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Project LIfe by Stampin’ Up! Gets MORE Awesome!

You know how much I love Project Life by Stampin’ Up!

Well, Stampin’ Up! has OUTDONE itself with a terrific new giveaway!

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You could win one of 100 PLxSU Card & Accessory Packs or the Grand Prize: ALL of the PLxSU products available in the product line!

Want to learn more about Project Life by Stampin’ Up!? Watch this video!

You can see the different things I’ve done with PLxSU here and here.

Enter the Giveaway here! Everyone is eligible, so share with your friends and family!

Good luck and watch my site for more PLxSU samples!

PLxSU Hello December Daily

Oh, how much I’m enjoying Project Life by Stampin’ Up! There are so many ways to use it. I’ve made cards with it; I’ve participated in 30 Days of Lists and I’m participating in the Currently List. Project Life makes it SO easy!

I want to participate in recording the ordinary happenings each day that leads to Christmas this year. The MINUTE I saw Stampin’ Up!’s new Cherry Cobbler 6″x8″ album in the Holiday supplement, I knew it would be my December Daily album! That there are also PLxSU cards and embellishments to go with it was the cherry on the top!

Cover of December Daily Album made with PLxSU supplies

Here is the cover. I used some retired Christmas DSP to cover the plain kraft colored cover. I used the 1″ Cherry Cobbler Sheer Linen Ribbon and a retired stamp for the tag.

First Page of December Daily Album PLxSU

Here are three of the “Hello December” PLxSU cards–I love them!!! This is likely to be my first/intro page. Over the next few weeks, I plan to determine which special events I want to prepare layouts for as well as creating layouts for the “normal” December days!

I want to be able to slip photos in and write my memories throughout the month and not stress about creating layouts at the same time. I’m prepping mine ahead of time, but you could just as easily make the album in January–after the stress of the holidays!

Here are photos that show the cards and embellishments you can get from my Stampin’ Up! store!

Hello December PL Cards Stampin' Up!

Hello December Accessory Pack PLxSU

Here are the products I am using for my Hello December daily album.
Cherry Cobbler 6″x8″ Project Life Album
Hello December Project Life Card Collection
Hello December Project Life Accessory Pack
Cherry Cobbler 1″ Sheer Linen Ribbon
Project Life December Wonder Photopolymer Stamps
Project Life Holiday Cheer Photopolymer Stamps

All of these supplies can be ordered in my online store by clicking directly on the name of the item, or by clicking the button below and choosing “2014 Holiday Catalog” and “2014 Holiday Supplement”.

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Project Life by Stampin’ Up!

One of the best things Stampin’ Up! has done for scrapbookers (besides My Digital Studio–LOVE!) is to partner with Becky Higgins and her Project Life memory keeping system.

Do you often feel swamped by the number of photos you want to scrapbook or the amount of supplies you need to pull out just to do a layout? Do those photo files stare at you, begging to be seen by someone other than you? I know that mine have been!

collage of scrapbooks

I have many scrapbooks of my daughter; I was a dedicated memory keeper. But about 5 years ago, I became overwhelmed by the sheer number of photos to scrap and the amount of time it took me to get out my supplies, choose what I wanted, make the layout and then,–the WORST part of all!!!–putting it all away again. It makes me tired just remembering it! So, I stopped making memory books for her (feeling guilty the whole time!).  :(

With Project Life by Stampin’ Up! (aka PLxSU), I can get my photos and memories put into albums 1, 2, 3!

Here’s a quick video introducing Project Life by Stampin’ Up!

While I’ll still use My Digital Studio when I want to be especially creative…now that I have Project Life, those photos are getting into albums! (P.S. You can mix your 12″x12″ full pages with PLxSU just fine! Yay!) Watch this blog for PLxSU ideas and inspiration, and follow my PLxSU Pinterest Board!

Are you interested in Project Life? Check out my online store for these materials:

Photo of basic supplies needed for PLxSU

Album choices are 6″x8″ and 12″x12″ with Photo Pocket Pages for both sizes. There are 5 Card Collections, plus another one in the Holiday Catalog! The Journaling Pens are great for writing on the cards! Of course, there are many more treats you can buy to enhance your PL experience, but these will get you started in fine style!

Project Life by Stampin’ Up!

December 7, 2014

Is it any surprise to anyone that I’m behind on recording my memories so far??? Well, I’m going to be good to myself and NOT WORRY about it… I know what I’ve been doing and the first week in December is the busiest in my month! I’ll catch up and share in the next week.

In the meantime… here are some more shots of my ready-and-waiting pages!

Days 11 & 12 Project Life by Stampin' Up Hello December

Project Life by Stampin' Up! Hello December pages 13-15

Project Life by Stampin' Up! Days 16-17

Project LIfe by Stampin' Up! Days 18-21

Project LIfe by Stampin' Up! Days 21-22

Project LIfe by Stampin' Up! Day 24

Project LIfe by stampin' Up Day 25

There is a page with room for more photos between days 25 & 26 which is why they look suspiciously similar… There will be lots of photos of family and fun!

Project LIfe by Stampin' Up! Day 26


We’ll be on a special vacation starting on the 27th, so there’s mostly room for journaling and a few photos at the end of the month!

PRoject Life by Stampin' Up Days 27-28

Project Life by Stampin Up day 29

Project Life by Stampin Up Dasy 30-31

And because New Year’s Eve is going to be extra special, there’s an extra page for that day!

Project Life by Stampin' Up! extra day 31

I hope you’re as excited to see what I put in the albums as I am! Are you making a daily memory album this December? I’d love to see your pages! Share your photos on my DianeStamps Facebook Page–I’d love to see them!

Here are the items I used for my album. You can get them in my Online Store!


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November 24, 2014

As promised, here are a few pages ready for me to record my holiday memories this December. There are spots for photos and for my thoughts!

Photo of Title Page of Hello December Daily Album

Title Page! I added punched stars from red Glimmer Paper.

Hello December days 1-2

I loved using Red and Silver Glimmer Paper to back the numbers. Liquid Multipurpose Glue is AWESOME to adhere the glimmer paper to the cards. The trick to using it–use a SMALL amount. Too much makes the edges gloppy, and the paper might buckle because it’s too wet!

Hello December Days 3-4

I love Project Life by Stampin’ Up! because I can rearrange the 4″x6″ or 3″x4″ cards to suit my needs. I don’t anticipate having a picture for either day, but there’s room for one if needed!

Hello December PLxSU Album days 5-6

Hello December PLxSU Album Days 7-8

I’ll add embellishments AS I HAVE TIME–one of the beautiful things about PLxSU is that I can make my pages as simple or complicated as I’d like! I love to just glue a few sequins on some of the printed images, or add a wooden embellishment to highlight my writing!

Hello December PLxSU Album Days 9-10

Remember, you can get everything, except the Cherry album which is sold out :( , in my online store!

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November 21, 2014

I’ve prepared a Hello December daily memory keeping album to track the mundane and the marvelous this holiday season! I used Stampin’ Up!’s Hello December products and their limited edition Cherry 6″x8″ PLxSU album!The supplies I used are below.

I’ll share the cover today! (Sorry, I used some retired SU Designer Series Paper and stamps to decorate the cover.)

Hello December Project Life Album Cover

You can order any of these supplies from my online store by clicking on the image of each item below. :)  Wow! The Cherry Album was limited! Stampin’ Up! informs us that that product is no longer available!!! You could substitute the Early Espresso album and it would be just as beautiful!

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October 24, 2014

Hmm…I was better at DOING 30 Days of Lists than I was at blogging them! LOL! Here are some of the lists I created:

Photo of a list for 30 Days of Lists

Photo of a Stampin' Up! card

30 Days of Lists photo

Photo of 30 Days of Lists

Photo of 30 Days List

August 26, 2014

Photo of 30 Days of Lists Blog Hop Photo

Today felt like a fun warm up for the 30 Days of Lists challenge starting in a few days! We were challenged to pick a list topic and create a list from it. I chose to list my “Celebrity Crushes” right now. (They change over time, of course!)

Celebrity Crushes List for 30 Days of Lists

I used more of my beloved Project Life by Stampin’ Up! card collections. This 4″x6″ card is from the Happiness Is collection. So, about the list…

The only long time celebrity crush for me is Sean Connery! I have loved him since I saw my first James Bond movie, “Goldfinger”, when I was about 10. I watched it on TV with my Dad a year or two before he died and it was insta-love! That accent! Those lips! Oh! He’s only gotten better looking!

I also have the creepy cougar crush on Niall Horan from One Direction. I started my creepy cougar crushing 9 years ago when High School Musical and Zac Ephron became superstars. Channing Tatum. That’s all I have to say about Chan.

OK, that’s the end of my creepy cougar crushing. The others on this list are musicians, actors and one author (Jill Shalvis) that I just love. I love their voices, their characters, the way their art makes me see the world.

Anywho…that’s my list. I’d love it if you joined me in the 30 Days of Lists challenge! Click on the logo with the notepaper and pen illustration to go to the website!

August 17, 2014

I decided to use my Stampin’ Up! Espresso 6″x8″ Project Life Album to record my 30 Days of Lists. So, tonight, I put together the pages I’m likely to need.

Here’s the title page (which I’m only using to separate the project from the rest of my PLxSU layouts):

Photo of the cover page for the 30 Days of List section in my Stampin' Up! Espresso Album

I pulled together random scraps from my bin and arranged them on the Pumpkin Pie background. The oval stamped image is one I stamped last year and just couldn’t toss!

Photo of cards in pocket pages of Espresso Album.

I used a variety of cards from 5 PLxSU Card Collections:

  • Happiness Is
  • Love Story
  • Playground
  • Everyday Adventure
  • Seasonal Snapshot (available in the Holiday Catalog and covers back to school, Halloween, Thanksgiving and Christmas. You’re going to want it!)

I anticipate that I might need to use more than one card per list or that some lists will be short and I’ll embellish! No worries; I’m going to have fun with this! See you in September!

Here are the supplies I used, all exclusive to Stampin’ Up!:

Thanks, You’re a Star!

I love that Stampin’ Up! has just the things I need when I need them! This time, I needed stars.

My daughter and I just finished a R.A.D. Women course in a nearby town. Because the majority of the police officer instructors were male, I knew that I’d need some masculine cards to send thank yous to the team–who were STARS! Fortunately, the upcoming Holiday Catalog offers lots of starry options!

Masculine Thank You Cards using the Confetti Stars Punch from Stampin Up!

Do you see the starry goodness on these cards??? That’s the new  Confetti Star Punch coming your way in the Holiday Catalog!!! (If you need one, shoot me an email!) There is also a star embossing folder, and, even though I didn’t use it for these, the Big Shot  with 15% of the Bright & Beautiful Bundle is still going on!  I DID use the Big Shot to cut our the word bubble and large star! I LOVE my Big Shot!

Hey There Buds Thank You Card from Stampin'Up!

Because one of the instructors was a female and a friend, I was able to create a more feminine card for her! I used similar colors as those with the masculine cards, but it gave me a chance to use more color and break out my Hey There Buds stamp! Isn’t it adorable? I used the sun from Kinda Eclectic also. I love the look it creates behind the flower. There’s a little depth on the flowers because I stamped it twice and cut out the three major flowers and then used Stampin’ Dimensionals to pop them up. I didn’t forget the bling!!!

I had so much fun making these cards! Order the supplies below!

Hey There Buds Wood Stamp
Regarding Dahlias Stamp Set (“thank you” sentiment)
Just Sayin’ Stamp Set (“Awesome Thanks!” sentiment)
2014-2016 In Colors Stampin’ Write Markers
3/8″ Stitched Satin Ribbon, Hello Honey
Word Bubbles Framelits
Stars Framelits
Big Shot Die Cutting Machine (buy it and get the next item at 15% off!!!)
Bright & Beautiful Stars Bundles
Rhinestone Basic Jewels
Stampin’ Dimensionals (I don’t think I can make a card without these!)
Confetti Star Punch (Sorry, you can’t get this until August 28th!)

Hearts & Stars Decorative Masks–while you’re there, pick up the…
Dots & Stripes Decorative Masks, too!
Itty Bitty Accents Punch Pack


More Blingful Cards & A Big Shot Offer!

I have more cards to share from the Bling Swap I was in at Stampin’ Up! Inspire.Create.Share.2014 convention. But…let me start with a great opportunity to get free stamps and matching Framelits when you buy a Big Shot Die Cutting Machine in August!

Big Shot Promotion from Stampin' Up!

Buy a Big Shot before the Holiday Catalog–full of awesome Big Shot accessories–is available. You’ll be ready to make sweet and elegant cards and gifts the minute you receive your order!  To make this offer even sweeter, when you buy a Big Shot in August, you will receive one of five free stamp set/framelits bundles–your choice!

Stampin' Up! Big Shot Bundles photo

(Did you see the sneak peek from the Holiday Catalog??? The Bright & Beautiful set is in the Holiday catalog–shhhh…don’t tell anyone!)

“But, Diane,” you say, “I already have the life-changing, paper crafting whiz that is the Big Shot!”   No worries! If you already own a Big Shot, you can still purchase these bundles at an amazing 15% off!

This is one deal you won’t want to miss–only available from August 1-31–as these bundles are one-time only exclusives from Stampin’ Up!

Now… on to some more inspiring cards!!!

Gold Accented card from Stampin' Up!

Jan Reid included a LOT of gold on this easy to reproduce card! She’s used the all gold Watercolor Wonder Washi Tape Gold 1/8″ Ribbon and the lovely, Gold Sequin Trim. The sentiment comes from the Lots of Thanks stamp set.

Pink Work of Art card

This pinkalicious (my favorite color!!!) by Leslie Irvin uses the new Dazzling Diamonds Glimmer Paper for the flowers. It’s really sparkly in real life! Colors in the card are Strawberry Slush and Whisper White. The sentiment comes from the Work of Art stamp set, and the flowers are from the Mixed Bunch stamp set, and punched with the Blossom Punch!

Gold Work of Art Card

This card by Shannon Miller has the Midas touch! The Work of Art stamp set was used on the background and as the focal point. The Gold Metallic Encore Ink Pad is used throughout, as well as Hello Honey card stock, ink and 3/8″ Stitched Satin Ribbon. Extra bling comes from the Gold Sequin Trim, Rhinestones and Watercolor Wonder Washi Tape!

Gold and Elegant Eggplant Star Card

Tracy Donath made this terrific star card using Gold Glimmer Paper, Be the Star stamp set, Stars Framelits (which you can get in a bundle during the Big Shot sale above!), with shades of purples and gold. Don’t you love it???

From My Heart Pink and Black Kindness Card

Last but certainly not least, this lovely pink and black card that I can’t attribute because there is not identification with it. :( It is lovely using Blushing Bride card stock and Back to Black Designer Series Paper! The Mixed Bunch and Flower Shop stamp sets, with the Blossom and Pansy Punches were used to create the flowers while the From My Heart stamp set provided the sentiment!

Thanks for spending the time looking at these pretty cards. Each one could be made by you! The hyperlinked phrases will bring you to my store to buy the supplies needed for the cards! Or, if you want to browse, you can click on the button below!

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Gift Tags for the Busy Gal

Let me be honest here. Stampin’ Up!’s Pop And Place Holiday Gift Tag Bundle IS great for the busy gal. However, what I really wanted to say is…these Gift Tags are great for the person (me) who “hates-to-wrap-and-usually-slaps-a-self-adhesive-tag-and-is-lucky-to-put-a-bow-on-the-gift-before-giving-it-but-wants-pretty-packaging”. THIS tag bundle is the thing for us (me!).  Look how cute these projects are!

Pop & Place Holiday Gift Tags Bundle Project

I love to stamp, but the idea of wrapping holiday prezzies fills me with dread. With this bundle…I can buy a coordinating color of wrapping paper and ribbon for simple wrapping, dolled up with these cute tags!

You can buy the tags and stamp set separately, but why, when you can get them at 15% off when you buy them as a bundle!?! Here’s a look at the photopolymer stamp set!

Christmas Tagables Photopolymer Stamp Set

I don’t know about you, but many of these stamps can be used throughout the year for more gift tags–score!

Pop & Place Holiday Gift Tags Book
Check out the book of tags you get with the bundle!  You can make 70 tags with this book! Or you can layer and make fewer, but more elaborate tags for your gifts. Who knows, maybe you’ll be inspired to be creative with your wrapping and tags! Stampin’ Up! has been known to inspire creativity!!!

So…here are your options:

You can get these in my online store! Click on the links above, or go here to shop for these and more!
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5 Reasons and 5 Things

If you scrapbook, I’m betting it’s hard to remember to put yourself into the photos or into the story! I know this was the case for me. I say, “was”,  because I now am sure to scrapbook my life as well as my daughter’s!

Right now, my favorite scrapbooking tool is Stampin’ Up!’s My Digital Studio. (You might have heard me say that once or twice before–LOL!). As a formerly paper-only-why-would-I-EVER-want-to-scrap-on-my-computer,-UGH? girl, I was a bit surprised at how quickly and fiercely I fell in love with My Digital Studio.

Oh my goodness, I can play with images and text for as long as I want and not waste my pretty papers and embellishments. Because they are digital, there is a NEVER-ending supply!

I don’t have to clean up after I’m done and putting my supplies away is as simple as saving my layout and shutting down my computer. I LOVE this! I’m not the biggest fan of cleaning up… On the other hand, I AM a big fan of taking everything out while I find the perfect item for my layout.

Going to your in-laws for the afternoon? Bring your laptop and design there. If you look busy and harried and mutter about your bleepin’ boss and the project that needs to get done today, not even your mother-in-law will bother you! Teehee!  Of course, if you have scruples and/or actually like your in-laws, you might not want to employ this tactic…

Forgot to print out the photos you needed? Don’t have the papers you want? No problem when you design digitally! Edit, crop and resize your photos to the exact size you need with My Digital Studio! Inspired to do some layouts of your baby (who’s now “sniff, sniff” 14-years-old!)?  My online store and your order is a click away! Find-Order-Download-Create–Woot! Now, show it off to your friends! Really! I’ll wait.

The aforementioned mother-in-law loves the photo book you created about her grandchild and wants one of her own! (OK, maybe she’s not soooo bad!). A few clicks and you can have another one printed through my online store just for her. A caution…if you give one to your mother-in-law, you might as well print 2 because you know YOUR mother will want one, too!

So! Five reasons to fall in love with My Digital Studio. Did I convince you? Try it out FREE for 30 days or take the pretty shallow leap and buy it. For $19.95 you get many papers, stamps, embellishments and punches that come with it, so you can get designing right away! Once you’re comfortable, there’s a veritable treasure-trove of digital stamps, papers and embellishments in my online store!  Speaking of being comfortable with it…send me an email if you want some help learning how to use MDS! I’m developing a quick tips sheet and would love to send you one!

Whew! Now for the 5 Things! In my effort to scrapbook myself, I created a layout that illustrates 5 things that are important to me right now! I used a new Stampin’ Up! kit called Old School September to create this layout. Enjoy!

My Digital Studio Layout

Now, take a minute and take notes on 5 of your favorites! Jot them down so you can use them in your own layout!


Thank You, Nurses

Happy Nurses Day! There are two special nurses in my life. The card below uses some retiring Stampin’ Up! supplies and is a virtual “thank you” for their work!

Pretty Postage Stampin' Up!

First, my Mom. She retired from nursing a few years ago after a 40+ year career. When I was little, she was a pediatric nurse. As I grew, her jobs changed as her interests and circumstances changed. At all times, I was proud of the work that she did! As many daughters do, I thought I might become a nurse myself.

My Mom, the nurse, taught me that shots DO hurt, but just for a minute. My Mom, the nurse, taught me that working hard at a job you love is a way to stay healthy. My Mom, the nurse, taught me that lime jello makes the pain of getting your braces adjusted subside for just a while.

Second, Nurse Ann. I met Nurse Ann a little over 14 years ago. I had had my baby girl a day earlier and she was fussy. I hadn’t experienced her being fussy yet, and I was working hard to try to soothe her. At the same time, some of my husband’s extended family were visiting us in the hospital and my husband was on the phone with the woman who would be our daughter’s Godmother. In short, it was NOT quiet or relaxing in our room.

As my daughter continued to fuss, I couldn’t figure out what was wrong. Finally, I pressed the call button for help. Nurse Ann appeared. There are two things I remember about Nurse Ann: she had beautifully manicured red fingernails, and she rescued me! To the family members who were suggesting that what my daughter needed was macaroni (because she must be hungry!) she shushed them and stated “I’m Italian so you can’t push me around–the baby is too young to have macaroni! ” She then told my hubby–who was used to this much family chaos–to “get off the phone and help your wife!” Oh. My Goodness! Nurse Ann! My heroine!

After she shooed everyone out, we took a good look at my sweet baby girl. Oops, she was just a little gassy! Whew! The rest of the evening was blessedly peaceful. I never saw Nurse Ann again but I’ve never forgotten her! I wish I’d had the opportunity to say a proper thank you and let her know just how relieved she made a brand new Mother feel!

I guess my point is…thank your lucky stars for good nurses. Nursing isn’t just a career. It’s a calling. Today, they are even busier and have much more technology to learn, but even with that, their most important skill is the one in which they make YOU feel better. When you are at your worst, it is then that nurses are at their best! Say thank you to a nurse you know today during National Nurses Day!

Here’s what I used to make this thank you card:

Pretty Postage stamp set (w123095, c123097)–RETIRING–get it now!
Card Stock: Whisper White (100730), Daffodil Delight (119683) and Baja Breeze (111352)–RETIRING–get it now!
Ink: Baja Breeze (126960)–RETIRING–get it now!
Designer Buttons Brights (119747)–RETIRING–get it now!
1″ Square Punch (124094)
Postage Stamp Punch (122344)
Scallop Trim Border Punch (119402)
Stampin’ Dimensionals (104430)
Glue Dots (103683)

Don’t forget to order your retiring supplies SOON! Some items are in very low supply. Your best bet is to order straight through my online store so you don’t have to wait for me to place your order! You can order here:
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Planning a Baby Shower? Stampin’ Up! Can Help!

Stampin’ Up! has a trendy digital ensemble perfect for welcoming a new little one! The Hello World Ensemble uses the trendy chalkboard look for a fun and fresh baby shower theme!

133528 Hello World Ensemble
* Thank you greeting card template (3-1/2″ x 5″)
* Invitation greeting card template (5-1/2″ x 4-1/4″)
* Announcement double-sided postcard template (7″ x 5″)
* 9-page designer décor template (8-1/2″ x 11″)
* 49-piece SVG stamp brush set
* 5 Designer Series Papers
* 32 embellishments
* 1 punch
* Fun, fresh chalkboard-inspired baby shower with pops of color
* All the pieces you need to plan a shower start to finish: invites, framable, banner, food…
And…remember, you can recolor the stamped images to fit your color scheme!

I also love the new digital kit: Be Yourself May. The colors are awesome and the patterns are so playful. Inspire and brighten your day with this watercolor kit!
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be yourself stamp brushes

This kit includes:
* 10-piece stamp brush set
* 14 Designer Series Papers
* 33 embellishments
* Coordinates with the FREE Be Yourself May Wallpaper you can download here!

You can order My Digital Studio from my online store for $19.95. Or, you can try it FREE for 30 days to ensure that you like it!
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Color Challenge

Let’s do a color challenge! In honor of Certainly Celery’s retirement, let’s do a Certainly Celery, or a green, challenge! (Lucky Limeade is retiring too! I’d love to see your cards made with it!)

I created a card this weekend featuring Certainly Celery, Always Artichoke and Whisper White!

Remember the Countryside

Even though Always Artichoke isn’t a retiring color, the 1/2″ Seam Binding Ribbon in this color is. I think the Certainly Celery and Always Artichoke go well together! I also loved using the new Naturals Designer Buttons to dress up this masculine card!

Countryside, the set that contains this great old truck, is retiring. Kind of a bummer, because this set was great for watercoloring, too! If you like the old farmhouse, country look, this is the set for you!
Countryside 116998 120495

I used another set that is retiring: Wordplay. This has great sentiments and I used “Remember When” for this card!
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I have used every one of these sentiments at some point. It’s so versatile! Get it in Wood or Clear Mount! You won’t regret it!

You can get these supplies in my online store!
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Supplies I used:
RETIRING Countryside stamp set (w116998, c120495)
RETIRING Wordplay stamp set (w120308, c120651)
Always Artichoke Ink (126972)
RETIRING Certainly Celery card stock (105125)
Whisper White card stock (100730)
RETIRING Always Artichoke 1/2″ Seam Binding Ribbon (121000)
Naturals Designer Buttons (127554)
Glue Dots (103683)
Stampin’ Dimensionals (104430)

Sign Up for New Catalog Video Tutorials

Do you love step by step project instructions? Is it even better in video? Then you’ll want to subscribe to my newsletter mailing list so you can get my exclusive New Catalog Video Series! Subscribe by May 21st and you’ll get 5 weeks of cards and projects using new catalog items sent right to your inbox!

New Catalog Video Series

Here’s what I have planned for your “insta-happiness”:

  • A card featuring the new In-Colors and a new stamp set!
  • A 3-D project featuring new stamps and designer series papers!
  • A card featuring designer series papers!
  • A double-page scrapbook layout using new colors, stamps, embellishments and designer series papers!
  • A card featuring new embellishments and stamp sets!

Sign-up for my newsletter and, in addition to this great series, you’ll get 2 newsletters a month (sometimes 3 if I have something really exciting to share!) with projects, techniques, hints and tips for getting the most our of your supplies, and specials from me and Stampin’ Up! And…just for signing up, I’ll send you a free PDF that will help you more easily write meaningful cards!

Sign up using this link or using the box at the top of my website! I look forward to sharing with you!

Get ‘Em While They Last!

Stampin’ Up!’s annual list of retired items is out today! Take a peek and be sure to get what you want before it’s gone. There are stamp sets, colors, embellishments and more to explore!

Retired List Stampin' Up!

Retiring items will be available while supplies last, or until June 3rd! You can order directly through me or in my online store!
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I’ll be pouring over the list, too, and will let you know my favorites on my Facebook Page–so don’t forget to “Like” it! Except for when the new annual catalog comes out, retirement time is my favorite time in the Stampin’ Up! year–there are great bargains!

Happy Birthday Blog Candy!

“Happy Birthday to me! Happy Birthday to Me! Happy Birthday to ME! Happy Birthday to MEEEEE!” It’s my birthday today!

german chocolate cake

My sweet husband made me my favorite birthday cake: German Chocolate! Now, I have very strict standards for my cake… Don’t mess it up with chocolate frosting or ganache or any other thing! It’s supposed to be German Chocolate cake layers with Coconut Pecan filling in between the layers and on top. That’s it. Poor guy once tried to gourmet-it-up for me. I appreciated the effort–and it was delicious–but I made it clear that, for me, there is no fancying up this cake! The photo above was so beautiful, I had to grab it but here’s a recipe from my awesome baker cousin! (Ignore the frosting on his cake. He now knows it is wrong–LOL!)

So, what’s your favorite kind of birthday cake? Help me celebrate my birthday today with a blog candy giveaway! Leave a comment today and tell me your favorite kind of Birthday Cake and I’ll choose a winner at random to win…
Birthday Blog Candy 2013
I’ll send the winner these cool supplies from Stampin’ Up!:

  • Quint-Essential Flower” Stamp, (wood mounted)
  • Adorning Accents Edgelits
  • Sycamore Street Ribbon & Button Pack (colors are: Rich Razzleberry, Pool Party, Island Indigo and Tangerine Tango!)
  • A selection of 6″x6″ Sycamore Street Designer Series Paper
  • and a surprise handmade treat!

Thanks for being loyal (or brand spanky new!) blog readers and good luck. On Wednesday morning, I’ll announce the winner on my blog!

Don’t forget, let me know what your favorite kind of birthday cake in the comments! Good luck!

A Great Mother’s Day Gift

I’m in love with the newest card kit offered by Stampin’ Up! The Dolled-Up Birthday Kit is so pretty and feminine!

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This would be a great gift to get for your favorite Mom for Mother’s Day. She can make her own birthday cards or buy it yourself and make the cards for her. Better yet, buy two and make cards together! If you have other stamps you could change the greeting out easily! The only thing you don’t get with this kit is the Adhesive. Order a SNAIL or box of Glue Dots with the kit and you’re good to go!

Here’s what’s in the kit and the VERY simple directions:
Kit includes:
Dolled Up Birthday Photopolymer Stamp (1)
8-1/2″ x 5-1/2″ Crumb Cake Cardstock (6 pieces)
2″ x 4-1/4″ Very Vanilla Cardstock (6 pieces)
Very Vanilla Medium Envelopes (6)
Tea Lace Paper Doilies (6)
Dress Up die-cuts (6)
Soft Suede Classic Stampin’ Spot (1)
Vanilla 5/8″ Flower Trim (6 pieces)
Sponge Dauber (1)

*Adhesive not included

To assemble one card, follow these simple instructions:
1. Place the stamp rubber side up and ink with the Soft Suede Classic Stampin’ Spot.
2. Stamp “Happy Birthday” at the bottom of the card front.
3. Ink the Sponge Dauber with Soft Suede ink and gently antique the doily and the edges of the dress form.
4. Adhere the pieces to the card front in this order:
1. Doily
2. Very Vanilla Cardstock
3. Dress form
4. Flower

Fun, no? You can order this kit in my online store!
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Dolled-Up Birthday Kit
Glue Dots

Free Shipping on All Orders This Weekend!

Stampin’ Up! is offering us all a great opportunity to save on our orders this weekend! Order anything you want from my online store and you will get FREE shipping (except if you want expedited shipping!).

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This weekend is a good time to stock up on any supplies you need and want!

Here are some specials and notices to be aware of:

  • Petite Curly Label Punch (from the Sale-A-Bration promotion) will be carried over to the annual catalog, but you can get it now through May 31st! This punch coordinates with the Ciao, Baby! stamp set in the Spring Catalog.
  • April’s “Best Of 25 Years” stamp set features BUTTERFLIES! You can buy this set now through the end of April!
  • 133345 Best of Butterfies
  • A Round Array 7/8″ Scallop Circle Punch and Coordinating Stamps Bundle is available until May 30th!
  •  133899 A Round Array
  • Get your This and That Epic Day Bundle (with NO shipping cost!)
  • Watercolor Wonder Crayons and the Watercolor Pencils are being discontinued because they’re no longer up to Stampin’ Up!’s quality standards.  Only the Watercolor Wonder Crayons in Subtles, the Regals and the Neutrals are available only while supplies last!
  • Stock up on the Papers, Inks, Ink Refills, Ribbons, and Embellishments in our soon-to-be Discontinued Colors. These items are available only while supplies last!
  • Stampin' Up! retiring colors 2013-2014
  • Get the Sent With Love bundle at 20% off (!!!) until April 30!
  • Stampin' Up! Sent With Love


New Stampin’ Up! Colors Announced

Stampin’ Up! has announced its 2013-2014 color changes! Many of the new colors are favorites from previous In-Colors and I’m eager to start creating with them. Of course, they won’t be available to buy until the catalog is available in June, but if you have some of the former In-Colors, you can pull them out and have fun right now!

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2013-2014 Stampin' Up! Color Refresh

Stay tuned for the retiring colors!

Which color are you most excited about??? I think mine is Calypso Coral. I just LOVE that color and I’m so glad it’s going to stay!

New Catalog Video Series

The new Stampin’ Up! catalog is not even ready and I’m excited for its release on June 1st! To help feed my need to create with new stuff and your desire for sneak peeks, I’m putting together a video series to celebrate!

New Catalog Video Series

I’m planning 5 fun projects featuring NEW COLORS, NEW STAMPS and NEW PATTERNS! Each project will be released in a video with a link to a PDF with full supplies and cutting measurements. The projects are EXCLUSIVE to my newsletter subscribers.

By the way, my New Catalog Video Series logo is created using a new digital product with coordinating paper supplies. I mentioned how excited I was to play with the  This and That Epic Day smash book/journaling product line in this previous post. Imagine my excitement when I saw the papers and embellishments in digital form! I used the digital download, This and That Epic Day Kit, to create my logo. I love the colors and the fun arrows and buttons!

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I look forward to sharing some of Stampin’ Up!’s new products with you in my exclusive New Catalog Video Series, but you won’t get the series unless you subscribe to my newsletter, so join today!

This and That Mini Scrapbook Kit

I am so excited about a new offering from Stampin’ Up! I love to scrapbook–whether it’s digital, 12×12, or mini and Stampin’ Up!’s This and That product line is going to make it easy to scrapbook on the go! If you’ve seen Smash Books, you’ll love This and That–it’s a smash book, Stampin’ Up! style!

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I love all of the elements, but my favorite is the date stamp! I’m sooooo glad that SU has brought us a date stamp with cute sayings!
This and That Epic Day Date Stamp

Here is everything you’ll get when you buy the bundle–or you can order the elements separately.
This and That Epic Day Elements

Stampin’ Up! is letting us order this BEFORE the new catalog comes out–from March 23rd through April 30th only! This product line will be in the new catalog and I’m so excited to be able to create mini chronicles of my life. The size (about 6″x8″) makes it great to carry in my purse or store in a shoe box for playing with at home! I think this will make a great 8th grade graduation present for my daughter and her friends! Hmmm…I wonder if they’ll want to get together to create their books?

What do you think? Does this get your creative juices flowing??? What is your favorite item from this product line? Let me know in the comments!

Remember, you can order these products from my online store until April 30th!
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See you soon,