Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Trio of Sweetness

So do you remember from yesterday's post about my personal special?  SAB is here and I would love to share the fun with you.  If you make a SAB qualifying purchase with me, I will send you a 3x3 card kit.  I have been in the craft room all morning coming up with three fabulous cards.  You will receive ALL the ingredients to make them.  I will stamp the images, punch the punches, and emboss the embossing. All you will have to do it put them together!  The ribbon and matching brads will be included as well, as of course the envelopes too.

I have to say that these two are my favorites, I just love these colors!

Look at this fabulous ribbon braid and velvet combo!  This free SAB ribbon just glows, it is iridescent, it is just beautiful.

And more good news, you can receive a card kit for each $50 you spend, so for those of you that have more than one SAB qualifying purchase, you get a different card kit for each qualifing order, there is no limit on how many kits you can earn in addition to the SAB items.  Hostess benefits AND SAB benefits come into play when your order is $150 or more, WHEW, and there is more!  When you have a $150 order you also receive a free shopping tote with this beautiful print on it.  SO now is the time to shop at my ONLINE STORE!  This special will run the whole length of SAB, email me if you have any questions!  I am here to help!  Thanks for stopping by today, enjoy!

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

SAB is here!

It's here, It's here, my favorite time of year!  Sale-A-Bration is open for business.  Here is a clickable link to the Sale-A-Bration Catalog, or you can click on the cover of the catalog.  Contact me if you have any questions, I am happy to help you. In addition to all of these great rewards, any order through my online store or through me directly will get a 3x3 card kit set mailed to them just for shopping with me!  So come on, lets sale-a-brate!

  • FREE package of Designer Series Paper ($10.95 or less) or digital download (any price) begins the month after you join Stampin' Up!
  • You may alternate between Designer Series Paper and digital download each month.
  • Free paper or digital download does not include tax or shipping.
  • Demonstrator must remain active during incentive period to be eligible for free items.
  • Be a part of the wonderful Stampin' Up Community, with great benefits, and a subscription to the demo only Stampin' Success magazine.

Saturday, January 21, 2012

My Very First MDS Invite

I have seen many, many beautiful projects done with SU's My Digital Studio, and I finally went ahead and got it during the last promo that we offered.  With everything going on for the last few months, I have not had a chance to play with it.  So when I started thinking about invites to Mackie's party, I thought that I would buckle down and try it out.

Do you recognize the main image?  It is the stamp from the upcoming SAB set Elementary Elegance.  The nice thing about MDS is that you can size the stamps anyway you would like.  I thought it would be neat just like this on a regular size card base.  I printed out two on a full sheet of card stock so that I would have a bunch of room to figure out what to do.

After printing them out I thought that I would try to cut one out with the second to largest label framelet.  I then cut the largest label out for the base.  They are all supposed to be on a black base, but GASP, I ran out of basic black cardstock, so we have just one wisteria wonder invite.  The base cardstock is embossed with the vintage wallpaper EF.

I finished it off with just one basic pearl on the butterfly, (because 14 year old girls are very picky).  I do like how they turned out, and Mackie loved them from the very beginning!  Yeah!  All in all, I felt it was a great first project, but I still have a long way to go to be able to be "fluent" in MDS.

Do you love this idea?  With your $50 purchase, this MDS One Big SAB CD is available.  It includes a lot of brush sets, ribbon, and DSP, so if you do digital, this is the reward for you.  You can shop at my ONLINE STORE 24/7 and the SAB is available on the 24th.  Hope you were inspired today, enjoy!

Paper:  Basic Black, Wisteria Wonder
tools:  My Digital Studio, Labels framelet, vintage wallpaper EF, basic pearls

Friday, January 20, 2012

Have you heard the News?

Oh my, Stampin' Up!'s biggest promotion of the year Sale A Bration is almost here!  Do you have your list ready?  There has been some fabulous previews going on, and I know that you have picked your favorites!

From Jan. 24 through March 31, 2012, customers will earn a free Sale-A-Bration gift for EVERY $50 they spend on Stampin' Up! products (including the on-line clearance rack). Spend $150 or more and you will receive both Sale-A-Bration gifts AND earn Hostess Benefits!

AND, it is the perfect time to join Stampin' Up! during SAB, look at this great special:

SALE-A-BRATION STARTER KIT DEAL! Sale-A-Bration is an ideal time to take your stamping skills to the next level and SAVE $$$! Starts Jan. 24, 2012.

  • The Starter Kit is discounted to $125! SAVE $50 and it ships FREE. Over $340 in products!  Here are videos of great Starter Kit techniques to get you started.
  • BONUS! Receive your choice of either FREE Designer Series Paper (you pay for shipping) or a FREE My Digital Studio Download (no shipping charge) EVERY MONTH that you are active, from Feb. through Dec., 2012. Up to a $120 value!
  • Enjoy demonstrator discounts and benefits through June 30, 2012 with no obligation to purchase anything further or host workshops. There's no penalty to drop.
  • Become a member of my group.  Stampin' Up! has a friendly, resourceful, virtual community. I welcome both hobby and business demonstrators to my group.
If you have any questions, please EMAIL ME and I will be happy to help you out.  This is the very best time to make any purchases and join Stampin' Up!  I am there to guide you through the process!  I hope you have a wonderful day!

Thursday, January 19, 2012

PPA Birthday

Hello there!  This PPA sketch challenge #127 card means a lot to me.  Half way through the rosettes, I decided that I am going to make this card for my girl Mackie's 14th birthday.  It seems like just yesterday, we were bring home our baby girl that we waited so long for.  Now she is turning 14 and I don't know where the time has gone!

Here is the great sketch done by none other than Margaret Moody, she has really challenged us this week, so grab your supplies and head over to Pals Paper Arts to play along, the link stays open for a full week, so you have plenty of time to play.

This frame was just begging for some love, so out came the rolled roses in poppy parade, calypso coral, so saffron, and pool party.  This wonderful oval frame within the frame I saw on LeAnne Pugliese's Wee Inkling blog.  I changed it up a bit and made it bigger to suit the card. 

Who says that "shabby chic" cannot have bling?  The oval frame was glittered up with dazzling details glue, as were the flower centers under the basic pearls.  A bit of soft suede was sponged on the edges and on the little dots.

The sentiment was made with the new SAB Elementary Elegance stamp set.  The stamp is top to bottom, but I inked it with a poppy parade marker and did some creative stamping to get it all in a row.  Another cutie flower anchors the pennant.  You can also see here how I used just one piece of Attic Boutique DSP for my background, but since the soft suede stripes go all the way down it appears to be different paper.

Here is a brand new technique that I came up with using the new adorning accents edgelets dies.  I did make a video on how to make this piece of prettiness, but alas I am having some technical difficulties.  The A/V guy (my husband) is working on it and I hope to get it posted in the next day.  So I have to say that you will have to come back and check it out.  Remember, all of these wonderful supplies are available in my ONLINE STORE 24/7.  Thanks for stopping by, hope you were inspired, enjoy!

Stamps:  Elementary Elegance
Paper:  Attic Boutique DSP, poppy parade, soft suede, pool party, calypso coral, so saffron
Ink:  soft suede, poppy parade stampin write marker
Tools:  Big shot, adorning accents edgelet die, labels framelets, designer frames EF, circle punches, dazzling details glue, basic pearls, dotted scallop ribbon border punch

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Ribbon Share Update and Sneak Peek

Hello there!  Just two items of business today, this my friends is my first bit of business, my PPA 127 sneak peek! See that new fluffy border on the right hand side? I found a new way to use the new scallop edgelets die, so come back tomorrow for the reveal and some great card making tips!

Also for today is a reminder for the ribbon share that I am currently offering. I have updated the "Ribbon Share" page at the top with all of the new ribbon info. The share is on the beautiful pleated ribbon in all four colors, so check it out and email me ASAP!!

I couldn't help but to include this picture in today's post.  Here is Tate shopping with Mackie and I on our "girls shopping trip" on Monday.  Tate was a really good sport, and as a good boy prize he got this new pirate hat.  He really loves it, which is good, since we had a hard time getting him to wear hats on cold days, and now he will finally wear one.

Well thanks for stopping by today, can't wait for you to stop back by tomorrow and see my new trick!  Have a great day.

Sunday, January 15, 2012

Butterfly Thanks!

Here are two more cards that I made with the Freshly Made Sketch #17.  When I went to make more of the original, I saw that the peach parfait/pool party Everyday Enchantment DSP had butterflies on it, so I replaced the bird with a butterfly, and changed up the colors.

Everything else stayed the same with the exception of the butterflies and the DSP, but all of the DSP is from Everyday Enchantment DSP.  I love, love how there is so much versatility to this paper, and you get so many different looks.  This paper pack is free with your $50 order starting on January 24th.

So which one is your favorite?  I am hard pressed to choose just one, but I think the top calypso coral card might have a slight edge with me.  See how easy it is to take a great sketch and use different patterns and colors and come up with some easy, quick cards.  Thanks for stopping by, hope you were inspired, enjoy!

Stamps:  Rue Des Fluers, Fresh Vintage
Paper:  Everyday Enchantment DSP, pool party, calypso coral, lucky limeade
Ink:  Pool party, lucky limeade, peach parfait
tools:  Big shot, beautiful wings embosslet die, basic pearls, stripes EF, pool party seam binding ribbon

Friday, January 13, 2012

Fresh Thanks!

Hello there!  Today's card inspiration is from the new Freshly Made Sketch #17.  I have not been in the craft room in a few days, and wanted to do a challenge card.  I also need more thank you cards for Christmas and Birthday gifts, so I thought that this sketch would be perfect, and would mail easily.

The mail panel has the beautiful new Everyday Enchantment DSP from the upcoming SAB catalog, and can be yours free with a $50 purchase!  This paper is so versatile, I pulled out the two sheets that had only the lucky limeade and pool party colors.  The bird was cut from the retired birds & blooms sizzix die.  I layered the bird on a tag from lots of tags sizzix die set.  A large oval of naturals ivory was punched and stamped in pool party with the floral stamp from Fresh Vintage stamp set, also a SAB item.

My coordinating stripe was made using the new pool party seam binding ribbon.  The ribbon was adhered to a piece of pool party cardstock and was run through the big shot in the stripes EF.  The look you get is similar to the new pleated ribbon, but without the bulk.

The Thanks stamp is from the Rue Des Fleurs stamp set and is stamped in lucky limeade.  Some basic pearls underline the Thanks and fills in the bird's eye.  This will fit nicely in a regular envelope and requires no extra postage AND is easy enough to make five or six no problem.  Remember you can get all these supplies and more by shopping 24/7 at my ONLINE STORE.  I hope you were inspired today, enjoy!

Stamps:  Rue Des Fleurs, Fresh Vintage
Paper:  Everyday Enchantment DSP, pool party, lucky limeade
Ink:  pool party, lucky limeade
Tools:  lots of tags dies, big shot, birds and blooms die, stripes EF, basic pearls, pool party seam binding ribbon

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

January Blog Hop!

Love is in the air as the Stampin' Pretty Pals share the love with cards and projects for today's Pals Blog Hop!

You've probably hopped over from Amanda Cramer at, I'm stop number 19 on the Pals Hop and I'm glad you hopped in! I'll help you "hop along" from blog to blog where you'll find great ideas for love themed paper projects from the Stampin' Pretty Pals! Should you hop off course, simply click on any of the links in the Pals Hop Line-up below and you'll be back on track.

Today's card has LOVE written all over it, literally!  After trying out a piece of blushing bride on the Lots of Love letterpress plate, I was in love!  I ran it through once uninked, then ran through a second time inked with early espresso, so I really have two different background looks going on.

You can see the uninked impressions on the background piece.  I love the two different looks and purposely offset it a bit so you get almost a shadow effect.

My center focal point is the square label frame from the designer frames EF pack, crumb cake was just the perfect color.  The center label is from the new labels framelets die, it is the smallest one and just fits inside great.  The key from the Artistic Etchings stamp set was stamped in blushing bride, and the Key to my Heart from You're a Gem stamp set is stamped in early espresso, and heat embossed in clear embossing powder.

The cutie little blushing bride heart was made by punching three small hearts and folding in the middle, and stacking them up, a basic pearl was added.  This wonderful early espresso taffeta ribbon was on the clearance rack, and I really love it.  It adds a nice soft touch.

So, what do you think?  I got mixed impressions from my family, Mackie said "it is simple, is it supposed to be simple?"  Chris said "I like it, it's not as busy as some of your other cards".  So go figure.  I would love to hear your comments, and if you have any questions, just ask.   Remember, you can get all these supplies and more at my ONLINE STORE.

After some consideration, I am also going to enter this card in the Paper Player's All you need is Love Challenge, #77.  I feel that this card fits the requirements since it is all about love!  Check out The Paper Players website, they have some great challenges!  Thanks for stopping by, hope you were inspired, enjoy!

Now hop along for more inspiring ideas from Nancy Gleason at, stop number 20 on the Love Is In The Air Pals Blog Hop! Thanks for "hopping" by!

  1. Linda Fisher at Linda's Stampin Loft
  2. Maggie Mata at MaggieMadeCards
  3. Kim Luithle at Kim's Stampin Stuff
  4. Barb Furlong at The Love of Stamping
  5. Dawn Tidd at My Stampin' Blog
  6. Maxine Conrad at Stamp to the MAX!
  7. Susan Lankford at Stampin' Crafty Corner
  8. Nina Dee at Deesigns by Nina Dee
  9. Kim Czenszak at Live Love Stamp
  10. Cindy Hall at Pretty Impact
  11. Frenchiee Hum at Frenchiee's Spot.
  12. Kylie Nicolosi at Kylie's Crafty Corner
  13. Jennifer Takacs at My Stampin' Blog
  14. Angie Blake at Angie's Musings
  15. Nicole Watt at Impressions By Nicole
  16. Mary Fish at Stampin' Pretty
  17. Rae Harper at Wild West Paper Arts
  18. Amanda Cramer at Mrs. C with Style!
  19. Sandie Conner at Pretty Provisions
  20. Nancy Gleason at My Stampin' Space
  21. Sue Bendinsky at My Color Creations
  22. Leah O'Brien at Leah's Stampin' Corner
  23. Patti MacLeith at Papercrafts by Patti
  24. Diane Roberts at Score at Four and a Quarter
  25. Emily Steggell at Em's Creations
  26. Julie Trevett-Smith at The Stampin' Affair!
  27. Beth Beard at My Little Craft Blog
  28. Jessica Ying at YoYoStamping Studio
  29. Leslie Davis at Ellalicious Elements
  30. Joan Norris at My Creative Impressions
  31. Mikki Sarkisyan at Mikki's Creative Corner

Thursday, January 5, 2012

PPA 126

Welcome to my very first Pals Paper Arts DT post.  If this is your first time here, Welcome, and if you are one of my Pretty Provisions subscribers, Welcome back! 

Today's Pals Paper Arts Challenge is a color challenge using the colors of Baja Breeze, Not Quite Navy, and Very Vanilla.  The Pals Paper Arts Challenges welcome all products and players. We have even extended the deadline for participation to one week so there's more time to join in the fun. We can't wait to see what you have created!

This card is made using some very new and wonderful Stampin' Up! goodies.  This stamp set Rue Des Fleurs is quickly becoming one of my very favorite sets.  The corset image was stamped in not quite navy on very vanilla paper.  I colored in the bottom of the corset with my champagne mist shimmer paint, for a beautiful pearl finish.  Of course I had to add some basic pearls and some spritzing to finish it off.  Both the corset piece and the not quite navy piece are die cut using the new Labels framelets.

Do you notice the rosette?  It is made using the new Adorning Accents Edgelets die.  I cut two pieces of the "label" shaped die, and scored every 1/4 inch, just like a regular rosette, then adhered them together and flattened it out.  So instead of a circle, you have a bit of an oval with a top and bottom flare.  I do like the look of it, but will definitely do more practice for perfection.

I felt the card needed some more very vanilla, so a piece of the new Attic Boutique DSP was used.  It has just the right amount of blue to match.  The mini vintage tag fits right under the double victoria lace bow.  The thank U is from the Tiny Tags set and stamped in not quite navy and is attached to a knot of baja breeze seam binding ribbon.

Once I started with the champagne mist shimmer paint, I couldn't stop!  There is a bit on the rosette, around the corset edges, and on the vintage wallpaper embossed not quite navy label.  I love the bit of shimmer you get by just using a bit on your empty aqua painter.  A little goes a long way.

So what do you think of today's card?  Are you inspired to CASE it?  I hope you are, and would love to read your comments, I enjoy them all.  Remember to grab your supplies, create, and post at the Pals Paper Arts site, I cannot wait to see what you come up with.  Thanks for stopping by, I hope you were inspired, enjoy!

Stamps:  Rue Des Fleurs
Paper:  Baja blue, not quite navy, very vanilla, Attic Boutique DSP, Regals DSP paper pack
Ink:  Not quite navy, champagne mist shimmer mist
tools:  Labels framelets, adorning accents edgelets die, vintage wallpaper EF, simply scored, victoria lace ribbon, mini vintage tags, baja breeze seam binding ribbon, basic pearls, aqua painter

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

New Mini Catalog with Ribbon Share & My PPA Sneak Peek!

It's here, it's here!  The brand spanking new Occasions Catalog is now open for business!  Click HERE for a flash version of the catalog.  Or if you prefer the PDF version of the Catalog, both are easy to view.  You can always shop with me online 24/7.  Here is a sample of some great new products available including:

Edgelets and matching embossing folders:

Hearts Collections #125599 $26.95

Labels Collection, # 125598 $26.95

And here is the gorgeous ribbon that I am going to offer on a Ribbon Share:

The ribbon share will include one yard of each ribbon, wrapped on my special wooden pins for only $8 a share, shipping is $2.00 in the US, so if you are interested, please email me at and include the following info:

1. Full name
2. Full mailing address
3. How many shares you would like (additional shipping for additional shares are $1 a piece)
4. Your email address that your paypal is attached to
5. Phone number in case of any questions.

Since this ribbon is only 5 yards on a spool, there will be 5 shares per spool, so first come first served.  I will do as many shares as I have interest for, so email me ASAP to get yours first!

And now, here is my PPA 126 sneak peek!

Well, what do you think?  It turned out so pretty and feminine.  It's so easy to play and you could earn the prestigious honor of being the PPA Pick of the Week. Use whatever supplies you have on hand. Any company's products will work. Check out the Pals Paper Arts website tomorrow for our next exciting challenge.  Thanks for stopping by today!
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