Wednesday, June 30, 2010


There is so much to celebrate this time of year! Birthdays, Independence Day, family get-togethers. I'm looking forward to Stampin' Up!'s new catalog that goes live TOMORROW! This is a sneak peek!

The designer paper is from the new Greenhouse Gala pack. I love this print! It reminds me of the flowers my Grandpa used to grow. {sniff, sniff} He was a marvelous gardener!

The card base is also new--Marina Mist, with a layer of Early Espresso. I also used Peach Parfait. The ribbon is new, too! So exciting to have 1/8" taffeta! The greeting is from Matchbox Messages. Can you see the little sparkle? That's my Vanilla Shimmer Smooch Spritz! (say that 3 times fast, I dare ya!)

Hope you find something great to celebrate this week!

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Bookmark in Pink and Red

I'm kind of on a bookmark-making kick! Partly because there are so many beautiful papers retiring, and partly because my beautiful children are always losing my bookmarks for me. My mother says eventually I'll have to stop blaming them when I can't find things, but it's working for now. :-)

You can't really see it in this picture, but the Designer Paper has glitter on it! It's the Sending Love Specialty paper from the Spring Mini (now retired). So I added more glitter to keep with the theme. I stmaped the flowers from With All My Heart in Real Red Craft ink and embossed with Iridescent Ice embossing powder. (Why doesn't "iridescent" have two "r"s???? It totally should.)

Now we'll see how long it takes before my pretty sparkly bookmark disappears into someone else's stack of summer reading!

Saturday, June 19, 2010

Happy Father's Day!

We made this card at the Aloha Catalog Party this week. I'm using mine for Father's Day, but this card would work for just about any occasion. There isn't a pattern in this Designer Paper pack that I don't love!

Stamps: Tropical Party, Teeny Tiny Wishes
Paper: Old Olive, Very Vanilla, Tempting Turquoise, Island Oasis DSP
Ink: Old Olive, Chocolate Chip
Accessories: Markers, EE brads, sponge

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Island Bookmark

If you came to the Aloha Catalog Party last night, you got to make this cute bookmark! Bookmarks make great gifts, or if you're an obsessive reader like we all are at my house, you always need another one! Once again, I was inspired by my good friend Brandi for the bookmark idea and layout!

Stamps: Tropical Party (Summer Mini)
Paper: Crumb Cake (the new Kraft), Tempting Turquoise, Pumpkin Pie, Old Olive, Island Oasis DSP
Ink: Old Olive, Tempting Turquoise, Pumpkin Pie, Basic Black Marker (for doodling)
Accessories: Corner Rounder, Small Oval punch, Large Oval punch, Cropadile, Jumbo Eyelets, Kraft Taffeta ribbon, Brads (Bold Brights and Earth Elements), Big Shot, Island Floral Die

Monday, June 14, 2010


Loving this designer paper and the matching stamps and die! Here is another project from the Island Oasis set in the Summer Mini Catalog. I die cut the flowers and then stamped the smallest flower image inside them--gotta love unmounted stamps for that effect! The Brandi-esque doodling has become a necessity on most of my cards lately! Good thing I have gifted friends to improve my creativity!

Don't forget the Aloha Catalog Party Tuesday night at 7 pm! You can see this card in person and make a couple cute Island projects!

Friday, June 11, 2010

Stampin' Addicts Mega Blog Hop--Retiring Sets!

My friends at Stampin' Addicts have put together great projects to remind you which sets you have to have before they're all gone!

Thursday, June 10, 2010

Clean and Simple Birthday

This little card makes me happy! I used strips of the fabulous Island Oasis DSP, available in the Summer Mini Catalog. The stamp set--A Little Birthday Cheer--is retiring, and it's one of my favorites! I never seem to have enough birthday cards on hand, but this is one I'll be copying with different designer papers to keep in my stash!

Today is the last day to sign up for the Aloha Catalog Party next Tuesday! We'll be making 2 cute projects, and you'll have a chance to win some great door prizes! Please let me know if you'll be there!

Monday, June 7, 2010

Thoroughly Modern Notebooks

I bought the Thoroughly Modern File Folders because I am an office supply junkie. I admit it. I love shopping for office supplies! And then someone had the brilliant idea to turn them into notebook holders, and I jumped right on that bandwagon! Those darling folders are on their way to retirement, so this is your last chance!

If you're coming to my Aloha Catalog Party next week, you just might get a chance to take one of these cutie-pie notebooks home! Be sure to get your RSVP in!

Friday, June 4, 2010

Tribute to Retirement

Every year at this time, some of my favorites go away! {sniffle} This is a card I made for a swap last month--it features retiring colors (Brocade Blue and Mellow Moss) and a long-retired set called Touch of Nature! Don't let your favorites retire without you--check out the retiring lists and order soon!

A note on the retiring accessories list: I've received a few questions about how large the list is. Almost all the punches will be back in the new, easier-to-store, flat style. If there is an asterisk next to it, it's coming back! Many of the brads and buttons were in sets that contained retiring colors--rest assured that there are plenty of gorgeous new buttons, brads and ribbons in the colors you already love, as well as the exciting new colors!

Don't forget to RSVP to the Catalog Aloha Party on June 15th! See you then!

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Stampin Up Retiring Lists!

It's such an exciting time of year! New products are on their way July 1, and so some of our old favorites have to leave us. Be sure to check out these lists before you miss out! Retiring stamp sets will be available till June 30, but retiring accessories are while-supplies-last.

If you want to be sure to get your retiring accessories, please place those orders on my Stampin Up website  to ensure the most current availability!