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Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Hand Stamped Sentiments - So Charming Challenge #73

I hope you will all join me at the Hand Stamped Sentiments this week for the So Charming challenge.  This week's project is to use a chark in a card, scrapbook or gift item.  I choose to make a card and attach some charms I had in my stash.  I used the new Pool Party and Island Indigo In-Color card stock from Stampin' Up's New Idea Book and Catalog out on July 1st.  The stamped image is from the Summer Mini Stamp Set Summer Fun.  I colored it with Stampin' Write Markers

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Hand Stamped Sentiments Challenge Blog #71 - Wedding Theme

June is the most romantic time of year... the time that Brides and Grooms decide to tie the knot.  Ah, romance is in the air.  I love making cards for weddings, so I hope you do to and will join me for the Wedding Challenge at Hand Stamped Sentiments.  This card was made with several items available only to demonstrators during the Sneak Peek of the new 2011-2012 Idea Book and Catalog.  The card stocks I used iare my new favorites.  I think I'll be buying a lot of them over the next two years.  They are just two of the new In-Colors (available for two years) Pool Party and Island Indigo.  Aren't they just beautiful together?  Just YUMMY!!!!! And the Marina Mist Seam Binding ribbon goes pretty well with it also.  Also on this card from the new IB&C is the string of dangling crystals stamp.  It comes from the new My Friend stamp set.  I added the rhinestones so it would look like a chrystal chandelier. From the Summer Mini is the Blossom Bouquet Triple Layer punch that I made the lacy border with and used to trim out the sentiment.  To do all the stamping I mixed a little VersaMark re-inker with Island Indigo re-inker and after stamping, added Iridescent Ice Embossing Powder.  Stunning, just Stunning.  I will certainly be trying this technique again. It was co easy and the results in real life are spectacular. The other main focal point on this card is the Flower Garden Textured Impressions Embossing Folder.  I embossed it with the Big Shot on the edge of the card stock, cut around it and backed it with the Island Indigo card stock, left a small margin and cut around the same shape, leaving a stunning look for this wedding card.  If you are interested in having any of the items lised in this project, please email me at  I'd love to be your Stampin' Up! Demonstrator. Also with  any $50 purchase from my Stampin' Up! Store, I'll send you a 2011-2012 Idea Book and Catalog for Free (US orders only, value $10, plus shipping).  Or if you'd just like to have a catalog, I'd be happy to mail one to you, for the cost of the catalog, plus shipping priority mail.  Happy Stamping!

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Hand Stamped Sentiments Challenge #70 Father's Day

I'm very limited as to stamp sets to use for men or for Father's Day, so I really had to put my thinking cap on. I had to hearken back to the days that I bought gifts for the men in my life and most often a tie was in the picture.  So I though why not a tie card....or a card shaped like a tie.  So I created my own pattern about 4 x 9" so it would fit in a #10 business envelope, cut it out and glued paper on my pattern from the new Just Add Cake Designers Series Paper from the new 2011-2012 Idea Book and Catalog.  I designed my tie with swirls and flourishes from Baroque Motif (one of my favorite swirl stamps)...stamped it in VersaMark and heat set with Black Embossing Powder. Maybe I should be a fabulous designer of men's ties cause I think my tie is F-A-B-U-L-O-U-S!!!!!!!!  I hope you will all join me over at the Hand Stamped Sentiments Father's Day Challenge.  If you need any of the supplies I used in this card or if you would like to have one of the new 2011-2012 Idea Book and Catalogs, please email me at

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Last Chance Items at Stampin' Up!

Today's the BIG Day!

Stampin' Up! has announced their Last Chance lists of retiring products, just before the release of the new Idea Book & Catalog!
This year there are three retiring lists:
1. Retiring Stamp Sets:
The retiring stamps will be available to order  until June 30. There are two PDS documents you can download. One is by page number, the other is alphabetical by stamp set name.  Click here to download the retiring stamp sets list. 
2. Retiring Accessories:
These items will only be available to order while supplies last. These items are best ordered through my Online Ordering system since available quantities are sold on a first come, first served basis. It is important to order these immediately to avoid disappointment.  Click here to download the retiring accessories list - remember, this list is updated daily so contact me before placing your order. 

3. Retiring Decor Elements:
If you haven't tried these fabulous pieces of wall art, you need to take a second look before they are retired! If you don't want to apply directly to your walls, consider applying to a glass frame, piece of wood or scrapbook cover. Decor Elements are versatile, fun and artsy!  Click here to download the retiring Decor Elements list.
Once you download these lists, please contact me if you have questions or need help in placing an order. I can be reached by email at or by phone(512) 497-0325.
Happy Shopping!

Stamp Out Breast Cancer Event

We had such a wonderful time at the Stamp Out Breast Cancer Event on Saturday May 28th using the Strength and Hope Stamp Set from Stampin' Up.  Stampin Up donated $2.00 from the sale of each stamp set to Breast Cancer Research.  We created 4 cards and 2 boxes that were designed by Sandi MacIver and Lee Conrey (Thanks Sandi and Lee).  The designs were fabulous and some of the attendees even learned a few new techniques.  We shared lots of fun and laughs.  I even had this grand idea of making the big shot "passable" by putting it on my SUcutting mat and sliding it from person to person.  Great idea, I thought, because I planned for each person to have their own 6' table.  Plenty of room, I thought, until it was time to pass the Big Shot along to someone else and I realized there was no way that was going to happen.  Our tables were completely covered with our tools, punches and supplies.  I broke out into uncontrolled laughter.  Everyone thought I'd lost my mind, until I explained that my grand idea was a huge failure. Then we were all laughing. Thanks Joyce, Anne Marie, Gen and Amy for joining me.  It was a huge honor to host this event.