Monday, April 29, 2013

A Little Bit Of Good

Stampin' Up! Sweet Floral stamp set card

Happy Monday! I'm starting off the week with a pretty card with words of encouragement. The sentiment is from the Pursuit of Happiness stamp set and I've always liked it, but it really seems more powerful these days, doesn't it? We all could use a little more good going around.

Stampin' Up! Pursuit of Happiness stamp set card idea


This simple card starts with the Sweet Floral background stamp on Not Quite Navy card stock. The image is stamped using VersaMark ink and heat embossed with clear embossing powder.

TIP: Before stamping, use the Embossing Buddy to remove static and/or moisture on the card stock. This prevents those stray embossed flecks that can occur when heat embossing.

Pursuit of Happiness Stamp Set by Stampin' Up!


The sentiment is stamped on Whisper White card stock with Calypso Coral ink before die-cutting with a Labels Collection Framelit.  To frame the sentiment, I simply die-cut another label (the same size), cut it lengthwise, and adhered it to the back of the sentiment label on either side. Stampin' Dimensionals pop up the framed label for emphasis.

For finishing details, I added Whisper White Taffeta Ribbon and a tiny flower (cropped using the Itty Bitty Punch Pack) adorned with a Rhinestone Basic Jewel.

Saying Goodbye . . . 
The Sweet Floral background stamp and Pursuit of Happiness stamp sets are retiring! Add these to your stamp collection before they are gone for good. Last day to order is June 3, 2013. Buy now here.

Not Quite Navy is also retiring this year as Stampin' Up! freshens up their color palette. Not Quite Navy Classic Stampin' Pads (#126970) and Regals Collection 8-1/2" x 11" Card Stock (#119705) is still available as of today. These and all accessories are only available while supplies last or until June 3, 2013. To avoid disappointment, buy now.
*Please note: Not Quite Navy Card Stock (8-1/2" x 11") and Classic Ink Refills are sold out.


xoxo








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Today's project featured the following Stampin' Up! products:
Stamps: Sweet Floral (W-122855, C-122857), Pursuit of Happiness (W-121907, C-121970)
Ink: VersaMark (102283), Calypso Coral (126983)
Paper: Whisper White (100730), Calypso Coral (122925), Regals Collection Assortment (119705)
Tools: Heat Tool (129053), Clear Embossing Powder (109130), Embossing Buddy (103083), Big Shot (113439), Labels Collection Framelits (125598), Itty Bitty Punch Pack (118309)
Accessories: Rhinestone Basic Jewels (119246), Whisper White Taffeta Ribbon (109070), Stampin' Dimensionals (104430)

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Friday, April 26, 2013

Epic Day This and That Butterfly Thank You Card

Die-cut butterfly Thank You card

I really, really like the Epic Day This and That Designer Series Paper from Stampin' Up! It arrived as part of the Epic Day This and That Bundle, and while I love adding bits and pieces to the journal, I really needed to play a bit more with that patterned paper. And the washi tape!

I really do like how this card turned out and it came together very quickly - always a bonus in my book. I cut the Top Note shape after laying down the washi tape center bordered by the Designer Series Paper.

How to use several die-cuts (layered) on one card


The butterfly needed a place to rest (to add contrast between it and the papers below), so I die-cut a paper doily using the Perfect Pennants Bigz Die. I actually embossed the white doily using Pool Party embossing powder and a doily image from the Lacy & Lovely stamp set.

However, I decided I wanted a somewhat softer look, so I die-cut another doily from white vellum and layered it over the first doily. It worked! The stamped/embossed pattern still shows through adding the contrast and dimension I wanted in a very soft, understated manner.

The new This and That product line will be featured in the new Stampin' Up! Annual Catalog (available June 1, 2013), but you can get all the products now in a special sneak peek. All items are available to purchase separately or you can take advantage of the discounted sneak peek bundle offer (15% off) good through April 30, 2013. The discounted bundle will not be offered after that date (so get it while the gettin's good!).

xoxo








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Today's project featured the following Stampin' Up! products:
Stamps: Lacy & Lovely (W-122885, C-122887)
Ink: VersaMark Pad (102283)
Paper: Crumb Cake (120953), Whisper White (100730), White Vellum (101856), Epic Day This and That Designer Series Paper* (130814)
Tools: Big Shot (113439), Top Note Bigz Die (113463), Perfect Pennants Bigz L Die (123126), Beautiful Butterflies Bigz Die (114507), Heat Tool (129053)
Accessories: Pool Party Stampin' Emboss Powder (129398), In Color Printed Designer Brads (122940), Epic Day This and That Designer Washi Tape* (131269)
*Included in Epic Day This and That Bundle (133350)

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Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Hot Off The Press - Stampin' Up! Retirement List Is Here!


Get your favorite retiring Stampin' Up! Stamps and Accessories before they are gone!

It's that time of year again - time to say goodbye to some of our favorite Stampin' Up! products.

Hundreds of stamps and accessories are retiring to make way for new and exciting products in the upcoming Stampin' Up! 2013-2014 Annual Catalog.

You can see all of the retiring products by category in the online store. SEE THEM NOW.

You can also view and print the lists in PDF format. View the retiring stamps PDF here and retiring accessories PDF here.

PLEASE NOTE:
Retiring stamps will be available to order April 24 - June 3, 2013.
Retiring accessories will be available to order while supplies last, April 24 - June 3, 2013.
Many accessories do sell out quickly. Place your orders early for best selection.
Save 25-40% Off select accessories and 60% Off Digital Content CD's.
Use online ordering for the quickest access to discounts and high demand accessories.
You may include other Stampin' Up! products on the same order, including current promotions, special offers and bundles.

Tip: Be sure to stock up on products in your favorite retiring colors: Regal Rose, Pretty In Pink, Bashful Blue, Certainly Celery, Baja Breeze, Riding Hood Red, Bravo Burgundy, Not Quite Navy, More Mustard, River Rock.

If you have any questions or need assistance in placing your order, please let me know!







p.s. Now is a great time to place an order to ensure you'll receive a free 2013-2014 Idea Book and Catalog and future seasonal catalogs too!



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Tuesday, April 23, 2013

New Stampin' Up! Digital Kits + A Freebie (last day)

Stampin' Up! Playful Polka Dots Designer Template
Playful Polka Dots Digital Kit Designer Template by Stampin' Up!

If it's Tuesday, that must mean we've got new digital downloads from Stampin' Up! today. And we do! Not only that, but I might have a surprise for you. But first, let's see what new digi goodies Stampin' Up! has for us this week ...


Stampin' Up! Two By Two Stamp Brush Digital Download


This adorable image is now available as a 1-piece SVG stamp brush.




Stampin' Up! See Ya Next Year Photobook Template


This yearbook style photobook kit is packed with designer templates, designer series papers, embellishments, punches, and an 88-piece SVG stamp brush set.




Stampin' Up! Delight In The Day II Designer Series Paper


12 Designer Series Papers with a fresh new take on the classic papers from the Delight in the Day Photobook Kit.


And Now For That Surprise ...

To thank our 20,000+ My Digital Studio Facebook fans, Stampin' Up! made the Playful Polka Dots Digital Kit free for one week. Today is the last day to get the free download - so if you didn't get it yet, here you go:

Stampin' Up! Playful Polka Dots Digital Kit

Playful Polka Dots Digital Kit

Just in time for spring and summer cards and pages that pop with color. This kit includes four Designer Series paper patterns, 55 embellishments, plus a one page designer template (11" x 8-1/2").


If you haven't already, be sure to "like" My Digital Studio on Facebook and say thanks for the freebie. And remember to visit MyDigitalStudio.net for tips and tricks, how-to videos, and the amazing gallery of projects.

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Monday, April 22, 2013

10 Things To Do For Earth Day

Earth Laughs Designer Template - Digital Download by Stampin' Up! © 2013

Happy Earth Day!

The celebration of Earth Day has sure grown since it began in the United States in 1970. Rallies and events have been held from coast to coast to increase awareness of environmental issues and encourage activities that help protect our water, air, and even endangered species.

Now a global celebration, Earth Day reminds us that we can all do our part, even in small ways. Recycling, conserving water, even using online bill pay are all ways to help our planet on a daily basis.

If you plan to attend an organized event in your community today, please feel free to leave a comment below with details to help others find it too.

Meanwhile, if you'd just like to get out and enjoy Earth Day, here is a list of 10 fun ideas:

1. Go to the zoo

2. Plant a tree

3. Take a nature hike

4. Picnic in the park

5. Plant a garden: flowers, veggies, or both!

6. Community clean-up: parks, shorelines, your neighborhood

7. Make a birdhouse or bird feeder

8. Donate unused household items

9. Ride Your Bike

and last but not least ...

10. Create artwork or crafts using things lying around the house. Use your imagination, have fun, and be creative! Need inspiration? Check out my upcycled laundry detergent cap.

Have a great Earth Day!

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Friday, April 19, 2013

Just Thinking - Thinking of You!

Stampin' Up! Just Thinking Stamp - Thinking of You Card

This week I seem to need several thinking of you cards, and maybe you do too. The single Just Thinking stamp featured in the Spring Catalog provides a fab focal point and major starting place for any card. Simply add a few additional details and your card will be done.

Custom made?
The stamped image is easily cropped using the coordinating Window Frames Collection Framelit Dies, but what about the larger shape behind it?

That's the Oval Accent Bigz Clear Die and it looks like it was created just for use with these framelits. But you'll find lots of uses for the Oval Accent Die! The larger size makes it great for larger gift projects, as well as scrapbook pages. The clear die also allows you to see where you're cutting - perfect for cropping photos for a unique page/layout.

Double duty!
The stamp has the word "friend" underneath Thinking of You. Leave it as is or create a clever cover-up (as I've done here) to stretch the uses for this rubber stamp.

By covering (or omitting while inking) "friend", the stamped image is appropriate for a family member, co-worker, teacher, acquaintance, church member, neighbor, ... you get the idea.





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The new Annual Catalogs will begin shipping in early May. (First day to order from the new catalog is May 31, 2013.) Shop with me by May 11 and your catalog should arrive no later than May 31.

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Today's project featured the following Stampin' Up! products:
Stamps: Just Thinking (129940)
Ink: Daffodil Delight (126944), Midnight Muse (126860)
Paper: Crumb Cake (120953), Midnight Muse (126843), Whisper White (100730), Parker's Patterns Designer Series Paper (131021)
Tools: Big Shot (113439), Oval Accent Bigz Clear Die (127005), Window Frames Collection Framelits Dies (129021), Stampin' Dimensionals (104430)
Accessories: Midnight Muse Stitched Satin Ribbon (126847), In Color Dahlia Adornments (127556), Pearl Basic Jewels (119247)

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Thursday, April 18, 2013

Celebrating National Pet Owners Day!


Today is National Pet Owners Day and I thought it would be the perfect time to introduce you to my "crew" of helpers around here. I think both of these girls have made an appearance before on the Stampingville blog, but it's time for a proper introduction - don't you think?




This is Lexi - the sweetest, most gentle little thing. She is fairly calm most of the time, although she does get the occasional wild streak tearing through the house at 90+ miles an hour. Now and then, she also likes to hide around a corner and jump out just as you walk by. Like when someone jumps out and says "boo" to scare you. It's the cutest thing ever. I still don't think she's forgiven us for bringing home the "baby".



This is Shelby - the "baby". She's a little spitfire, although she's finally, at age seven, starting to tone it down a notch! She's a bit obstinate at times and then turns on the charm for a full-on lovey-dovey session. When she moved in (as a kitten), she immediately took over the place and it's been that way ever since.



The girls love to help me with all kinds of special projects and tasks - like sorting out orders from Stampin' Up!




Or helping me organize my shelves and storage areas.



They are especially helpful with holiday decorating - the shiny garlands are real favorites - but pretty much they like it all.



And Shelby loves to come supervise the crafting sessions, especially when I'm working on shoebox swaps.



It's not all work for these girls though. They always take time to stop and smell the roses. Err, maybe that's palm fronds. (Actually, that's a Bird of Paradise in the large pot!)



And lounging by the pool catchin' some rays is a daily activity (weather permitting).



If I need any taste testers, consider it done.

But after a long day at the "office", there's just one thing left to do:



Take a well deserved nap!

xoxo








p.s. Are you a pet owner? Tell me about your pets in the comments below!

p.p.s. Losing power right before you hit the "publish" button on your blog is one of those throw your hands up in the air and shrug it off moments. Sorry for the lateness of today's post. And yay for having power again!


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Tuesday, April 16, 2013

New Stampin' Up! Digital: Travel Photobook + More

Stampin' Up! On Holiday Photobook Template Cover

Time to see what digi goodies Stampin' Up! has for us this week. Do you have travel photos just waiting for a little attention? Mocking you from afar for never getting around to them? Well, this could be your lucky day, Ms. Scrapper Procraster! ;)


Stampin' Up! On Holiday Photobook Template - Digital Download


This 24-page travel themed designer photobook template (12" x 12") includes a 47-piece SVG stamp brush set, 12 Designer Series Papers, and 15 embellishments.



Stampin' Up! Wonderful Mother Digital Stamp Brush Set

Just in time for your heartfelt creations for Mom. Includes 3-piece SVG stamp brush set.



Stampin' Up! Beautiful Birthday Digital Stamp Brush

1-piece stamp brush for beautiful birthday creations.


New to digital? Give the user-friendly My Digital Studio (MDS) digital design software a try - for free! With the free 30-day trial you'll get to try out all the cool features (along with some Stampin' Up! digital downloads) to decide if digital is right for you.

Download the free trial here and get started today!

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Monday, April 15, 2013

Stampin' Up! New Core Colors + Host or Join = Get More


Lots of Stampin' Up! news to share today to start off the week. First up, I've got some colorful news regarding the Stampin' Up! core color collections.

It's been three years since Stampin' Up! did their big color renovation and shared plans for future color refreshes (every 3-5 years) to keep the colors on trend. They've recently announced that the upcoming 2013-2014 Annual Catalog will include 10 new core colors - most of which are returning In Colors® from previous years. Yay!


Woo Hoo! I'm really excited about these colors being added to the Stampin' Up! core collections - especially Calypso Coral and Blushing Bride. Two of my favorite colors plus a brand new color, Smoky Slate! With these changes, you'll notice that a few of the colors have moved to a different color collection.

Now for the sad news: With 10 colors being added to the core color collections, that means 10 of the existing colors must go. We'll be saying goodbye to: Regal Rose, Pretty In Pink, Bashful Blue, Certainly Celery, Baja Breeze, Riding Hood Red, Bravo Burgundy, Not Quite Navy, More Mustard, and River Rock.

All products in the retiring colors (Ink pads, ink pad refills, card stock, Stampin' Write Markers, brads, buttons, and ribbon) are still available to purchase - while supplies last. If you want to stock up on your favorite color products, please act now! I'm not even kidding when I say that some items will sell out quickly and once inventory is depleted that is it. Order now here.

I should also mention, that we'll be seeing 5 new (2013-2015) In Colors in the new catalog as well. I've seen a sneak peek and wow - such fun and fresh colors! I'm not at liberty to disclose the new colors just yet, but soon! The new In Colors will be joining the 2012-2014 In Colors: Primrose Petals, Raspberry Ripple, Midnight Muse, Gumball Green, and Summer Starfruit.


More Free $ For Hostesses:
Now through May 30, hostesses can earn even more free products! With a party total of just $350 or more, you'll earn an extra $30 to spend on your Stampin' Up! shopping spree. That includes catalog parties too, so freshen up your wish list and start planning. I'll be right there to help you - contact me today and let's start planning.

Want even more stuff? It's a great time to join Stampin' Up! (can you say brand new catalog with exciting new products?!) - especially when you get an extra $30 worth of products. Now through May 30, you'll choose $155 worth of ANY products for just $99 and the entire kit ships free! I know - what an awesome deal and here is one more great reason to join now: the 2013 Stampin' Up! Convention.

You could be in attendance for the big 25-year Anniversary Celebration in Salt Lake City. This convention is going to be jammed packed with awesome displays, demonstrations, giveaways, swapping, making new friends, giveaways, classes, make & takes, and did I mention giveaways? But you'll only be able to attend if you're part of the Stampin' Up! family, so start picking out what to choose for your starter kit and contact me to join right away. I can't wait to help you get your new stamping business started.

ETA: Well, shoot. The 2013 Convention is a sold out event. But you'll still benefit from many of the convention resources made available after the event. Plus, I'll fill you in on every last detail. And then we'll start planning to get YOU to the next Stampin' Up! event.

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