Archives for May 2009

Guess who will have the New Catalog on Tuesday!!!

Yes, I should have the NEW catalog sometime on Tuesday! I will be stalking the UPS man. 

 Stampin’ Up! is doing things a little differently this year, (besides going back to one catalog a year). Usually, I don’t see the catalog until the cases that I order for you arrive. That is usually a few days before the catalog goes live. Then my complimentary demonstrator copy comes via bulk mail sometime in the next month. This year though they are sending our complimentary copy with the first demonstrator order we place between June 1st and July 5th! So guess who will be placing an order the minute the order system goes live on Monday! Yes, I will set my alarm for 3:00 AM. Guess who will also be expediting their order to overnight air? So, I should have it Tuesday, unless something goes wrong in the shipping dept or at UPS(which could happen, because I am guessing about 20,000 other demonstrators will be doing the same thing!) If that happens, I will be one sad stamper until it gets here! Oooohhh, I just can’t wait! Just imagine being told as a child that you could start Christmas on December 1st instead of waiting till the 25th! Yeah, it’s that good.

I know, I know, you want to know when you will get to see the new 2009/2010 Catalog and Idea Book! Well, if you come to Stamp Camp  in June, you can peek at mine! I will be handing out the first customer copies at Stamp Camp or workshops in July. I can’t post anything online until the catalog goes live on July 1st, but watch for the newsletter this month and I will share a few fun details and sneak peeks!

Speaking of workshops in June, there are some great specials going on. I will be posting details on all of the specials tomorrow, but they will include the Last Chance List (formerly the retirement list) with specials on some product bundles while supplies last. Last year these went fast, so check back tomorrow for the details. Also, hostesses who reach $250 in sales in June will receive an extra $20 in hostess merchandise!

OK, I should be able to get some more photos uploaded tomorrow, but until then here is a sneak peak at another Stamp Camp Kit for our July Event. This kit will include 4 cards with surprises inside like the one pictured. All will have special pop-up mechanisms. One card uses the pop up cake die, but it won’t be a cake! The other three cards will have instructions for cutting the mechanisms from card stock.

balloon suspension card


OK, be sure to be here on Monday to get all the details of what is on sale and what sets are on the Last Chance List!


Big Shot Camp Kit

Big Shot Camp Kit


Summer Stampfest 2009

In case you missed the details about our weekend Stampfest, I have included them below.

Here is the first kit that I will be offering for that weekend. It is the Big Shot Camp Kit. This kit uses several Big Shot dies, including Beautiful Butterflies, Bigz Cake popup die, Baskets and Blooms die, Movers and Shapers Curly label die, and the Top note die. It is hard to tell in the photo but the Top note project is a box.

Over the next two weeks I will be posting on this blog just about every day, adding kit choices for scrapbooking as well as general stamping. These kits are optional and are purchased individually.  They will include full instructions and all of the paper and embellishments necessary to finish each project. I will feature the kits here and then I will have them all posted on the Stamp Camp to Go page with a payment option. Those will be posted just as soon as I figure out the technology! 🙂


The Big Shot Camp Kit projects include:

Card 1 uses the movers and shapers curly label die and embossing folders. The inside of the card is decorated as well, with the Top Note die.  The image that you see is actually on the inside of the card.

The Top Note box features the Parisian Breeze Paper and the Pretties Kit

Card 2 is an adorable pop up cake card. The front of the card uses the Big Birthday Candle set and the Sweet Always paper.

The Butterfly basket uses the Baskets and Blooms die and the Beautiful Butterflies die and is embellished using the pretties kit.

This camp kit is $16.00 for attendees and will remain for sale on my blog at $20.


Mark your calendars for the weekend of July 17th and get ready to stamp all weekend!

We will be stamping at the Hampton Inn near Woodland Hills Mall. Doors will open at 3:00 PM on Friday and we can stamp till 11:00 AM on Sunday. (If you are interested in stamping later on Sunday, let me know)

Fees for this weekend will be a table charge plus any Camp projects you decide to do for the weekend. You can just bring your own projects and work on those if you like. Table fees tentatively will be $25 for the whole weekend, $15 for day and evening on Saturday, or $10 for individual sessions(Friday evening, Saturday morning, Saturday evening)

Table fees cover the following…..
Your own spot where you can set up and stamp or scrap all weekend with access to tools, projects ideas and challenges you may not have at home.You may come and go and stay as late as you like, leave your stuff, your spot will be reserved.

Each participant may request 5 sets from my Stamp library to use that weekend.
Use of the following equipment…..
48 colors plus–stamp pads
Craft and other specialty inks
Carl cutter
Cricut electronic cutting machine and cartridges
Big shot and all my dies and embossing tools
Various small stamping tools like my punches, cropadile, crimper, heat gun, layering tools, etc.

I will host a shoebox swap. For those of you who are not familiar with it, instead of bringing already made cards to swap, you bring the supplies for each swap participant to make a card that you design. This will give you several cards to make and take home. Swap #’s will be announced later. Participation in the swap is voluntary. 

There will be several project kits available for you to pre-purchase to stamp that weekend if you choose. They will include a Stamp a Stack option, Stamp camp kits (4 projects each) and Scrapbook kits (2 page spreads and small book projects) Each kit will have complete directions as well as precut pieces and embellishments to complete each project. The stamps, inks and tools to complete these projects will be available for you that weekend. I will also be doing a supply pre-order for those who need things to work with that weekend. You will need to bring your own projects, paper, adhesives, etc., except for items included in the kit pre-orders. I will be posting project kits to my blog over the next few weeks.

If you are interested in attending, please email me and I will send you a complete e-packet with all of the information. Spots will be limited, so reserve yours right away.


There is still room, I hope you’ll join us!






New Catalog Info!


Just Buzzin By


Just Buzzin’ By!

We are finally seeing some sunshine today, so I thought I would post this cheery card! It uses the Just Buzzin’ By set from the current catalog.

Speaking of catalogs………

As crazy as it seems, It is almost time for a new catalog! Here is a little information on the next catalog and details on how to make this fun little card follow.

The next Catalog and Idea Book will be available July 1st! That means we will be seeing a retiring list for the current catalog on June 1st (just two weeks away!). Check back here for the list. If you are thinking that new catalogs have been coming so fast it makes your head spin, you may enjoy the news that we are going back to one larger yearly catalog and three mini catalogs per year. I haven’t gotten details yet, but I am assuming that the minis will be a little larger and that we will unveil new products and accessories as well as great new stamps with each mini catalog. I can’t wait to see the new catalog! We should be getting a little sneak peak next month as well, so stay tuned for fun news! I’ll post here as I get information.

Today’s card was one of this months stamp camp projects. The fun beehive background was made using a piece of bubble wrap! This technique is very simple, but produces a fun and unique pattern. Simply lay out a piece of bubble wrap and ink it up as if it were a background stamp. Lay the bubbles facing up, then swipe and pat your ink pad across it until it is well inked. I like to use a large area, as sometimes a cell may be deflated and I can place my cardstock accordingly. Place your cardstock on the bubble wrap, just like you would a background stamp. I like to lay a scrap piece of cardstock over it and then use a brayer to make sure I get a nice, even imprint.

We used the Oval Scallop Frame Bigz die to cut the frame. The images were stamped  on Whisper White card stock and then the frame was layered over it. Some images were cut out and popped up using Stampin’ Dimensionals. Cardstock colors are Basic Black and Whisper White. Ink colors are Black Staz-On, Summer Sun, Barely Banana, More Mustard, Always Artichoke and Chocolate Chip.









Quick Designer Series Paper projects!


Oval All


These projects went together very quickly using our Designer series paper and Big Shot Dies, punches and stamps to match.

This little thank you card uses the Big Shot Petal Card die and the Sweet Slumber DSP. I didn’t get a picture of it, but I used a self adhesive piece from the Sweet Nothings Simply Scrappin’ Kit that fit perfectly inside the card and I wrote my sentiment on that.

The tag was stamped on Baja Blue card stock using the Oval All Stamp set from the current Occasions mini catalog. It was punched out using the new Scalloped Oval punch from the same mini. I mounted it on another punched piece using the Wide Oval Punch. I stamped and punched an extra butterfly with the 1/2 inch circle punch and mounted it on a Build a Brad which I then used to attach the tag to a piece of ribbon from the Valet Ribbon Originals.



Oval All


This box was cut from Regal Rose textured card stock which is also on sale this month. It was cut using the Bigz XL box #2 die.

I punched an oval from the front of the box using the Scalloped Oval Punch and then glued a piece of window sheet on the inside of the box so you could see the contents but still keep it contained.

I quickly put together a tag using the oval punched piece and another piece that was made using the Oval All stamp set and the Large Oval Punch. I added Dazzling Diamond glitter to the stamped piece, tied the box together using White taffeta ribbon and attached the tag using glue dots.

Very simple, quick and easy little projects to make, but the DSP and textured card stock really give them a special look.


Happy Stampin’





Mini Photo Book Video



Click on the picture link to the left to view a video with 3 really fun little projects using our designer series paper. Even if you don’t scrapbook, you will enjoy the little mini photo books. They would make great gifts or favors for special events. I hope you enjoy it, you will find the pattern here.








I thought I would share a little more about the great specials going on this month. We have some really gorgeous designer papers that are  on sale this month. The special includes any papers on pages 158-161 in the current catalog.  Our papers make it really easy to design quick projects and the best thing is that they coordinate perfectly with your card stock, inks, ribbons and other Stampin’ Up products.

Now would be a great time to stock up and get ready for our weekend stampfest! Read on for the details of this months specials.


  • Purchase three packages of Designer Series Paper or Textured 12×12 Card stock and get a fourth for FREE!


  • Purchase a sneak peek set from the upcoming Idea Book and Catalog – Jumble Alphabet for 20% off the retail price! (retail value $43.95, sale price $31.16)


  • Join Stampin’ Up! with a mini Scrap Starter for only $75! Check out what you’ll get in this kit:

Schoolbook Serif Alphabet – $42.95*
Simply Scrappin’ Petal Party – $19.95
12×12 Textured Earth Elements Card stock – $11.95
Whisper White Craft Stampin’ Pad – $7.50

  • Don’t forget that this months Catalog Club Coupon gives you a FREE INK PAD with the purchase of 4. Mix and match pads and inks if you like, the lowest priced pad is FREE.

*Substitutable for any stamp set up to $42.95 value.

Happy Stampin!





Friends 24-7


Friends 24-7


Friends 24-7

Here is another great use for Designer Series Paper. They make such a beautiful backdrop for your stamped artwork.

This card uses the Parisian Breeze Specialty DSP. It is a cover weight paper, which makes it great for projects like mini scrapbooks or anything that needs a little bulk. It also has some textured pieces. I use it on cards because it is just so pretty.

The stamp set is the Friends 24-7 set. The Frame is cut using the Scallop Frame Bigz die and the Big Shot machine. I also used Whisper White and Chocolate Chip Card stock. Inks used are  Chocolate Chip, Baja Breeze, and Sahara Sand.

Here is the accessories list. Chocolate Chip 5/8 grosgrain ribbon, Baja Breeze Corduroy buttons from the Occasions Mini Catalog, Paper piercing tool, Designer lable punch, 1inch circle punch.


Happy Stampin’




Baskets and Butterflies

Baskets and Bloom die

I love these little baskets made using the Baskets and Blooms, Stampin’ Up! exclusive die and my Big Shot. They go together very quickly and whether you use card stock or Designer paper they can be decorated in so many different ways.  For these little darlings, I used the Tea Party Designer Series Paper (DSP) and then added pretty little butterly picks.

Beautiful Butterflies Die, Tea Party Designer Series paper

These Picks were made using the Tea Party DSP and the Pretties Kit. The butterflies were cut using the Beautiful Butterflies, Stampin’ Up! exclusive die from Sizzix. I can’t decide if I like them better with the little wire antennae or without.

The teardrop shaped bead is held into place on the wire pin with a small wrapped piece of sticky strip tape.

baskets and blooms

These are the die cut pieces for the basket. Put Sticky Strip tape along each side flap and along the bottom of the basket

baskets and blooms

Place the basket bottom on one edge of the basket, rolling and taping as you go.

Seal the sides together after the bottom is attached.

Tea Party Designer Series Paper

Wouldn’t these make fun little treat cups or place holders? Makes me want to have a tea party!

Happy Stampin’!