Saturday, August 24, 2013

checking in...

Hi Stampers!!

I just wanted to check in and let you know that I'll be back soon!! End of summer fun continues for my family and me and stamping and creating has taken a back burner for a bit. We're off to camping in the great outdoors in beautiful Oregon so I'll see you when I get back! I won't stay away too long if you promise you won't!

Have a blessed weekend...and coming week!

Monday, August 19, 2013

SS Inkspiration - August Scrapbook Sketch (puppy love)

It's a fun Monday morning because I get to share with you a scrapbook page I created using the Stylin' Stampin' INKspiration August Scrapbook Sketch. Let me start with saying that it has been A LONG time since I've done any scrapbooking!! I used to scrapbook quite often when the kids were little, but for some reason it got a little too overwhelming with trying to keep up, so it kind of fizzled out and I have since stuck with mostly cards. But when the opportunity arose for me to participate in this month's scrapbook sketch, I went for it! I must say this little taste got me excited to do it again.

This month's sketch was created by one of our design team members Jennifer Campbell. Each of us were inspired to use this sketch as a starting point and create something that would pop off the page. I knew instantly which pictures I was going to choose! This is my daughter with her cousins' puppy last summer. She LOVES dogs so much and it is such a joy to watch her interact. These pictures just melted my heart and was almost enough to break me down to get her her own dog...almost.

{one of my favorite pictures...she looks so happy!}

We would love for you to come by to visit and see what the other design team members have come up with...and you can come play along, too! Visit us at SSInkspiration!

Sunday, August 18, 2013

hip hip hooray (FMS99)

It's a late Sunday night post, but I couldn't help but join in the fun over at Freshly Made Sketches with this week's clean and simple sketch. I don't know if you have caught on yet here on my blog for those who visit on a regular basis, but I am a BIG FAN of clean and simple. It helps me feel confident in making cards in a quick and easy way to get them in the mail (and sometimes without having to pay extra postage...LOL!) I specifically had someone in mind when I started making this card. A friend of mine and her family have been on a long journey of trying to sell their home and after many, many trials it finally happened and I was so excited to be able to celebrate with her! So, this calls for a card that says've finally reached this day!!

 Each pinwheel is "jumping" off the page...and oh how I love the new candy dots!

Stamp Sets
Sweets for the Sweet (wood #128742 / $25.95, clear #122512 / $18.95), Happiest Birthday Wishes (retired)
Calypso Coral Ink Pad (#126983 / $5.95), Real Red Marker (#100052 / $3.50)
Whisper White (#100730 / $8.50), Calypso Coral (#122925 / $6.95), So Saffron (#105118 / $6.95), Pool Party (#122924 / $6.95), I Am Me DSP (#130138 / $10.95)
SNAIL Adheisve (#104332 / $6.95), Stampin' Dimensionals (#104430 / $3.95), Subtles Candy Dots (#130933 / $5.95)
Big Shot Die-Cutting Machine (#113439 / $99.95), Bitty Banners Framelits (#129267 / $14.95), Paper Snips (#103579 / $9.95), 1-3/8” Circle Punch (#119860 / $15.95), Dotted Scallop Ribbon Border Punch (#119275 / $15.95)
*to order any of the supplies you see above, visit

Saturday, August 17, 2013

love story polaroid

I am attending a wedding today of a former student of mine from back when I taught 5th grade! I'm guessing probably 10 years ago?! Now if that doesn't make me feel a little old...

I wanted to create for the bride and groom a one of a kind card for their special day, so I grabbed my Color Coach (#130118 / $14.95) to help give me some ideas. The Color Coach is useful during those times you just need a little extra help in coming up with colors that look good together. Don't forget you'll need to purchase the In-Color cards separately!! (2012-2014: #130119 / $2.50, 2013-2015: #130120 / $2.50) I flipped the pages until I came to the combo Crumb Cake, Raspberry Ripple, and Perfect Plum and decided to go for it!

Using the Versamark pad, I stamped the background with my current favorite background stamp Positively Chevron and then embossed using Iridescent Ice embossing powder (see the sparkle there on the top right of the card?) The "Polaroid" frame was made using the new Squares Collection Framelits...which I just got in my box of goodies this week! I saw the "Polaroid" as a demonstration at Convention and was excited to try one of my own. On the inside of the card is stamped the second part of the greeting: "Wishing you a lifetime of HAPPINESS".

Stamp Sets
Hearts A Flutter (wood #131922 / $25.95, clear #129252 / $18.95), One in a Million (wood #132052 / $26.95, clear #126382 / $18.95), Positively Chevron (wood #130496 / $17.95, clear #130499 / $13.95)
VersaMark Pad (#102283 / $7.50), Raspberry Ripple Ink Pad (#126859 / $5.95), Perfect Plum Ink Pad (#126963 / $5.95)
Whisper White (#100730 / $8.50), Crumb Cake (#120953 / $6.95), Raspberry Ripple (#126842 / $6.95)
SNAIL Adheisve (#104332 / $6.95), Stampin' Dimensionals (#104430 / $3.95), Regals Designer Buttons (130029 / $7.95), Whisper White Baker’s Twine (#124262 / $2.95), Iridescent Ice Embossing Powder (#101930 / $4.75)
Big Shot Die-Cutting Machine (#113439 / $99.95), Squares Collection Framelits (#130921 / $26.95), Hearts a Flutter Framelits (#130159 / $24.95)
*to order any of the supplies you see above, visit

I hope you have a great weekend...thanks for stopping by!

Friday, August 16, 2013

photopolymer & single stamps!

If you haven't yet heard, Stampin' Up! is now offering not only wood-mount and clear-mount stamps, but they have been offering photopolymer stamp sets, as well! Just yesterday they announced the newest set in this line called "Another Thank You". Don't you just LOVE it?! I can't wait to add this to my next order! I am a big fan of sending off thank you notes (my mama raised me right!), and this set really does cover a lot of styles to please. Click on the photo below to view larger in PDF format. 

{Another Thank You}
#133454 // $13.95

What makes Photopolymer Stamps so great?
  • They're entirely transparent for perfect placement every time!
  • They are durable. The photopolymer material is designed to last.
  • Can you say sticky? (Don't worry; in a good way.) These stamps sticks amazingly well to our clear blocks.
  • They're age tested. They won't yellow or cloud up over time.
  • We could go on, but we'll let you try them for yourself.
Some of the other photopolymer sets available are:
   *click on each one listed below to see a full PDF flyer

Settin' Sail - # 133453 // $13.95
Wanderlust - #133452 // $13.95
Show & Tell 1 - #133450 // $13.95
Show & Tell 2 - #133481 // $13.95
Bombs Away Birthday - #133411 // $13.95
Designer Type - #132956 // $13.95

And, if adding a new stamp set wasn't exciting enough, how about adding MORE SINGLE STAMPS!! A new, holiday collection of single stamps is now available for purchase!
  • There are 8 different single stamps to choose from...6 of which coordinate with Framelits dies or punches. 
  • These stamps are available in clear mount only.
  • They will be packaged in a cello bag.
  • They do not include a clear mount block.
  • There is no limit on how many you can purchase!
  • Only available through January 31, 2014.

{click on photo for a PDF version}

Thursday, August 15, 2013

Stylin' Stampin' INKspiration: In-Color Cards Gift Box

Today I am sharing over at the Stylin' Stampin' INKspiration blog! I hope that you will come visit to check out the gift box of cards I created using the 2013-2015 In-Colors. 

See you over there!

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

wildflower meadow

We had our team meeting last week and each of the team members who attended were encouraged to bring swap cards. One of the cards I got that night really caught my eye because I have been debating whether or not to get the stamp set and coordinating embossing folder she used. Let's just say...when I saw it, I knew this bundle was going on my next order ASAP! The card was created by my friend and one of my downline Tami Gaumer. It's hard to tell in the picture, but the Wildflower Meadow embossing folder is lined up with the Wildflower Meadow background stamp giving it that extra wow factor. It's so pretty!!


Here is another card using the same bundle. This picture I took while I was at Convention. It was on the display board and later came to find out it is also on pg. 83 of the Annual Catalog. It's funny how sometimes you pass something by until you actually see it in person! I love the sparkled embossed background with the one fussy cut flower and stem...finished off perfectly with a pearl, of course!

My recent order is currently on its way, but in the meantime I think I might try to go on a search for some more samples of this beautiful stamp and coordinating embossing folder so I'm armed and ready to go once I get to play with it. I just love how this stamp really can make a card all on its own!  {Find me on Pinterest if you want to see some of the samples I find!}

$17.95 (#129165) Wildflower Meadow Wood-Mount Stamp
$13.95 (#129168) Wildflower Meadow Clear-Mount Stamp
$7.95 (#129376) Wildflower Meadow Embossing Folder
**Save 15% if you order as a bundle!**
$21.95 (#132735) Wood-Mount Bundle
$18.50 (#132985) Clear-Mount Bundle

I would love for you to come back tomorrow as I will be sharing a fun (quick and easy, too!) gift idea using all of the 2013-2015 In-Colors. See you then!

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

new digital downloads - august 13, 2013

It's Tuesday and that means there are new digital downloads available for purchase! These new downloads are Autumn-inspired and this week you will find digital versions of some of your favorite items from the 2013 Holiday Catalog, including Witches' Brew & Sweater Weather DSP, as well as some other Halloween favorite stamp sets turned into digital artwork. Check them all out in my online store!

These two new ones caught my eye...

{Perfect for preserving the memories from your tropical vacation!}

And this adorable prop that would be so cute for first day of school pictures!

Have you tried My Digital Studio yet? Did you know you can try it for FREE for 30 days?! Click HERE to sign up for your 30-day trial.

Monday, August 12, 2013

SS Inkspiration Card Sketch - for the birds!

What fun it is for me to announce a new adventure for myself and some fellow Stampin' Up! demonstrators as just last week we launched a new blog together! Stylin' Stampin' Inkspiration will be filled with lots of inspiration as we share with you 5 days a week! Each of the design team will be popping up throughout each month to share with you some of the fun we have in our craft rooms! To follow our new blog, click on the picture below! We will continue to have our monthly blog hop, as well, so keep looking for that on the second Thursday of each month!
Today's post from Stylin' Stampin' Inkspiration consists of a Card Sketch created by one of our design team members, Breelin Renwick. I knew we were open to playing with the blank space and adding whatever we wanted to the background, but I kept seeing WHITE SPACE and in all honesty...I love a card with white space, so I kept it with just that.

This card was made specifically for the consignors of my recent Craft Cleanout Sale that I hosted in July. I just placed their Stampin' Up! order last week and all of their new goodies should be here by Tuesday! I thought I would stick one of these cards in each of their bags to let them know how much I appreciate their support in joining me for the third year in this annual sale that just keeps getting better and bigger!
Stamp Sets 
For the Birds (wood #132001 / $32.95, clear #126407 / $24.95)
Black Stazon Pad (#101406 / $7.95), Daffodil Delight Ink Pad (#126944 / $5.95), Marina Mist Ink Pad (#126962 / $5.95), Wild Wasabi Ink Pad (#126959 / $5.95), Blender Pens (#102845 / $9.95), Real Red Stampin' Write Marker (#100052 / $3.50)
Whisper White (#100730 / $8.50), Wild Wasabi (#108641 / $6.95), Real Red, Polka Dot Parade DSP (#126902 / $10.95)
Stampin' Dimensionals (#104430 / $3.95), Pearl Basic Jewels (#119247 / $4.95)
SNAIL Adheisve (#104332 / $6.95), Paper Snips (#103579 / $9.95), Paper Piercing Tool (#126189 / $3.95), Stampin’ Pierce Mat (#126199 / $4.95), Essentials Paper-Piercing Pack (#126187 / $7.95)
*to order any of the supplies you see above, visit

I started with the uber-adorable stamp set For the Birds and stamped the image in Black Stazon because I knew I wanted to use the Blender Pens to create a softer look and didn't want the black to bleed. I "squeezed" the ink pad while the lid was closed and then using the blender pen, I "grabbed" the ink from the top of the lid and colored away. Blender pens come in packs of three and they are two-sided. These last a long time! You can always wipe off the ink color you used by writing on a piece of paper until the ink color disappears and they are good to go for the next color!

Black Stazon ink is best for most every surface and is perfect for watercoloring. The thing about Black Stazon ink is that it "stains" your rubber. However, in my experience I haven't noticed this to effect the stamped image if there is black on the rubber. I don't always clean the stazon after every use, but if you do like to have clean rubber stamps at all times, the Stazon Cleaner (#109196 / $4.95) is a must have! Roll the cleaner right onto the stamp until you begin to see the black juice up. Wipe off onto the Stampin' Scrub (#126200 / $16.95) and voila - your stamp looks brand new again!!

 Happy stamping this week!

Friday, August 9, 2013

friday facebook freebie

Hi Stampers!

We did it! We reached my goal of 400 likes on my Stampin' Up! Facebook page in a matter of hours (started at 392) and in fact, I am at 410 likes which is so exciting!! A huge thank you to all of you who follow me on Facebook already and if you don't quite yet, head on over to "like" my page and then find the giveaway post to comment on simply telling me what state you live in. Super easy!! (Sorry only open to those in the US). I will choose one lucky winner on Monday, August 11th, so be sure to enter before Sunday night at midnight!

Click HERE to visit my Stampin' Up Facebook page!

 {Halloween goodies to give away!!}

Thursday, August 8, 2013

Stylin' Stampin' Squad Blog Hop - 2013 Holiday Catalog Edition

Hi Stampers!

I'm so excited to share with you this month's blog hop with the Stylin' Stampin' Squad! It's Holiday Catalog time and each of us are showing off some of the super fun products found inside the pages of this inspiring "little" catalog. I decided to focus on the Tags 4 You stamp set that everyone who attended Convention got as an "All Attendee Giveaway". Of course it's not complete without the new Label Bracket Punch, so I added that to my order right away!

{Tags 4 You 4 All Occasions}

I used this card as our team meeting make n take last night. I so wish you could see this in person as the black chevron background is all GLITTER!! It looks so sparkly and fun in person...wish I could have captured that on camera! I inked the edges of the black background using White Stazon. My daughter said it makes it looks spooky. Not sure if you could tell or not, but the ribbon pieces are supposed to represent a spider's 8 legs. Kind of a stretch, but thought it was a fun addition nonetheless.

Stamp Sets 
Tags 4 You, Positively Chevron
Pumpkin Pie, White Stazon, Versamark
Pumpkin Pie, Basic Black, Whisper White
Dimensionals, 1/8” Pumpkin Pie Taffeta Ribbon, Black Ultrafine Stampin’ Glitter, Rhinestone Accents, Heat & Stick Powder
Label Bracket Punch, Heat Embossing Tool, Big Shot Die-Cutting Machine, Stylish Stripes Textured Impressions Embossing Folder
This next card was made by my upline, Andrea Botten, for our team meeting card swap last night! I asked her if I could share it in the blog hop since it uses the Tags 4 You!

I thought it would be fun to also create a card for the other two stamps in the set, so I went clean and simple with the following two cards to showcase the other holidays, too!

Stamp Sets 
Tags 4 You
Cherry Cobbler
Cherry Cobbler, Old Olive, Whisper White, Season of Style DSP
Dimensionals, Season of Style Designer Washi Tape, Brights Candy Dots
Big Shot Die-Cutting Machine, Stylish Stripes Textured Impressions Embossing Folder, Label Bracket Punch
And, instead of using this as a Valentine's Day themed card, I went with more of a "thanks for making my heart happy" kind of card. I covered the word "day" using a Coastal Cabana heart topped with a pearl accent. And, don't you just love those giant polka dots? You can find that in the Season of Style DSP!

Stamp Sets 
Tags 4 You, A Dozen Thoughts
Strawberry Slush
Strawberry Slush, Coastal Cabana, Whisper White, Season of Style DSP
Dimensionals, Pearl Accents, 3/8” Strawberry Slush Ruffle Stretch Trim
Label Bracket Punch, Paper Snips

There's more in store for you, so don't stop here! Head on over to visit Jennifer at NW Stamper for some more Holiday Catalog inspiration!


And then after you have hopped through everyone's blogs, come on over and greet the members of the NEW BLOG that a group of the Stylin' Stampin' Squad has started together! It goes live TODAY and we will be introducing ourselves to you!

Blog Hop Participants:
  1. Shellie G. of Craft Smashup
  2. Pam S. of Stampin' in the Sun!
  3. Rose C. of Stamp with Rose
  4. Tonya B. of Stampin' with Tonya
  5. Dawn S. of Dawn's Creative Chalet
  6. Darcy J. of DJ's Stampin' Place
  7. Pamela W. of Stinky Tofu
  8. Kim R. of Stamping with Kim
  9. Heidi B of Stuck on Stampin'
  10. Jennifer B. of NW Stamper
  11. Bree R. of Craft-somnia
  12. Diana E. of Stampin' Fun with Diana
  13. Annie L. of Love Me Cards
  14. Jennifer C. of Happy 2 Scrap 4 Life
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