I made this double-sided Birthday card for my 5-year-old granddaughter’s birthday.  It uses the Retired 2011-2012 accessories of the Maze and the Game Spinners.  I am disappointed these retired.  I will admit that I stocked up on the Game Spinners and Mazes last year.  They make such fun cards for children!

Julia's Birthday
Julia's Birthday

What will you miss now that the 2012-2013 Retired List is out?  Will you miss the Retiring Colors?  I will miss Pretty in Pink the most.  Which of you favorite stamp sets are Retiring?  Are there any papers you need to finish projects?  What Big Shot Dies are Retiring that are on your Wish List?  I know quite a few of my favorite Big Shot Items are Retiring including the Fancy Favor Die, the Candy Wrapper Die, and the Petal Cone Die.  The big Marker Kit with all the Markers is Retiring!  Lots of Punches are retiring including the Blossom Petals Punch which I have been using a lot lately to make 3D Flowers.   I will miss the Elegant BouquetElegant Lines, and Vintage Wallpaper Embossing Folders.  All the Color Collection Brads and Buttons are Retiring.  All the Designer Series Papers, Color Collection Paper Stacks, and Scrapping Kits are Retiring.  I use the Scallop Heart of Heart Embosslit a lot for Wedding and Anniversary cards.


What will you miss most?  What will you regret not buying now to use for your projects?  You know the prices on EBay will be a lot higher!  The remaining items won’t be on the Clearance Rack until Thanksgiving (late November) if Stampin’ Up! does the same as last year.  And there is NO Guarantee that the items you want will show up in the Clearance Rack.  I know the items I want always sell out in the first couple of days.


I always wonder what Stampin’ Up! will be bringing in instead!  We know the NEW ink and card stock colors.  As a Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator I was able to order a few things from the NEW Catalog on April 24th.  I will receive my order AND my NEW CATALOG sometime today!!!!!    So expect a few projects in the next few weeks using my new toys!


Would you like to have some NEW Catalog items before May 31st?  Contact me about joining me and Stampin’ Up!  You can order select items (up to $155 in merchandise through May 30th) from the NEW Catalog for your $99 Starter Kit.  There is a $300 minimum per quarter sales requirement to remain a member of Stampin’ Up!

I have just opened a NEW Training Site to help those Demonstrators who join me.  So if you don’t live close by (and even if you do) I will have some Training and Help for you.  I will also keep in contact with you via email, phone calls, and maybe even Skype.

Happy Stamping and Dreaming!


I finally decided what to do with my Epic Day This and That Journal.  I am choosing to Doodle and play around with it.  So there is no theme, just testing out a few things.  Remember the 15% Bundle Discount ends April 30th.  The items will be in the NEW Catalog but apparently won’t be Bundled like this or at such a great discount.  Have fun playing with yours!
This & That Journal-Front CoverThis & That Journal-Inside Front Cover & Crumb Cake PageThis & That Journal-Crumb Cake Page w/ Pocket & Chevron Page


Ink pads used:
Cajun Craze
Raspberry Ripple
Midnight Muse
Primrose Petals
Island Indigo
Markers used:
Island Indigo
Garden Green
Raspberry Ripple/Cherry Cobbler
A Round Array
Rotary Stamp
Delicate Doilies
Word Play
Card Stock:
Whisper White
Daffodil Delight
Basic Gray
Silver Glimmer
Red Glimmer
Epic Day DSP (comes in Bundle)
Epic Day Stickers (Comes in Bundle)
Big Shot:
Delicate Doilies Sizzlits Die #126999
Sweet Button Embosslit
1-1/4″ Scallop Circle
7/8″ Scallop Circle
Sponge Dauber
Glue Dots
Washi Tape (comes in Bundle)
Pop-Up Posies Kit flower parts

1.  Front Cover.  I used my Island Indigo Marker to trace the debossed hexagons on the front cover.  The Green Banner and the  “You Only Live Once, but if you do it right, once is enough” are stickers that come in the Bundle.  I traced around the sticker edges with Markers.  The small hexagons are also stickers that I traced around.  I punched 1-1/4″ Scallop Circles-one Silver Glimmer Paper and one Red Glimmer Paper.  I stamped two images from the A Round Array stamp set, punched them out with the 7/8″ Scallop Circle Punch and layered them on the Glimmer Paper Scallop Circles with Dimensiionals.  I stamped two images from the A Round Array stamp set in two hexagons.  I then wrote the letter “N” with the brush tip of the Raspberry Ripple Marker.  I learned calligraphy quite a few years ago and this is my favorite way to write an “N”.
2.  Inside Front Cover.  I choose a piece of the Designer Series Paper to cover the Chipboard.  I cut it 6-3/8″ x 8″.  I used the retired Spiral Border Punch to punch the holes to attach to the Spiral Binding.  My DIL thought it came this way.  I have lots of flower parts left over from the Pop-Up Posies Kit and used 2 Pool Party and 2 Calypso Coral ones for the flowers.  I used my Big Shot and the Sweet Buttons embosslit to cut Calypso Coral and Daffodil Delight Buttons.  I used two buttons for the center of the flowers.  I used Markers to accent the raised areas of the buttons.
3.  Crumb Cake Page.  I used the Delicate Doilies and Word Play stamp sets and the Raspberry Ripple and Midnight Muse ink pads to decorate this page.  I will probably add something else later.
4.  Crumb Cake Page with Pocket.  I used Sponge Daubers to accent the edges of the envelopes that came in the pocket. I stamped a few Midnight Muse Delicate Doilies.  I also used the Rotary Stamp and Cherry Cobbler ink to stamp the date.
5.  Chevron Page.  I cut out the Delicate Doilies Sizzlet, which I love but don’t use as much as I would like.  I used Daffodil Delight card stock and sponged the edges with Cajun Craze.  I stamped all the sayings from the Rotary Stamp on a scrap strip of Whisper White card stock.  I used a variety of ink pads that were laying around on my Craft Table.  I attached it with the Washi Tape that comes in the Bundle.  I had the Basic Gray Zig Zag strip (Cut from the Tasteful Trim XL die) laying on my Craft Table so I added it at the top of the page.

I will show you more pages as I finish them.

Happy Doodling in your This and That Journal!

Here are the Retiring Lists!  Get what you want while supplies last!  Ends June 3, 2013.

Retiring Stamps:  PDF  Sortable Excel File (updated Excel File)
Retiring Stamps are available until June 3, 2013.

Retiring Accessories:  PDF  Sortable Excel File
Retiring Accessories are available only while supplies last!

All items are available in My Online Store.  If an item is on the list but you can’t find it in My Online Store that item has sold out.

Happy Shopping!

Today is the last day to claim your FREE Playful Polka Dots Download if you have “Liked” Stampin’ Up! on Facebook.   I have had this download since it came out.  I liked the Scrappin’ Kit so I also wanted the download.  Also there is a NEW MDS Promotion starting May 1st.  Check back here for details.

The Downloads today include:  FREE Playful Polka Dots Kit, Delight in the Day II Designer Series Paper, See You Next Year Photobook Template, and Two by Two stamp brush.  Remember, you can recolor any paper or embellishment if you don’t like the colors.  The item will be in monochromatic shades of the color you choose.  Photobooks are totally customizable.  You can move, delete, and add what you want to make the Photobook you are happy with.  All the gray squares are for photos.

Tomorrow, Wednesday, April 24th the Retiring List comes out.  Check here for your Downloadable, Printable Copy!

Here is a card I made with the Playful Polka Dots Download.  The sentiment is from the Spring Fever Digital Kit.  The New Downloads for today are below the card.

Happy Digital Stamping!

MDS Playful Polka Dots and Spring Fever


FREE Playful Polka Dots Digital Kit  #126027  $FREE
Make your summer memories pop with our Playful Polka Dots Kit. These paper patterns and accents help you achieve flawless coordination with ease. The kit includes four Designer Series paper patterns, 55 embellishments, and a one-page 11″ x 8-1/2″ designer template.
Coordinating colors include: Daffodil Delight, Old Olive, Pumpkin Pie, and Rose Red.
Playful Polka Dots Kit --Digital Download

Delight In The Day Ii Designer Series Paper – Digital Download  #134593  $4.95
Download includes:
* 12 Designer Series Papers
* A fresh new take on our classic paper from the Delight in the Day Photobook
Colors:   Gumball Green, Midnight Muse, Primrose Petals, Raspberry Ripple, Sahara Sand, Summer Starfruit
Delight In The Day II Designer Series Paper - Digital Download
See Ya Next Year Photobook Template – Digital Download  #134509  $17.95
Download includes:
* 26-page designer photobook template (11″ x 8-1/2″)
* 88-piece SVG stamp brush set
* 6 Designer Series Papers
* 15 embellishments
* 3 punches
* Digital exclusive
* Make your own yearbook customized with your activities and fun pictures throughout the school year and have your friends autograph it
Colors:   Basic Gray, Calypso Coral, Crushed Curry, Gumball Green, Marina Mist, Midnight Muse, Pool Party, Sahara Sand, Whisper White
See Ya Next Year Photobook Template - Digital Download
Two By Two Stamp Brush – Digital Download  #134537  $1.95
Download includes:  * 1-piece SVG stamp brush
Two By Two Stamp Brush - Digital Download

This is a fun Mini Album to put pictures and mementos from a single event or weekend trip.  Choose your Designer Series Paper and your card stock colors and you have finished the hard part.  Cutting and assembly is quick and easy.  So grab your papers and your Paper Trimmer and let’s get started!  I will tell you what I used.  Tweak it to make you happy!  You can complete this Mini Album in about 15 minutes after you have chosen your papers and cut them.
Cute & Quick Mini Album

Stamps:  Feel Goods w#129681  c#129684   digital #133272
A Round Array #133899 (Spring Surprise Bundle with 7/8″ Scallop Circle Punch)
Ink:  Primrose Petals
Card Stock:  Very Vanilla
Summer Starfruit
Primrose Petals
Print Poetry Designer Series Paper Stack (4-1/2″ x 6-1/2″) #129312
Big Shot:  Labels Collection Framelits#125598
Punches:  1-1/4″ Scallop Circle #127811
1″ Circle #119868
7/8″ Scallop Circle #129404
Other:  Summer Starfruit Stitched Satin Ribbon
Hole Punch.  I used my Crop-a-dile.
SNAIL Adhesive
Simply Scored Tool #122334

1.  Cut two pieces each of Primrose Petals and Summer Starfruit at 4-1/4″ x 10″.
2.  Score and Fold.
~Primrose Petals #1:  3-1/4″
~Primrose Petals #2:  3-3/4″
~Summer Starfruit #1:  4-1/4″
~Summer Starfruit #2:  4-3/4″
3.  Line up and layer the scored lines together so you can see each piece is evenly layered as shown in picture.
4.  Mini Album Assembly.  Punch two holes on the score lines and even distance in from each scored edge.  Punch through all the layers at once if possible.  Thread your Ribbon through the holes and tie a knot.  Trim Ribbon ends if desired.
5.  Now for the Designer Series Paper.  I am numbering the pages for you so you know which page to put the Designer Series Paper on.  The top one is Page 1.
~Page 2.  3-1/2″ x 4″
~Page 4.  4-1/2″ x 4″
~Page 6.  5-1/4″ x 4″
~Page 8.  6-1/4″ x 4″
~Page 1.  Two scraps:  3/4″ x 4″AND 1″ x 4″
Adhere with SNAIL.
6.  Now to decorate the front of your Mini Album.  Stamp sentiment in Primrose Petals ink on Very Vanilla card stock.  Cut out with the desired Label Framelit.  Choose the next larger Framelit and cut one out of Summer Starfruit.  Adhere the two pieces together with Dimensionals.    Position the layered labels on Page 1  Put Dimensionals on the Back part of the Labels that will touch the front cover.  You don’t want to adhere it to any other pages
7.  For the finishing touch.  Punch a 1-1/4″ Scallop Circle from Primrose Petals card stock.  Now punch a 1″ Summer Starfruit Circle.  Adhere these two layers with SNAIL.  Stamp your “A Round Array” image on Very Vanilla card stock.  (Oops!  It looks like I used Whisper White card stock!)  Punch out with the 7/8″ Scallop Circle.  Adhere your sentiment with Dimensionals to the other punched layers.  Adhere to your Label Framelits with SNAIL.
8.  Now add your photos, mementos, doodles, and journaling.
9.  Now you can look at this Mini Album and enjoy some great memories!

Happy Album Making!

We will be making ten double-sided 8″ x 8″ Scrapbook pages at my next Class.  I used the Afternoon Daydream Scrappin’ Kit, but you could use any Scrappin’ Kit or combination of card stock and Designer Series Paper.  I thought I would show you one double-sided page for this post.  This will be the first page in the album.

I will be typing up directions for this class and will also include the cutting directions.  These ten double-sided pages fit in ten page protectors.  If you buy a Scrappin’ Kit from me before May 31st I will email you the directions as a Thank You.  If you buy from My Online Store, please email me and request the directions.  I probably won’t have them finished for a week or two, but can put you on the list.  These directions can be used with any Scrappin’ Kit.  The card stock colors, Designer Series Papers, and Die Cuts will give each set of pages a different look.  These directions will use approximately one half a Scrappin’ Kit.

Afternoon Daydream 8x8 Scrapbook Page 1 - FrontBACK
Afternoon Daydream 8x8 Scrapbook Page 1 - Back

All Supplies come from the Scrappin’ Kit except Whisper White card stock and the Oval Framelit and a strip for punching.
Afternoon Daydream Scrappin’ Kit #126927  (or Scrappin’ Kit or papers of your choice)
Oval Collection Framelits  #129381 (or Framelits of your choice)
Scallop Trim Border Punch  #118402  (Or Border punch of your choice)
8″ x 8″ Page Protctors  (pkg of 20)  #127689
Lots of SNAIL Adhesive

These pages fit nicely in our 8″ x 8″ Scrapbook Albums.
Crumb Cake Linen Ring Album  #127688
Early Espresso Linen Ring Album  #127687
Daffodil Delight Designer Printed Ring Album #129303

1.  Cutting instructions:
~Pool Party Page 8″ x 8″
~Gray card stock 2″ x 8″
~Whisper White card stock slightly larger than the Framelit you want to use
~Whisper White 1″ x 8″.  Punch with your Border Punch along one side
~Designer Series Paper 2″ x 8″
Everything else shown is from the Scrappin’ Kit.  Use the die cuts that come in your Scrappin’ Kit.
2.  Front of Page.  Adhere your Whisper White Punched Border to the back of your 2″ x 8″ Designer Series Paper (I used the Gray Print).  Adhere to the left side of the page leaving a  about a 1/4″ of the Pool Party page showing.  Cut your Whisper White with the desired large Framelit.  Adhere in desired position on page.  Embellish with die cuts from your Kit.  I also added a small Rhinestone to the center of the Butterfly body.
3.  Back of Page.  Make sure your page is in the correct position so the top will be the same on both sides.  Add your 2″ x 8″ Gray card stock to the bottom of the page leaving a  1/2″ border of Pool Party showing.  Adhere one of the Border pieces (cut to 8″) to the top of the Gray card stock.  Use die cuts to embellish as desired.  I also added another small Rhinestone to the center of the Butterfly Body.
4.  Add photos, journaling, or mementos to the pages.
5.  There that wasn’t too hard was it!

Happy Scrapping!

This cute little Punch Art Bear is fun to make and give Bear Lovers of all ages!  This is a quick card to put together if you have all the different punches.  The card front  is embossed with the Honeycomb embossing folder since Bears do LOVE Honey.

P.S.  The Retiring List comes out next Wednesday!!!!!  I can also Preorder some things from the NEW Catalog on Wednesday.  (One of the perks of being a Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator!!!)

I am counting down the days and wondering what wonderful NEW things will be in the NEW Catalog.  I am hoping for a couple of Hexagon Punches and some flocked Window Sheets like the ones in the Candlelight Christmas Specialty Designer Series Paper from the Holiday 2012 Catalog.  I always like new things to use with my Big Shot: Embossing Folders, Edgelits & Framelits, and Dies.  I am also excited to see if the NEW Returning Colors are the same as they were before.  I really liked a lot of them and kept the ink pads and a little bit of card stock.  (Of course I will have to get the NEW Ink Pads!)  Now I can compare.  The Designer Series Paper Stacks will be updated with the NEW Colors AND NEW Patterns!

I also found out today that if you join Stampin’ Up! between April 24 and May 30th you can choose Preorder items for your Starter Kit merchandise!!!

Well now that I have shared my excitement with you, let’s get back to our cute Punch Art Birthday Bear Card.
Punch Art Bear

Stamps:  Delightful Dozen w#122650  c#122652  Digital #127597
Ink:  Early Espresso
Card Stock:  Very Vanilla
Early Espresso
Cumball Green
Basic Black
Big Shot:  Honeycomb Embossing Folder #129378
Punches:  2-1/2″ Circle for head  #120906
3/4″ Circle for paws and ear insides  #119873
1″ Circle for Ears  #119868
1/2″ Circle for Eyes and Nose  #119869
Large Oval for face/snout  #19855
Other:  Uni-Ball Signo White Gel Pen  #105021
SNAIL or Tombow Multipurpose Liquid Glue
Glue Dots

1.  Cut your Gumball Green card base at 5-1/2″ x 8-1/2″.  Score and fold at 4-1/4″.
2.  Cut a 4″ x 5-1/4″ piece of Very Vanilla.  Run it through your Big Shot with the Honeycomb embossing folder.  Adhere to card base.
3.  Cut your Gumball Green at 2-1/2″ x 3″.  Cut your Very Vanilla at 2-1/4″ x 2-3/4″.  Stamp the sentiment in Early Espresso ink towards the lower left corner since the Bear will cover the upper right corner.  Adhere the Stamped Very Vanilla to the Gumball Green layer.  Lay on top of your card for now.  We will attach it after we have made and attached our Bear.
4.  Now to make your Bear.  Punch the pieces.
~Early Espresso: Head=2-1/2″ Circle, Ears=1″ Circle, Paws=3/4″ Circle
~Very Vanilla:  Face=Large Oval, Inner Ears=3/4″ Circles
~Basic Black:  Eyes and Nose=1/2″ Circle
5.  Assemble your Bear.  Adhere the Inner and Outer Ears together.  Adhere the Very Vanilla Face to the outer edge of the 2-1/2″ Circle Head leaving room at the top of the Large Oval Face to slip the Eyes under slightly.  Now position and adhere your eyes slipping the bottoms just under the Oval Face.  Add the Nose to the Face.  Now lay the Bear on the Sentiment and position both including deciding where to position the ears so everything will look nice AND fit inside the envelope.  Adhere the Sentiment.  Now adhere the Bear’s Ears to the Head.  Put Dimensionals on the back of the Bear Head and Ears.  Adhere to Sentiment and Card Front.  Now add the paws slipping them slightly under the Bear Head.  Now for the finishing touch.  Draw a “comma” on each eye with your White Gel Pen.  You can also draw on whisker marks around the nose if you want.  I like mine without.  Wahoo!!!  You have made a Really Cute Bear!!!
6.  Admire your cute little Bear!

Happy Stamping!

My Digital Studio Downloads and Project IdeasHere are the newest MDS Downloads.  Beautiful Birthday, On Holiday Photobook Template, and Wonderful Mother Stamp Brush Set.  The Photos and Details are below.

Also, My Digital Studio.net has been updated with a whole new look so check it out.  There is even a whole page of the FREE Downloads.

I am in the process of making a NEW My Digital Studio video showing you how to make your own printables.  Hopefully it will be ready for next Tuesday.  Since the price of My Digital Studio has gone down it is easier to add this to your crafting tools.

My favorite way to use it:  Email a card or photo page to brighten someone’s day.  It usually takes about 5 minutes to make a card front to email.  This time includes changing my mind quite a few times until I get the look I like.  Just like card making with “Real” card stock and embellishments, but with no waste of your supplies!

Also My Digital Studio lets you use ALL the retiring and previously retired colors and you get the new colors updated for FREE.  (Usually within a few days of their release!) Here is a video from Stampin’ Up!  The newest Downloads are below the video.

April 16th My Digital Studio Downloads

Beautiful Birthday Stamp Brush – Digital Download #134538 $1.95
Download includes:  * 1-piece stamp brush
Beautiful Birthday Stamp Brush - Digital Download
On Holiday Photobook Template – Digital Download  #134376  $19.95
Download includes:
* 24-page designer photobook template (12″ x 12″)
* 47-piece SVG stamp brush set
* 12 Designer Series Papers
* 15 embellishments
* Digital exclusive
* Show off all those stops from your passport with this great new travel photobook
Colors:   Basic Black, Crumb Cake, Island Indigo, Pear Pizzazz, Raspberry Ripple, Soft Sude, Summer Starfruit, Tangerine Tango
On Holiday Photobook Template - Digital Download
Wonderful Mother Stamp Brush Set – Digital Download  #134536  $2.95
Download includes:
* 3-piece SVG stamp brush set
Wonderful Mother Stamp Brush Set - Digital Download

Hostess Offer available thru May 30, 2013.  Host a party of $350 or more and get $30 more in FREE Hostess Products!    This includes:
~Workshop Orders. 
 Schedule a Party or Private Class with me and include your friends.
~Customer Orders.  Contact me
 to place your order and get the Retiring Products you want.  (You must buy the whole $350 merchandise yourself with this option.)
~Online Orders.  
You can include Retiring and Clearance Products!  (You must buy the whole $350 merchandise yourself with this option.)
~Hostess Code.  Contact me so You and your friends can use the Hostess Code to have their Online Orders count towards your Hostess Benefits.  Take turns so you can ALL earn the Hostess Benefits!
~Join Stampin’ Up! and get an extra $30 of merchandise with your Starter Kit!  ($155 of merchandise for just $99!!)  Contact me for more details on Joining Stampin’ Up!  Or you can check HERE for more information.
~Note:  All Hostess Benefits Products must come from the 2012-2013 Annual Catalog and/or the Spring 2013 Catalog.  Retiring items are included.  Clearance items are not included.   (If I understand correctly.)

Happy Decisions!

We made this Oh Whale Card in my Stamp Class on Friday.  This is a cute Children’s Card that can be used for any occasion.  I really enjoy the coordinating Clearlit to cut out the Whale and other little things like the fish and anchor.  My grandson was over last week as I was making this card.  He stamped and die cut his Whale.  We had to put on a Googly Eye instead of just leaving the the eye white.  I have included the numbers for the items I used that are also Digital for use with My Digital Studio.
Oh Whale Children's Card

Stamps:  Oh Whale w#129129  c#129132  Digital #131462
Ink:  Pacific Point
Gumball Green
Midnight Muse Marker to color anchor
Melon Mambo Marker to color fish
Card Stock:  Pacific Point
Bashful Blue (Retiring)
Whisper White
Sunshine and Sprinkles Designer Series Paper #126922  Digital #130670
Big Shot:  Cloudy Day Embossing Folder #127022
Happy Whale Clearlits Die #129403
Other:  Dimensionals
Tombow Multipurpose Liquid Glue
(Optional) Oh Wave! Stampin’ Around Jumbo Wheel #130105 (Need Jumbo Handle #103661)

1.  Cut your Pacific Point card base at 5-1/2″ x 8-1/2″.  Score and fold at 4-1/4″.
2.  Cut your Bashful Blue card front at 4″ x 5-1/4″.  Run through your Big Shot using the Cloudy Day embossing Folder.  Adhere to your card base with either SNAIL or Tombow Glue.  If I am giving this to a child under 5-years-old I adhere everything with Tombow Glue.
3.  Cut your “Ocean Waves” Sunshine & Sprinkles paper at 2″ x 5-1/4″.  Drag the edges on your Pacific Point ink pad to add some color and contrast.  Adhere to your Bashful Blue card front.  (Note:  There is a Jumbo Wheel that has waves that you can use instead of the Sunshine & Sprinkles paper.  Children do love using wheels so they could roll out the waves for you.)
4.  Stamp your Whale in Gumball Green on Whisper White card stock.  Make sure you leave enough room around the Whale so the other images can be cut out.  Now line up your Happy Whale Clearlit over your Whale and cut it out with your Big Shot.  Save the extra die cut images you want to use.  Adhere the Whale with either Dimensionals or Tombow Glue.
5.  Stamp the desired “Water Spout” image above the Whale using Pacific Point ink.
 Color the die cut fish with Melon Mambo Marker (or desired color marker) and the die cut anchor with the Midnight Muse Marker.  Adhere with Tombow Glue.
7.  Admire your cute Whale card.

Happy Stamping!

We are making this fun “Man” Card today at my Stamp Class.  My grandson helped design it.  I gave him a few choices and between us we came up with this card.  The Soda Pop Tops/Bottle Caps are easy to work with and make a great “manly” embellishment.  Most guys do like “hardware” of some sort.  Except for the drying time this card is really quick to make.
Soda Pop Bottle Cap Man's Card

Stamps:  Curly Cute w#117014  c#120510
Ink:  Early Espresso
Card Stock:  Crumb Cake
Chocolate Chip
Very Vanilla
Comfort Cafe Designer Series Paper #126898
Big Shot:  Stripes Embossing Folder #123128
Heart Framelits
Punch:  Square-any larger size to cut ends of Banner
Other:  Soda Pop Tops (Bottle Caps) #129388
Paper Trimmer
Crystal Effects #101055
Glue Dots

1.  First we need to do our Soda Pop Tops/Bottle Cap so it can dry while we are making our card.  We will flatten it out with our Big Shot.  Don’t worry, it works great and you don’t need strong muscles to crank the handle!  They look about the same whether you put them with the flat part at the top or touching the cutting pad.  Open all the Tabs on your Big Shot’s Multipurpose Platform.  Put a cutting pad down, as usual.  Now put your Soda Pop Tops/Bottle Cap(s) on the Cutting Pad.  Put a Cutting Pad on top.  Run through your Big Shot.  It makes less cracking sounds than using Framelits.
2.  Cut a 3/4″ square of Chocolate Chip card stock.  Adhere it inside your Soda Pop Tops/Bottle Cap with Glue Dots.  I put one on each corner.  Cut a 1/2″ square of Crumb Cake card stock.  Adhere it with Glue Dots on top of the Chocolate Chip square inside the Soda Pop Tops/Bottle Caps.  Now squeeze in some Crystal Effects.  Gently swirl tip to get rid of any bubbles and to cover the whole inside of your Bottle Cap.  Set aside somewhere so it won’t get bumped.  (Optional:  you can put Glue Dots on the bottom of the Bottle Cap BEFORE you add the Crystal Effects.  Just put the Glue Dot paper over the Glue Dots so you can easily adhere it before the Crystal Effects completely dries.)
3.  Cut your Crumb Cake card base at 5-1/2″ x 8-1/2″.  Score and fold at 4-1/4″.
4.  Cut your Chocolate Chip card stock at 4-1/4″ x 5-1/2″.  Run through your Big Shot with the Stripes embossing folder.  Adhere to card base.  (Note:  I put SNAIL on the card base so I don’t flatten out my embossing.  It also helps to put a Glue Dot on each corner.)
5.  Use the largest smooth Heart Framelit to cut your Comfort Cafe Designer Series Paper.  I had the straight edge of the DSP at the part of the Heart Framelit just before it started to curve to make the top of the Heart.  Adhere with SNAIL.  I would recommend putting Glue Dots on the upper corners.
6.  Cut your Very Vanilla 1″ x at least 4-1/4″ for your Banner.  Stamp your sentiment in Early Espresso using the Stamp-a-ma-jig if desired.  Use your Square Punch or Hearts-a-Flutter Banner Framelit or Scissors to cut the notches from your Banner.  Adhere to card front with Dimensionals.
7.  When your Crystal Effects in your Soda Pop Tops/Bottle Cap is dry (at least an hour or two, but best left overnight to dry) adhere with Glue Dots to your Designer Series Paper.
8.  Enjoy the dimension and shine of the Crystal Effects on your Bottle Cap Card!

Happy Stamping!

Things you should know.Do you like CLEAR Stamps?  Stampin’ Up! has added another Photopolymer Stamp Set today.  It is called Bombs Away Birthday.  I love Birthday Stamp Sets.  I wish they would have released this one first since I have had several birthdays recently.  Here is a Flyer with the information.  Stampin’ Up! is offering Photopolymer Stamps as a trial.  If enough of us buy them, they will make more!  So if you like CLEAR stamps, buy them, test them out and see if you like them.  For only $13.95 you can have a lot of fun and make lots of NEW cards!  You can watch the video below learn more about Stampin’ Up’s Photopolymer Stamps.

Happy Stamping!

Bombs Away Birthday Stamp Set

My Paper Pumpkin is a Monthly Craft Surprise in your mailbox!  It has everything needed to make the project(s) included except adhesive for only $19.95 plus tax.  You must sign up by the 10th of the month (TODAY) to start getting your own Monthly Craft Surprise Kit in your mailbox!

These are the cards I made with the Welcome Kit.  When you join My Paper Pumpkin you will get the Welcome Kit the first month, then you will get the Kit of the Month the next month.  You cannot catch up on missed Kits.  If you decide to upgrade or embellish your Kit, you can use your own supplies from your stash.  If you make all four cards in the Welcome Kit the same it will take you about 30 minutes.  It took me about an hour and a half to make these four cards.  Part of the time was spent thinking of how to use all the supplies in the Kit but make the cards look different.

These things are included in the Welcome Kit:  4 envelopes, 4 gray/white card bases (already scored), 4 light-colored card fronts, 1 sheet of self-adhesive die cuts, 4 buttons, 2 Clear Mount stamps, 1 Clear Mount Block D, 1 Basic Gray Stampin’ Spot ink pad (you can reink Stampin’ Spots with ink refills so you can use them for a long time.), Instructions in 4 languages with a Photo on the front.

Card 1.  Here is the card I made following the directions included in the Kit.

My Paper Pumpkin Welcome Kit-Card 1Card 2.  I used the Honeycomb Embossing Folder.  (Note:  you will have to trim either the top or bottom of the card because the embossing will distort it and make it look crooked.)  Cut the light card front paper at 2-3/8″ x 4″.   Stamp “Hey there” on part of the light colored print that is leftover.  Punch out with a Large Oval Punch.  Punch an Extra-Large Oval out of Lucky Limeade.  Adhere to card front with Dimensionals.  I also used Lucky Limeade Baker’s Twine to tie the bow in the button.  I adhered the Button with Glue Dots.
My Paper Pumpkin Welcome Kit-Card 2
Card 3.  I embossed the light card front with the Chevron embossing folder.  I also stamped the “Hey There” on part of the left over card front from Card 2 and punched it out with an Extra -Large Oval Punch.  I sponged the Oval with Lucky Limeade ink and then adhered it to the card front with Dimensionals.  I also used Lucky Limeade Baker’s Twine in the Button.
My Paper Pumpkin Welcome Kit-Card 3
Card 4.  I used the Window Frames Framelit to cut the card front this time.  Then stamped the “Hey There” directly on the Window Frame.  I also used the Lucky Limeade Baker’s Twine to tie a bow on the Button again..
My Paper Pumpkin Welcome Kit-Card 4

Now that you have some examples from the My Paper Pumpkin Welcome Kit maybe you are ready to give it a Test Drive.  Contact me and I will register you OR you can sign yourself up HERE.  Please choose me as your Demonstrator.  You can also skip a month when needed or cancel anytime.

Happy Paper Pumpkin Adventure!

I really enjoy the variety of content available for My Digital Studio.  I am so glad they come out with new downloads every Tuesday!  Here is a card I whipped together last night.  I hope you enjoy today’s card.  The 3 Downloads focus on a Love, Mom, and Graduation.

MDS Birds of a Feather card

MDS Birds of a Feather card

Happy Digital Stamping!


Because I Love You Swatchbook Template – Digital Download  #134373  $12.95
Download includes:
* 26-page swatchbook designer template
* 29-piece SVG stamp brush set
* 13 Designer Series Papers
* Digital exclusive
* Show mom how much you care by doing things she has done for you over the years
* This coupon book shows gestures of gratitude mixed with a little good humor
* Swap out pieces to customize
Colors:   Basic Gray, Calypso Coral, Lucky Limeade, Midnight Muse, Pool Party, Summer Starfruit, Tempting Turquoise, Whisper White
Because I Love You Swatchbook Template - Digital Download
For Mom Greeting Card Templates – Digital Download #133476  $2.95
Download includes:
* 1 designer greeting card template (7″ x 5″)
* 2 designer greeting card templates (5″ x 7″)
* 16-piece SVG stamp brush set
* Digital exclusive
* Be sweet or a little sassy with your choice of three cards for mom
Colors:   Basic Gray, Pink Pirouette, Pool Party, Pretty in Pink, Summer Starfruit, Whisper White
For Mom Greeting Card Templates - Digital Download
Pure Gumption Stamp Brush Set – Digital Download  #134535  $3.95
Download includes:
* 5-piece SVG stamp brush set
* Great for adding the finishing touch to your graduate’s card or gift
Pure Gumption Stamp Brush Set - Digital Download

I made this card for my Daughter’s and her DH’s first Anniversary.  This card would also probably look nice White on White with just a little color on the Butterflies.  Give either one a try.  I generally use my family members’ favorite colors when I make cards for them.

My DH and I are celebrating our Anniversary today.  I will show you the Anniversary Card I made for my DH later this week.  We are watching some movies this afternoon, going out to dinner and going to a Big Band Concert that also has singers and swing dancers.  It will be a fun day!  We will also be joining my Daughter and her husband for a play sometime this month.

Heart & Butterflies Anniversary Card

Stamps:  Papillon Potpourri w#123757  c#123759
Loving Thoughts w#125843  c#125845
Ink:  Garden Green
Midnight Muse
Bashful Blue Marker
Certainly Celery Marker
Card Stock:  Midnight Muse
Gumball Green
Bashful Blue
Silver Glimmer Paper
White Vellum Card Stock
Big Shot:  Heart Collection Framelits #125599
Lacy Brocade embossing folder #127819
Punch:  Elegant Butterfly #127526
Other:  SNAIL Adhesive
Glue Dots
White Gel Pen #105021

1.  Cut yourMidnight Muse card base at 5-1/2″ x 8-1/2″.  Score and fold at 4-1/4″.
2.  Cut your Gumball Green card front at 4″ x 5-1/4″.  Run through your Big Shot with the Lacy Brocade embossing folder.  Adhere to card base.
3.  Cut the Silver Glimmer Paper with the desired Heart Framelit.  Adhere to card front with Dimensionals or SNAIL.
4.  Stamp 1 large Butterfly in Midnight Muse ink.  Stamp 1 more Butterfly in Garden Green ink.  Let air dry for a few minutes or use your Heat Tool if you aren’t feeling very patient.  I wasn’t patient and used my Heat Tool on High to dry my ink.
5.  Color the back side of your Midnight Muse Butterfly with your Bashful Blue Marker.  Color the back of your Garden Green Butterfly with your Certainly Celery Marker.  Now you can punch out your Butterflies.
6.  Cut strip of Bashful Blue card stock at 1/2″ OR 3/4″ x 5-1/2″ OR 6″.  The card has been mailed so I don’t have the actual card to give you accurate measurements.  Sorry I didn’t write them down.  Stamp your sentiment using Garden Green ink.  You can get the notches at the ends of the banner by either cutting the with scissors, using a square punch, or using the Hearts a Flutter Banner Framelit.  Adhere with Dimensionals.
7.  I wrote on the inside with a White Gel Pen.  Make sure and let the ink air dry or dry it with your Heat Tool.  I forgot on one of my Valentine’s cards and my grandson keeps asking his mother to read that side of the card too.
8.  Admire your Anniversary Card and mail it off to the Happy Couple!

Happy Stamping!

Things you should know.Take advantage of the FREE SHIPPING that starts today, April 6, and ends Monday, April 8!  There are no requirements such as minimum order amount, or limits on how much you can order, or even how many orders you can place this weekend.  The only thing to note is that you must use Normal Shipping.  Expedited Shipping is NOT included.

Remember you can now stock up on all the Retiring Colors Ink Pads, Ink Refills, Card Stock and the Retiring In Colors.  These will be available only while supplies last.
~Retiring Colors:  Regal Rose, Pretty in Pink, Bashful Blue, Certainly Celery, Baja Breeze, Riding Hood Red, Bravo Burgundy, Not Quite Navy, More Mustard, and River Rock.
~Retiring In Colors:   Lucky Limeade.  The others are becoming Core Colors.

You can also take advantage of the Current Promotions.

I have already placed my order.  There were a few things I forgot to order when I placed my last order.  I also decided to stock up on adhesives since I always need those.  I also ordered a Basic Gray ink pad.  My Old Style Felt one hadn’t been used for a while (at least a couple of years) and it was bone dry.  So I will be getting a NEW Firm Foam Ink Pad.

We made this Flower Box using the Crepe Filter Paper from the Spring 2013 Catalog and a Kraft Box.  We used the Floral Frames Framelits to cut out our flowers.  I used the largest Floral Frames Framelits.  Everyone else chose the next two smaller sizes.  We decorated the front of the box with a smaller flower die cut from the Floral Frames Framelits.   that we stamped with the flower  from the Oh Hello Stamp set.  This is a quick project!  The Flower Box  can be filled with a variety of treats or gifts.  It it is the perfect size for cookies that have been stamped with Sweetly Pressed Cookie Stamps.
Flower Box: Creped Filter Paper meets Floral Frames Framelits

Stamps:  Oh Hello w#130730  c#130733
Markers:  Primrose Petals
Garden Green
Primrose Petals Ink Pad
Papers:  Creped Filter Paper #129393
Whisper White card stock
Big ShotL  Floral Frames Framelits #127012
Other:  Kraft Box #124106
Piercing Tool and Mat
Stamping Sponge
Glue Dots

1.  Take the whole stack of Crepe Filter Paper Circles.  Choose the Floral Frames Framelit in the size that you want your flower.  Make your sandwich using the Multipurpose Platform with all tabs closed, your cutting pad, the whole stack of the Crepe Filter Paper Circles, your desired Floral Frames Framelit, and finally your top cutting pad.  Yes, you can cut the whole stack at once!  Now, Pierce a hole in the center with your Piercing Tool.  Insert the desired brad.  It will show so choose one that coordinates.  I used a retired brad with a jewel.
2.  Now to shape your flower.  Take the top layer and scrunch it straight up.  Do the same with each layer, scrunching slightly less with each lower level.  Fluff up your Crepe Filter Paper Flower.
3.  Color your Oh Hello Flower with your Primrose Petals Markers.  Remoisten and stamp on Whisper White card stock.  Choose the desired Floral Frames Framelit and cut out the Flower that will decorate the front of your box.  Sponge around the edge with a Stamping Sponge and Primrose Petals ink.  Adhere to the front of your Kraft Box with either SNAIL or Glue Dots
4.  Adhere your Crepe Filter Paper Flower to the top of your box with 4-6 Glue Dots placed close to the center of the bottom layer.
5.  Admire your cute box.

Happy Flower Making and Gift Giving!

First:  Stampin’ Up! is offering FREE Shipping April 6-8.  (April 6 midnight Utah time through 11:50pm April 8 Utah Time.  Expedited shipping not included)  So if you have been wanting to try some new things like the This and That, the NEW Photopolymer stamps, or just want to finish getting the major things from your Wish List before the Retiring List comes out, now is the time to save on shipping costs.

Second:  Stampin’ Up! is also doing a “Color Refresh” to help us stay up-to-date with industry Color Trends.  They are taking out the TEN least used colors and adding in nine retired In Colors and one NEW Color!  This is Pretty exciting!  They are adding in some of my favorites to the Core Colors!!  The Retiring Colors are available starting today and only while supplies last!  So stock up on your favorites!  I will miss:  Pretty in Pink, Regal Rose, Bashful Blue, Certainly Celery.  I didn’t use the other Retiring Colors much.  I didn’t use Blushing Bride or Calypso Coral much, but I enjoyed all the others that are returning.  I am starting to enjoy these Color Updates!  OOOOh, I just remembered I will get to order these new colors starting April 24th!!!

As a Demonstrator I can qualify to get at least one Bundle (there are 3) of NEW Products at 20% off, 40% off, or for FREE depending on my Title.  I can also order items from the other Bundles, the NEW Colors, and the New In Color items.  I saw pictures today (which I am not allowed to show you until the NEW Catalog comes out).  There are always new Designer Series Papers.  The Bundles include new stamps, 2 new punches, two new embossing folders (one coordinates with a stamp, the other coordinates with a stamp set and a punch!), Washi Tape, Simply Pressed Clay and a Clay Mold!  Contact Me if you are interested in joining me to get these new items early.

Happy Stamping Transition!

Stampin’ Up! just issued this notice.
“Due to unforeseen problems with our supplier for Watercolor Wonder Crayons and Watercolor Pencils, we have decided to discontinue these two products.”

“Watercolor Pencils (item 101879) and Watercolor Wonder Crayons Brights Collection (item 119804), which have been on the Backorder Report for about a week, will no longer be available, effective immediately. If your order has not been shipped due to its status in backorder, we will not be able to fill it. We will soon begin processing refunds for these items. Keep in mind that it may take a few days to see the reimbursement in your account.”

“Now for the good news! We still have the remaining collections of the Watercolor Wonder Crayons available to order. The Subtles (item 119802), Neutrals (item 119805), and Regals (item 119803) Collections are only available while supplies last. Get ’em before they’re gone!”

Information for the Stampin’ Up! Catalog Transition is now available.  Out with the Old, In with the NEW!!!!!

~April 15th.  If you have placed an order with me between January of this year and April 15th I will order you a catalog to be delivered in the mail so you will get to see it earlier.  I will be placing my order on April 16th.
~April 24 – June 3.  Retiring List items available for purchase.  Some items are only while supplies last and sell out within a day or two.  The 2011-1013 In Color items will retire for sure.  The Designer Series Papers and Scrappin’ Kits usually retire (except for the Color Collection Paper Stacks).  Your guess is as good as mine on what will retire.  If there is something you really want or need I would suggest you get them before April 24th.
~May 30th.  Last day to order from the 2012-2013 Catalog.  (They didn’t mention this, but it seems logical to me.)
~May 31st.  We can order from the NEW Catalog!!!!!!!!!!!

~April 24th.  If you are a Demonstrator (like me) you can order selected items from the NEW Catalog including all the NEW In Color Items!!  Last year they offered a couple of Bundle options with nice discounts.  We will get to view our choices online usually a week earlier than this so we have time to choose what fits in our budgets.  We know we want it ALL, but our budget does demand that we control ourselves and choose wisely.  SO if you are interested in getting a 20% Discount on all your Stampin’ Up! Products AND want to order things from the NEW Catalog earlier than the general public…. Contact Me and I can give you the information you need to get started and become a member.  You can also click the Join My Team Tab at the top of the page.

Happy Dreaming!