Let’s be friends!

This is not a casual suggestion!  I mean it so much, we made a card at May camps promoting the idea:

As with other projects last month, there’s both old and new product.  I have always loved the Penned & Painted stamp set, so we just had to use it one last time.  It’s a layout I’ve used before — the angled and repeated motif — that also works beautifully with leaves.

This card is accented with bits of silver.  You can’t really tell in the photo, but we spattered Wink of Stella on the main panel after it was stamped.  Just those tiny dots of shimmer complemented the acetate strip and Silver Foil mat on the sentiment circle.  Repeating elements like that can make a card sing!

Now that Penned & Painted is in the bin for the garage sale this week, I’m simply going to have to find a new floral love!  I have a box of goodies arriving this afternoon that may hold the successor to P&P!

Penned & Painted Photopolymer Stamp Set

Penned & Painted Photopolymer Stamp Set
[141938]

Watermelon Wonder Classic Stampin' Pad

Watermelon Wonder Classic Stampin’ Pad
[138323]

Watermelon Wonder 8-1/2" X 11" Cardstock

Watermelon Wonder 8-1/2″ X 11″ Cardstock
[138334]

Watermelon Wonder 5/8" (1.6 Cm) Mini Striped Ribbon

Watermelon Wonder 5/8″ (1.6 Cm) Mini Striped Ribbon
[141433]

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A delightful hello — and a tip

We have had such a stretch of beautiful weather — every day we wake up to the sun and balmy temps, perfect for yard work here and at our church and cemetery.  It’s hard for me to be downstairs where there is no natural light, but I have some intense business activities ahead of me, so to the grindstone I went.

This is another card from my display board at OnStage this spring.  I saw another stamper’s card with this vellum window and immediately put it on my idea list for display pieces.

Don’t you love the Delightful Daisy Designer Series Paper?  It was included in my box of products for OnStage, and it was love at first sight.  (See the Stampin’ Up! video showing off all the new DSP here.)

I really had to give the die-cut word some more dimension, and that meant cutting five of the words and gluing them together.  Hard?  No, but it had the potential to be seriously messy!  So, based on tips from my downline, I squeezed a bit of adhesive from the Fine Tip Glue Pen into the lid of an embellishment containers and used a sponge to dab adhesive all over the front of one die cut.  Please note:  using a Silicone Craft Sheet is essential!  The thin application of adhesive is not runny, so it’s simple to stack the next one on stop and continue the process.  I washed out the lid, sponge, and silicone sheet when I was finished.  Here’s what it looked like after I had already started:

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A winner!

Congratulations, Pat Stoll!  At $73.82, you had the closest guess to the actual amount of coins in my coin jar this year.  I had no idea that was one of your talents — well done!  Your prizes will be in the mail ASAP!

Except for one year when the total was just under $100, each year I have pretty much $75 in the coin jar.  What does that mean?

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Ready, set, go!

The Stampin’ Up! 2017-2018 Annual Catalog is live and online ordering is functional!

Have you tiptoed through the new products yet?  (Click the image at left or here to see a pdf version.)  I’m excited to hear which items you can’t wait to get your hands on — I love suggestions for camp projects!

Some of you have already received your catalog from me, and one of the issues I’ve heard you express is being unable to get a clear idea of the patterns in the Designer Series Paper.  Those “tubes” are pretty to look at on pages 188-189, but they don’t give you much information, do they?

Stampin’ Up! must have heard, too, because they produced this fun video that shows you what you want.  Aren’t these designs just fabulous?

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Eastern Palace Enjoy Today

Not only is today the final day to order items from the Stampin’ Up! 2016-2017 annual catalog (and remember, some are offered at a discount!), it’s also the last day to order the Eastern Palace early release bundles.  Yes, you can get the products from this suite in the new catalog, but not in the bundles offered today.

I had to throw several variations on gold bling at this card, including one of the metallic patterns from Pop of Pink.  Last I checked, this paper was still available at 40% off, but look at the retiring items for yourself!

I hope you’re excited to finally have the 2017-2018 catalog go live tomorrow!  Online ordering will not be operational until 1 p.m. Central, so you can continue to work on your list till then!

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9th Annual Great Coin Jar Contest

It’s the end of the Stampin’ Up! catalog year and time to enter your guess in the 9th Annual Great Coin Jar Contest!  It’s this simple:  guess the amount of money in this quart jar (my spare change for a year!) and win a fabulous Stampin’ Up! prize.  This year I’m giving away the Color Theory Designer Series Paper Stack (#144193) and a spool of Finely Woven 1/2″ Ribbon in Berry Burst (#144133).  I know you will love these brand-new products (value $17.00 US)!

Here’s how to enter the contest: through Wednesday, May 31, contact me with your guess via email, Facebook, phone, or a comment on this blog post.  Just a few more details before you get started:

  1. I’ll take the jar to the bank to be counted Thursday, June 1.
  2. The person who, by the deadline, emails me, messages me via Facebook, calls or messages me via phone, or leaves me a comment on this post with a dollar amount guess closest to the actual amount wins.
  3. Only one guess per person.
  4. The contest closes at 9:00 p.m. CST Wednesday May 31.  That is, guesses after 9:00 p.m. Wednesday will not be considered.
  5. You must be in the United States to win.
  6. In the event of a tie, my husband will randomly choose the winner.
  7. I’ll announce the winner in a post Friday morning.  I’ll contact you for your mailing address then and mail your prize (or hand deliver it).

Good luck!

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Eastern Palace Note for You

Last year on this date I was returning from my first-ever Stampin’ Up! Incentive Trip.  That Mediterranean cruise was, well, I can’t describe the experience without using every cliche in the book.  Ahem.

Stampin’ Up! positively lavished attention and gifts on the achievers of the trip.  I had heard about that, but I still was overwhelmed and a bit emotional.  One of the gifts we received was the entire Floral Boutique Suite.  I had to use it one more time, this time updating the look with something new:

You can enjoy some of the wonderful prints from the Floral Boutique Designer Series Paper in the Fresh Florals DSP Stack in the new annual catalog, featuring the new In Colors.

This year, in less than six weeks I’ll be leaving for my second incentive trip — this one to Thailand!  There’s much going on in the meantime, so I’ll keep my excitement to a low simmer!  Maybe.

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Happiest birthday, you sweet thing!

I am down to the wire using up some of my favorite Designer Series Paper packs before new ones take their place on my shelf.  Last week I created two cards like this one, each using the beautiful embossed and glossy sheets from Tasty Treats Specialty DSP.  The paper is no longer available; I got an extra pack when it was offered free as a Sale-A-Bration bonus!

2017-2018 Annual Catalog Sneak Peeks:

  • Seasonal Layers Thinlits

Enjoy Cool Treats in the months ahead — it’s in the new 2017-2018 Annual Catalog!

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Vanishing Oatmeal Raisin Cookies

You’d think that after 30+ years of marriage, I would have already found the perfect oatmeal raising cookie — my husband’s favorite.  Well, I think I recently did, with this one that I found on Pinterest and brought to May stamp camps.  No surprise that it’s from Quaker Oats!  My cookies came out more mounded, perhaps because I used parchment paper on the cookie sheets and they couldn’t spread as much.

Click the photo (from the Quaker Oats site) to get to the recipe.  Enjoy!

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Sweet as can bee

Before I price and pack up all of the retiring products for the garage sale in a few weeks, I just had to use this set one more time.

This card, which I used for last weekend’s Big & Little Stamp Camp, was inspired by Allison Okamitsu (someone you should know!).  I just loved the random stamping on the circle, and it was the perfect exercise for my new stampers to learn the rule, “The smaller the stamp, the lighter the ink and stamping.”  (There must be a more clever way to say that!)

Although you can’t tell from this photo, we used the upcoming Very Vanilla Note Cards & Envelopes.

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