Monday, April 29, 2013

Bloomin' Bouquet Kits

Mother's Day. Teacher appreciation. Just because. Say thank you with this no-maintenance bouquet. There's no watering, no weeding-just enjoying. This easy-to-assemble kit comes complete with the petals, stems, and buttons to create the flowers, as well as four different tags to make this the perfect gift for any occasion. All you need is some paper, ribbon or a vase to add the finishing touches to the bouquet.
As if that weren't enough, the kit contains a "baker's dozen"! This means you can create and give (or keep) a dozen flowers, and have a bonus flower left over to pass along to someone new! Give it to someone you wouldn't normally think of: a teller at the bank, a grocery store clerk, or the librarian at your local library. Anyone you encounter on your way that you'd like to give a little "thank you" to-and introduce them to Stampin' Up!
Ordering information:
Item 134542 $12.95
Available starting April 29 3:00 p.m., Mountain time, while supplies last.
Kit contents:
  • 2 sheets of preprinted and precut flowers on 12" X 12" cardstock; makes 13 flowers using Pool Party, Gumball Green, Calypso Coral, Daffodil Delight, and Rich Razzleberry
  • 13 Vintage Faceted Buttons
  • 13 green floral wire stems
Adhesive not included. (Glue gun recommended.)

Dressed Up

Good Monday morning to my friends, I hope you all enjoyed your week-end too.

I'm still on my mission to make cards to give to my friend, here is another one that I made using "left-overs" that were laying on my craft table, just waiting to be made into a card!  Needless to say, this card went together fast too!

Products used:

Stamp set: All Dressed Up, Spring Catalog 2013
Ink: Rose Red
Card stock: Whisper White, Basic Gray and Melon Mambo
Designer Series Paper: Subtles Collection
Apothecary Accents Framelits
Regal Rose 1/8" Taffeta ribbon
Basic Pearls and Rhinestones
5/8" Flower Trim, Spring Catalog 2013
Paper Doilies, Spring Catalog 2013
Embossing Folders: Fancy Fan and Honeycomb
Stampin' Dimensionals
Glue Dots

Hope your week gets off to a great start, Mary.

Friday, April 26, 2013

Label Collection Framelits

Happy Friday to all of you!  It's suppose to actually be like Spring this week-end, can't wait!

Today I'm sharing a card that I made to send to a lady who is celebrating her 85th birthday and her daughter-in-law was sweet to ask for a card flood for her!

Products used:

Stamp set: Petite Pairs
Card stock: Very Vanilla, Pretty In Pink, Certainly Celery, Regal Rose and Marina Mist
Designer Series Paper: Tea for Two, Spring Catalog 2013
Embossing Folders: Delicate Designs and Designer Frames
Punches: BoHo Blossoms, Itty Bitty Shapes and Bird Builder
Basic Pearls
Stampin Dimensionals
Glue Dots

I hope you all have a great week-end and a crafty one too!   Mary

Thursday, April 25, 2013

Carry Over Stamp Sets


With the release of the retired list, some of you may be wondering which Christmas stamps will still be available. Don't cry or pout, we've gotcha covered!
  • Evergreen Stamp Set 
  • Greetings of the Season Stamp Set 
  • Jewish Celebrations Stamp Set
  • More Merry Messages Stamp Set 
  • Ornament Keepsakes Stamp Set
  • Snowflake Soiree Stamp Set 
Can you handle more good news? These sets will still be available during the 2013-2014 catalog year. They will not be featured in the catalog.

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Retired List Promotion for Stampin' Up!


Dates: April 24-June 3, 2013 (select items available while supplies last)
Hundreds of stamps and accessories from the 2012-2013 catalogs are retiring, and this is you and your customers' chance to get them before they're gone. Many products are only available while supplies last, so be sure to get your orders in early! (And remember to tell them that some items having amazing discounts!)
Retiring Lists
  • Retiring Stamps (Available April 24-June 3, 2013)
  • Retiring Accessories (Available April 24-June 3, 2013, or while supplies last) 
Please note that retiring accessories are available ONLY while supplies last.


Kindness Matters

Good morning to all of you blogging friends, I hope your Wednesday has started off well.  Can you believe we had snow in our area yesterday, crazy Missouri weather!  There is a saying around here that goes, "if you don't like the weather, wait five minutes and it will change!"  How true.

I'm still on my mission to make cards for a friend who was nice to me recently and I've been making simple, quick cards that will not require extra postage for her to mail.  Here is one that I made the other day.  I used designer series paper, which makes adding color and interest to your cards so easy!  I happen to have the embossed frame laying on my work table, for ages, and finally put it to good use.  I love how the colors are soft, I found the color combo in my Color Coach.  I adhered the designer paper to the card front first, than did the embossing, so easy that way too!

Here is what I used on this card:

Stamp set: Kindness Matters
Card stock: Marina Mist and Whisper White
Ink: Marina Mist, Pretty In Pink and Certainly Celery (markers)
Designer Series Paper: Tea for Two, Spring Catalog 2013
Embossing Folders: Needlepoint Border and Designer Framers
Bitty Butterfly Punch, Spring Catalog 2013
Basic Pearls

Well I hope you like my simple card, thanks for dropping in and have a crafty day!   Mary

Monday, April 22, 2013

So Sorry

Well good Monday morning to all of you!  I hope you had a nice week-end filled with lots of fun.  Mine, well, it was filled with spraying our front yard for weeds and the usual week-end chores that we all seem to have.  Hubbys' back is bad again, he has narrowing of his spine, so he is in alot of pain and may have to have surgery, again, ugh!!  Enough of my whining, but keep him in your prayers, if you would.

I had need for a sympathy card for a fellow demo that I meet and became friends with last year at convention, tragically, she lost her husband in a car accident last week.  I was stunned, to say the least, and have had her and her family in my prayers since.  I hope my simple card will bring her a little bit of comfort in her time of sorrow.

Products used:

Card stock: Whisper White and Marina Mist
Stamp set: So Sorry
Ink: Certainly Celery and Marina Mist (markers too)
Embossing Folder- Fancy Fan

Well this is my share for today, make sure you love on your love ones today,   Mary

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Secret Garden

Well it's the middle of the week and I hope you are all having a great one too!  It's chilly here today and yesterday, wish the sun would pop back out to warm it up a bit.

Today I'm sharing a card made with the Secret Garden stamp set, I also used the larger flower framelit  to make a mask with too.  This was an easy card to make, just takes about 5 minutes to color in the pink flower using ink from the pad lid and a blender pen or you could just cut out a flower too and not have to worry about coloring it in, but I love to color! This card will not require any extra postage to mail either.

Products used:

Stamp Set: Secret Garden and Oh, Hello, both are from the Spring Catalog 2013
Framelit: Secret Garden, Spring Catalog 2013
Card stock: Pear Pizzazz and Whisper White
Ink: Pear Pizzazz, Early Espresso, Marina Mist, Daffodil Delight and Regal Rose (used markers to fill in gaps)
Embossing Folder: Needlepoint Border

Thanks for stopping by, see you soon!     Mary

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Dolled Up Birthday Kit

We're excited to introduce our second Submit a Project kit--the Dolled-Up Birthday Kit--voted on by you via our Facebook page. This gorgeous birthday card was created by Chris Gilmore, a manager from Coshocton, Ohio. Congratulations, Chris!
The Dolled-Up Birthday kit includes the following:
  • Dolled-Up Birthday Photopolymer Stamp (1)
  • 8-1/2" x 5-1/2" Crumb Cake Cardstock (6 pieces)
  • 2" x 4-1/4" Very Vanilla Cardstock (6 pieces)
  • Very Vanilla Medium Envelopes (6)
  • Tea Lace Paper Doilies (6)
  • Dress Up die-cuts (6)
  • Soft Suede Classic Stampin' Spot (1)
  • Vanilla 5/8" Flower Trim (6 pieces)
  • Sponge Dauber (1)
Get everything you need to make six cards for only $15.95 (item 133913)!*

To assemble one card, follow the instructions below:
  1. Place the stamp on clear-mount block D or H rubber side up and ink with the Soft Suede Classic Stampin' Spot.
  2. Stamp "Happy Birthday" at the bottom of the card front.
  3. Ink the Sponge Dauber with Soft Suede ink and gently antique the doily and the edges of the dress form.
  4. Adhere the pieces to the card front in this order:
    • Doily
    • Very Vanilla Cardstock
    • Dress form
    • Flower
*Adhesive not included

Monday, April 15, 2013

Hostess Offer

Do your customers ever wish they had more money to spend on Stampin' Up! products? Consider it done.
Hostess offer: If they host a $350 party they'll earn an additional $30 in FREE products!
Dates: April 15-May 30, 2013 (yes, it ends the day before the last day of the month)
The Fine Print
  • All order types qualify for this promotion (customer, demonstrator, workshop, or online).
  • Hostesses may use their additional hostess dollars on any current catalog  merchandise.
  • Orders larger than the qualifying amount are not eligible for additional hostess dollars.

Don't have the time to host a party, let me know and I can set up a hostess code for you and your customers can order from the convenience of there own computer.

Betsy's Blossoms

Happy Tax Day to all of you!  I hope you all have that big task behind you, we got ours done in February, so glad when it is done too!  This past week-end we enjoyed a taste of spring and it was wonderful too, but sadly this coming week it is to be cooler and rainy but we are still in a drought condition here in the Midwest, so rain is good.

I went to convention last July and I received a card just like this while swapping with another demo except that she used Gumball Green for the background.  Since I don't have that color, I decided to use Midnight Muse and really like how bright and cheery it is too!  I hand cut out the bird and the flowers, popping the bird up on dimensionals for some depth.  I ran the Midnight Muse thru the Fancy Fan embossing folder and use the Apothecary Accents Framelit.  The flowers are stamped with Daffodil Delight and Rose Red, while the leaf is in Pear Pizzazz (which is returning).  Lightly sponge Daffodil Delight around my framelit cut out.  The sentiment is from the Friendly Phrases.  Pretty easy card to put together.

I got one of my mixer covers sewn, and now making another one for my daughters friend, but I had to take some time to get my fingers inky too, it's so relaxing!  Hope you all have a great week, see you again on Wednesday!    Mary

Thursday, April 11, 2013

New Wood Mount Storage Cases

Introducing our new wood-mount stamp set packaging! These new cases are similar to our clear-mount boxes and fit perfectly on the shelf right next to them. They also have the images and stamp set name on the spine to make your search for the right set even easier.
Starting May 31 all wood-mount sets will come in this new packaging. And empty cases will be available with the launch of the new catalog. That means you can transfer all your old sets to these new boxes! There will even be a template for you to create your own label for your old stamp sets (available May 31). A pack of four half-size cases (3-3/4" x 5-1/2") will sell for $4.95 and a pack of four full-size cases (7-1/2" x 5-1/2") will be $6.95.
Get ready for all the exciting new products in the catalog--especially the new wood-mount boxes!
*At this point, incentive stamps will not be packaged in the new cases. And remember, translated sets are only available in clear-mount.

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

New Bombs Away Photopolymer Stamp Set

To order, go HERE
Bombs Away Birthday Stamp Set
Use this exclusive photopolymer birthday set for catchy and unique greetings that will make your special someone smile. We recommend clear block sizes C & H (not included in the set).

Our photopolymer stamps offer a versatile all-clear stamping option. You’ll find that our photopolymer is top-quality and give a perfectly stamped image every time. The stamps stick amazingly well to our clear blocks and are easy to place just where you want them. And best of all, you get to enjoy tons of images for a great price!
Set Quantity: 7

Bombs Away Birthday Stamp Set
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Use this exclusive photopolymer birthday set for catchy and unique greetings that will make your special someone smile. We recommend clear block sizes C & H (not included in the set).

Our photopolymer stamps offer a versatile all-clear stamping option. You’ll find that our photopolymer is top-quality and give a perfectly stamped image every time. The stamps stick amazingly well to our clear blocks and are easy to place just where you want them. And best of all, you get to enjoy tons of images for a great price.

Sorry, I don't have a card to share today, I've been busy making a mixer cover for my daughter and it involves some sewing skills that I'm teaching myself as I go, wish me luck!     Mary

Monday, April 8, 2013

Happy Birthday Cards for My Daughters

Good Monday morning to all of my blogging friends!  I hope you had a wonderful week-end, I did!  I went to Jefferson City to my daughters housewarming party on Saturday afternoon and for her birthday too!  She has done a wonderful job on fixing up her new house and has it decorated so cute too!  Oh and we've finally have had some spring like weather too, LOVE IT!!!

Today I want to share the cards that I made for my daughters birthdays, they are two weeks apart in April and then in between is hubby's too!  I've had this Sizzix die for sometime now, got it on clearance one year and just thought that dog was too cute to pass up.  Everything else is from Stampin' Up!  I ran a piece of Whisper White thru two different embossing folders, but probably one would have been better, next time!

Products used:

Card stock: Whisper White, Pretty In Pink, Perfect Plum, Crumb Cake and Soft Suede
Stamp set: Friendly Phrases and Create A Cupcake (for sentiment on inside)
Blender pen
Glimmer paper, sliver
Framelits: Oval Collection
Embossing Folders: Clouds and Vine Street
Ink pads: Crumb Cake and Soft Suede
Basic Rhinestones
gel pen

Just a reminder, today is the last day of free shipping on any amount, this makes your stamping dollars stretch even farther!  April 8th ends at 11:55 pm Mountain time.

FREE shipping on everything

Friday, April 5, 2013

Grandmother's Flower Garden

That is what I believe this quilt pattern is called anyway.  You make it by sewing together small hexagon shapes, leaving a solid color around each flower so that it stands out!  Oh, I wish I had a quilt like this, so pretty!  You could make it too with all of your scraps, both fabric and paper.

I just love how cheery and soft this card turned out!  Now you do have to cut out the hexagons by hand but it's not hard but first you have to run the designer series paper thru the Big Shot in the hexagon embossing folder.

Products used:

Stamp set: Oh, Hello Spring Catalog 2013
Ink pad: Baja Breeze
Card stock: Baja Breeze and Whisper White
Designer Series Paper: Subtles Collection
1/2" Seam Binding Baja Breeze
Embossing Folder: Honeycomb, Spring Catalog 2013
Big Shot
Paper Doilies, Spring Catalog 2013
Snail Adhesive
Tombow glue, I used it to adhere my hexagon shapes with

Well, I'm off to enjoy my week-end, going with my daughter to see my other daughter on Saturday, should be a wonderful time!    Mary

Thursday, April 4, 2013

Free Shipping

Between April 6 to April 8th, 2013, Stampin' Up! is offering FREE SHIPPING!!  This is for North America only.  So now would be a great time to make your list of items for Saturday! 

Not available on two day shipping, no minimums.

Discontinued Watercolor Pencils and Crayons


April 3, 2013
Due to unforeseen problems with our supplier for Watercolor Wonder Crayons and Watercolor Pencils, we have decided to discontinue these two products.
Watercolor Pencils (item 101879) and Watercolor Wonder Crayons Brights Collection (item 119804), which have been on the Backorder Report for about a week, will no longer be available, effective immediately. If your order has not been shipped due to its status in backorder, we will not be able to fill it. We will soon begin processing refunds for these items. Keep in mind that it may take a few days to see the reimbursement in your account.
Now for the good news! We still have the remaining collections of the Watercolor Wonder Crayons available to order. The Subtles (item 119802), Neutrals (item 119805), and Regals (item 119803) Collections are only available while supplies last. Get 'em before they're gone!

New Colors and Retiring Colors from Stampin' Up!


April 4, 2013Announcing our Color Refresh! We love color and we know that you do too. Color is fundamental to who we are and what we offer. It's important for us to stay up-to-date with color trends so we are thrilled to share our updated line of colors, and hope you will be as excited as we are by the new possibilities!
Why now? In 2010 we did a big color renovation and shared our plans for smaller color refreshes every three to five years to keep our colors on trend. Well it has been three years and we are excited to announce that the upcoming 2013-2014 annual catalog will include 10 new colors (most of which are returning In Colors from previous years)! We are welcoming back some of your favorites, moving some colors around, and introducing one brand-new color, so take a look!

Beginning on April 4, 2013, all retiring/discontinued color products (i.e. ink, paper, ribbon, accessories, etc.) will be available only while supplies last. This means that some products will not be available through the retired list period. We did anticipate increased demand and based our forecasts for these retiring colors on historical sales information from previous color transitions. However, even with the most careful planning, the response to a transition of this nature can surprise everyone--including you in your own business and personal purchases. We encourage you to let your customers know that any of our retiring color products are only available while supplies last so they can get their favorites and look forward to the exciting colors coming in the 2013-2014 annual catalog. And also announced today, free shipping is going on April 6-8, 2013, which would be a great time for you and your customers to get your favorites before they are gone! (Free shipping is for North America only.)
Want to get some of the new color products for FREE? Watch for more information on April 12 for an exciting opportunity to get the new amazing colors for free. To learn more about our Color Refresh, we've provided plenty of resources under the Color Refresh section of the demonstrator website, including a Q&A, a training video, the May/June issue of Stampin' Success (which will be available online on April 12), as well as other information to help you understand and make this transition easier.

Updated! Color Refresh 2013

If you would like to see the new colors, here is a video for you to enjoy!  

Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Pleasant Poppies

Hi everyone, hope you have having a great Wednesday, so far so good here.

Today I want to show you a card that I made using the same stamp set but just changed the sentiment on the front.  I'm going to be giving these cards, and some of the other ones I've shared with you, to my friend who was so very nice to me recently, I think she will enjoy getting them too!

I pulled out my Rich Razzleberry, which has sat unused for far too long to make my cards.  It is a very rich, elegant color in my humble opinion too.

At first I was going to leave the white space on the left of the stamped image alone, but it just didn't feel right.  So I pulled out another stamp set French Foliage and used two of the small background stamps in it, stamping the image off twice, then stamping onto my background.  Ahh, much better!

As you know, I like to color, so I had a good time coloring in my poppies!

Products used:

Stamp sets: Pleasant Poppies, French Foliage, Petite Pairs
Card stock: Whisper White, Rich Razzleberry and Crumb Cake
Ink: Rich Razzleberry Crumb Cake
Markers: Rich Razzleberry, Certainly Celery, So Saffron and Old Olive
Large Oval, Scallop Oval punches
1/8" Taffeta Rich Razzleberry, retired
blender pen

Well, this is my share for today, happy stamping!   Mary

Tuesday, April 2, 2013

April Best of Butterlies Stamp Set

If you like this stamp set you can purchase it from my online store HERE.

Best Of Butterflies Clear-mount Stamp Set
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Did you know that every year Monarch butterflies migrate from Canada to Mexico, and that the migration might span multiple generations of butterflies?


Of course, you can just stamp a butterfly from the Best of Butterflies Stamp Set on a card and mail it ANYWHERE in the WORLD. Take that, Mr. Monarch butterfly!

Every month during 2013, we’re combining some of our all-time-favorite stamps with a new, never-before-seen stamp to create a monthly “Best of” stamp set. Best of Butterflies is our April offering, but don’t forget to check out the sets from previous months as well. They’re available all year!

Note: Clear-Mount Blocks B, C, and D needed for this set.

Hope you have a wonderful day, Mary.

Monday, April 1, 2013

One Card, Three Ways

Good Monday morning to all of you!  I hope you had a nice Easter, it was sunny and warm here yesterday.  Today we are to get snow showers, I kid you not, no April Fool's joke here!

Today I want to show you a card that I made three different ways, one way was very basic, the second one, was stepped up just a bit and the last one I added even more.  This card was inspired by a card  from my friend, Anne, whom I meet last year at convention.  You can view her blog HERE.

As you can see it is very simple.  I did use my Simply Score to add some lines to give it alittle bit of interest.

With this one, I added some ribbon and a few pearls, it helps to add some more detail to it.

Here is my final version of Anne's card.  No, mine is still just a little bit different than her's, but her card did inspire me to make this one.  To get the square block of color, you ink up the "D" clear block from Stampin' Up! on your ink pad and stamp it onto your card stock.  Everytime you do this it will be different.  A very simple yet pretty card to make

Products used:

Stamp sets: Blooming with Kindness, Thoughts & Prayers
Ink pads: Pretty In Pink, Baja Breeze, Soft Suede
Card stock: Whisper White, Baja Breeze, Soft Suede
Seam Binding: 1/2" Baja Breeze
Ribbon: Pretty In Pink, retired
Basic Pearls
Dotted Scallop Ribbon Border
Clear Acrylic block "D"

Thanks for coming to visit with me, I appreciate you dropping in!    Mary