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June 2014

Stampin' Up! Last Card from Linda!

Hey there! Here's Linda's last card share using the Stippled Blossoms and Papillon Potpourri sets:


Oh, and throw in Gorgeous Grunge, Teeny Tiny Wishes, and the Honeycomb Textured Impressions Folder too!

I love this color combo of Crumb Cake, Whisper White and a pop of Pool Party!

That's all for now. Here's a quick supply list to use in my Online Store:

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Stampin' Up! New Weekly Deals and a Blendability Release Date!

Hey there! It's raining here today. ALOT. It's dark and sleepy. I wanted to stay in bed all morning, but there's too much to do for that!

Before I share the new weekly deals and a card, I want to let you know that we finally have a release date for the first 6 colors of Blendabilities Markers!!!!!

Drum roll  . . . . . .

JULY 1ST!!!!!!!!!

That's right! Beginning July 1st, (which is just one week away!) You will be able to finally order Blendabilities in the following colors:

  • Cherry Cobbler (item #130995)
  • Coastal Cabana (item #131000)
  • Daffodil Delight (item #130998)
  • Old Olive (item #130999)
  • Pumpkin Pie (item #130997)
  • Rich Razzleberry (item #131003)
  • Skin Tone Assortment (item #129370)

Each color comes in a 3-pack of light, medium, and dark of the designated color. I've played with these some already and they are SO MUCH FUN!

Each color pack will be $11.95 for all three hues with the exception of the Skin Tone Assortment, which  will be $22.95

In addition, the following accessories will also be available:

  • Memento Ink Pad (item #132708) $5.95
  • Memento Ink Refill (item #133456) $4.95
  • Color Lifter (item #129369) $4.95 -This might be better called a "color lightener". It DOES NOT erase color completely, it more like bleaches or lightens it. And it DOES NOT work on our regular Classic water-based dye ink at all.

More good news! The next 6 colors will be available for you to purchase on August 1st!

Whew! Are you as excited as I am? Up to now all I've been able to do is just tell my customers "no you can't order the Blendabilities yet, and we don't have a release date either". I'm SO GLAD to be able to give you a start date! yay!

Another exciting announcement are the new Weekly Deals for June 24-30! Great time to get the Big Shot toys you've been wanting at 25% off! Go to my Online Store HERE and click on the "Products" tab, then "shop now"!


Here's today's card, another creation by my downline, Linda Reaney. Linda used the Window Frames Collection Framelits Dies (on sale in the Weekly Deals this week!) to cut out the tree in the new Hostess set, Nuts About You!


I love Linda's choice of the Woodgrain Textured Impressions Folder to emboss the Early Espresso layer and the new Mossy Meadow In Color is perfection for the foliage!

How about the perky little Pool Party birds?!

That's all for now! Here's the supply list for Linda's card. You can find all of these items in my Online Store too:

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Stampin' Up! Perfect Peacock by Linda!

Hey there! Just a quick post this afternoon before I'm off to a stamp class in West Frankfort this evening!

I held my quarterly Yes Mam's downline meeting on Saturday. We had a shoebox swap, a yummy potluck lunch, and a class taught by Crystal Lopez on using the soon-coming Blendabiities alcohol markers from Stampin' Up! It was a blast!

I encourage my downline to bring projects they have been working on and sharing in their classes, and of course everyone is encouraged to bring their cameras to take pics of my displays and the projects their sister Mam's share.

Linda Reaney brought two cards she had created using the new Perfect Peacock stamp from the Annual Catalog. First, she stamped, colored with markers, then added a used dryer sheet with our Stampin' Glue Stick. Lastly she sprinkled with Dazzling Diamonds glitter:



It's quite pretty, but it pales in comparison to her next creation:


For this one Linda stamped, colored with markers, and then used the "Faux Diamond Dust" technique to give it the all-over sparkle! Gorgeous!

Here's a quick step-by-step for "Faux Diamond Dust":

1. Stamp image and color as needed.

2. Pat entire cardstock piece with an Embossing Buddy to completely dry the ink so it won't smear when you do Step #3.

3. Pat a Versamark inkpad all over image piece. Make sure you have the clear, sticky ink evenly all over the image and the surrounding cardstock.

4. Sprinkle all with Iridescent Ice Stampi' Emboss Powder. Tap excess back into container.

5. Heat with Heat Tool. Do not over-heat, as this will cause the Iridescent Ice to lose its' sparkle.

Linda did an excellent job coloring the peacock, and her choice of combining this image with the "Faux Diamond Dust" technique was pure genius!

That's all for now! You can purchase your Perfect Peacock stamp and all the supplies to do the Faux Diamond Dust technique from my Online Store:

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Stampin' Up! It's Sunday Swap Day with Something for Baby!

Hey there! It's Sunday, which means it's time to share some swaps! I know I've been absent from my blog quite a bit this week. Part of the reason is I broke my camera lens a few weeks ago and now when I take pics with my little point-and-shoot I'm just not happy with them at all. A new lens has finally been ordered, so hopefully it will come in soon and I can get my blogging mojo back.

Today I have three baby cards to share, all using the new set, Something for Baby!

First, Raedean Shibata created this simple congratulations card, including paper-piercing using a template from the Festive Paper Piercing pack and a greeting from Something to Say. She paired Crisp Cantaloupe cardstock with a selection from the Lullaby Designer Paper pack.


She used Crisp Cantaloupe and Hello Honey Stampin' Write Markers to ink the bib stamp. Sooooo cute!

Next, a much larger image from Something for Baby was used for this card, which unfortunately I have lost the creator's info. Some swappers attach their info on the back of the card on a post-it note, which helps me keep the name with the card, but some do not. If it's just loose with the card, it's much more likely to get lost as I take the swaps with me to workshops and classes.


This card features just Whisper White and Daffodil Delight. Just two colors, but it makes a very visually pleasing look! The rhinestones were colored with one of the Daffodil Delight Blendability markers, which should finally be available in a few weeks.

Lastly, I CASED this card from Deb Valder. Deb makes the most amazing cards. I stepped up just a few things, but I'd definitely going to be making more cards with this template, and I know you are going to want to know how!


This card stands up on it's own and is called a "block card". Doesn't it look just like a stack of baby blocks? Images from Something for Baby were cut with the coordinating Baby's First Framelits.


(Please pardon the sawdust. Apparently we have wood bees trying to make a home in our deck roof!) I cut the numbers with the "1, 2, and 3" from the File Tabs Edgelits Dies.


Pretty, pretty, pretty!

On the top blocks I stamped more phrases from Something to Say:


The tiny little hearts were punched with the Owl Builder Punch.




That's all for now. Here's the supply list for today's cards. Just click on any image and you will be taken to shop in my Online Store:

DID YOU NOTICE????? When you purchase the Something for Baby stamp set and the Baby Firsts Framelits in a BUNDLE you save 15%!
Until tomorrow, have a Stampingrox! day!

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Stampin' Up! Weekly Deals!

Hey there! Hope you enjoyed our blog hop this month, Home of the Brave! If you missed it, don't worry, we keep the posts and links up forever. Just click HERE to start at my post, then click the "next blog" link at the bottom of everyone's post to "hop" around the whole way!

New Weekly Deals from Stampin' Up! start today:


Go to my Online Store to

DID YOU KNOW? I place an order EVERY MONDAY EVENING! Avoid the minimum shipping of $6.95 by sending me your order to add to mine! (Local Southern Illinois pick up only)

Email me:

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

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Stampin' Up! Stampers Dozen Blog Hop June Edition Home of the Brave!

Hey there. Today is a good day! It's Father's Day, of course, which means all of our kids and grandkids will be here for lunch and the afternoon! Today is also the 15th, which means it's time for "Home of the Brave", the June edition of:


You may have arrived here from Stella's blog, I just love what Stella comes up with every month! Her style is simple but WOW! If you are just getting started, no worries! You can start here, hop through all 12 blogs, be inspired, then get busy creating something awesome of your own!

With the theme "Home of the Brave", I wanted to do something patriotic to commemorate our great Nation's birth. A card just didn't seem like enough, so I decided to use my new Star Framelits:


I hand-snipped the ends of Night of Navy banners, then used four of the five star framelits for the stars.


I embossed the Night of Navy banners with the Stylish Stripes folder, then cut Real Red Backgrounds Designer Paper with a Starburst Framelit.


I cut Silver Glimmer paper for the largest stars, and punched the tiniest silver stars with the star punch from the Merry Minis Punch Pack, which is still available through August 27th on the Carryover List!


I used the alphabet stencils from the Build a Banner Simply Created Kit to add the letters with Night of Navy ink. I'm so glad this kit is in the new catalog!

Each banner is assembled with either Stampin' Dimensionals or Glue Dots

Lastly, I covered regular clothespins with Real Red paper, cutting the strips 3/8" wide by 3 7/8" long and adhering with SNAIL.

I'm excited to decorate for the 4th with my new banner!

To see more patriotic creations, click the link below to Judy Garza's blog, Stamping With Judy G:


Here's the project shopping list. Click on any image below to go to my Online Store

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Stampin' Up! Owl Graduate by Donna!

Hey there! I'm still up after midnight, so I'm going to do a quick post and then head off to bed!

One of my dear stamping friends, Donna, came to my Birthday Card Buffet this past Saturday. Donna has been stamping with me since probably 2005, over 9 years ago, and during that time has become a really good friend.

Donna stamps ALOT. She has a good portion of her basement outfitted for her stamping domain. We have a monthly stamp camp there and we love it!

Donna made this special graduation card for her niece who just graduated from college:

Isn't this just adorable????!!!!

Donna used the Owl Builder Punch, the Scalloped Oval Punch, and a few other elements to create her graduating birdie!


She hand-cut the pieces for the graduation cap, and custom-dyed the Baker's Twine to get the rich red color for the tassel.

Stamped-off Smoky Slate was used to stamp the "celebrate" background. I love this extra little touch that adds so much to the specialness of this card!

That's all for now! I've got to put myself to bed.

You can find many of the supplies to make this card in my Online Store.

Until tomorrow, have a Stampingrox! day!

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Guess what's coming on Sunday?


Our theme this month is "Home of the Brave". Be sure to come by anytime Sunday and take the hop!

Stampin' Up! Traveler!

Hey there! Just a quick post before I fall into bed! This is Liam's last night here with us. He goes home with his daddy tomorrow. I will be a little bit sad to see him go. Having him here makes me remember how much I enjoyed having my little ones underfoot. Even though they are a ton of work and you have to keep on your toes every second they are awake, they are TOTALLY WORTH IT!

Today's cards are all created with the Traveler set. Three cards, all with the same set, all by different stampers, all very different:


First, Loraine Duran used a stencil to sponge clouds for the background before stamping the steam engine from Traveler. When we made this card at my Birthday Card Buffet,  we used the top of a Scalloped Tag Topper Punched piece to sponge our clouds.

Inside we stamped a phrase from  Chalk Talk:


Beverlee Morales stamped the train image with Lost Lagoon, then used Postage Due for the background, also stamping on half of a Tea Lace Doily. I love the Lost Lagoon 3/8" Stitched Satin ribbon she accented with a few tiny pearls. The bottom section she scored every 1/8" with the Simply Scored Scoring Tool.


Finally, Dawn Klein stamped three of the 6 images from Traveler with Early Espresso ink. She easily added detail with Lullaby Designer Paper, the Arrows Textured Impressions Folder, and the Dictionary Background stamp. The greeting is from Really Good Greetings, which she accented with a hand-cut banner, a Basic Metal Button, and a bit of Linen Thread.


That's all for now. You can always shop by name for the products used in today's cards. Just enter the name in the search box in my Online Store.

Until tomorrow, have a Stampingrox! day!


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Stampin' Up! Gorgeous Grunge!

Hey there! I have another Birthday Card Buffet card to share with you today. The front of this one was originally created by one of my monthly swap group swappers, but I have somehow lost the name off the back:


I love these colors of Night of Navy, Crumb Cake, Soft Suede, and Whisper White together! Stamps used are Gorgeous Grunge and From My Heart, and the Banner Punch was used to punch the Night of Navy cardstock and Soft Suede Backgrounds Designer Series Paper. Sponging with Crumb Cake and a little bit of Linen Thread add the finishing touches!

Here's a tip for stamping the lines stamp from Gorgeous Grunge straight on your paper: Line up the edges of the paper along the lines on your Stampin' Up! Grid Paper (if you don't have a this Grid Paper, you NEED to get a pack!), then line up the edges of your stamp block with the lines of the Grid paper before you stamp. With just a teeny little bit of practice your stamping of lines (or words, or whatever) will be just the way you want it!


Inside we stamped more Gorgeous Grunge and another phrase from From My Heart.

That's it! This card was a favorite at my class. If you are attending any of my workshops or events this month you just might get a chance to make it!

Here's the supply list for shopping in my Online Store:

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Stampin' Up! Endless Birthday Wishes!

Hey there! Today I'm sharing  another Birthday Card Buffet sample, Endless Birthday Wishes:

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I LOVE everything about this set- the fonts, the birthday cake, how EASY it is to stamp!

Cool thing about photopolymers: they are super-easy to stamp a bunch at the same time. They are super-sticky and you can see through them as you stamp! I know this isn't new news, but until Stampin' Up! offered high-quality photopolymers about a year ago, I was photopolymer-resistant. Now I am IN LOVE!

To stamp each of the words separately on the white panel would have taken FOREVER, so this is how I did it:
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Attaching them all to Block I, I laid my Whisper White panel on my Stampin' Pierce Mat, then stamped with Memento Tuxedo Black ink (available soon). The Stampin' Pierce Mat "gives" a little bit when you stamp, which helps with ink transfer.

After I stamped the cursive words, I stamped the typeset words separately. I found that stamping the two fonts on the same block did not work well.

I colored the cake with my Coastal Cabana and Daffodil Delight Blendabilites Markers. These alcohol-based markers will be available to order sometime later this summer.

We stamped the inside with just one phrase and the "confetti" stamp in Daffodil Delight Classic ink:

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The problem: the Endless Birthday Wishes stamp set is temporarily unavailable. Ugh! All non-catalog photopolymers are while-supplies-last, so when they are sold out they generally are gone forever.

The good news: Endless Birthday Wishes will be back, at least until the second shipment sells out, so when I let you know it's available again you need to order it quick! I will post the supply list for this card at that time.

While we are waiting for Endless Birthday Wishes to come back, here's a BRAND NEW set just out today, Calling All Heroes (item 138002)


You can order this set TODAY! Go to My Online Store to shop and order!

Here's some cute samples, courtesy of Stampin' Up!:






Until tomorrow, have a Stampingrox! day!

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