Monday, March 31, 2014

Two Cards for the Last Day of Sale-A-Bration

Can't believe it's about over already!  I have two more cards using Sale-A-Bration products that I want to share today:

I used a layout from a card made by my friend Gayle Enouen; I loved her card so used her "sketch" and changed the colors, DSP, added a little more cork,... do you know that drill?  : )

I really like the Sweet Sorbet paper and accessories. I'm going to miss it!  Thanks, Gayle, for the layout and inspiration!

Stamps:  Perfect Pennants
Inks:  Black StazOn
Paper:  Sweet Sorbet DSP (SAB); Whisper White, Pistachio Pudding, Basic Black
Accessories:  Banner Framelits, SAB products:  Dots Embossing Folder, Sweet Sorbet embellishments (cork and twine).

I most always design my own cards from scratch but do you sometimes see something you like  "as is" and don't want to change it?  That's what happened here:  this one I changed very little from the original by Erica Cerwin.  I loved the colors she used; I was also wanting to use my See Ya Later Sale-A-Bration set so I made this one almost like hers! 

I did change the banner underneath the alligator sentiment; I used two little banners punched from the Sweet Sorbet DSP with the Bitty Banner Punch.  Thanks, Erica, for the inspiration for this fun card!

Stamps:  See Ya Later (SAB)
Ink:  Pacific Point, Always Artichoke and Gumball Green Markers.
Paper:  Pacific Point, Whisper White, Gumball Green Core-Dinations cardstock; Pacific Point Chevron DSP from the Brights Designer Paper Stack, Sweet Sorbet Designer Paper (SAB)
Accessories:  Dots embossing folder, Bitty Banner Punch (both SAB), Linen Thread
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Today is the last day for several Stampin' Up! events and promotions:

Today, March 31st, is the last day to: 

 I.  PAPER PUMPKIN:  last day to sign up and receive a free set of In Color Markers!
Dates: January 11-March 31, 2014
The Details:
New Paper Pumpkin subscribers who sign up at by March 31, 2014, will receive a FREE set of In Color Stampin' Write Markers -a $14.95  value-with their Welcome Kit.
The Fine Print

  • This special offer is only valid for new subscribers.
  • Customers must sign up at
  • The markers will be sent with the subscriber's Welcome Kit.  No coupon code is required. Anyone who signs up for a Paper Pumpkin membership during the promotion dates (through March 31) will get a FREE set of In Color Stampin' Write Markers
II. Purchase any Best of 25 Years Stamp Sets:  
IIIPurchase this week's WEEKLY DEALS 

IV.   Receive SALE-A-BRATION BONUS of FREE Product from the Sale-A-Bration catalog for every $50 (US) of SU merchandise
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CLEARANCE RACK:  NEW items have been added to the Clearance Rack. 

               Click here to go to online ordering, then click on “Clearance Rack” in the left-hand column to see the bargains. 

               Remember that when these are gone, they are gone forever.

That's it for today!  Hope you have a rewarding week!


Thursday, March 27, 2014

Backyard Basics CCMC296

Today is Thursday which means it's Create with Connie and Mary Challenge Day;  today we have a fun color challenge of Summer Starfruit, Smokey Slate and Pacific Point. 

The flowers were stamped in Black StazOn and colored with Summer Starfruit and a Blender Pen.  The stems were colored with a blend of Summer Starfruit and Pacific Point which made a nice tone of green.  The bird was colored with Pacific Point and a Blender Pen.  These were then cut out with the matching Backyard Basics Framelits.  Smoky Slate polka dot DSP was used for the background inside the On Film framelit.

The background behind the On Film framelit is White Shimmer Paper.  I misted it heavily with water then randomly stamped it with Summer Starfruit and a small splatter stamp from the Gorgeous Grunge set.  When finished I blotted it then put in between paper towels and under a heavy pile of cardstock packages to keep it from warping and to dry overnight.  I like the soft mottled look that evolved.

The smallest Basic Pearls were applied and a double bow of Silver Baker's Twine was added with Glue Dots to finish the card.

Stamps:  Backyard Basics, Trust God, Gorgeous Grunge
Inks:  Black StazOn, Pacific Point, Summer Starfruit
Paper:  Shimmer White, Summer Starfruit, Pacific Point cardstocks.  Smoky Slate Polka Dot Print from the Neutrals Designer Paper Stack.
Accessories:  Silver Baker's Twine, Basic Pearls
Tools:  Big Shot, On Film Framelits, Backyard Basics Framelits (bird, flower), Decorative Label Punch, Water Mister, Blender Pens.

Here is the color challenge for this week at Create with Connie and Mary:

Be sure to check out the cards the other Challenge Team members designed for this challenge... they are so talented and inspiring!!   While you're there, check out Preview Week for Card "Create"-ions 2014, and there just may be blog candy available this week also!

Join us for the color challenge and upload your card to the Create with Connie and Mary website!  We'd love to see what you did with the challenge!!  The guidelines are on the CWCM website.

Thanks for looking today!  Have a great weekend!


Tuesday, March 25, 2014

New WEEKLY DEALS - March 25 - 31

We hope you enjoy this week's Weekly Deals from Stampin' Up!

Silver Glimmer Paper Item # 124005
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Champagne Glimmer Paper Item # 127885
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This And That Epic Day Designer Series Paper Item # 130814
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Soho Subway Designer Series Paper Item # 130140
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Cajun Craze 8-1/2X11 Card Stock Item # 119684
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Brights Core'Dinations Cardstock Item # 129953
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Subtles Core'Dinations Item # 129954
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Glimmer paper... Designer Series Paper... Cardstock... Core'Dinations cardstock... WOW, some of my favorite things and essentials for creating!  I'm definitely taking advantage of some of these items this week myself!!

Just click on the underlined link to the right of each picture to go to the online store for more information!

These SALE prices will be available until next Monday, March 31st, so don't let them slip through your fingers!  Order online or email me an order today (my local stampers) to get these fun and greatly useful products!

Sale-a-Bration ends next Monday also, so be sure to get your orders in to get a FREE gift for every $50. in products ordered!

Thank you, and have a creative day!


Thursday, March 20, 2014

Above & Beyond

We have a great Sketch Challenge this week at Create with Connie and Mary, and here's my card for it:

The card is a 5.25" square of Baked Brown Sugar with a layer of Crumb Cake Co-ordinations cardstock which was first stamped with Crumb Cake ink using the Hardwood stamp then randomly with Coastal Cabana using the ampersand from the Countless Sayings 2 photopolymer set.  (whew, that's a mouthfull!)

I added three strips of arrows DSP then embossed the layer with the Ampersand TIEF and my Big Shot; finally I sanded it pretty good.

Next I diecut So Saffron cardstock with the tabbed rectangle shape from the Apothecary Accents Framelit Collection, then stamped it with Crumb Cake and the Hardwood set.  The One in a Million set furnished the sayings which I stamped in Tangerine Tango onto Pool Party then die cut with the Word Bubbles Framelit set; next I sponged around the edges with Coastal Cabana.  The tangerine arrow was cut from the other side of the arrow DSP and added.  Soft Suede Candy Dots and a knot of Gold Baker's Twine in the upper right-hand corner complete the card.

Stamps:  Hardwood, Countless Sayings 2, One in a Million sets
Ink:  Crumb Cake, Tangerine Tango, Coastal Cabana
Paper:  Retro Fresh DSP; Crumb Cake Coordinations; Baked Brown Sugar, So Saffron and Pool Party cardstocks
Accessories:  Gold Bakers Twine, Soft Suede Candy Dots, Stampin' Sponge, Glue Dots, Dimensionals.
Tools:  Big Shot, Ampersand TIEF, Apothecary Accents Framelits, Word Bubbles Framelits, Sanding System.

Here is the CCMC295 sketch from Create with Connie and Mary for this weekk's challenge:

We would love for you to join us for the sketch challenge this week!  Just check out the guidelines at Create with Connie and Mary, create your card then link it over on the CWCC website.  While you're there, be sure to check out the wonderful cards from the other designers... they are sure to inspire you!

I love it when you visit, so thanks for coming by today!  Have a great weekend, and stamp if you can!


Tuesday, March 18, 2014


We hope you enjoy this week's Weekly Deals!

Pewter Stampin' Emboss Powder Item # 124114
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Discounted Price: $3.56 US/$4.46 CAN

Silver Glass Glitter Item # 120995
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Tempting Turquoise Stampin' Emboss Powder Item # 122950
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In Color Boutique Details Item # 130938
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Vintage Trinkets Accents & Elements Item # 118764
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Scallop Trim Border Punch Item # 118402
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Crisp Cantaloupe 3/8" Ruffle Stretch Trim Item # 130021
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Grad Party Ensemble - Digital Download Item # 129877
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Discounted Price: $5.97 US/$6.57 CAN

These items plus everything else Stampin' Up! can be ordered HERE!

Remember, the biggest Stampin' Up! SALE OF THE YEAR:  SALE-A-BRATION!  ends March 31st.  Don't miss those fun fabulous and free products you receive with every $50. in merchandise you order!!

See the SALE-A-BRATION brochure here:

Thanks for dropping by!  Have a happy day!


Saturday, March 15, 2014

Sassy Salutations!

A quick but not too plain card today (I'm working on taxes) using the Fresh Prints Designer Series Paper Stack in the Occasions Catalog!  It is quite overcast today and I had some issues with light and photography so I apologize for that (yes, I could use a photography tent!)  : )

I love Framelits!!  You can make such wonderful shapes and they all come out uniform and perfect (unlike when I do it by hand, lol!)

Stamps:  Sassy Salutations
Ink:  Bermuda Bay
Paper:  Whisper White cardstock; Fresh Prints Designer Series Paper Stack
Tools:  Big Shot; Framelits:  Apothecary Accents, Banners;  Brights Glimmer Brads, Scallop Textures Impressions Embossing Folder (aka TIEF)
Accessories:  Red Glimmer Brads from the Brights Collection.

Don't forget that we have only 16 more days of Sale-A-Bration to get those fun FREE products with every $50. in merchandise ordered!

Thanks for visiting today; I really appreciate you!  Have a wonderful weekend!


Thursday, March 13, 2014

Peaceful Petals CCMC294

This week's challenge at Create with Connie and Mary is a color combination of Strawberry Slush, Old Olive and Basic Black.  I immediately thought of flowers (and hopefully spring will come soon!)

I used two black and white prints from the Kaleidoscope Designer Paper for my background; I love how they look together.  The stark graphics are offset by the curves and softness of the flower and leaves.

I diecut the black tab/banner using a framelit from the Hearts a Flutter Framelit Collection and accented it with a Large Rhinestone.  The "happy" was stamped onto a Vellum Cardstock banner and adhered under the flower; it was adorned with a smaller Rhinestone.

The flower and leaves were stamped with Black StazOn ink onto White Shimmer Paper then colored with a Blender Pen and ink refills.  After being cut out, the flower was attached with Dimensionals.

Stamps:  Peaceful Petals, Express Yourself (Hostess set)
Ink:  Black StazOn; Strawberry Slush and Old Olive ReInkers
Paper:  Kaleidoscope Designer Series Paper (Spring catalog), Basic Black, Shimmer White and Vellum cardstocks.
Accessories:  Large Rhinestone, Basic Rhinestones, Blender Pen, Hearts a Flutter Framelits Collection, Paper Snips

Here is the lovely color challenge this week from Connie and Mary:

Be sure to check out the cards from the other talented designers at Create with Connie and Mary.  We hope you will be inspired to create a project using these colors and link your creation on the challenge blog post!  We look forward to see what you make!

Thanks for visiting!  Have a stampin' good week!


Tuesday, March 11, 2014


From the Stampin' Up! Blog!:

We hope you enjoy this week's Weekly Deals!

Dress Form Pop' N Cuts Item # 130100
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Circles #2 Originals Die Item # 114526
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3 Inch Circle Originals Die Item # 122125
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Chevron Textured Impressions Embossing Folder Item # 127749
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Set Designer Frames Textured Impressions Embossing Folder Die Item # 123130
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Ahoy, Matey Ensemble - Digital Download Item # 130078
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Special prices valid March 11 through 17 (midnight MT).
Enjoy!  To take advantage of these great products to use with your Big Shot while the sale lasts, click here to shop my Stampin' Up! online store!

Remember, Stampin' Up!'s SALE of the YEAR, SALE-A-BRATION!  goes until March 31!

Thanks for dropping by!  Happy Stamping!


Thursday, March 6, 2014

A Million and One Thanks!

Today we have a super and simple sketch from Create with Connie and Mary!  I love that it's adaptable to so many ideas and quick to make! I'm thinking (praying and hoping) for Spring to come soon!

I used the beautiful script from the A Million and One stamp set on the open space of the sketch.  I stamped it with VersaMark and heat embossed it with White Embossing Powder onto the grid-like paper from the Retro Fresh DSP.   Next I layered this onto Strawberry Slush cardstock then onto a Whisper White card base.

I diecut four of the medium daisy-like flowers from Whisper White using the Blossom Party Die, shaped the petals with a bone folder, attached them in pairs and adhered them to the Strawberry Slush banner.  Lastly I centered each flower with small clay flowers that I colored with my AquaPainter and Daffodil Delight ink.  Did you notice the difference in these two pictures?  The first card doesn't have the Pearls I has planned to put on it.  After I posted the picture for the challenge, I realized that so I added them and took this picture!  So you get two versions today. : )

Stamps:  A Million and One
Ink:  VersaMark
Paper:  InColor 2013-15 Designer Paper Stack (Strawberry Slush); Retro Fresh Designer Paper.  Strawberry Slush, Wild Wasabi and Whisper White cardstocks.
Tools:  Big Shot, Blossom Party die, Little Leaves Sizzlet, Bone Folder and Heat Tool
Accessories:  White Embossing Powder,   Simply Pressed Clay and Flower Molds, Pearls.

Here is sketch CCMC293 from Create with Connie and Mary this week: 

Check out the creations of the other Challenge Team member at the Create with Connie and Mary blog!  They will inspire you! (they always inspire me!)

See how simple this challenge is?

Now it's your turn to take the challenge and make a card!  Just upload it to your blog or public location on the web then go to the CCMC website and link it to the challenge!  It's so easy to do and we'd love to see what you make!

Thanks for visiting today!  I always enjoy hearing from my stamping friends and appreciate your comments!

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