All products used are ©Stampin'Up!™1990-2014

Stampin' Up! New Weekly Deals and a Birthday Card for Cohen!

Hey there! Just a quick post. It's 1:30 a.m. and I just finished my 2013 taxes. I am resolving and you are all witnesses: I. will. not. wait. to. do. my. taxes. at. the. last. minute. ever. again.

Monthly compiling and posting for me from now on. Yes, I am behind almost the entire first two months of this year, but that is going to be rectified VERY SOON!

ETA: Here are new Weekly Deals this morning for March 18-24:



Contact me directly at 618-237-6281 or to order, or

click HERE to shop in my Online Store. I would love to send you Bluesox Rewards tokens for every $25 you spend. Save up 12 tokens, then redeem for a $19.95 item from any current catalog or flyer for free!

I've been waiting to show you this card for several days. My grandson, Cohen, turned 6 on February 7th. This is the card I made to go with his presents, but I haven't been able to give it to him because we have not had his family party yet! I know he doesn't read my blog, and although we hope to have his party in a few WEEKS, I'm going to share it with you now  just because I can't wait any longer!


I have been saying the phrase, "See ya later, alligator" to Cohen since he was just a little guy, and now he says, "After while, crocodile" back to me, so I just had to make him this card with the phrase from the free SAB set, See Ya Later!


This is defintely a one-of-a-kind card, but Cohen is worth it!


Here's the supply list for this card. You can shop for the supplies to make your own version in my Online Store. Click on any highlighted supply and you can go straight there too!

See Ya Later (Sale-a-bration brochure) You can view it in my Online Store too! It's full of fun freebies to choose from for every $50 you spend!

Perfect Pennants Bigz L Die #123126

Tasteful Trim Bigz XL Die #120893 ( I cut the smallest ric-rac from Whisper White cardstock for the alligator's teeth and the border around the card front.

Decorative Dots Textured Impressions Folder (Sale-a-bration brochure)

Pear Pizzazz 8 1/2" x 11" cardstock - #131201

Pear Pizzazz Classic Inkpad - #1231180

7/8" Scallop Circle punch - #129404

Stampin' Sponge - #101610

Remembering Your Birthday #131347 $23.95 wood-mount

                                          #131350 $17.95 clear-mount

Cool Kid (Occasions) #133122 $23.95 wood-mount

                               #133125 $17.95 clear-mount

Word Window Punch #119857

Deco Label Framelits Dies #130102

Big Shot Die-cutting Machine #113439


That's all for now! I'm so tired I can barely keep my eyes open! It's after 2 a.m!

Until tomorrow, have a Stampingrox! day!




Stampin' Up! Papillon Potpourri Lattice Spring Card!

Hey there! Thought it was time for a really spring-y card! I received a version of this card as a swap last spring, and I've been "saving" it for a workshop card whenever the right group needed it. A workshop I was scheduled to do has had to be postponed, so I thought I would share this to give us a bit of spring after this long, long, loooong winter:

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It'a actually a pretty easy card - the Lattice Bigz Die and the Papillon Potpourri stamps & Bitty Butterfly punch make it easy!

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The inside of the card I haven't been saving because I used the "You're Lovely" Sale-a-bration set, which didn't even exist last spring when this card was first created! I thought this open-label stamp was perfect to use this phrase from Petite Pairs. I was originally thinking it would be a birthday card, but it would also make a great "thank-you" or "thinking of you" card!

Here's your supply list to make this card. Click on any highlighted item to find everything on the list in my ONLINE STORE:

Whisper White 8 1/2" x 11 cardstock #100730

Daffodil Delight 8 1/2" x 11 cardstock #119683

Basic Black 8 1/2" x 11 cardtstock #121045

Polka Dot Parade Designer Series Paper #126902

Daffodil Delight 1/2" Seam Binding #125583

Papillon Potpourri stamp set #132058 clear #123759

Bitty Butterfly punch #129406

You're Lovely (only available with a $50 order from the Sale-a-bration brochure)

Lattice Bigz Die #115958

Deco Label Framelits Dies #130102

Jet Black StazOn #101406

Daffodil Delight Stampin' Write Marker #119677

Rhinestone Basic Jewels #119246

Modern Label Punch #119849

All orders of $25 or more qualify for my Bluesox Rewards Tokens which add up to free stamps! Until March 31st, all order of $50 or more qualify for both Bluesox Tokens AND a free item from the Sale-a-bration brochure!

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

All products used are ©Stampin'Up!™1990-2014

Stampin'Up! Vivid Vases with Gingham Garden!

Hey there! We've had a relaxing day today. After church and dinner with the fam, we watched a movie, "Austenland", that Kimmy & Tony found at the video store,(I caught a "little" nap!), there were games, I cuddled on Liam and Oakley, then I made home-made pizza for everyone for supper. Pizza on Sunday night is becoming a new tradtion!

Tonight's card is one I created for my "Vivid Vases" class, but it didn't make the cut because I felt it was a bit too "fussy" for a class. Tell me what you think. Would you like to make this card in a class with a total of 5 projects?

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All the vases are paper-pieced (fussy-cut) and the flowers are colored with markers. The greeting is carefully stamped on a 1/2" wide strip of cardstock, then the banner ends are hand-cut with Paper Snips.


Inside is pretty simple. What is your verdict?

Guess it's probably just up to the stamper. I have this card in my display I take to hostess parties and it's been chosen for a party next month! I really love the card!

Here's the Supply List you need to create this card. Click on any of the highlighted supplies and you will be taken directly to my Online Store. Type any of the supplies listed in the search box and you can then click on them to add them to your shopping bag.

Vivid Vases Stamp Set

Gingham Garden Designer Series Paper

Pacific Point 8 1/2" x 11" Cardstock

Daffodil Delight 8 1/2" x 11" Cardstock

Whisper White 8 1/2" x 11" Cardstock

Chevron Textured Impressions Folder

On Film Framelits Dies

Jet Black StazOn Inkpad

Whisper White 1/4" Stitched Grosgrain Ribbon

Paper Snips

Pear Pizzazz, Melon Mambo, Daffodil Delight, Island Indigo Stampin' Write Markers

Itty Bitty Shapes Punch Pack

Rhinestone Basic Jewels

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


All products used are ©Stampin'Up!™1990-2014

Stampin'Up! Sunday Swap Day: Baby, We've Grown!

Hey there! We had a good "Vivid Vases" class today. Several were unable to make due to various circumstances, so I'm going to offer it again on March 22nd along with my Burlap and Blooms Wreath Class.

Today I have a selection of baby card swaps I received at Leadership:


This baby boy card was created with  the colors of Coastal Cabana, Whisper White, and Baked Brown Sugar. Embossed with the Alphabet Press folder. Colored with a Blender Pen and Coastal Cabana ink. A bit of Baked Brown Sugar 3/8" Ruffle Stretch Ribbon for the perfect final touch!


This card uses the same phrase from Baby We've Grown, with Watercolor Wonder Designer Paper. One of the Designer Frames embossing folders was used around the stamped image, which has again been softly colored with Daffodil Delight ink and a blender pen. Daffodil Delight 1/2" Seam Binding adds the final touch to this one!


Last but certainly not least we have the onesie card! Watercolor Wonder Designer Paper again. Scalloped Circle and Circle Punches used for the neckline and legs. A Label Love image, stamped with Calypso Coral and punched with the Artisan Label Punch and mounted on a 2 1/2" Scallop Circle complete this one!

Well, that's all for now. I'm headed off to bed. The "dreaded taxes" are still looming. It makes me tired just thinking about it. I found out this week I am a "procraftinator" - I'd rather stamp and create than cook, clean house, or do monthly bookkeeping. So I'm miserable for a few days every February trying to re-create a whole year. Sad. Every year I swear I will do better (bet you do too, don't you?) and then life gets going and before I know it here I am again with a mountain of paper to sift through.

ENOUGH of my whining.

You can always go HERE to find the supplies used for today's samples. I would really appreciate the chance to help you make something fun. Just call or email if you have any questions!

Until tomorrow, have a Stampingrox! day!

All products used are ©Stampin'Up!™1990-2014

Stampin' Up! Elegant Vivid Vases!

Hey there! I just returned home from Donna's house where we had a blast stamping tonight! Lots of laughter combined with a good movie, Pride and Prejudice, how much better could it possibly get?

Tomorrow, (or rather, looking at the clock, later today) I am having my Vivid Vases Class. Today's card is one we will be making, using Vivid Vases, Flower Garden Textured Impressions Folder, and Simply Sketched Hostess:


The vases are stamped without the accompanying greeting with Whisper White Craft ink on Basic Black cardstock, then cut out with an Oval Collection Framelit.

I'm really tickled how well the Vanilla Smooch Spritz/alcohol mixture showed up on the card front! I spritzed it after I had run the Smoky Slate layer through the Big Shot with the Flower Garden folder.

I added more elegance with a Tea Lace Doily, and some glam with a Rhinestone, Silver 1/8" ribbon, and the Silver Foil layer beneath the greeting!


Inside is pretty straighforward, with Jet Black StazOn stamping and a sentiment from One in a Million!

So how do you like card #3 of the Vivid Vases class? I'm really diggin' it, and I hope my stampers do too!

That's all for now. It's after midnight and my eyes are getting heavy as I type. I better hit the hay so I can be up bright and early to finish my prep and set-up for class!

Until tomorrow, have a Stampingrox! day!

As always, you can earn one Bluesox Rewards token for every $25 you spend in my Stampin' Up! Online store HERE.

PLUS, every $50 you spend in my Online Store will also earn you a free item from the Sale-a-bration brochure!

All products used are ©Stampin'Up!™1990-2014

Stampin'Up! Another Vivid Vases Card!

Hey there! In case you are wondering, the "vases" in "Vivid Vases" is pronounced "vahhhses", (at least to my ear it is). What do you think? Is it "vaces" or "vahses"?

No matter how you pronounce it, this set is just so cute and versatile. One stamp, wood-mount only, but it lends itself so well to several fun techniques. Yesterday's technique was painter's tape, and today we have the ombre' technique with punches!


This card inspired by by Amy Koenders. The card base is Strawberry Slush, layered with Whisper White embossed with the Scallops Textured Impressions Folder.

The flowers and vases are heat embossed with white powder on Rose Red, Strawberry Slush, Blushing Bride, and Pink Pirouette, then punched with the 1" Circle Punch.

The greeting is from Four You, stamped with Strawberry Slush ink BEFORE the layer is embossed.

Rhinestones add the perfect touch of bling, don't you think?


The inside layer has another greeting from Four You stamped in Strawberry Slush, as well as the Vivid Vases at the bottom.

Each small flower has been punched with the 1/2" Circle Punch, then mounted over the stamped flowers with a Stampin' Dimensional.

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

If you would like to order Stampin' Up! supplies and do not have a demonstrator, I would love to be yours! Every Online Order of $25 will receive my "Bluesox Rewards' tokens toward free stamps, and every $50 order will qualify to choose a free item from the Sale-a-bration brochure! yay!

Here's the supply list for today's project. Just click on any image and you will be taken directly to my Online Store to order your supplies:

Stampin_up_vivid_vases    Stampin_up_four_you       Stampin_up_scallops_textured_impressions_folder

Vivid Vases                      Four You                  Scallops Textured Impressions Folder



Stampin_up_1_inch_circle_punch      Stampin_up_half_inch_circle_punch               Stampin_up_strawberry_slush_cs

 1 Inch Circle Punch           1/2 Inch Circle Punch          Strawberry Slush cardstock

Stampin_up_strawberry_slush_ink      Stampin_up_rose_red_cardstock   Stampin_up_blushing_bride_cardstock

 Strawberry Slush ink        Rose Red cardstock       Blushing Bride cardstock


Stampin_up_embossing_buddy Stampin_up_versamark   Stampin_up_white_embossing_powder

Embossing Buddy          Versamark                      White Embossing Powder

Stampin_up_heat_tool Stampin_up_rhinestones_basic_jewels

Heat Tool                    Rhinestone Basic Jewels

All products used are ©Stampin'Up!™1990-2014

Stampin' Up! Vivid Vases for Saturdays' Class!

Hey there! I've been having fun prepping for my Vivid Vases Class on Saturday - LOTS more fun than working on taxes, that's for sure!

The card I have for you today uses the Painter's Tape Technique and the Decorative Dots Textured Impressions Folder(free from the Sale-a-bration brochure when you order $50):


This technique is quick, fun, and EASY! After stamping the Vivid Vases image with Jet Black StazOn ink, I applied Pool Party, Calypso Coral, and Wisteria Wonder ink with the Painter's Tape. Both layers are cut out with Labels Framelit Dies. I added a 3/4" x 4 1/4" strip of Basic Black just so the label layers would have something to be anchored to. This card doesn't need any more embellishment to be pretty!


Inside I used the same painter's tape and inks under the sentiment from Perfect Pennants. Stamp a bit on the envelope and we are done!

Here's the supply list for today's card. Click on any picture to go directly to that product in my Online Store:

Stampin_up_whisper_white_cardstock      Stampin_up_calypso_coral_cardstock     Stampin_up_basic_black_cardstock   Stampin_up_label-collection_framelitsWhisper White 8 1/2" x 11     Calypso Coral 8 1/2" x 11       Basic Black 8 1/2" x 11              Label Collection Framelits
 cardstock #100730                 cardstock #122925                cardstock  #121045                   #125598


Stampin_up_vivid_vases   Stampin_up_perfect_pennants                                         Stampin_up_calypso_coral_ink

Vivid Vases #133818                       Perfect Pennants #133227 or #133230                                 Calypso Coral #126983


Stampin_up_pool_party_inkpad          Stampin_up_wisteria_wonder_inkpad
Pool Party #126982                      Wisteria Wonder #126985

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

All products used are ©Stampin'Up!™1990-2014

Stampin' Up! Six-Sided Sampler for Dawn!

Hey there! We had a lovely time tonight at Dawn's stamping party. She had requested one of the cards be made with a new set she had just ordered, Six-Sided Sampler, and this is the card I came up with:


I CASED a card by Annette Elliott. Of course, I made a few changes, but it's basically the same colors, layout, and stamps. It was a super fun card for the party tonight!


I stamped more hexagons on the inside of the card to pull the outside and the inside together. We even decorated the inside of the envelope by cutting designer paper with the Envelope Liner Framelit Die. The sentiment on the inside is from a Dozen Thoughts.

Here's the supplies you need to make this card. Just click on any of the highlighted words and you will be taken directly to my Online Store

Six-Sided Sampler Bundle (stamp set & Hexagon Punch)

A Dozen Thoughts

Gingham GardenDesigner Paper

Pansy Punch

Itty Bitty Shapes Punch Pack

Brights Candy Dots

Banners Framelit Dies

Pacific Point cardstock

Daffodil Delight cardstock

Whisper White cardstock

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

All products used are ©Stampin'Up!™1990-2014

Stampin' Up! Hexagon Hive and Nature's Hello!

Hey there! I've been working on the dreaded taxes all day, but I had to switch to stamping after supper. I just couldn't stand it any more. I have a few more days until they have to go to the accountant, so I took a "stamping break"!

Quite often when I'm playing with a new product, I have more ideas than one card can hold, so if I have time I make another version. Such is the case with today's sample. I showed yesterday's and today's cards to my husband and his remark was, "they are the same . . . but different":


Two of the main differences: I used the flower from Natures Hello instead of Secret Garden, and I used a different piece of Afternoon Picnic Designer Paper behind the Hexagon Hive Thinlet. I stamped the Hardwood on the Hexagon Hive with Crumb Cake ink on the Sahara Sand. It gives it the look of old weathered barn siding.


I used a sentiment from Lovely Romance for the inside. I did not re-ink the Hardwood background before stamping on the inside layer. I just "huffed" on the stamp to re-moisten the ink before stamping. It gives it just a hint of the hardwood look but doesn't compete with the sentiment.

Here's yesterday's sample side by side with todays:


Which one do you like the best? Leave me a comment, I really want to know!

Here's a supplies needed to make this card. Just click on any of the highlighted products below to go directly to my Online Store to order:

Soft Suede 8 1/2" x 11" cardstock

Afternoon Picnic Designer Series Paper

Hexagon Hive Thinlet Die

Petite Petals Bundle

Secret Garden Framelits

Pearls Basic Jewels

Lovely Romance


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


All products used are ©Stampin'Up!™1990-2014