Tuesday, July 30, 2013

July is almost over!

Ok, you probably already knew that. I'm just a little shocked about it. What happened to July? I mean, other than Scout Camp, a pioneer trek, swimming lessons, a college graduation . . . oh. THAT's what happened to July.

Don't miss out on the Designer Series Paper special that ends tomorrow!

Have you heard about Paper Pumpkin? It's a self-contained papercraft kit that comes to your door every month!
 To sign up, go to! 
Use the promotion code PUMPKINDEAL to join Paper Pumpkin before August 31, 2013, and pay only $10 a month* for the first two months.
*plus tax, where applicable. Shipping included!
Join Now!

The Fine Print:

    For new subscribers only.
    Promotion applies only to the first two months of a new subscription. After receiving two month's worth, the price for each month's kit will go to the regular price: $19.95.
    You  need to visit to join.
    You must click "Add Promo Code" and then enter the promo code PUMPKINDEAL in the "Promo Code" field when you sign up on the website to take advantage of this promotion.
    You must join by Saturday, August 31, 2013; 11:50 PM (MT).

Stampin' Up! has also announced a recruiting special, so if you've been thinking about signing up (and you know you have!),  now is a great time. 
New recruits get to pick one of four project kits for free in addition to their starter kit when they join Stampin' Up!
through August 31, 2013

Kit Options:
The first three project kits are from the holiday catalog and the last option is from the annual catalog.
Option Kit Description Item Total Value
Build a Banner Simply Created Kit AND
Halloween Banner Simply Created Accessory Kit
Build a Banner Simply Created Kit AND
Christmas Banner Simply Created Accessory Kit
Thankful Tablescape Simply Created Kit 133463
Tag a Bag Bundle AND
Tag a Box Bundle

Build your Starter Kit your way! For just $99, you get
  • Your choice of up to $125 worth of any current Stampin' Up! products!
  • A business supply pack valued at $65!.
That's a total value of $190!
PLUS, if you sign up between July 15 and August 31, 2013, you’ll get to pick one of four project kits for FREE in addition to your starter kit! These kits are packed with brand-new products—you won’t want to miss out on this special offer.


Don't forget to place your orders using the hostess code 9ZPRPCFK by tomorrow night! Anyone who places a $50 order *with the hostess code* will receive a gift from me in the mail!

Saturday, July 27, 2013

Shake it up, baby!

I almost missed posting this week! We've been so busy, I'm not sure how we got it all done.

This week, our oldest daughter graduated from college, and this is the card I made for her. It's a shaker card, inspired by a presentation at Stampin' Up's convention last week. (I didn't get to go, but I was able to watch some of it streamed live.)

The shaker part is made by using a window sheet and some Designer Series Paper (DSP). Use Washi tape (from the Epic Day collection) to adhere three sides, then add your cute "shakees." I used the Itty Bitty Punch Pack and the Epic Day DSP, along with the Champagne Glimmer paper. Finish off the top with more Washi. I adhered it to the card with dimensionals and added the cute ribbon from Blue Ribbon set. The card base is embossed with a sneak peek--the Stylish Stripes folder from the upcoming Holiday Catalog--available starting August 1!

Stamps: Blue Ribbon
Paper: Baked Brown Sugar, Epic Day DSP, Champagne Glimmer paper
Ink: Pool Party, Gumball Green
Accessories: Big Shot, Stylish Stripes TIEF, Window Sheets, Itty Bitty Punch pack, 2 3/8" Scallop Circle punch

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Cute as a button!

These are the new Simply  Pressed Buttons and Blossoms I made today! Fun!

Simply Pressed Clay 130685
Price: $6.95
Molding clay to create your own embellishments. Use with our silicone molds. Add color by kneading ink into clay or coloring with markers after it dries for a more saturated look. Air dry is all you need.

Buttons & Blossoms Simply Pressed Clay Molds 131272
Price: $7.95
Silicone molds to create your own
embellishments. Use with our Simply Pressed Clay.

* 2 total molds: 1 with 3 flowers, 1 with
3 buttons
* 2-1/4" diameter; 3/8" high

Friday, July 12, 2013

Pistachio Pudding Just for You

It's been such a hot summer here--up to 114!--which is too hot, even for the high desert. This card reminds me of spring and cooler weather!

This Pistachio Pudding card uses the new Simply Pressed Clay and molds--I am having so much fun making little flowers and buttons to match any project! It's very easy and quick to do, and the flowers and buttons are a perfect extra touch! This flower (the medium size) has a tiny pearl in the center and a flag of cardstock behind it. I cut the window in the designer paper with one of the Chalk Talk framelits. Tags are so versatile, and these are great shapes. The greeting is from Label Love.

Don't miss out on the Buy 3 Get One Free Designer Series Paper special that runs all of July--there are so many beautiful papers, and this is a great excuse to  hoard buy more! Check it out on my website.

Remember to place your order online using this month's hostess code!
Order $50 or more and receive a special gift from me of current product you'll love!

Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Mixed Media Butterfly

I made this card for the Mixed Media challenge Mix23 over at Splitcoaststampers. The challenge was to use at least 3 different surfaces--other than cardstock--on a project.

 I immediately thought of some great materials in my "other cardstock" drawer. This wood-look vinyl is from a report cover--I got a small stack of it from my dad many years ago, so it brought back some sweet memories. I cut it with the Top Note die. I used the Honeycomb embossing folder on some cork shelf-liner and then rubbed a little ink over it to give it some depth. The Natural Trim seemed perfect--so I stamped the sentiment from Sweet Essentials on it and outlined it in Calypso Coral marker. The butterfly is from the Best of Butterflies set and is stamped on watercolor paper and colored with re-inker and an Aquapainter.

If you're thinking Mixed Media is too messy for you, think again! It can reflect any style--and you're probably already doing it without knowing how trendy you are.

This card also fits the Friday Mashup FM117 Challenge by including pearls, butterflies, coloring, and some of my favorite things! 

Don't forget to order your favorite Designer Series Papers while they're on sale this month! And if you use the Hostess Code for July:  9ZPRPCFK

and order $50 or more, you'll receive a surprise gift in the mail from me! 

Stamps: Best of Butterflies, Sweet Essentials
Paper: Very Vanilla, watercolor
Ink: Black, Crumb Cake, Calypso Coral
Accessories: Big Shot, Top Note die, 2 1/2" circle punch, Honeycomb embossing folder, sponge daubers, pearls

Thursday, July 4, 2013

Tag, You're It!

I'm late to play, but it was fun to try the challenge over at Just Us Girls #195. It was to make 4 coordinating tags--I don't know how coordinated my tags were, other than shape and layout, but it was a fun challenge!

I used the Apothecary Accents framelits for the tags, along with a little "hole" framelit from the Chalk Talk framelits. The designer paper is Epic Day. The sentiments are from a variety of sets: Banner Greetings, It's Your Birthday, Chalk Talk, and Sweet Essentials.

These tags are all set to go on gift bags or other packages. I love tags! Which one is your favorite???

Don't forget to order your favorite Designer Series Papers while they're on sale this month! And if you use the Hostess Code for July:  9ZPRPCFK

and order $50 or more, you'll receive a surprise gift in the mail from me!

Thanks for looking!

Monday, July 1, 2013

June Thank You Gifts and July Promotions!

Everyone who placed an order in June will be receiving a packet like this! It's a sampling of the new In Color DSP and ribbon, some custom-tinted flowers and buttons made from the new Simply Pressed Clay, and a few sentiments from the set Label Love. I'd love to see what you make with them!

Get your July order in and see what goodies I have in mind for this month! Use the hostess code: 

You MUST use the hostess code to be eligible for this gift! Place an order of $50 or more to receive your gift!

And now for the July specials!

Please note that the Stacks and the Specialty papers are not eligible. But there are so many choices, I'm sure you will find plenty! Click here to shop the designer papers! 

New Photopolymer! Click here to see it!

It's a Best of Shelli set! Check it out here!

Take an online class to learn what's up with Washi Tape! You can buy the bundle (includes ALL the Stampin Up Washi) or just the class. Click here to learn more!