Shadowbox Card

Another card I found when sorting through old stuff in my stamp room was a shadowbox card made a very long time ago. It inspired me to make this card using the Colorful Seasons stamp set and thinlits.

There are two pieces of card stock, each 5-1/2" x 4-1/4", and they both are scored on each end at 1/2" and 1". My back panel is Sweet Sugarplum card stock and the front panel is obviously white. The white insert is 3-1/4" x 4". The two pieces are folded and the 1/2" ends glued together. When the card is pulled from both ends it "flattens" out and will fit into an envelope. When the ends are pushed inwards it creates a shadowbox and stands up.

Something Funny in the Dressing Room

Something funny happened today when a friend and I went shopping. We each had several things to try on and had dressing rooms right next to each other. As we often do, we would come out of the dressing room to have the other one see what was being tried on and to see if they liked it. So this happened when we each opened our dressing room doors and came out. We laughed so hard.

We've been friends for a very long time and have shopped together many, many times. This is not the first time this has happened. Years ago the same thing happened. We have often bought the same thing and one time we met to go someplace and we had the same top on. I came home and changed! By way, we both bought the dress.

Pop-UP Birthday Card for a Friend

I have been working on reorganizing my stamp room (which seems like a never ending task) and I found a very old card that has a surprise pop-up. It was the inspiration and template I used to make this birthday card for a friend. There is very little stamping. Most of the card is done from the Birthday Memories Designer Series Paper. There are framelits that will cut out the fox and banner, present, hat and balloons. The rest I fussy cut.

When you pull on both ends of the card the fox pops up. It was so  much fun to make.

And because it is such a big card I needed to make a special envelope with the Envelope Punch Board.

I cut out and popped up some of the balloons, presents, and the racoon with dimensionals.


A Few of My Favorite Things

Every new catalog I like to share what are my favorites. I was going to list my top 10 but couldn't leave any of these out so here are my top 11 products. If a stamp set and framelit or punch came in a bundle that is what I have listed however those items are also available separately.

Colorful Seasons Photopolymer Bundle    #145348
Price: $54.00

This is one of my all-time favorite sets because it includes stamps and framelits for every season.        It's a perfect set for the new stamper.


Daisy Delight Photopolymer Stamp Set    143669
Price: $17.00

Daisy Punch*    #143713
Price: $18.00

There is a bundle for the Daisy Punch and stamp set but it and the punch are backorderd until August.                         

Birthday Delivery Photopolymer Bundle    145294
Price: $62.00

When I first saw this set I thought it was cute but did not plan on buying it. After seeing the wonderful things made with it I was sold. I especially love how the framelits will cut out images from the coordinating Designer Series Paper.


At Home With You Photopolymer Bundle    #145351
Price: $50.25

What's special about this set is the fact that the framelits will create a door that opens.


This Little Piggy

Clear Mount     #143922    Price: $20.00         Wood Mount     #143919   Price: $28.00


Fabulous Flamingo Photopolymer Stamp Set    #143758
Price: $21.00

Create a beautiful flamingo by layering all three stamps.


Tranquil Tulips Photopolymer Stamp Set    #143767
Price: $10.00

*This host stamp set is only available with Stampin’ Rewards.


Wood Words Clear-Mount Bundle    #145316
Price: $46.75

The stamps and dies in this bundle combine to create darling mini crates that can be used to hold 3" x 3" cards or a host of little goodies. Stamps are designed to stamp over crate slats like an old time wood crate. This brings me to my next favorite …

Wood Textures Designer Series Paper Stack    #144177
Price: $10.00

These 6" x 6" papers are perfect for creating the crates using the wood crate framelits and for cutting out the Adirondack chair using the Seasonal Layers Thinlits.


Ruffled Dynamic Textured Impressions Embossing Folder    #143699
Price: $10.00


Layered Leaves Dynamic Textured Impressions Embossing Folder    #143704
Price: $9.00

Thanks for stoppin by and have a great week.

New Catalog Open House & Customer Appreciation

Two things I love … a new Stampin' Up catalog and my Stampin' Up customers so my open house is a great way to celebrate both.

Every year I hold an open house to showcase new stamp sets and products from the new annual catalog, sell things that have retired, and treat my customers to some freebies,  make & take cards, food and fun.

This year I offered my customers an opportunity to clear out some of the stamp sets they don't use anymore by puttig them in my retired product sale. For any of their items that sold they got credit towards new products. Several people took advantage of this and not only have more space for new stamps but also credit to get those new stamps. It's almost like getting for free smiley

I didn't get photos of everyone who came. I wish I had but with a house full of people and so much going on it was a bit hectic. I also didn't get any photos of the food but there was a counter full of goodies which my sweet daughter, Lynn Ann, helped me prepare.

This daisy boquet was so much fun to make using the new Delightful Daisy stamp set and punch.

Included in the freebies were a sheet with color combinations using the new InColors, a wish list, a bookmark with the new InColors, my coupon sheet of monthly specials, and the little boxes filled with lemon drops made with our Clear Tiny Treat Boxes and a stamped and punched daisy.

This showcased the Delightful Daisy Suite (p. 126-127 in the catalog) The DSP is just beautiful.

Just a few new products. Love the new Decorative Ribbon Border Punch.

Showcasing the Birthday Memories Suite (p. 68-69 in the catalog)

Just one of the three Make & Takes.

Color Theory Suite – this might be my favorite because there's something for every season!

Elaine and Jeanne

Judy and Donna

Shirley, Dianne, Debi, Sandra, and LaNelle

Terri and Barbara

It was a great day. For my customers who are up north for the summer, you were missed!

Have fun looking through the new catalog and keep that wish list handy. Check back later in the week for my list of favoriite new things.

Happy July! Plus 2 New Specials

From my annual CD Calendar class. Happy Birthday America!       

Stampin' Up has two brand new promotions this month. 

#1 – Bonus Days are back! For every $50 you spend from July 1st –31st  (before shipping and tax), you’ll get a $5 Bonus Days coupon that you can use between August 1st –31st.

  • There is no limit to the number of coupons you can receive per order or throughout the duration of this promotion.
  • An email address is required to participate; Bonus Days coupon codes can only be delivered via email which will come from Stampin' Up so be sure to save that coupon code.
  • Starter Kit orders are not included in the Bonus Days coupon promotion.
  • Online ordering deadline is July 31, 2017 by 11:50 PM (MT)

#2 – Freebies with the Custom Starter Kit!

If you've got a big wish list than the custom kit is for you!  This kit includes ANY $125 in product – your choice – at a reduced price of only $99 – and it ships for FREE!  The kit provides you with "demonstrator" benefits and there are absolutely no obligations.  You don't have to hold any events; workshops, or classes.  Both hobby and business builders alike love the custom starter kit because any subsequent orders enjoy a 20% demonstrator discount. 

As an added bonus, Stampin' Up! is including a FREE essentials gift pack valued at $52 in every starter kit!

  • 18485 D Block (2 of them)
  • 130148 Grid Paper
  • 103579 Paper Snips
  • 104332 SNAIL Adhesive
  • 102300 Bone Folder

And that's not all. Stampin' Up! will also include an upcoming new stamp set with your kit. This set is called "Carols of Christmas" and will be featured in the upcoming Holiday Catalog ($20 value) – but you get it early and it's FREE!  

There is also a coordinating Framelit set which you can purchase for $30. There are some very unique corner and frame pieces in this set. You can see one of them in the card sample below.

Sign up this month and for just $99 plus tax you wind up with $197 in product. That's a pretty sweet deal! Contact me for more information.

Thanks for stopping by,

Daisy Delight

I think my favorite suite in the new annual catalog has to be the Delightful Daisy Suite (page 126-127). I have always loved daisies and I love stamp sets with a coordinating punch. So I started playing with this set today even though the daisy punch is not currently orderable. I know, sniff, sniff. crying  I suppose you are wondering how can this be when the catalog just went live a few days ago.

Here is the information from Stampin' Up and I have to say it's pretty interesting.

To give you some background, on average, Stampin' Up sells about 7,000 of any given punch in a year. Knowing that the Daisy Punch would be popular, the initial order quantity (a four-month supply) was 10,000—more than a year’s supply for a typical punch. Then, in the first two weeks of the preorder, demonstrators bought 7,200! (That's one of the perks of being a demonstrator. We can order early) As soon as Stampin' Up saw how quickly it was selling, two additional orders were placed. Unfortunately, those take time to produce. After negotiating with the manufacturer and upgrading the shipping method more punches are exepected by June 26 and then an additional order in July.

So I am going to continue to play with these goodies and I know you will be seeing lots of great cards being made by demonstrators who were lucky enough to get the punch during our  preorder. Just keep a file of those cards you want to CASE (Copy And Share Everything) because I know this will be on many of your wish lists.

Daisy I stamped and punched the daisy 3 times. Take 2 of them and overlap the petals. Cut the 3rd daisy in half and overlap the petals. Attach the daisies with dimensionals.

And the inside:

Daisy INside A good way to add a bit of coordinating Designer Series Paper to the bottom of a card is to cut it 4" wide and back it with a coordinating piece of cardstock that is 4-1/4" wide.  Since DSP is 12" wide you can get more from a sheet by cutting pieces 4" rather that 4-1/4", the width of the card. And cardstock cut in half is 4-1/4" so it makes sense to back the DSP with cardstock.

New 2017-2018 Annual Catalog is Live!

I just love it when the new catalog is out and we can finally order from it. There are so many new and wonderful stamp sets and products that my wish list is always very long. If you would like your own copy of the new catalog let me know. I would be happy to give you one.

New Catalog

Here are just a few of the Stampin' Up videos highlighing new stamps and products that I have already ordered.

Check back in a few days for more videos and for some of the cards I have been making.





Up to 50% off Retiring Products & Sneak Peek

retiring products

The retiring list of items has posted. You can see that list here.

As always, some things will sell out quickly.

Important details to know:

  1.  Stampin’ Up will continue making the retiring stamps until May 22, 2017.  After that they will be while supplies last.
  2. The accessories are ‘while supplies last’ – some go super fast and some may appear on the Clearance rack later.
  3. If you really want it, get it today.  Order online in my store or email me to get it ordered quickly.
  4.  The last day of the retiring products will be May 31st 2017.


Sneak Peek . . .

Aren't you always wondering what new colors Stampin' Up can come up with. I mean there are so many wonderful colors already, and then each year they come up with 5 new ones.  I'm always amazed at how on trend they are with the new colors. So, are you as anxious to see them as I was?


We did some make and takes this past weekend when I was in Savannah at the Stampin' Up OnStage event using the new colors and I have to say that in person they are very, very nice. 

Check back in a day or two and I will share some of the photos from OnStage.