Sunday, March 31, 2013

Happy Easter


Wishing you and yours a wonderful Easter full of many blessings!

xoxo








Today's project featured the following Stampin' Up! products:
Stamps: Easter Blessings (129183)
Ink: Certainly Celery (126958), Elegant Eggplant (126969), VersaMark (102283)
Paper: Elegant Eggplant (105126), Whisper White (100730)
Tools: Big Shot (113439), Flower Garden Embossing Folder (123113), Labels Collection Framelits (125598), Heat Tool (129053), Gold Stampin' Emboss Powder (109129), Sponge Daubers (102892)
Accessories: Certainly Celery Taffeta Ribbon (119963), Antique Brads (117273)


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Saturday, March 30, 2013

It's Here - This and That Epic Day Bundle!

Stampin' Up! This and That Epic Day Product Line

Squeeeee!!! I am officially in love. My This and That Epic Day Bundle arrived yesterday from Stampin' Up! and I am so jazzed. It's totally awesome y'all. The timing is perfect - I've got a few special occasions and trips coming up in the near future and I can't wait to start sticking things in this adorable journal.

If you missed my previous post on the new This and That™ product line from Stampin' Up! (check it out here), they are offering the new Epic Day bundle (15% off!) through April 30.

Stampin' Up! This and That Epic Day Journal


The journal is beautiful. The front and back covers are raw chipboard with a hexagon pattern debossed on the front cover. You can cover one or both of the covers to make it your own or use the front cover design as a starting point and embellish it. Or just leave it as is, because it's yours and you get to do whatever the heck you want to do with it.

Stampin' Up! This and That Epic Day Journal Pages


Inside the journal are 60 printed heavyweight pages (30 two-page spreads) measuring 6" x 8". Two pocket pages, one at the front and one at the back, allow you to tuck in memorabilia and include two die-cut printed envelopes to keep smaller bits of this and that. (Pun totally intended. You are welcome. ;)

Stampin' Up! This and That Epic Day Designer Series Paper

The This and That Epic Day Designer Series Paper is gorgeous! Oh my word. These pictures do not begin to do it justice. Whether you get the bundle or not, be sure to snag some of this paper. De-lish!

Stampin' Up! This and That Epic Day Product Line Bundle

Also included in the bundle is a rotary date stamp with a dozen phrases like "pencil me in" and "best day EVER"; washi tape in three designs and sizes; and four sheets of stickers perfectly sized for the journal and seriously cute.

I'm going to start playing right away! Wanna join me?

xoxo









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Wednesday, March 27, 2013

April Showers Digital Kit & More From Stampin' Up!


I'm ready for Spring.

The real spring. The one with beautifully warm days and skies of clear blue. Are you with me on this one? I thought so. And my apologies to those of you who've been shoveling snow (again) this week, because I no longer live in the land of ice and snow, so I probably shouldn't even be complaining. But considering the temperature here is only 42 flippin' degrees right now, I'm cold and grumpy. Ahem...

This week's new digital downloads from Stampin' Up! cheered me right up. They are fresh and fun and ... well ... spring-y! ;)  And the free April wallpaper is cute too. Take a look ...


Stampin' Up! April Showers Digital Wallpaper Free Download



Enjoy this FREE desktop wallpaper for April. Coordinates with the April Showers Kit for even more fun.




Stampin' Up! April Showers Digital Kit


Enjoy this kit for photobooks, journals, cards, and more. Coordinates with the free April Shower Wallpaper.




Stampin' Up! This and That Epic Day Digital Kit


All the products from the new This and That™ product line available in a digital kit. Includes digital stamps, papers, and over 100 embellishments.




Stampin' Up! Embark Graduate Digital Ensemble


Templates for invitations, journal, swatchbook, treat toppers, banners, and more.




Stampin' Up! You Made It Grad Digital Greeting Card Template


Say congrats with this fun graduation card. Coordinates with the Embark Graduate Digital Ensemble.

See? So fresh and fun and perfect for spring projects and scrapbooking. I love the April Showers Kit and also the This and That Epic Day Digital Kit. I'm so excited to get my This and That Bundle (traditional kit) and get started, but it's great that Stampin' Up! has offered a digital version too.

Well, that certainly put a spring in my step. Maybe you too?

xoxo








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Today's project featured the following Stampin' Up! products:
Program: My Digital Studio Software (MDS Software Download 130646, or Disc 130647)
Digital Kits: April Showers Kit (133472), Spring Fever Kit (129608)

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Monday, March 25, 2013

Thinking of You Card

Stampin' Up! Just Thinking wood-mount stamp card idea

Do you love a pretty layered look on your cards?

Stampin' Up! had you in mind when they designed the Just Thinking stamp to coordinate with the Window Frames Collection Framelits Dies. This single stamp provides several clever options for versatility combined with the convenience of the framelits to quickly create coordinating layers.

By stamping the image twice (in Marina Mist and Crumb Cake) and cutting out just the center of one image, it's possible to alternate layers and mix and match colors. The Square Lattice Embossing Folder makes a perfect background panel to compliment the main image.

Stampin' Up! Designer Builder Brads


The Designer Builder Brads are so fun. For this card, I chose the elegant butterfly image from the Lovely Little Labels stamp set for the center of the brad. So pretty!

Try using the Delicate Details Lace Tape as a backdrop for ribbon. The white lace tape really made the Natural Trim Ribbon pop!

Fabric Sale - This week only!
Calling all fabric loving craftinistas ... It's Fabric Frenzy week with 50% Off all Stampin' Up! Designer Fabric.

Designer Fabric details:
■ 100% cotton
■ Coordinate with our exclusive colors and patterned papers
■ Each assortment includes three unique designs in an extra-wide fat quarter size (28" x 18")


xoxo








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Today's project featured the following Stampin' Up! products:
Stamps: Just Thinking (129940), Lovely Little Labels (W-126260, C-126262)
Ink: Marina Mist (126962), Crumb Cake (126975)
Paper: Marina Mist (119682), Crumb Cake (120953), Whisper White (100730)
Tools: Big Shot (113439), Square Lattice Textured Impressions Embossing Folder (119976), Window Frames Collection Framelits Dies (129021) Itty Bitty Shapes Punch Pack (118309), Stampin' Dimensionals (104430)
Accessories: Delicate Details Lace Tape (130966), Natural Trim Ribbon (129287), Designer Builder Brads (129329)


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Stampin' Up! Fabric Frenzy Sale 50% Off Fabric March 25-31.

Saturday, March 23, 2013

Stampin’ Up! This and That™ Sneak Peek!



Squee!  Take a peek at the newest product line from Stampin’ Up! – This and That™.  This and That will debut in the upcoming 2013-2014 annual catalog, but we are getting the chance to see (and get!) it now.

What is This and That? It’s a journal sized scrapbook to add all the little bits of your life that you want to remember. It’s a smashbook + project life + scrapbook all rolled into one. Make it whatever you want it to be. Make it uniquely yours.





Just a journal? No way! It’s a totally fun product line that Stampin’ Up! will be adding more to over time. The sneak peek includes five This and That products:
     (131268)  Epic Day This and That Journal  $10.95
     (130814)  Epic Day This and That Designer Series Paper  $10.95
     (130133)  Remember This and That Rotary Stamp  $5.95
     (131271)  Epic Day This and That Designer Stickers  $4.95
     (131269)  Epic Day This and That Designer Washi Tape  $4.95

Check out all the This and That products in detail HERE.

Want it all? (Me too - I just placed my order!)

Get all five products in a bundle now and save 15% Off the retail value!
(133350)  Epic Day This and That Bundle  $32.08
*Only available as a bundle until April 30, 2013.


Woo Hoo - I'm so excited! I've been wanting to do something like this for a while now and Stampin' Up! just provided the perfect way to jump start my project. I've got lots of fun things coming up this year that I know I'll want to remember and this is going to be perfect.

GIVEAWAY! 
Stampin' Up! is having a giveaway on their Facebook page to celebrate This and That. You could win a trip for two to San Diego + This and That Bundles. Check it out here and enter to win, then be sure to use your special code to share the news with friends for extra chances to win.

I adore San Diego and would love to go there again. Especially if it's free, right?!

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Friday, March 22, 2013

Oh, Happy Day!

Stampin' Up! Fancy Favor Box

This colorful Fancy Favor Box is my last hurrah for Sale-a-bration. Truth be told, I'm not that "happy" that it's coming to an end, but I am happy that Stampin' Up! offered yet another terrific Sale-a-bration promotion with such cool free products.

To dress up the box, I wanted to mimic the pattern of the Sycamore Street Designer Series Paper. I had a really clever idea how to do it ... that failed miserably! So I tried again. And again. And I finally got those diamond patterns just about right. I was determined to figure it out or go down trying. Ha!

Stampin' Up! Designer Builder Brads

For inquiring minds, those diamond shapes are about 3/4" x 1-3/4"; cut as strips and then trimmed into shape from one center point to the next center point.  They are attached with glue dots to a window sheet circle - which not only provided a clear background to hold the design together, but made lining them up very easy over a sheet of Grid Paper.

The smallest stamp from the Madison Avenue stamp set is the perfect size for the center of the Designer Builder Brads. Aside from getting to create your own brad center, these brads are very low profile even with the epoxy bubble on top. So, you won't have any worries about including them on cards you plan to mail. Yay!

Stampin' Up! Bloomin' Marvelous stamp set project idea


If you'd still like to get in on the Sale-a-bration freebies, you've got until 11:50 PM tonight (Mountain Standard Time) to do so. Simply place an order for regular Stampin' Up! products and choose one free Sale-a-bration item for every $50 you spend. See the free items here.

xoxo








p.s. Be sure to come back tomorrow - I just might have a little sneak peek news for you and it's going to be awesome!

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Today's project featured the following Stampin' Up! products:
Stamps: Madison Avenue* (W-129657, C-129660), Bloomin' Marvelous* (W-129651, C-129654)
Ink: Island Indigo (126986)
Paper: Pool Party (122924), Island Indigo (122923), Summer Starfruit (126839), Tangerine Tango (111349), Whisper White (100730), Sycamore Street Designer Series Paper* (127540), Window Sheets (114323)
Tools: Big Shot Die-Cutting Machine (113439), Fancy Favor Bigz XL Die (115965), 1-3/4" Circle Punch (119850), Itty Bitty Shapes Punch Pack (118309), Glue Dots (103683)
Accessories: Designer Builder Brads (129329), Sycamore Street Ribbon & Button Pack* (130812)

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Thursday, March 21, 2013

Mini Cards: Pretty Petites/Saludos chiquitos

Stampin' Up! Pretty Petites Stamp Set Mini Card Set

The Stampin' Up! Pretty Petites stamp set (Saludos chiquitos) is perfect for making mini cards - 3x3 cards to use as tags or gift enclosure cards or little love notes. I've been creating lots of mini cards lately to replenish my on-hand supply - they seem to disappear quickly!

Stampin' Up! Pretty Petites Thank You Mini Card


Did you notice that all of this year's Sale-a-bration stamp sets (with greetings) come in English, French and Spanish? You'll also find a large variety of French and Spanish language rubber stamps in the Stampin' Up! Annual Idea Book & Catalog, as well as the Spring Catalog. There are also a smattering of stamps available in German.

Stampin' Up! Sale-a-bration Pretty Petites Stamp Set


This is a fabulous option for those who enjoy creating for family and friends whose first language is not English. I know several people who also prefer to scrapbook using the language of their heritage.


Stampin' Up! Pretty Petites Stamps & Petite Curly Label Punch


The Pretty Petites stamp set, along with the new coordinating Petite Curly Label Punch, is so cute to layer over other smaller punch shapes. The Petite Curly Label punch will be available for purchase after Sale-a-Bration if you don't get it free during the promotion.

Sadly, tomorrow is the last day of Sale-a-bration 2013. But you still have time to place a qualifying order and receive free Sale-a-bration items. Hurry - Sale-a-bration ends at midnight (MST) on March 22, 2013!




xoxo








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Today's project featured the following Stampin' Up! products:
Stamps: Pretty Petites* (W-129639, C-129642), Saludos chiquitos* (Clear-mount 130787)
Ink: Gumball Green (126861), Raspberry Ripple (126859)
Paper: Gumball Green (126840), Midnight Muse (126843), Raspberry Ripple (126842), Primrose Petals (126841), Summer Starfruit (126839), Very Vanilla (101650), Naturals Ivory (101849), Print Poetry Designer Series Paper Stack (129312)
Tools: Petite Curly Label Punch* (129405), Curly Label Punch (119851), Large Oval Punch (119855), 1-3/8" Circle Punch (119860), 1-3/4" Circle Punch (119850), 1-1/4" Scallop Circle Punch (127811), 3/16" Corner Punch (119871) Big Shot Die-Cutting Machine (113439), Perfect Polka Dots Embossing Folder (117335), Delicate Designs Embossing Folders (127023)
Accessories: Silver Glimmer Paper (124005), Gumball Green Stitched Satin Ribbon (126848), Whisper White Baker's Twine (124262)
(*Sale-a-bration items available free with a qualifying purchase through March 22, 2013.)


Stampin' Up! Saludos chiquitos gracias mini card


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Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Free Stampin' Up! Digital Download + Exciting MDS News!


My Digital Studio by Stampin' Up! for digital designing & scrapbooking

Stampin’ Up! announced some exciting news about the My Digital Studio (MDS) product line that I’m sooo excited to share with you.

#1 – Simple product name: MDS. Our digital software program will now be offered in one great package (more on that below) with one simple name, MDS. No more confusion over MDS, MDS2, or MDS2+.

#2 – Oodles of content. The MDS software program will include all the same great digital content that was previously only offered with the MDS2+ version. (That’s $500 worth of digital content!)

#3 – New Low Price! Get the MDS software + digital content for just $19.95 (US). Available as a digital download (Item #130646) or on a disc (Item #130647).

#4 – Free MDS Upgrade. Coming Soon! For those who purchased the original version of MDS (way back when) and haven’t yet upgraded, there will be a free upgrade to the new software program functionality. I’ll let you know as soon as it’s available.

Talk about exciting! According to Stampin' Up!, the popularity of MDS has grown by leaps and bounds, along with their continued enhancements to the software. This demand has allowed them to negotiate a lower price with the manufacturer and pass the savings along to everyone. Woot Woot!

The busy young moms in our family are going to love the news about MDS for digital scrapbooking and the lower price makes this a fabulous gift idea too. I can't wait to spread the word.

New Stampin’ Up! digital downloads + a freebie!

You’d think that news was exciting enough, but Stampin’ Up! did it again. Yep, there’s another free download with this week’s newest digital releases. Woo Hoo!

Click the download title to see additional images and details. 

Stampin' Up! Bday Construction Treat Template - Digital Download

Create super fun party favors with this 3-page decor designer template + four embellishments. Coordinates with the Bday Under Construction Ensemble.



Stampin' Up! Bday Under Construction Ensemble - Digital Download

Everything you need for a construction-themed party. Dig into this digital kit for loads of birthday party fun!




Stampin' Up! Top Notch Woodcuts - Digital Download

Add fun and flair to any project with these trendy woodcut embellishments (20) and a one-page (12x12) designer template.


I'm off to go dig in to some new downloads . . . ;)

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Monday, March 18, 2013

Stampin' Up! Vintage Verses Birthday Card

Birthday card with Vintage Verses stamp set by Stampin' Up!

In a hurry?

You can create this clean and simple birthday card in under five minutes. If you'd like to spend another five minutes basking in the glow of the elegant handmade card you've just created (that she's going to love), go ahead - no one will see and you deserve it. You don't need permission. You're welcome.

Seriously. This card is so quick and easy, and looks just beautiful. It's just two strips of patterned paper with the ends flagged, sweet scalloped ribbon tied around the card front, and a pretty paper doily stamped with an elegant vintage style greeting complete with swirls and curls.

Stamping on paper doily for vintage look card.


On the inside of the card, simply add a piece of white card stock stamped with a birthday greeting. Switch out the greeting and it's perfect for Mother's Day, a sweet thank you note, or a best wishes card for any occasion.

Get this stamp set free!
The Vintage Verses stamp set is just one of 19 free products available to you during Sale-a-bration. But hurry - this promotion ends on Friday, March 22. Simply purchase your favorite Stampin' Up! products and choose one free item for every $50 increment you spend.

xoxo








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Today's project featured the following Stampin' Up! products:
Stamps: Vintage Verses* (W-129633, C-129636)
Ink: Elegant Eggplant (126969)
Paper: Elegant Eggplant (105126), Whisper White (100730), Patio Party Designer Series Paper (126916), Sycamore Street Designer Series Paper* (127540)
Accessories: Paper Doilies (129399), Elegant Eggplant Scallop Dots Ribbon (124143)
*Sale-a-bration items - free with qualifying purchase

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Sunday, March 17, 2013

Happy St. Patrick's Day!


May you have only pleasant hours
 To melt your cares away,
 And the warmth of Irish laughter
 To bring gladness to each day.

May your heart be light and happy
 May your smile be big and wide
 And may your pockets always have
 The tinkle of gold and coins inside.

Kiss Me - I'm Irish! Okay, not really. Whether you are Irish or not, it's always fun to get in the spirit of the occasion. Around here we'll be enjoying Corned Beef and Cabbage and perhaps a pint. Or two. Yummy, yum, yum.  How about you?

And for those of you who appreciated the blessings above, but prefer a good laugh - here you go:

And where, pray tell, does an Irish family go on vacation?

A different bar.

Ba dum. Ting!

Happy St. Patrick's Day!

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