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Stampin' Up! Sunday Swap Day Birthdays are Great!

Hey there! I had an open Saturday (something that RARELY happens for me) so I was able to stamp for fun! I went with a group of my stampers to Gigi's Retreat in Dix IL! I highy recommend it. Tonya really spoils you with good food, snacks, tons of paper crafting supplies at your fingertips, and a gorgeous place to craft!

We are off to Effingham to day for Cohen's baptism. He and his cousin, Justus, are being baptised by their Hollis grandpa, so Mark & I are going up for the service.

Today I have a few more swaps to share before some of the products completely retire:

Kathy Morgan used Another Great Year (not retiring!) with Eastern Elegance Designer Paper (retiring) and Label Collection Framelit to create this fun easel card.


Gold Foil Vellum and Baked Brown Sugar ink make this card happy!

Brenda Hukriede used Retro Fresh Designer Paper, Bring on the Cake stamps (retiring) and the Banner Punch:


Brenda had a surprise inside:


Your own personal cake! So fun!

Lastly, Cindy Ewertz used Epic Day  Paper and Create a Cupcake stamps (sold out in clear but still available in wood) to create  a shaker card:


Perfect Pennants, Gold Sequin Trim, and the Fringe Scissors to make easy confetti:


Bring on the Cake (retired and completely sold out, sorry!) for the Happy Birthday:


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

Here's the supply lists. You can go HERE to shop for your stamp-y needs!

Kathy's easel:

Cindy's Make a Wish:

Stampin' Up! Watercolor Another Great Year!

Hey there. I have another card to share with you today that I created a few weeks ago but just haven't had time to show you yet. I "think" today's card doesn't have a single retiring product on it, but let's check to make sure, shall we?


I embossed the greeting from Another Great Year (carrying over to the NEW 2014-2015 Catalog!) with White Stampin' Emboss Powder before applying the color to the Watercolor Paper.

Whoops! I DID use Midnight Muse ink and cardstock, which is retiring! =(  This color can be substituted with Night of Navy and would still blend well on the Watercolor Paper with the Pool Party and Baked brown Sugar. All colors were applied to wet Watercolor Paper with an AquaPainter dipped directly into ink refills.

As a final touch I splashed a few drops of water onto the paper and then allowed the water to just settle into the color.

Sponging around the edges of the inside and the outside pulls the color from the Midnight Muse layer into the creation.


That's all for now. Below is the listing of the products used for you to refer to as you are shopping in my Online Store HERE.

Until tomorrow, have a Stampingrox! day!


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Stampin' Up! Geometrical Hooray for Today!

Hey there! Hope you enjoyed the hop yesterday! If you haven't taken the May Edition of the Stampers Dozen Blog Hop: I Do!, click HERE to start at my blog, then hop all the way through 11 more blogs to see the imaginative wedding-themed creations we have for you!

Today I decided to share a quick and simple card using the Geometrical stamp set from the Occasions Catalog. This super-duper catalog expires in just a few short weeks, but thankfully this stamp set is carrying over, so you will still be able to order it at least until the end of May 2015!

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Supplies used on this card you will NOT be able to order after June 1st:

Midnight Muse 8 1/2" x 11" cardstock (sold out)

Midnight Muse inkpad (still available but the ink refill is sold out)

Summer Starfruit Stampin' Write Marker (from the 2012-2014 In Color Marker set which is NOT sold out yet)

Gingham Garden Designer Series Paper

Simply Stars Stamp Set (sold out)

In Color Dahlias

Stripe Textured Impressions Folder

Bring on the Cake Stamp Set (sold out)

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I apologize that so many of the products used on this card are now sold out. I decided to share it with you anyway because the layout is so simple and adaptable to future stamps, inks, designer papers, and embossing folders.

That's all for now. Below is the short  list of  products still availalble in my Online Store. Go get them today while you can! Until tomorrow, have a Stampingrox! day!


Stampin' Up! Stamper's Dozen Blog Hop May Edition: I Do!


 Hey there! It's Stampers Dozen Blog Hop time again! yay! This month our theme is "I Do!" and oh my goodness do we ever have some gorgeous projects for you! If you are already on the hop, you've just come from Laura Milligan's blog "I'd Rather "Bee" Stampin'!" I love her creations every month, don't you?

For my project today I actually CASED a project from page 14 of the New Annual Catalog. I can't show you the actual catalog picture until after the new catty goes live on June 2nd, but I can show you my version of their wedding favor:


This is SO CUTE and SO EASY! I used a combo of New Catalog Sneak Peek and current-but-carrying-over products to make these.

New Catalog Sneak Peek products used:

Moonlight Designer Series Paper Stack #133701 $6.95

Blackberry Bliss 8 1/2" x 11" cardstock: #133675 $6.95 (one of the 5 new In-Colors for 2014-16!)

Blackberry Bliss Classic Inkpad #133642 $5.95

Blackberry Bliss 3/8" Stitched Satin Ribbon: #133668 $8.95 (10 yds)

Itty Bitty Accents Punch Pack #133787 $16.95 (flower punch from the pack)

Current Catalog Products(these products will also be in the New Catalog):

Label Love stamp set #130619 wood-mount $24.95 or #130622 clear-mount  $17.95

Artisan Label punch #130920 $15.95

Cellophane Bags 1" x 8" #124134 $2.50 (50 per pkg)

Whisper White 5/8" Organza Ribbon #114319 $5.95

Pearls Basic Jewels #119247 $4.95

Stampin' Dimensionals #104430 $3.95

I found the easiest way to fill the skinny little cello bags was to use a funnel inserted into the top of the bag. As the rice funneled in I squeezed the sides of the bag so the rice would fill evenly:

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I used Long Grain Brown Rice for one bag  and Black Rice for the other. The Black Rice is actually kind of a purple-y color which matched the Blackberry Bliss cardstock, ink , and ribbon perfectly!


These little bags can hold lots of fun things: M & M's, jelly beans, licorice sticks, pixie stix; anything that will slide into the 1" x 8" bag will work. One end of the bag has a little adhesive strip cover you remove, then fold down the flap to secure your goodies inside!

I had cut the points of the pennants with my Paper Snips. I cut up from the center of the end about 3/4", then cut into the top of the first cut from each corner. This is the easiest way to get perfectly even points almost every time!

I punched the hole for the ribbon with the circle punch from the Itty Bitty Shapes Punch Pack (which is retiring), but there is a NEW hand-held 1/4" Circle Punch coming in the New Catalog that will work even better. We've had this size of a circle hand-held punch before, but this one has an even LONGER reach than before! yay!

While several of today's products are not available to order until June 2nd, you can still shop HERE for current, retiring, Clearance, and Weekly Deals products!

Before I go, I just wanted to share a picture of our Stampers Dozen Blog Hop group. 10 of the 13 of us were on the Stampin' Up! Incentive Trip last week, so we scheduled a time to meet, swap, and take a group picture:


Front row l to r: Lee Conrey, Jodi Reinert, Judy Garza, Patty Chenail, and me!

Back row l to r: Stella MacKay, Laura Milligan, Janet Wakeland, France Martin, and BJ Peters.

The crazy "photobomber" in the back is Pam Morgan, a VP on the Stampin' Up! Corporate Team! Pam is a fun and beautiful person, inside and out!

That's all for now. Next you will want to hop over to Judy Garza's blog, Stampingwithjudyg to see what she has created for us!

Until tomorrow, have a Stampingrox! day!

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Stampin' Up! New Weekly Deals Just Posted!

Hey there! I just have a few minutes before I am out the door for an appointment this morning, but I wanted to share with you the latest Weekly Deals from Stampin' Up!


I'm still not completely back to normal from the cruise. Liam was here for a few hours yesterday morning so of course I dropped everything to play with him, took a long nap in the afternoon, and then still went to bed at the normal time and slept all night! Classes to prep for this week,  LIam is here again tomorrow, and the Stampers Dozen Bog Hop is this Thursday, so hope to be back on here tomorrow with more swaps to share! I have a bunch from the cruise, some with retiring stuff, so need to get those on here for you quick!

Shop my online store here for the Weekly Deals, Clearance Rack, current catalogs, and Retiring Lists:

Until tomorrow, have a Stampingrox! day!

Stampin' Up! Sunday Swap Day I'm Back In the USA!

Hey there! So good to be back on native soil! Troy and I had a blast on our trip, and we are actually still in the Ft Lauderdale airport waiting for the first leg of our flight (we change planes in Atlanta before flying home to St Louis). When I discovered we had internet access I realized I had time to do a quick post for you!

Today's swaps I just received from the Stampers Dozen Blog Hop group I'm a part of. Be sure to check back here on the 15th for our next hop, which is themed "I Do!" You will be able to "hop" through 12 blogs, all showing you new papercrafting ideas just in time for the wedding season!

First, France Martin created this fun-fold card using the Off the Grid stamp set (retired and sold out!), Bitty Butterfly and Elegant Butterfly punches, and a greeting from the Lots of Thanks stamp set:


I don't recall at the moment what this fun-fold is called, but I'm going to find out and do a video for you soon to show you how to do it.

Next, Judy Garza used the Swallowtail single stamp to create this black-and-white beauty!


The greeting is from Loving Thoughts, another retiring set that is currently only still available in wood-mount.

Finally, Laura Milligan covered a notepad with new Moonlight Designer Paper and stamped a message with the new stamp set we received at the 2014 New Catalog Premiere, Work of Art:


Love it!

Hope you are having a good Mother's Day. Whether you are a mother or not, we all have (or have had) a Mom, so there is much to be thankful for.

That's all for now. I will be back tomorrow with more to share. Until then, have a Stampingrox! day!

Here's short supply lists for the swaps that the products are currently available for. (Work of Art and Moonlight Designer Paper for Laura's project will not be available until the new catalog starts on June 2nd)

France's fun-fold card:


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Stampin' Up! Sunday Swap Day!

Hey there. We will be leaving the hotel here in Ft Lauderdale, FL to get on the cruise ship in just about an hour, but I wanted to share with you my Sunday swaps:


Becky Nichols created this birdhouse card using the retiring Stripes Textured Impressions Folder and the retiring Small Heart Punch. She used the not-retiring Bird Builder Punch for the birdie and the leaves. Expert sponging gives just the right touches of dimension.

Opening the card shows more dimenson. This is a surprising & fun card!


Karen Kurz used the Envelope Punch Board  and Kaliedoscope Designer Paper to create this fun camera card:


An all-occasion card, Karen left the inside blank to write your own sentiment, but added the adorable little camera cut with one of the On Film Framelits Dies:


Finally, Sherri Beyrer went over-the-top with her shaped piano card!


Sherri used the Word Window Punch for the keys and the Bird Builder Punch for the rose.

Inside Sherri used the new Scalloped Tag Topper Punch to create the music stand. I love it !

That's all for now! It's time to check out of the hotel and head for the boat. I won't have any internet until I get home, which will be late on Mother's Day, so don't look to see anything here until Monday, May 12th. I will be back then with LOTS of sweet cruise pics and cruise swap pics too!

Until then, have a Stampingrox! day!

If you need to order anything while I am gone, you can go to my Online Store HERE.

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Stampin' Up! Incentive Trip & Horse Frontier!

Hey there! I've been quiet for a few days because I've been prepping and packing for the Stampin' Up! 2014 Worldwide Incentive Trip! My son and I leave today!


With all the preparations needed I haven't even done my pre-order yet, can you believe it? I HAVE placed a big order for new catalogs, so don't worry, they will soon be on their way! My New Catalog Premiere Open House will be May 30th & 31st!

Here's a quick card I haven't shown you yet, using Horse Frontier, another Retiring Stamp Set which unfortunately has already sold out:

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And the inside:

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I really loved pairing the Harwood Background with the Soho Subway Designer Paper for this one!

Well, I've got to get a move on. Troy & I leave for the airport in just a little while! I hope to post my Sunday swap day before we get on the boat tomorrow, and hopefully schedule a few more posts for you before I leave, we'll see!

The Retiring Stamps and Accessories Lists are still available. Go to my Online Store HERE to shop the Retiring Lists, updated Clearance Rack (lots of great Holiday Catalog items just added this week!), Weekly Deals, and more!

Until tomorrow, have a Stampingrox! day!


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