Monday, July 29, 2013

blog makeover

Thank you to Theresa Bluhm at Always in Bluhm for the beautiful blog makeover!

Would love to know what you all think of my new creative space!

Sunday, July 28, 2013

stylin' stampin' squad card swap!

I had the honor of meeting some of the lovely gals from the Stylin' Stampin' Squad while at Convention. I had decided that I wasn't going to create general swaps, but prior to attending Convention, I signed up to participate in a smaller swap with my monthly blog hop group! We each signed up in advance for what stamp set we would be using on our card so that we could come home with all different samples to use at our events, showcasing products from the Annual Catalog. We all met together on the last day of Convention right before closing session began!

 {my swap card}

Stamp Sets 
Flower Shop, A Dozen Thoughts
Coastal Cabana, Daffodil Delight
Whisper White, Daffodil Delight, Basic Gray, I Am Me DSP
Coastal Cabana 3/8" Ruffle Stretch Trim, Dimensionals, Pearl Accents, Dazzling Details
Big Shot Die-Cutting Machine, Labels Collections Framelits, Paper Piercing Pack, Paper Piercing Tool

These ladies have some great their cards!
{Shellie Grindy at Craft Smashup}

{Pam Steckman at Stampin' in the Sun}

{Jennifer Campbell}

{Tonya Ball at Stamp with Tonya}

{Breelin Renwick at Craft-Somnia Momma}

{Rose Castillo at Stamp with Rose}

{Pamela Wu at Stinky Tofu}

{Diana Eichfeld at Stampin' Fun with Diana}

{Annie Lee at Love Me Cards}

{Kim Ryden at Stamping with Kim}

Friday, July 26, 2013

paper pumpkin promotion offer ($10/month for the first 2 months!)

Do you ever wish you could just get a class delivered straight to your door each month? Well, you're in can!! Stampin' Up!'s exclusive Paper Pumpkin kits are just that! Each month you will be receive a red box and inside are all of the goodies to have a class of your own...on your own time and in the comfort of your own home. All you need is some adhesive!

Just last week it was announced at Convention that Stampin' Up! will be offering TWO months at a discounted price of $10/month. That's a 50% savings!

Offer Dates: July 18, 2013 -August 31, 2013
Offer Details: Use the promotion code PUMPKINDEAL to join Paper Pumpkin before August 31, 2013, and pay only $10 a month for the first two months. (Plus tax, where applicable. Shipping included!)


 The Fine Print:
  • For new subscribers only.
  • Promotion applies only to the first two months of a new subscription. After receiving two month’s worth, the price for each month’s kit will go to the regular price: $19.95.
  • You need to visit to join and select Heidi Boos as your demonstrator.
  • You must click “Add Promo Code” and then enter the promo code PUMPKINDEAL in the “Promo Code” field when you sign up on the website to take advantage of this promotion.
  • You must join by Saturday, August 31, 2013; 11:50 PM (MT).
The first kit you will receive is the Welcome Kit and inside will be a FREE gift - a clear acrylic block!


I just signed up!! Now, how about you? Well...what if I sweetened the deal a little? I will give away the May Paper Pumpkin kit to one lucky subscriber! All you have to do is sign up by August 31st and your name will be entered into a drawing to win! Isn't that worth a shot, especially when you get two months for the price of one!

{May Paper Pumpkin Kit}

{sample pages from Convention}

Well...what are you waiting for?!

Sign up today at!

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FAQs for Paper Pumpkin...

Q: When will I be billed?
A: Your credit card will be charged as soon as your Paper Pumpkin ships. You will get an e-mail notifying you that your card has been charged.

Q: What comes in my Paper Pumpkin?
A: It's a surprise each month—anticipation for the surprise is seriously half the fun! No worries, though, you'll have everything you need to complete the project: paper, stamps, ink, accessories, and more! (You will need adhesive.)

Q: Is my subscription on auto renew?
A: Yes, your subscription is on auto renew. However, you can skip a month or cancel at any time. Simply log on to your account and click "manage my pumpkin" on or before the 10th of the month in order to skip the Paper Pumpkin for that month or cancel completely.

Q: When do I need to sign up in order to get my Paper Pumpkin for a specific month?
A: You need to sign up by the 10th of the month in order to receive your Paper Pumpkin for that month. If you sign up after the 10th―no worries! You will get your first kit the following month. You'll know your Paper Pumpkin is on its way when you receive your shipment confirmation e-mail.

Q: It asked me if I have a demonstrator—what is that?
A: A demonstrator is a super cool creativity coach that sells Stampin' Up! products. We'll give you the option to choose a demonstrator when you sign up for a membership. Select Heidi Boos as your demonstrator. :)

Thursday, July 25, 2013

bloglovin...a new feed reader!

OK, so who was a little bummed when Google Reader went away? I was!! But, thanks to Bloglovin I can follow my favorite blogs again. Hip, hip, hooray!! Click on the link below to follow my blog through Bloglovin and add more of your favorite blogs, too!

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what's new?

I am so excited to share with you a couple of new things on the horizon...

First, I am in the process of having a mini blog makeover done! So excited to have something new and fresh coming my way! I'm working with the talented Theresa from Always in Bluhm. Hopefully you'll see a new design by the end of next week!

Also, I am teaming up with some of my fellow Stampin' Up! demonstrators from our monthly Stylin' Stampin' Squad blog hop and we are creating a blog that will be sure to INKspire you 5 days a week, 52 weeks a year!! It will debut on August 8th with a introduction to our team and from there we will have so much to share with you all!

{click on the picture below and save to your reader!}

And, for all of you Digital Download lovers ~ Stampin' Up! has new digital downloads this week!! Click on the picture below to check out these ADORABLE Rise N Shine Pocket Cards...and much more! New digital downloads come out once a week on Tuesday (you can find downloads for June and July HERE). Have you not tried My Digital Studio (MDS) yet? Get a FREE 30 Day Trial just by ordering it from my online store.

Monday, July 22, 2013

convention - day 3


The day started with some fun Holiday Catalog inspiration demonstrated on the big screen by Sara Douglass. If you don't yet have a Holiday Catalog, you must get one! It goes "live" August 1st! I will send you one for FREE, so just leave a comment or email me at

Most of the day was spent attending classes. I was too busy soaking it all in and taking notes to take many pictures! But, I did get to meet Julie Davison from Julie's Stamping Spot!!! This might have been one of the highlights of my trip. If you have been following my blog for awhile you know how inspired I get by her...her style is so much like mine! I attended a class called Building a Thriving Business. She was one of the presenters and I hung around after class just so I could meet her and say hi!

 Of course nothing like NEW products coming our way, right?! 

How about an Envelope Punch Board ~ coming soon!! This little tool will make 66 different kinds of envelopes. How awesome it that?!

Stampin' Up! also showcased their new line called "Undefined". This is a stamp carving kit where you can make your own stamps! It is available now...check out more details HERE. Each of the Convention attendees were given a kit to try out, but due to long lines I wasn't able to make my own stamp while I was there, but I already ordered the carving kit and it will be on its way soon! 

Here are some fun samples on the project display boards...

 Seriously, when Shannon West demonstrated these on stage it took her a mere matter of minutes to make her own exclusive stamps. Just look at this one of Shelli back from a picture taken in 1988. So fun! 

 And, how adorable is this?! This demonstrator created a stamp of her son's name at age 4. I can't wait to let my kids try it out to make their own "exclusive" stamp!

One of the perks of Convention was all of the FREE STUFF!! With it being the 25th Anniversary they really went all out in giving away lots and lots of product! Andrea and I were told on numerous occasions not to expect this every time! Everyone had a color wrist band and when they showed your color up on the big screen after a drum roll, you won! The anticipation was so fun each time! It wasn't until the end of the day on Saturday, but I finally won prize patrol!

I can't share yet what I won since it's items from the new Holiday Catalog coming out August 1st. However, what makes this picture even more funny is that I actually didn't end up keeping these goodies I am holding. On my way out I was asked by another demo if I wanted to trade and I happily obliged. I'll show you my trade later as it also was in the Holiday Catalog. Just think HALLOWEEN!!

At the very end of the session, Shelli had one more big announcement that everyone was going home with a PARTY FAVOR! Sparks flew and there was excitement everywhere!

It was so funny to watch the whole place go wild for free stamps!

 We all got the Yippee-Skippee stamp set!

Overall in free stuff, I counted 7 stamp sets plus other catalog product, too! What a treat! Good thing I had extra room in my suitcase!

We ended the evening eating at the Cheesecake Factory with some fellow Oregonians and walked through the Salt Lake City mall, which was GORGEOUS!!

Such an AMAZING trip and I plan to be back next year! After attending Convention, I ask myself...why haven't I gone before?!

buy 3, get 1 free DSP!

Just 9 more days to stock up on your favorite Designer Series Paper!!

BUY 3, GET 1 FREE will end on July 31st.
{Please note this does not include paper stacks or specialty paper.}

Order in my online store...
it's quick, easy, and ships straight to your door!

Don't need 48 sheets of 12 x 12 paper? Split this deal with a friend and get one of each double-sided paper. That's 24 sheets total!!

Here is what I ordered! 

Birthday Basics (#130145)

 Polka Dot Parade (#126902)

Gingham Garden (#129310)

I Am Me (#130138)
 And there are many more options!! Even better? There's no limit! Buy 3...get 1 free. Buy 6...get 2 free. Buy 9...get 3 free!!

Click HERE to see all the beautiful choices!

Sunday, July 21, 2013

convention - day 2

 DAY 2
{the short and sweet version}

The day started with Shelli coming out to greet everyone! Love when she comes on the stage...she is such a sweet, caring, and fun person to be inspired by!

She showed us some super cute this one, which I am totally recreating ~ love it!

 After the morning session we all (slowly) made our way to the Expo where we could do a variety of things, like MAKE N TAKES!

How cute is this table all decorated with polka dots?!

My make n take gals!

Such cute make n takes!

Later on in the evening Stampin' Up! held a big 25th Anniversary celebration!

Such fun entertainers!

We played Bingo (and other games)!!

And, of course there was a dance party! Those Stampin' Up! gals know how to get down!

Friday night I got to meet blogging friend and fellow demo, Deena Boos. We connected a year ago on Stampin' Connection since we had last names in common and she has asked me to guest blog on Pink Paper Bakery in the past. I got an email while I was in the general session asking if I wanted to meet up. It was so sweet of her to track me down! I had a good time chatting a little with her and her sister, Jenny.

 One more inspiring and simply adorable card to end the night. Do you see the little birdie on the message...just pull the message out of the mailbox.

On our way back to the hotel we saw the lights of the temple in Temple Square. So pretty!

// ADDED BY RYAN ON 1-3-14 // END ADDED BY RYAN 1-4-14