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$5 Tutorial Sale

Note:  I will be out of the office from Wednesday, July 15th through Sunday, July 19th.  Orders placed during this time will be processed on Monday, July 20th.

I'm bringing back some of my most popular classes from the last year.  These tutorials feature some retiring product, but you can easily substitute other colors, stamp sets, and papers to create your own unique project.

Crazy For Cupcakes
Crazy for Cupcakes
Chip Chip Hooray
Chip Chip Hooray
Get Organized
Get Organized
Enjoy The Little
Acrylic Album
Enjoy The Little Things
Oval All Class

Oval All Class
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Today, I'm featuring the last 2 cards from my retirement Stamp-a-Stack class.  I meant to do this sooner, but my parents came for a visit and I ran out of time.

The first card was made with the stamp set, The Free and The Brave.  I used a torn piece of scrap paper to mask off a section of glossy white cardstock, then brayered color onto the corners.  Riding Hood Red and Night of Navy classic ink was used.  I allowed the cardstock to dry for a few minutes, then stamped the image with Night of Navy ink onto the glossy white cardstock.



Here is the list of supplies:

*items available while supplies last or until June 30th

Stamp Set:  The Free and The Brave*

Ink:  Riding Hood Red*, Night of Navy

Cardstock:  Whisper White, Glossy White, Kraft, Riding Hood Red*, Night of Navy

Accessories:  Riding Hood Red Striped Grosgrain Ribbon*, Brayer, Dimensionals



This next card was by far my favorite!  I'm not sure that I'm going to part with this stamp's just too cute!

The background was wheeled with the See You Around jumbo wheel.  The lion image was stamped 3 times---full strength in More Mustard, stamped off one time in More Mustard, and full strength in Pumpkin Pie.  I then pieced the lion together to add dimension.

A Chocolate Chip marker was used to add accents to the giraffe and lion.


Stamp Sets:  Wild About You*, See You Around Jumbo Wheel*

Ink:  More Mustard, Pumpkin Pie

Paper:  Whisper White, Chocolate Chip, More Mustard, Pumpkin Pie

Accessories:  Jumbo Handle, Scallop Circle Punch, 1-3/8" circle punch, Chocolate Chip marker, Dimensionals


On a final note, my catalogs will be arriving on Thursday, June 25th.  I will be mailing catalogs to out-of-town customers on Friday.  Local customers may pick up a copy at my office on Friday during business hours (9am--noon, 3pm--5pm).   There is also a Garage Sale scheduled for July 11th from 9am--noon at the stamp shack and you are welcome to pick up your catalog then.

You will be able to view all the catalogs online this year, but for those of you that prefer a hard copy, I am offering a subscription service.  By signing up for the catalog subscription, you will receive the following:

·         2009-2010 IDEA BOOK & CATALOG July 1, 2009 – June 30, 2010

·         2009 DÉCOR ELEMENTS BROCHURE July 1, 2009 - ?

·         HOLIDAY MINI CATALOG September 1, 2009 - January 4, 2010

·         OCCASIONS MINI CATALOG Jan 5 - April 30, 2010

·         SUMMER MINI CATALOG May 1 - August 31, 2010

Your subscription fee of $12 will provide you with the catalogs & brochures listed above, as well as any other brochures that may become available.  Use the Paypal button below to start your subscription today.

FREE Catalog Subscriptions are available to club members and anyone that hosts a Stampin' Up! workshop with me.  Check out the Club Page for more details.

If you would like to host a Stampin' Up! Workshop in your home here in the Kokomo area with me as your demonstrator - sharing great stamping projects with your friends - I'll be sending you a catalog FREE!



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Two Friends are Better than One!

Today's card features not one, but TWO retiring stamp sets:  Doodle This and Hugs & Wishes!  I created the flower image by using the Embossed Reinker Spread technique (try saying that fast three times!).  Patty Bennett has a wonderful video tutorial on her blog, so check it out.  I was a bit heavy handed with my reinkers on this card, but the effect was still lovely.  I cut out two flowers, then layered them together with a gold brad.  They shimmer, too!



Here is the list of supplies:

*items available while supplies last or until June 30th

Stamp Sets:  Doodle This, Hugs & Wishes

Ink: Versamark, Basic Black

Paper:  Shimmery White Cardstock, Whisper White cardstock, Tangerine Tango cardstock

Accessories:  Gold Embossing Powder, Heat Tool, Aqua Painters, Summer Sun & Tangerine Tango reinkers, Gold brad, Dimensionals

Doodlethis   Hugswishes

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Another Old Friend

Today I'm going to introduce you to Heartfelt Thanks.  Demonstrators received this stamp set at convention several years ago and new demonstrators have received this stamp set in their starter kits for at least the last two years.  It is a great set, very versatile and so simple to use.  You are sure to find tons of samples online made with this stamp set.



Here is the list of supplies:

*items available while supplies last or until June 30th

Stamp Set:  Heartfelt Thanks*

Ink:  Pacific Point*, Kiwi Kiss*

Paper:  Whisper White, Kiwi Kiss*, Pacific Point*

Accessories:  Kiwi Kiss striped grosgrain*, dimensionals


Heartfelt thanks 

I have also updated my blog with information on Stamp Club, Scrapbook Club, and subscribing to receive upcoming catalogs.  Just click on the links at the top of the page to learn more.


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Goodbye to Some Old Friends

This week, I am going to introduce you to a few of my "old friends" before they retire and go away forever.  I've been having a bit of a creative block lately, but I had to design 5 cards for my Stamp-a-Stack class last week.  I decided to use all retiring stamp sets and I forgot how much I once loved them.....a few of them had a very thick layer of dust on their cases.  The great thing is that I fell in love all over again and I think that my creative MOJO is returning.  Hopefully I can inspire some of you to dust off those old, forgotten stamp sets and fall in love all over again.  Or maybe, you'll find something that you can't live without and have to order it before June 30th.

Check out the Last Chance List to view a complete listing of the retiring stamp sets.



The first card I'm featuring was made with the Big Bold Birthday stamp set.  It has so many mix & match pieces and you can use it for just about anyone's birthday.

Here is the list of supplies:

*items available while supplies last or until June 30th

Stamp Set:  Big Bold Birthday*

Ink:  Close to Cocoa, Pink Pirouette*

Paper:  Very Vanilla cardstock, Close to Cocoa cardstock, Pink Pirouette cardstock*, Riding Hood Red Cardstock*, Candy Lane Designer Series Paper

Accessories:  1-1/4" Pink Pirouette Grosgrain Ribbon, Heart to Heart punch, Stampin' Dimensionals

Big Bold Birthday


Big Bold Birthday   Item #114926  
Price: $28.95

A birthday party should never be a timid affair. Set the festive mood by sending invitations featuring the images and wishes of the Big Bold Birthday stamp set. This Two-Step Stampin' set will help you decorate your birthday in style.

Set Quantity: 13

I have four more cards to share with you this week, so stay tuned.  And remember, you can place an order anytime by visiting my Stampin' Up! website.

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A Fun Bag Tag


I'm really going to miss the Bella Rose designer series paper!  It is so girly and pretty, I just love it!

This is a Bag Tag inspired by fellow demonstrator Patty Bennett.  We'll be making one of these tags at the Crop-a-Dile rocks class on Wednesday.  Plus, girls that attend my Just for Girls stamp camp in July will be making these along with several other fun projects.  If you live in the Kokomo area and know any girls ages 8--15, be sure to tell them about this class.  You can find all the information here.

And if you would like to see more samples for the Just for Girls stamp camp, check out my Facebook page.  There is exclusive content for fans only, plus contests and giveaways.

SUPPLIES for this project:  Bella Rose Designer Series Paper, On Board long Board, Big Shot Die Cutting Machine, Scallop Circle #2 die, Serif Essentials Alphabet, Chocolate Chip cardstock, riding hood red taffeta ribbon, pig tails ribbon originals, chocolate chip double stitched ribbon, jumbo eyelets, crop-a-dile, fleurettes, binder ring.


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A Preview of Things to Come.....


 This has been a big week for Stampin' Up! demonstrators.  We are able to order sneak peek items from the new catalog AND receive a copy of the upcoming catalog!  It's like Christmas in June!

So, I've been neglecting my faithful blog readers and spending my evenings snuggled up with my new catalog.....dreaming of future classes, wonderful projects, and a few BIG events.

I've been playing with some of my new stamps and this is the first card that I made with the Razzle Dazzle stamp set.  The color combo was inspired by several cards in the catalog--Basic Black, Whisper White, Pretty in Pink, and Melon Mambo. 

What is Melon Mambo, you ask?  Well, it is one of the new In Colors for 2009-2010 and it is a luscious shade of pink.  LOVE IT!!!

Below is a close-up of the raised accent on the card.  So, how do you think I was able to achieve a 2-color effect on the stamp---markers, perhaps? 

The good news is that there are In Color markers in the new catalog!  How fun!!!!


If you would like to get your hands on the new catalog as soon as it is available, click the link at the top of the page to request your catalog.  My new catalog open house and stampin' garage sale has been scheduled for Saturday, July 11th from 10am--noon at the Stamp Shack.  I'll have more details soon, but you can mark your calendar now.

Stay tuned for more sneak peeks and a last look at some retiring favorites!


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Bella Bleu Quilt Card


We made this card at the Big Shot Bonanza class yesterday with scraps of Bella Bleu designer series paper.  It is so easy to make and everyone loved the end result.  Simply adhere squares of paper to a piece of cardstock---I used 1" squares on 4" x 5" very vanilla cardstock.  Then run your "quilt" through the Big Shot and cut with the Top Note die.

The greeting is from the Oval All stamp set and I used 3 oval punches:  large oval, scallop oval, and wide oval. 

Be sure to check out the Last Chance lists today (right hand column).  Some quantities are limited so don't delay.  You can place an order anytime on my Stampin' Up! website.

Happy Stampin'



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