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Epic Father’s Day

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Father's Day - Dad TAs promised, I’m back today with another Father’s Day card.  This one is for my father-in-law.   I wanted to play with the Epic Day coordinating products and thought this might be fun.  So I put a strip of the Washi Tape across some Naturals Ivory card stock then popped out an oval with the Oval Framelits and placed a piece of the chevron print behind it.  I used the Hearts a Flutter little heart framelit to punch out this map-like Calypso Coral print and added a button tied with Linen Thread.  The sentiment is from Teeny Tiny Wishes.  I really liked this one but when I handed it to my husband to approve he noted that it looks like an Easter egg.  Hmm….maybe he has a point, lol!!  In any case, off it went in the mail and I hope that Dad likes it.

Short and sweet today.  Yesterday was a LOOOONGGGG airline day.  I was supposed to fly from Washington to Newark to Chicago and back home but no….not so much.  Lots of weather.  Lots of Air Traffic Control delays.  One tired pilot…only made it to Newark.  The rest of the trip today (I hope).

I hope your weekend is great!  Thanks so much for stopping in and I hope to see you again soon!

Stamp:  Teeny Tiny Wishes; Paper:  Epic Day DSP, Crumb Cake, Naturals Ivory; Ink:  Soft Suede; Accessories:  Big Shot, Ovals Framelits, Hearts a Flutter Framelits, Epic Day Washi Tape, Neutrals Buttons (ret), Linen Thread, Dimensionals

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Soccer Thank You

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Soccer Thank YouJust a fun card today.  I have two sons that are soccer players and they have volunteer coaches that do so much!  My oldest son has been with his coach for 3 seasons and she is such a fantastic person!  He will be aging up next year and just made a travel team in our area.  We are very excited for him and much of the credit goes to his solid training.  The team’s end of season party was yesterday so I made this card for all the kids to sign.  Fun, isn’t it?!  I saw the idea of using the Hexagon Embossing Folder for a soccer ball somewhere but can’t find it now.  In any case, I embossed  a piece of Whisper White and a piece of Basic Black with the folder.  Following the lines, I cut the black hexagons out and attached them to the white in what looked like a soccer ball pattern.  Then I punched out the ball with a 2-1/2″” Circle Punch.  I used the Polka Dot Parade DSP to create the background.  First I used the Old Olive print and cut a fringe to create grass.  I attached it to a Marina Mist print to finish.  A little piece of 1/8″ White Taffeta Ribbon tied to a Neutrals Button (style retired) along with the sentiment on the little Jewelry Punch Tags (punch retired).  Now you know what to make for those soccer coaches!!

I’m sitting at the airport as I type this so I’m pretty sure no stamping will happen over the next couple of days.  Maybe, maybe the schedulers will be kind and I can get a little in at the beginning of the week.  Until then, I hope that your weekend is great!  Thanks for stopping in!  See you soon!

Stamp:  Teeny Tiny Wishes; Paper:  Polka Dot Parade DSP, Whisper White; Ink:  Basic Black Stampin’ Write Marker; Accessories:  Big Shot, Hexagon Embossing Folder, 2-1/2″ Circle Punch, Paper Snips, 1/8″ White Taffeta Ribbon, Neutrals Button, Dimensionals

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Today is the day!!!!!

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Yes, today is the launch of the new 2013-14 Stampin’ Up Annual Catalog!!  If you don’t have a copy in hand, here are some links!

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Flash Version

PDF Version

Stampin’ Supplies

The catalog goes live a Noon Mountain Time today and you will be able to order from it using My Store after that time.  Also, today May 31st is a really special day.  For today only, you can order from the new catalog, the old catalog and the Spring catalog!!  Oh yeah!!!!  After today and through June 3rd you will be able to order from both of the main catalogs.  So take advantage and grab some retiring items along with your brand new products!!

I can’t wait to see what everyone loves about this new catalog (there is so much to love!!)!!  Happy shopping!

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Gingham Garden Butterfly

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I am so glad to see you today…happy Friday!!  I have had a great “stampy” week and have to say it is fun to have something new to share.  I had one of my hostess club meetings on Wednesday and this is what we are making this time!  What was that????  Just look at the great patterns???  Oh yes…it is new catalog sneak peek time!!

The Gingham Garden Suite is one of the amazing new product offerings in the new catalog and I was so excited to get my hands on some of the items in the suite.  First on my list…the Washi Tape!!!  I have been watching this fun product for a while so I was thrilled when Stampin’ Up announced it would carry some of it.  I knew it would be high quality and gorgeous.  Boy was I right!  And as always there is a line of products that coordinates with it perfectly.

So I started with the tape itself…rather, all three.  I lined up the rolls and measures to see how wide they are together (1-1/2″ for the record) and then cut a little rectangle out using that measurement (1-1/2″ x 2-1/2″).  I placed the Washi Tape down in line and simply wrapped it around the back of the rectangle.  Really, it could not be easier!!  Then I took the coordinating Gingham Garden DSP and chose the Island Indigo flower pattern to pop out a butterfly with my Beautiful Wings Embosslit.  The yellow print is from the opposite side.  I stamped the sentiment from Apothecary Art, popped the washi panel up on Dimensionals and attached the butterfly using Crystal Effects (a very strong glue, too, by the way).  And done!

This card has made me so happy and my club ladies loved it too!!  This product line (and all the other new ones) are available in ONE WEEK!!!!  Yes, on May 31st the new catalog goes live.  Oh, and the old catalog will still be available until June 3rd.  Not enough for you??!!  The Spring Catalog is available through May 31st as well.  The perfect storm of stamping goodness happens on May 31st.  For one day only, all three catalogs will be available for ordering!!!  Plan now, be ready to be patient because like you, I’ll be ordering along with many of our stamping friends but it will be worth it!!  My online store will be open (just like always) and the new catty will be available after noon mountain time.

Can’t wait to see what you think about this fun and easy card!  More of these on the way for my stash!!  And I’m sure I will have a more masculine version using the Epic Day Washi Tape too.  Thanks for stopping in today.  I hope your weekend is amazing!!

Stamp:  Apothecary Art; Paper:  Gingham Garden DSP, Whisper White; Ink:  Island Indigo; Accessories:  Gingham Garden Washi Tape, Dimensionals, Crystal Effects

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Retirement Lists are here!

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It is such a bittersweet time of the year at Stampin’ Up!  As we prepare for the arrival of the new catalog it is time to say goodbye to some old friends!  Yep…the Retirement Lists are here (just click on each to see them):

Retiring Stamp Sets and Accessories

60% off Digital Content Discs

40% off Accessories

25% off Accessories

Retired Stamps PDF

Retired Accessories PDF

While the stamps are available until June 3, 2013, the accessories are only as supplies last.  I strongly recommend that you order as soon as possible on those!  The online store is the best way to do this!  Link to my store here.

There really are some great deals here!  Let me know if I can answer any questions or help you in any way!

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Regionals Projects

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I knew you would enjoy seeing a couple of the things we made at Stampin’ Up Regionals so I am bringing them to you today.

Baltimore Rgnl - M&TThe stamp set focus for the day was Clockworks.  It really is a fun set and perfect for collage stamping.  This projects was actually designed to be a cover of a notepad but I decided to change it into a card.  The Basic Gray background piece is scored using the Simply Scored Tool which adds a nice dimension.  The stamps were inked in Pool Party, Calypso Coral, More Mustard and Gumball Green.  The little strips were cut from coordinating colors and the pennant ends are hand cut.  Three flowers were punched out of Pool Party with the Fancy Flower Punch, spritzed with water and crumpled a bit.

Baltimore Rgnl - Box and cardsOur second project is this cute little box made with the Two Tags Die.  Now their original design used Clockworks again but I did not make it at the Regionals.  Instead I used Oh Hello to create it and the matching notecards.  Calypso Coral, Gumball Green and Daffodil Delight are the colors.  I will be using this as a hostess gift for a customer…so excited for her to see it!

I hope you enjoy seeing these as much as I enjoyed making them.  Let me know if you have any questions about them!  I hope your week has been good.  Thanks so much for stopping in!!

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Free Shipping and other fun news!!

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This just in from Stampin’ Up!!

We’re excited to let you know that we are offering FREE shipping on EVERYTHING April 6-8 (excluding expedited orders)! That’s right. There are no minimums or limits and all order types qualify (customer, demonstrator, workshop, online). Did we mention that the free shipping is on everything?

Yes, you read it right!!  FREE shipping!  I am so excited about this!! But not enough cool news??  Well, there is more:

Color RefreshStampin’ Up has announced a color refresh.  When we first did the Color Renovation in 2010, there was discussion of refreshing the colors every 3-5 years based on industry trends.  Well…here it is!!  While it is sad to see some favorites leave (Baja Breeze comes to mind, lol!), I am so happy to see some returning and just staying colors.  And….a new color Smoky Slate.  You know you want to see them together in their new families so here you go:

Finally a reminder about the fabulous new pricing on My Digital Studio.  You can get the downloaded program or the program disc for the amazing price of $19.95.  Hmmm, did I mention the free shipping with that if you wanted the disc??!!

So make your list and make sure you shop on April 6-8 to get the free shipping!  Get the retiring colors and their accessories while they last.  If you have a favorite, the free shipping is an added bonus!

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This and That

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I am so happy to introduce a new product call This and That from Stampin’ Up!!

Your life is: Awesome. Quirky. Exciting. Perfectly messy. And happening really fast. So we’re happy to introduce our newest product line that lets you capture it all on-the-go.

This and That will debut in the 2013-2014 annual catalog, but we’re giving you and everybody else the chance to get it now.

Take a look at this cool flyer and see the new This and That – all the products and the pricing are on the flyer!

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What to see more??  Well there is a YouTube video that shows you some ideas on how to use this fun book and coordinating products.

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  • We’re introducing the line with these five products, but we’ll be adding more This and That stuff as time goes on.
  • Bundle Dates: March 23-April 30 (remember the items that come in the bundle will be available in May and in the new catalog, but we’re only offering the discounted bundled until April 30).
  • You can get as many This and That products or bundles as you want.
  • You can buy the This and That products separately. But why would you do that when you can get all five together and save 15 percent?
  • Did your spidey eyes see that two of our In Colors (Calypso Coral and Pool Party) are included in the products? Your eyes were right. You’ll just have to check out the catalog transition information in April to see what that’s all about.

Not enough cool news??!!  You can win a trip!!  Enter the This and That Trip Giveaway by using this link and you can win a trip for two to San Diego.

Link to the Giveaway

You can order this directly from my online store or through me personally!  If you have any questions, I am happy to help!

Back next week with some new cards and challenges!  Until then, have a great weekend!

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Sympathy Hydrangea

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Sympathy HydrangeaI mentioned before that I was subbing at my boys’ school.  Well for the last couple of weeks I have been subbing as the math and science teacher in the middle school section of the school.  I have to admit that I was a bit nervous at first since middle schoolers are not known to go easy on subs in general.  But I can say with all honesty that this group of kids was amazing.  Oh, they tried a few antics (they are kids, after all) but they showed respect and were tolerant of the fact that I tend to skip steps on my math examples.  I needed to sub due to a family matter with the teacher.  This teacher is truly beloved by her kids and I’m sure that is why they cut me a break.  They certainly don’t want to let her down!  We needed a sympathy card for her homeroom kids to sign for her and I thought it appropriate that I make one for them.  I went to my old standby Because I Care (retired hostess).  I love this flower so much!!  I also had some leftover retired DSP that seemed perfect as a background.  I wanted this to be pretty and still convey the right tone.  I inked the flower in Marina Mist and Crumb Cake and added on a shabby bow.  I am really happy with the end result.  More importantly, the kids liked it and thought she would too.

It is always hard to have to make a card like this but I am so glad that I was able to give an extra personal touch from her class.  I can’t say how much I appreciate the opportunity to work with the “big kids” and how amazed I am that so many teachers do this every day with such grace and humor.  Frankly…it wore me out!!  *smile*  I am back to my normal mom status in the school again this week and you can bet I’ll be saying thank you to the teachers even more!

I have another card for you tomorrow.  Yes, we did get some snow days.  I got a little stamping done, did some sledding with the boys, built a snowman and we kept our power!!  All in all, pretty fantastic!  I will see you tomorrow.  Until then, thanks so much for stopping in!

Stamp:  Because I Care (ret, hostess); Paper:  Beau Chateau DSP (ret), Crumb Cake, Naturals Ivory; Ink:  Marina Mist, Crumb Cake; Accessories:  Crumb Cake Seam Binding, Linen Thread, Neutrals Buttons

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