Another milestone!

Grandma's87th Today was my grandmother’s 87th birthday!  Always cause for celebration, but especially so this time because frankly a few months ago we weren’t sure she’d be around to celebrate with us!  Thankfully after several trips to the ER and being admitted to the hospital, they finally figured out she had pneumonia and after a week and a half of antibiotics and proper nutrition she was back to her old self!

Reached way back into my stash for this card – the patterned paper is from a retired Simply Scrappin’ kit called Secret Garden, and the peach border layer is Groovy Guava, a retired In Color from 2007-08.  The birthday greeting used on the front is also retired, and inside is a coordinating sentiment from the same set which says, “Life is not a matter of counting years, it’s a matter of making years count.”  If you don’t have either of these products, you can easily use this layout with any of your favorite Designer Series Paper and coordinating paper colors!

Just a quick tip:  For cards that have multiple layers like this one, you can save paper (and weight when mailing) by cutting out the centers of layers where only a thin border will show.  I used the Paper Cutter (item #104154) to reach the middle of the layer without having to cut through the edge or dig out a hobby blade and metal ruler!

**note: this card measures 4 1/2” x 6” and fits in a size A6 envelope**

Stamps: It’s Your Birthday

Ink: Chocolate Chip, Old Olive (inside sentiment)

Paper: Very Vanilla, Groovy Guava, Old Olive textured, patterned paper from Secret Garden Simply Scrappin’ kit

Accessories: Very Vanilla 1/4” grosgrain ribbon


It’s been an awesome month of special sales – check back tomorrow afternoon for the final Deal of the Week from Stampin’ Up!


Deal of the Week Inspiration

DOTW4_01 This week’s 30% discount on the Styled Vanilla Hodgepodge Hardware was just the boost I needed to pull it out of my stash and do some creating!  Since I finally got the Scallop Edge punch during the first week of this fabulous promotion, I was itching to make something with that as well.

The ribbon used here is actually Very Vanilla, and I custom-dyed it using a one-to-one solution of Mellow Moss reinker and water because I didn’t have any Mellow Moss taffeta and the grosgrain just looked too heavy.  To set the color, I just tossed it in the dryer (set on low)  for a minute or two!  This method seems to work better than coloring with markers or dragging across an ink pad, and heat-setting it using the dryer is easier than doing it with the heat gun!  LOL, it also triggers flashbacks to junior high and creating my own “designer” t-shirts with puffy paints!

As a final touch, after stamping the vanilla layer I ran it through the Big Shot with one of our exclusive texture plates.  I think it complements the stamped flourish perfectly, and gives just the right something extra so that it doesn’t look flat.

**note: this card measures 4 1/2” x 6” and fits in a size A6 envelope**

Stamps: Baroque Motifs, Teeny Tiny Wishes

Ink: Rose Red, Mellow Moss

Paper: Very Vanilla, Rose Red, Mellow Moss

Accessories: Styled Vanilla Hodgepodge Hardware, Very Vanilla Taffeta ribbon, Scallop Edge punch, SU! exclusive “Backgrounds 1” texture plates for the Big Shot

Click here to visit my demonstrator website and order all the supplies you need to recreate this card – remember, the 30% discount on Styled Vanilla hardware only lasts till 9:50 am MT on Monday July 27th!

Deal of the Week #2

Hey all, so sorry for the late posting! By now you probably already know what this week’s special is, but here it is anyway!

Period Item # Page # Description Regular Price Special Price
July 6, 10 AM (MT) through
July 13, 9:50 AM (MT)
113474 194 Sizzix Big Shot Doctor’s Bag $69.95 $49.99

If you contact me by Sunday evening to order the Big Shot die-cutting machine and the Doctor’s Bag, you’ll also get to choose a Level One hostess item from the current Idea Book and Catalog (and receive a free copy of the IB&C!), $15 in catalog merchandise, and as a special bonus from me you can also pick out an additional Big Shot die, texture plate or embossing folder up to $19.95 in value!  You must e-mail me, though, rather than ordering directly through my demonstrator website, so that I can add your free die to the order and have everything shipped directly to you!

Happy New Year!

It’s here, it’s here!  Today is the first day of the 2009-10 Idea Book and Catalog!  Everything officially goes live at noon Mountain Time, and remember that now the catalog is available for a whole year again so if you’re like me and space out your orders, you’ve got tons of time to get all your favorite new goodies!

There’s also an exciting new promotion designed to go hand in hand with the unveiling of the new catalog.  For the month of July, there’s going to be the “Deal of the Week” special, with each new deal posted on Mondays.  Check back here, and also at my official demonstrator website for the scoop!

The first deal of the week, beginning July 1 at noon (MT) is (drum roll, please)…

Period Item # Page # Description Regular Price Special Price
July 1-5, 2009 112091 187 Scallop Edge punch $15.95 $10.99

I actually don’t have this punch yet, so you can bet I’ll be getting it now!  Again, this deal only lasts through this week — the special promotional price will be available until July 6, 9:50 AM (MT) and all orders must be completed and submitted by that time.  Be sure to come back at 10 AM (MT) on each Monday in July to find out what the new Deal of the Week is!

Coming soon!

It’s that time again — counting down to the new Stampin’ Up! catalog release! Demonstrator Sneak Peek goodies are on their way to my front door as we speak, and I can’t wait to play with them and show you some of my creations!

In the meantime, having new things means we must say goodbye to some old friends. Be sure to check out the Last Chance list for any of your must-have stamps that are about to retire and will be gone forever after June 30th! Accessories like the Designer Series Papers, Simply Scrappin’ Kits and embellishments are only available while supplies last and some have already sold out, so make sure you don’t miss out! You can visit my website to place an order anytime of day or night, but don’t wait too late because after 11:50 pm MT it’s all over!

Featured Project – May 2009

FP_May2009_LGMay is National Scrapbooking Month, so we have an adorable page that was done using one of Stampin’ Up!’s exclusive Simply Scrappin’ Kits.  With coordinating textured cardstock, printed papers, and self-adhesive die-cuts, you have everything you need to create beautiful layouts that showcase your photos and document your precious memories!

The kits also coordinate with Stampin’ Up!’s exclusive stamped images.  It’s scrapbooking made easy!

Hi Friend scrapbook page (8″ x 8″)

  • None were used
  • Sunshine Garden Simply Scrappin’ Kit
  • Old Olive Stampin’ Write marker
  • Apricot Appeal 1/4″ grosgrain ribbon
  • Button Bouquet
  • Stampin’ Dimensionals

    *Note: This kit has been discontinued by Stampin’ Up!, and is unfortunately out of stock.  If you would still like to purchase one, please contact me by e-mail and I will do my best to find one for you!

Featured Project – April 2009

fp_apr2009_lgEvery month, the Stampin’ Up! Customer Website highlights a project or product that’s perfect for an upcoming holiday, fits with a current sales promotion, or is just plain COOL!  I’d say that this month’s project definitely falls into the last category — soooo pretty, and don’t butterflies just make you think of spring?  The “thank you” sentiment comes from one of the new sets of color rub-ons, and is the perfect finishing touch!

You could try kicking this great card up another notch by using textured card stock for either the top or bottom panel.  The great thing about these inspirational sources that SU! offers us is that you can either take the project as is, or you can tweak things here and there to make them your own!

  • Great Friend stamp set


  • Baja Breeze card stock
  • Kiwi Kiss card stock
  • Whisper White card stock


  • Basic Gray Classic Stampin’ Pad
  • Baja Breeze Classic Stampin’ Pad
  • Kiwi Kiss Classic Stampin’ Pad