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April 2014

Stampin' Up! Sweetie Pies & Flower Shop!

Hey there! Busy day today around here! LIam is here for awhile until his daddy picks him up after he is done at school today, so things are really hopping! I'm working diligently on my packing and prepping everything I need for the Stampin' Up! Western Caribbean Cruise. We leave for Ft Lauderdale Friday afternoon. Yikes!

I love the card I have to share with you today, but I'm also a bit sad because the photopolymer set I used for the focal point, Sweetie Pies, is out-of-stock already! ugh! The new Annual Catalog has new photopolymer sets in it that will not sell out because Stampin' Up! will be manufacturing their own photopolymers from now on! yay!

Here's the card:

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I've been using a lot of my retiring designer paper, getting ready for all the beautiful new patterns that are in the New Annual Catalog, so this card uses three of the designs from the Gingham Garden Designer Series paper. I also used the retiring Square Lattice Textured Impressions Folder on the Basic Black strip across the center of the card. The flowers are stamped with the Flower Shop stamp set and punched with the Pansey Punch, which are NOT retiring, but the Bundle that saves you 15% off the combination of the stamp set and punch IS retiring. I will include the images for those in my supply list below so you can go right to my Online Store to order before the bundle sells out! The Wish Big greeting is from Delightful Dozen, which is also carrying over to the new catalog.

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Inside and on the envelope I continued the Flower Shop theme, stamping with Melon Mambo, Island Indigo, and Daffodil Delight to match the Gingham Garden paper. The inside sentiment is from Really Good Greetings with is NOT retiring.

That's all for now. If you have been thinking about ordering any of the retiring stamp sets I would advise you GET THEM NOW before they are gone. Go to my webstore HERE or click on any of the pictures in the supply list below to start your order.

BTW! Stampin' Up! also just re-stocked the Clearance Rack with new discounted items from the last Holiday Catalog, so there's lots new there too!

AND all orders of $25 or more receive Bluesox Tokens from me, good toward free stuff from any Stampin' Up! catalog!


Until tomorrow, have a Stampingrox! day!

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Stampin' Up! NEW Catalog Sneak Peek and Dress Up Framelits Girly Card!

Hey there! We arrived home late last night, so it has taken me awhile to get things in order around here before I could blog!

All I can say about the Stampin' Up! Catalog Premiere last night is: AWESOME!!!!!!

I can't show you the inside yet, but the front cover should give you a hint of what's to come:


Lots of new product Sneak Peeks on here! How many do you see?

Here's a short list of new products and announcements from last night:

  • Blendabillities: The first 6 sets of the Stampin Up Blendabilities alcohol markers will be available to demonstrators may 1, and to customers June 1!
  • New Fast Fuse adhesive. Think ‘sticky strip’ in an applicator like Snail adhesive. (both Snail and Sticky Strip adhesives are still available)
  • Dazzling Diamonds Glitter IS NOT DEAD! There was a scare on the retiring accessories list, but Dazzling Diamonds was actually only being re-configured, it is not going away!!!!!!WHEW!!!!!
  • Stampin Up Leadership 2015 will be held in Orlando, FL. January 29-31, 2015. All levels of Demonstrators will be able to attend. Join my team of Yes Mam! Stampers and take a trip to sunny Florida with me next January! You will never regret it!

Since it 's Tuesday, that means New Weekly Deals posted this morning:


Two things that are exciting to me:

Merry Minis Punch Pack! This contains the star punch I used to make the Champagne Glimmer stars on my Catalog Premiere gifts I showed you yesterday HERE. 25% off!

The second thing I am excited about in this Weeks' Weekly Deals are the Dress Up Framelit Dies! These are the dies I used to make this card for my Girly Girls Class last week:

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I used two of the three dies in the set to help create this card!

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If you want to make your own version of this card, you NEED to order several of the items I used as ALOT of them are on the retiring list!

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

Click HERE to go my Online Store or click on any image below to start shopping!

Note: Perfectly Penned, the greeting set used on the inside of this card is SOLD OUT!

          Loving Thoughts, the greeting set used on the front of this card is sold out in clear mount but is still available in wood-mount.      


Stampin' Up! 2014 New Catalog Premiere is Tonight!

Hey there! I am SO EXCITED!!!!! Tonight is the Stampin' Up! New Catalog Premiere! Six of my downline and I are taking a road-tripl to Hazelwood, MO (about two hours from here) to attend this brand-new-never-before-held event!

Stampin' Up! is broadcasting the live Catalog Premiere from a theater in Long Beach, California to selected locations around the U.S. The closest theater for us here in Southern Illinois was over in Missouri, so of course we signed up!

We will each receive our own copy of the New 2014 Annual Catalog, watch the broadcast where we will learn about new products from the Catalog, and hopefully receive  a little extra SWAG (new catalog product) too!

At every Stampin' Up! event I attend with my downline, I always give them a little gift for attending. I know it takes effort to prepare for the trip and to  leave family on their own at home. I've been there, done that for the 11+ years I've been a Stampin' Up! Demonstrator, and so I want them to know how much I appreciate them:


I embellished empty wood-mount stamp boxes (which are available in packs of 4 for $6.95 in the Annual Catalog) with the black newsprint design from the Modern Medley Designer Paper pack (Modern Medley paper is retiring) and the logo that Stampin' Up! created to advertise the catalog premiere event.


Patty Bennett, a fellow Stampin' Up! Demonstrator from California shared the logo on a Facebook group we are both members of. She had altered it slightly so I could insert each of my downlines' names! So cool! Thanks, Patty! I used a free online photo-editing website, to insert the names.

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After I added the names and printed them out on glossy brochure paper, I cut them out and adhered them to the black newsprint paper, which I had cut 11 1/4" x 8" so I could slide it under the clear plastic shield around the box. I then reduced the size of the photos so I could print them again and adhere them to the spine section of the paper. I was so pleased with the professional look! I added Champagne Glimmer paper stars that I punched with the star punch from the Merry Minis Punch Pack.

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After I created and filled the boxes I just needed to make one more thing for them, so I covered these mini legal-sized notepads (I took them to Staples and had them cut them in half) with the same Designer Series Paper and Basic Black cardstock. I used an exclusive demonstrator-only stamp set we received at Leadership this year, Star Stamper, stamped in Cherry Cobbler ink, to create the medallion on the front.

I'm sure some of my downline check my blog or see my posts on Facebook, so although I'm posting the outside of my gift, I'm not sharing whats INSIDE  so there will still be some surprises tonight!

That's all for now! Tomorrow I will be able to show you the front of the catalog, but not the inside. The catalog doesn't officially go "live" for customers until June 1st, so I can't show you the inside pages until then.

Until tomorrow, have a Stampingrox! day!

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Here's the list of supplies I used to create today's projects. You can click on any image to go straight to my Online Store or click HERE.

Stampin' Up! Sunday Swap Day!

Hey there! It's a beautiful Sunday morning! I get to go to church today! yay! I will be missing church for the next two Sundays because I will be on (and coming home from) the Stampin' Up! cruise, so I'm especially glad for today!

I hope to be able to schedule posts for while I'm gone, so keep checking back! We leave on Friday!

Today I have  three fun swaps to share! The first one is perfect for Mother's Day, which will be coming up in just TWO Sundays, can you belive it?

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Mary Waring created her card with Gingham Garden Designer Paper for the flower pot base, Gingham Garden Designer Washi Tape to seal the sides of the pot, and Delicate Details Lace tape for the flower pot rim embellishment. (ALL three of these products are on the Retiring Accessories List but ARE still available) You can access the lists by clicking on the links:

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The pull-up portion has Flower Shop and Petite Petals flowers, both punched with the coordinating punches, and pearls for the centers. I love this type of card! I haven't made one in awhile!

Deb McCahan used a tutuorial she found on Splitcoaststampers to help her create this unusual pop-out card with Happy Watercolor, Secret Garden(retiring and now only available in Clear Mount), and Mixed Bunch:

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Opening . . . then open just a liiiiitle more . .

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Pop! Deb used the "pedestal pop up" tutorial in case you want to go look for it!

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Finally for today, an adorable punched puppy card by Nancy Hall!

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Nancy used the Heart Framelit Dies for the puppy's face and ears, then used the Full Heart Punch (retiring), Small Heart Punch (retiring), and circle punches for his face and tongue.

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Inside she stamped the numbers image from Bring on the Cake, (also retiring and already SOLD OUT), highlighting the age number with a Real Red Stampin' Write Marker!

That's all for now. I need to get my Sunday dinner in the oven before I'm off to church! Until tomorrow, have a Stampingrox! day!

Here are the products used today that are retiring but STILL AVAILABLE:

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Stampin' Up! Free Shipping, Retiring Lists, Weekly Deals, and Secret Garden!

Hey there! Just posting quick today. I have a workshop tonight and tomorrow night that I am prepping for, so I'm a bit time crunched today. I've been trying to add a few non-stamping additions to my day that take bites out of my prep (and blogging!) time, coupled with the dratted Typepad downtime that we experienced for almost 5 days, it's really gotten me out of my blogging routine! I'm trying to exercise more and eat healthier to try to relieve some inflamation and joint pain I've been experiencing. It seems to be helping, but I just don't have my new routine figured out yet. I'm so sorry!

If you get (and open) my  newsletter emails you know about the FREE SHIPPING that Stampin' Up! has going on right now, but just in case you missed it:


Go to my online store to place your order:

Stampin' Up! has also posted the Retiring Stamps and Accessories Lists! This year both Stamps AND Accesories are while-supplies-last (some things have sold out already!)


Here's the Retiring Stamps List:

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And Retiring Accessories:

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Click HERE to shop my webstore. When you click on the Retiring List in the left column you will see what is still available.

Remember, all orders of $25 or more are also eligible for my "Bluesox Rewards" tokens program. 12 tokens can be redeemed for any current $19.95 product through me!

Lastly, here are the current Weekly Deals:


I can't leave you without showing you a little something stamp-y, can I?


A pretty little thinking of you card by Kathy Johnson from one of my past monthly swaps! Cathy stamped the Secret Garden image on Whisper White, then ran the layer through the Big Shot in the Square Lattice Textured Impressions Folder, giving it an embedded look! The greeting is from Thoughts & Prayers, and she cut out one of the Secret Garden blooms with the Secret Garden Framelit Dies.

Secret Garden stamps and framelits, as well as the Square Lattice TIEF are both on the Retiring List. Don't delay if you want them for your collection, and shipping is still free through tomorrow!

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

Here's the supplies for Kathy's card. Just click on any image to go directly to my Online Store:

Stampin' Up! Punch Kite Tutorial and Two More Kite Cards!

Hey there! Yesterday was a CRAZY day! My son just bought his first home; he closed on Thursday! We are so happy for him AND it is next door to Alisa & Cody, so they are over the moon excited too! Since Troy and Cody had yesterday off for Good Friday they decided to try to get AS MUCH DONE AS POSSIBLE this weekend so he can get moved in soon!

I'm helping with the cleaning, painting, and renovations (I'm a consultant for the renovations, but an ACTIVE participant in the cleaning and painting!), so my whole day yesterday was spent at Troy's. I tried to get on here to post my kite tutorial before I left yesterday morning, but something was wrong with Typepad and I couldn't even get in to my blog, so I had to give up and move on.

I'm headed to Troy's again today, but I have a few minutes here to show you how I made the kite from my Stampers Dozen Blog Hop post on Tuesday HERE, and I have two more kite cards to share!

I started by punching a triangle with the Triagle Punch from Whisper White. This triangle is just my base I am going to use to attach the visible kite pieces to:

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I adhered a Basic Black triangle over the base trangle, leaving just a bit of the widest part of the triangle visible:

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I adhered the straight-sided Petite Pennant punched piece to the remaining strip of the base Triangle. I snipped off the tips of the base triangle that stick out on the edges.

Kite 3I cut really thin strips of cardstock for the "struts" of the kite. I adhered them on the kite, then trimmed the ends with my Paper Snips. (sorry for changing kite colors, but apparently as I made three different kites I didn't remember to take pics of every step with the same one! lol! Sometimes I get so caught up in the creative process I forget!)

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Here's another card featuring the kite and the Word Bubble clouds I created an embossing plate for. I showed you how I made my plate HERE.

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Inside I simply stamped a phrase from Really Good Greetings:

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My final kite card I used the Fresh Prints Designer Paper Stack for the kite. I punched the frosting from the Cupcake Builder punch from Whisper White scraps, then sponged Whisper White Craft ink through the negative space for my clouds:

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Inside I stamped phrases from Remembering Your Birthday:

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That's all for now! Tomorrow is Sunday Swap Day, so I'll be back then with some fun swaps to share!

Oh, in case you haven't heard, Monday, April 21st Stampin' Up! will be releasing the Retiring Stamps and Accessories Lists! This year BOTH lists will be while-supplies-last, so get your order in quick!

AND >>>>>>>> April 21st through 25th ONLY!


You will probably want to order a lot of things next week, so until then, (and tomorrow!) have a Stampingrox! day!


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NSR:Ava and Easter Egg Wreaths!

Hey there! How did you like the blog hop this month? I thought everyone's projects were awesome! On Friday I will have a little tutorial for you of how to make the kite, but today I have a non-stamping post about my granddaughter, Ava!

Here's the story. Last year in May I invited Ava to spend the night with me after Maddie Kate's birthday party. Maddie was having a slumber party and we decided Ava would probably have more "fun" if she spent the night with me than being the odd-man-out with Maddie and her friends. So Ava came home with me and we made plans to go get manicures and pedicures the next day. During the night I started running a fever and by the next morning I had to send her home because I was sick with what turned out to be a 3-4 week battle with a bad sinus infection.

Roll forward to a few weeks ago. I had a free weekend (no stamping events planned) and on Thursday I started thinking about having Ava spend the night with me. I was in Walmart when I thought about it, checked with Jessica and found out it would be ok for Ava to spend the next night (Friday). I purchased supplies for a craft project for she & I to make while we were together before I went home. Before I went to bed that night, however, I started running a fever, and it turned out we had to postpone Ava spending the night again! I couldn't believe it! Ava ended up having a friend spend the night with her so she wasn't too terribly disappointed with me having to cancel.

Since I had bought all of the stuff to make an Easter project with Ava, and I didn't want have to store it until next year, a couple of Sunday's ago Ava came home with me after church and we made these:

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We cut craft netting into long strips to wrap around a flat wreath form, hot gluing it to the form and to  itself. We cut, folded, and twisted smaller strips to create the "poofs", hot-gluing them to the wreath as well. We finished off by hot-gluing the eggs to the wreath. We also found it was a good idea to put a bit of hot-glue inside the eggs right along the joining seam to keep them from popping apart before we glued them to the wreath.

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We both made a wreath, so we learned a lot as we went along. The second one (Ava's) went much faster than the first one (mine)!

I manned the glue gun and Ava made all the "poof" and  egg-placement decisions!

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While we were working on our wreaths I told Ava about my Grandma Mabel. I only had one grandma when I was growing up, because all the rest of my grandparents had passed away before I was born. My Grandma had a lot of grandchildren, but she always found a way to make each one of us feel like we were her favorite. I've always hoped that I could do the same for my grandchildren. One time when I was staying with my Grandma after my mom passed away, she made candles. We used  empty 1/2 gallon milk cartons for the molds and string tied to a stick laid over the top of the carton for the wick. It was a very simple (and not especially pretty) craft, but it was special to me because my Grandma WANTED to do it with me.

We still haven't managed to have Ava spend the night, but one of these days we will!

That's all for today. I just wanted to share with you how I'm trying to follow in my Grandma's footsteps. That makes me (and hopefully my grandchildren) very happy!

Until tomorrow, have a Stampingrox! day!


Stampin' Up! Stamper's Dozen Blog Hop ConGraduation! Congratulations!


Hey there! It's Stampers Dozen Blog Hop day! Welcome to the April installment of the Stampers Dozen Blog Hop, ConGraduation, Congratualtions!

You may have just come from Stella MacKay's blog, Stellar If you did, you saw Stella's awesome creation! If not, you can start here and follow the blog around to all 12 blogs this month, ending with Stella and then back to me! Just follow the link at the end of this post and you will be on your way!

My project today follows the ConGraduation, Congratualations theme with the Pure Gumption stamp set from page 52 of the Annual Catalog:

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I created the kite by punching one straight pennant from the Petite Pennants Builder Punch and one triangle from the triangle punch from Silver Glimmer Paper. I added narrow strips of Basic Black cardstock for the struts of the kite, White Baker's Twine for the kite string, and tiny Silver Glimmer hearts punched with the Owl Builder Punch.

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I used my custom-made cloud embossing plate for the clouds. You can see how to make your own cloud plate HERE. I sponged my clouds with Soft Sky ink.

The greeting is from Pure Gumption, stamped in Jet Black StazOn ink and cut out with a Word Bubbles Framelit.

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Inside is stamped very straighforward with more stamps from the same set. Pure Gumption is a one-stop stamp set for graduation/congratulations!

That's all for now. You can continue on to the Judy Garza's blog on the hop by clicking on the "next' icon below:

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To go back to Stella's blog click on the "previous" icon below:

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Until tomorrow, have a Stampingrox! day!

You can shop for your project supplies in my Online Store , or click on any of the product images below to go directly to it. You will earn a Bluesox Rewards token for every $25 spent in my Online Store. Redeem 12 Bluesox Tokens for a $19.95 item from any current catalog!

Stampin' Up! Backyard Basics Butterfly Flower Card!

Hey there! It's a rainy, dreary day here, so I decided to share my bright and happy Backyard Basics Butterfly flower card with you today:

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I think this card would brighten up just about any day!

I used the "faux silk" technique on the butterfly again, just like I did on my previous Backyard Basics card HERE. I used Daffodil Delight and Tangerine Tango Stampin' Write markers on my stamp before stamping on my tissue paper, then covered my scrap of Whisper White cardstock completely with an Anywhere Glue Stick. After crumpling and re-opening the stamped tissue, I gently smoothed it over the glue, leaving a few creases and bumps to help give it that "slubbed silk" look. (Kimberly's wedding dress was slubbed sik, so I know what that is supposed to look like!) I perfectly "cut" the butterfly with the coordinating Backyard Basics Framelit.

I cut the Daffodil Delight card base and the Tangerine Tango layer with Floral Frames Framelits, then embossed them with the Petals-a-Plenty Textured Impressions Folder.

A phrase from Petite Pairs, punched with the Word Window and bracketed with a couple of Brights Candy Dots invite you to open this card:

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Inside I repeated the layer shape, this time with Whisper White, stamping the coordinating phrase from Petite Pairs and a couple more butterflies!

I finished my ensemble by stamping another butterfly on my Whisper White envelope and lining it with a bit of Daffodil Delight Designer Paper cut with one of the Envelope Liner Framelits.

That's all for now, but tomorrow is the 15th, so be sure to come back to take the Stamper's Dozen Blog Hop! Our group's theme is "Congratualtions!", so be ready to be WOW'd with some great ideas!

Until tomorrow, have a Stampingrox! day!

Here's the supply list for today's project. You can purchase what you need from my Online Store or click on any image below and you will be taken directly there!


Stampin' Up! Sunday Swap Day for the Babies!

Hey there! It's Sunday again, which means it's the day I share more of my swaps! yay!

Today I have three adorable baby cards for you! Let's get started!


First up is a card that has no name on it, but it sure is cute! The creator cut her "bib" with the Ovals Collection Framelits from Whisper White cardstock and Blushing Bride Patterns Designer Paper.


A close up shows the detail of the punched greeting from Label Love using the Artisan Label Punch, 7/8" Scallop Circle Punch, and the banner cut with one of the Butty Banner Framelits.

A side view shows this is a completely bib-shaped card:


Our next creation is by Kathy Johnson. Kathy used the Circle Framelits to create her "teddy bear"!


Up close you can see that she used the Fringe Scissors to cut this girly teddy's eyelashes:


Another fully-shaped card using lots of scallop circle and circle punches, small heart punch, Crumb Cake 1/2" Seam Binding, Word Window Punch, Boho Blossoms Punch, Itty Bitty Shapes Punch Pack, Silver Baker's Twine, and a Pearl Basic Jewel.


Finally, Tamie Ackerson created an adorable "onesie" card from a template you can find online. She embossed the Whisper White with the Perfect Polka Dots Textured Impressions Folder, and edged it with Strawberry Slush 3/8" Ruffled Stretch Trim. She chose to stamp the lion from Zoo Babies with Strawberry Slush for her circle-punched medallion.


Inside she simply stamped a phrase from Cuddles & Kisses!


Babies DO make your heart happy, don't they?

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

Here's the supply list for today's projects. You can choose the products you wish to order from the list and then go HERE to make your purchase:


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