Saturday, April 26, 2014

You Make the World a Better Place

Isn't this a great sentiment? and perfect to build a card around for a special person!

I love the Starburst Framelits and the Starburst Sayings set that coordinates with them in the Occasions 2014 catalog.  What a great pair!  Plus the Framelits can be used on an unlimited number of other images and sayings.

I'm so sad to see the Beautifully Baroque stamp retire.  I just didn't get to use it enough and I love that it coordinates with the Eastern Elegance DSP!  The scallops under the DSP are diecut with the Tasteful Trims Die which I will also miss... it makes such great edging designs.

Stamps:  Starburst Sayings, Beautifully Baroque*, Blessings from Heaven* (inside)
Inks:  Pool Party, Crushed Curry; inside:  Island Indigo
Paper:  Eastern Elegance DSP*, Whisper White, Pool Party, Coastal Cabana cardstocks
Accessories:  Starburst Sayings Framelits, Tasteful Trims XL Bigz Die*, Big Shot, Magnetic Cutting Plate, Basic Pearls.

Thanks for visiting today!  Remember that retiring stamps and accessories are only available as supplies last.  You can order Stampin' Up! HERE


Thursday, April 24, 2014

Hexagons for Father CCMC300

Welcome to our Thursday Challenge at Create with Connie and Mary!   We are doing things a little differently this week; we're having a Design Team Blog Hop!! How fun!

Our Challenge this week is color:  use Calypso Coral, Crumb Cake and Basic Gray for our project!

I thought these colors would work well for a Father's Day card so I set to work.   I embossed both the Crumb Cake and Basic Gray layers with the Alphabet Press embossing folder.  Two strips of the Calypso Coral Chevron Ribbon were wrapped around the Crumb Cake layer before it was adhered to the Basic Gray card base.

I used the Six-Sided Sampler set to stamp three hexagons for the front Basic Gray layer;  this layer  was then adhered to the Crumb Cake with Dimensionals.  The embellishments use are two Pearls that were colored metallic silver with a Sharpie marker and a Basic Metal Button tied with Linen Thread.

The greeting was stamped with Happy Father's Day from the Delightful Dozen set; the ends of the cardstock were trimmed with the Hexagon Punch before attaching with Dimensionals.  Two Calypso Coral Candy Dots embellish it.

Stamps:  Delightful Dozen, Six Sided Sampler
Inks:  Calypso Coral, Crumb Cake, Basic Gray
Paper:  Whisper White, Basic Gray, Crumb Cake
Accessories:  Basic Metal Buttons, Basic Pearls, Subtles Candy Dots, Linen Thread, Calypso Coral Chevron Ribbon, Hexagon Punch, Alphabet Press Embossing Folder, Big Shot, Dimensionals, Glue Dots.

Here is the Color Challenge from Create with Connie and Mary this week:

We hope you will join us this week by making a card or project using these colors!  Then just upload your project someplace so we can see it online and link it to this Color Challenge Post on Create with Connie and Mary CCMC300. 

Now for the Blog Hop!    The next Challenge Team member after me is Connie Babbert.  Click below to go to her blog, then each team member's blog will direct you to the next team member in line.  Follow each around the loop until you get back to Nicole Tugrul's blog!  Thanks for joining us today!

Thanks for visiting today, and don't forget to join the challenge!

Happy blog hopping!


Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Lattice Say Good-bye!

I know, bad pun, but I am very sad to see the Lattice Die retire.  It is more versatile than I could ever have imagined; just check Pinterest for some of the wonderful ideas out there!  My card today uses the Lattice together with the Window Frame Framelits... don't they combine beautifully?

The large flower is created using the Flower Shop set & Pansy Punch and the Petite Petals set & Punch.  I stamped them then used a Blender Pen to fill in with some of the same color. I used the Little Leaves Sizzlit and Pear Pizzazz cardstock to make a few leaves to tuck under the flowers.

The sentiment is stamped on a banner of Blushing Bride DSP laid across the bottom.  I added some  additional flowers inside the card.

Stamps:  Petite Petals, Flower Shop, Express Yourself *(hostess)
Ink:  Primrose Petals*, So Saffron, Basic Gray
Paper:  Blushing Bride DSP from the Subtles Designer Series Paper Stack; Soft Sky, Whisper White,  Pear Pizzazz cardstocks
Accessories:  Blender Pen, Petite Petals Punch, Pansy Punch, Lattice Die*, Window Frame Framelits, Little Leaves Sizzlit*, Polka Dot Embossing Folder, In Color Dahlias*,  Glue Dots, Snail Adhesive.

 *Retiring items

Lattice Bigz Die  #115958

Remember to check the Retiring Lists daily to see available of products HERE.

Also, FREE SHIPPING continues this week through Friday only.

Thanks for visiting today!  Stamp when you can!  (It's good therapy.. maybe that's why I love to stamp!)


Tuesday, April 22, 2014


For April 22 - 28

We hope you enjoy this week's Weekly Deals!  These items are on the Retiring List also, so only available as supplies last, plus your FREE SHIPPING through Friday!  An even better deal!!

2013-2015 In Color Core'Dinations Item # 129958
Regular Price: $11.95 US/$14.95 CAN
Discounted Price: $8.96 US/$11.21 CAN

Large Pearl Basic Jewels Item # 125577
Regular Price: $4.95 US/$6.50 CAN
Discounted Price: $3.71 US/$4.88 CAN

5/8 Inch Crochet Trim Victoria Item # 118481
Regular Price: $6.95 US/$9.50 CAN
Discounted Price: $5.21 US/$7.13 CAN

Naturals Designer Buttons Item # 127554
Regular Price: $4.95 US/$6.95 CAN
Discounted Price: $3.71 US/$5.21 CAN

Rich Razzleberry 1/4" Stitched Grosgrain Ribbon Item # 126876
Regular Price: $4.95 US/$6.75 CAN
Discounted Price: $3.71 US/$5.06 CAN

Pacific Point 1/4" Stitched Grosgrain Ribbon Item # 126878
Regular Price: $4.95 US/$6.75 CAN
Discounted Price: $3.71 US/$5.06 CAN

Afternoon Picnic Designer Series Paper Item # 131390
Regular Price: $10.95 US/$13.50 CAN
Discounted Price: $8.21 US/$10.13 CAN

Afternoon Daydream Kit - Digital Download Item # 130861
Regular Price: $9.95 /$10.95 CAN
Discounted Price: $5.97 US/$6.57 CAN

For all the info on Free Shipping and the Retirement Lists, check yesterday's blog post:

Retiring Stamps, Accessories and FREE Shipping!

Have a great day!


Monday, April 21, 2014

Retiring Stamps, Accessories and FREE Shipping!

 The Retiring lists are out!  Some of my favorites and probably some  of yours too!  Sniff, sniff....

However, the good news is that those items you want can be purchased with FREE SHIPPING, thus IMMEDIATELY SAVING 10% off your order!  WooHoo!!

Here are the lists:

Retiring Lists
  • Retiring Stamps (Available April 21-June 4, 2014, or while supplies last)
  • Retiring Accessories (Available April 21-June 4, 2014, or while supplies last)

  • Retiring stamps and accessories are only available while supplies last. The lists of retiring products will be updated each business day by 4:00 PM (MT) with availability information.   Check back here for the updated list each day.
  • The best way to ensure you get the items you want before they are gone is to order online HERE.  It's easy, secure and your items will be shipped DIRECTLY to you!  If you haven't ordered online through Stampin' Up! previously, just set up an account (short form, it's easy!) then place your order.
This year when the supplies of any retiring items, INCLUDING STAMPS, is depleted, they are gone forever!!  To ensure you get those you want before they are gone, don't hesitate to order ASAP!

When you order online and your order is less that $150., please enter the Hostess Code 
in the Hostess Code box on the lower left screen of your order.

If your order is more than $150., you have earned free products and you will be prompted to enter your selections.  Please be sure that my name is in the upper right-hand corner of the order screen.  Thank you for your order and patronage!

To those of you who have ordered through my website  as "No Contact", I want to Thank You very much for your business You are appreciated!

Wishing you a good day and happy shopping!  Stamp on!


Friday, April 18, 2014

FREE SHIPPING April 21 - 25!


On Monday, April 21 Stampin' Up! will announce the Retiring Lists of Stamps and Accessories!

On Monday, April 21 Stampin' Up! will begin FREE SHIPPING for five days only!

*excludes expedited shipping
If you love to stamp or scrap and love to save, this is YOUR time!

Get out that Wish List or make a new one and be ready for FREE SHIPPING next week!

Check back here on Monday, April 21 and I'll have the Retiring Lists posted for you.

This year, both Stamp Sets AND Accessories on the Retiring Lists are limited to supplies on hand at Stampin' Up!.  When they are GONE, they are GONE, so don't hesitate!

This includes the Retiring 2012-2014 In Colors (inks, cardstock and accessories) in  Gumball Green, Midnight Muse, Raspberry Ripple, Primrose Petals and Summer Starfruit.  Stock up quickly before supplies are depleted!   I'm going to really miss these colors, especially Gumball Green!  Which is your favorite?

If you order online and your order is less that $150., please enter the Hostess Code 


in the Hostess Code box on the lower left screen of your order.

What a great opportunity to stock up on essentials as well as retiring items!  I just love Stampin' Up!

If you haven't ordered online, just know that it is easy, safe and secure through Stampin' Up!  Just have your list with item numbers ready, go to the online ordering website and simply open an account.  Check out with your credit card and you're done!  Your order will be shipped directly to you!  Easy-Peasy!

Have a wonderful Easter weekend!  (and be ready for Monday!


Updated Saturday, 4-19-14 
 Retiring 2012-2014 In Color Product No Longer Available: The Raspberry Ripple Classic Stampin' Ink Refill is no longer available.


Thursday, April 17, 2014

Baroque Elegance Anniversary

What an interesting (in a good way!) sketch we have today on Create with Connie and Mary!  I had to study it awhile to figure out how to bring this together using the stamps and paper I had chosen but here's what I came up with:

I wanted to use the Beautifully Baroque single stamp as a subtle background so I inked it with Smoky Slate, stamped it off once then stamped onto the cardstock.  For the horizontal elements, I used the coordinating Eastern Elegance DSP and diecut three using the little scalloped banner framelit from the set.  The sentiment is stamped in Basic Grey, stamped off once then onto Whisper White cardstock.

I stamped two butterflies, Crushed Curry ink on the same color cardstock, punched them out then adhered the centers together.  After finger-shaping them a strip of four Basic Pearls was added to embellish.  Other Pearls were added to each of the three elements.

Here is another version I did, only adding Brushed Silver leaves.  I like it but decided to go with the simpler version.  Do you ever make more than one version of a card before deciding on the final one?

Stamps:  Beautifully Baroque, Papillon Potpourri, Express Yourself (hostess) sets
Inks:  Smoky Slate, Crushed Curry, Basic Grey
Papers:  Eastern Elegance DSP; Smoky Slate, Crushed Curry, Whisper White cardstock.  Brushed Silver on version 2.
Accessories:  Basic Pearls, Elegant Butterfly Punch, Hearts a Flutter Framelit.  Little Leaves Sizzlet on version 2

Here is the CCMC299 sketch challenge this week from Create with Connie and Mary!  It's very simple yet can be interpreted in many creative ways!

 How about you trying the sketch this week?  Just make your card with all Stampin' Up! supplies then upload it somewhere on the web and link it on Create with Connie and Mary's website.  That's it!

Be sure also to check out the cards of the other Challenge Team members.  They always make such wonderful cards!

Thanks for visiting today!  Stay well and safe, and stamp when you can!


Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Stampin' Up! WEEKLY DEALS, APRIL 15-21!

We hope you enjoy this week's Weekly Deals!

Venetian Romance Designer Series Paper Item # 130144
Regular Price: $10.95 US/$13.50 CAN
Discounted Price: $8.21 US/$10.13 CAN

Needlepoint Border Textured Impressions Embossing Folders Item # 129383
Regular Price: $7.95 US/$9.95 CAN
Discounted Price: $5.96 US/$7.46 CAN

Adorning Accents Edgelits Die Item # 125595
Regular Price: $9.95 US/$11.95 CAN
Discounted Price: $7.46 US/$8.96 CAN

Night Of Navy 1/4" Stitched Grosgrain Ribbon Item # 126874
Regular Price: $4.95 US/$6.75 CAN
Discounted Price: $3.71 US/$5.06 CAN

Natural 5/8" Chevron Ribbon Item # 132982
Regular Price: $6.95 US/$8.95 CAN
Discounted Price: $5.21 US/$6.71 CAN

Anywhere Glue Sticks Item # 104045
Regular Price: $3.95 US/$5.50 CAN
Discounted Price: $2.96 US/$4.13 CAN

Outer Space Stampin' Around Jumbo Wheel Item # 126938
Regular Price: $8.50 US/$10.50 CAN
Discounted Price: $6.38 US/$7.88 CAN

Floral District Photobook Template - Digital Download Item # 127211
Regular Price: $17.95 US/$19.95 CAN
Discounted Price: $10.77 US/$11.97 CAN

Glue sticks and ribbons and papers, Oh My!  What a  nice selection to choose from in this week's deals from Stampin' Up!!  And those Embossing Folders and Edgelits for use in the Big Shot?  They are staples in my stamping toolbox!  Just in time for Easter memories is the Photobook Template for My Digital Studio!  Great timing!

If you wish to order (these or anything else), just click on the name of the product and it will take you directly to my online Stampin' Up! store.  Thank you so much for your patronage!

Wishing you a good day and week!


Thursday, April 10, 2014

You're Amazing! CCMC298

Ah, we have a lovely combination of colors this week for the Create with Connie and Mary Challenge this week:  Daffodil Delight, Tangerine Tango and Gumball Green!  All fresh, bright, cheerful.. all good!

The focal stamp on my card is from the "You're Amazing" set, which I really like but have under-used;  I thought it would work well for this card.  I inked the stamp border with the Gumball Green Marker and the words with Tangerine Tango then die-cut it with the largest Framelit in the Apothecary Accents set.  I pierced around the edge, then inked and stamped the "amazing" again, filling in the open spaces in the letters with the Daffodil Delight Marker.  Then it was cut out, ends rounded with a circle punch and adhered it with Dimensionals.

I die-cut just the ends of the Framelit again using Tangerine Tango and adhered that underneath the white to emphasize the shape.  A 5.25" x 4" layer of Whisper White cardstock was dry embossed with the Scallops Embossing Folder and adhered with Dimensionals to the front of a 5.5" x 4.25" card. 

The larger flowers were stamped with Daffodil Delight on Whisper White then punched out with the coordinating Petals Punch.  The smaller flowers are punched with the Itty Bitty Punch Pack.. love it!  It's one of my go-to tools!  The leaves are punched from Gumball Green.  (I'm going to miss this color when it retires in May!!)  The flowers and leaves were adhered with Glue Dots.

Stamps:  You're Amazing, Petite Petals
Inks:  Gumball Green, Daffodil Delight and Tangerine Tango Markers; Daffodil Delight pad
Paper:  Whisper White, Tangerine Tango, Daffodil Delight cardstocks
Accessories:  Apothecary Accents Framelits, 1 3/8" Circle Punch, Petite Petals Punch, Itty Bitty Shapes Punch Pack, Paper Piercing Pack Essentials, Piercing Tool, Stampin' Pierce Mat, Scallop TIEF, Dimensionals, Glue Dots, Blender Pen, Snail Adhesive, Basic Pearls (colored with Sharpie Marker)

Isn't this a fun color combination?  We (the Create with Connie and Mary Challenge Team) would love to see what you would do with this color combo, so how about jumping in and trying this one this week?!  Just post it online then link it up at Create with Connie and Mary website.  (Stampin' Up! supplies only)

Thanks for joining me today!  I appreciate you visiting and welcome your comments too!

Take care and stamp when you can!


Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Stampin' Up! Weekly Deals, April 8 - 14

 We hope you enjoy this week's Weekly Deals!

Itty Bitty Shapes Punch Pack Item # 118309
Regular Price: $16.95 US/$22.95 CAN
Discounted Price: $12.71 US/$17.21 CAN

Make A Cake Clear-Mount Stamp Set Item # 126742
Regular Price: $11.95 US/$14.95 CAN
Discounted Price: $8.96 US/$11.21 CAN

Secret Garden Framelits Dies Item # 129372
Regular Price: $24.95 US/$30.95 CAN
Discounted Price: $18.71 US/$23.21 CAN

Summer Starfruit 1-1/4" Striped Grosgrain Ribbon Item # 132980
Regular Price: $8.95 US/$12.50 CAN
Discounted Price: $6.71 US/$9.38 CAN

Island Indigo Baker'S Twine Item # 125575
Regular Price: $2.95 US/$3.95 CAN
Discounted Price: $2.21 US/$2.96 CAN

Brights Glimmer Brads Item # 121006
Regular Price: $4.95 US/$6.50 CAN
Discounted Price: $3.71 US/$4.88 CAN

Gingham Standard Stampin' Around Wheel Item # 130110
Regular Price: $6.50 US/$7.95 CAN
Discounted Price: $4.88 US/$5.96 CAN

Recipes By Design Digital Kit - Digital Download Item # 118869
Regular Price: $9.95 /$10.95 CAN
Discounted Price: $5.97 US/$6.57 CAN
There are some really good deals here this week, and several of my favorite products.   I use my Itty Bitty Punches quite often and highly recommend them for your stamping tool box, especially at this price!

If you wish to order, just click on the name of the product and it will take you directly to my Stampin' Up! store.  Thank you so much for your patronage!

Wishing you a good day and week! 


Thursday, April 3, 2014

Spring Postage Due! CCMC297

There are signs of spring everywhere!  We've had some warm sunny days and the trees are budding out... so pretty when they're covered in little flowers!  This and more inspired me toward spring colors and flowers for my Challenge card for Create with Connie and Mary Sketch Challenge today.

What an enjoyable sketch!  I used the Postage Due set, sponging the stamp with several colors before stamping.  Then I added a few smudges on the cardstock with the daubers and layered it onto Pumpkin Pie cardstock. The Eiffel Tower stamp in the set was stamped in Wisteria Wonder and punched out with the perfect Postage Stamp punch!

Some little spring-y flowers were scattered around and centered with small Basic Pearls.  Love those things!  Wisteria Wonder Chevron Ribbon strips extending from behind the panel and around the card is the finishing touch!  This card makes me think of enjoying the outdoors this time of years!  (Oh yes, and I would like to be in Paris in the springtime, too.  You?)

Stamps:  Postage Due set
Ink:  Wisteria Wonder, Daffodil Delight, Pear Pizzazz, Pumpkin Pie, Crumb Cake
Paper:  Daffodil Delight, Pumpkin Pie, Whisper White, Wisteria Wonder
Accessories:  Wisteria Wonder Chevron Ribbon, Basic Pearls, Postage Stamp punch, Sponge Daubers, BoHo Blossoms Punch, Itty Bitty Shapes Punch Pack

This is a fun and easy sketch today from Create with Connie and Mary!

Won't you jump in and join us?  Just use this sketch to make your card with Stampin' Up! products and upload it to the Create with Connie and Mary website on this sketch post!  We'd love to see what you create!  While you're there, also check out the cards of the other Challenge Team members... they are so talented! 

 Thanks for visiting today!  I hope you are having good weather where you are!!

Stamp when you can!


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