Thursday, July 31, 2008

Blogger's Challenge #58: Color Challenge

Some of you may be surprised that I am posting! I am actually prepping this post early Sunday morning before church and am setting it to post on Friday...let's hope that it does!

Why am I not posting in person? I am in Salt Lake City, Utah attending the Stampin' Up Convention! I'm probably on a stamping high and anxious to share LOTS of ideas with you! We should book your party right away and take advantage of these brain waves!

On to the challenge....The colors included in this challenge were: So Saffron, Old Olive, Pumpkin Pie and Rose Red...what a gorgeous combination!!!!!!!!! They inspired me to make my own patterned paper...with a twist!

I took an upcoming stamp set called "Wow Flowers" and created a pattern with the colors in the combo. Then, added a little bit more color by using the spot from the set Pick a Petal. Then, the twist....I cut the piece into 1/2 inch strips and adhered it to my Old Olive card, flipping every other strip. I added the striped Pumpkin Pie ribbon and a scallop from Old Olive cardstock. I layered the Happy Birthday image from the Wow Flowers set onto a piece of Pumpkin Pie cardstock and I was finished!

Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Here's another swap...

This card uses the set Dreams du Jour. I also used some new In Colors: Riding Hood Red (isn't that a hoot?) and Baja Breeze. The other color is So Saffron. Thanks for looking!

Tuesday, July 29, 2008

I'm off!

I'll be leaving for convention in a few short hours so I'm going to (really quickly) add some timed posts for while I'm gone. My blogger's challenge is done and I wasn't planning on any more than that but I'll sneak this one in...another? We'll see!

This one is for my Go-Divas group. It uses a set from the new catty called Happiness Always. It's a new hostess set! The only way to get ahold of this one is book a party with me! It also uses all new In Color inks: Baja Breeze, Pacific Point, and Kiwi Kiss.

Thanks for looking!

Sunday, July 27, 2008

Precious Puppy...

This post is only stamp related in that it occurred while I was working on my Stampin' Up convention swaps! You can stop reading if you only want stamp-related info!

While I was feverishly working on swaps, Suzy, our 1 1/2 year old beagle, decided she needed a nap. Steve had changed into his church clothes for the Wednesday evening service and left his "home" clothes in a pile in front of his dresser. This was Suzy's chosen spot!

When Steve came home, he noted that Daphne, our almost six year old beagle, greeted him at the door but Suzy didn't bother. I had proof that Suzy missed her master! She was quickly rewarded for her loyalty with some dog food and Steve was able to retrieve his "home" clothes!

Friday, July 25, 2008

Blogger's Challenge #57: Christmas in July!

I almost skipped this one. I am feverishly working on my swaps for convention. But, a simple and fun idea came to me and I won't be missing the Blogger's Challenge this week after all! Make sure to check out what the other members came up with, too.

I chose to use the new In Color Kiwi Kiss! Isn't that a great name? I also picked the set Baby Jesus is Born. It was on the dormant list and should be in this Fall and Winter Catalog again!!! Whoo hoo! I added the Flower Fusion flower with an Old Olive brad and the image is colored with the Stampin' Pastels.

I'm off to shower (aren't you glad I shared?) and then to my next swap!!! Whoo hoo!

Remember that I'm off to convention on Tuesday!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I'm a little excited. The Open House order will arrive while I'm gone so I'll deliver everything to everyone right after I get back!!! Thanks for your patience!

Monday, July 21, 2008

Retiring Accessories List!

Here's the Retiring Accessories List. When they are gone, they are GONE! See you later today at my open house!

Discontinued Accessories

Items on this discontinued accessories list will be available while supplies last or through August 10, whichever comes first.

Products are marked as available or unavailable. If an item is unavailable, our supply is exhausted and the item can no longer be ordered. This list will be updated every afternoon through August 10.

Visit this page for the most current list before taking any customer orders or holding any workshops. If your customers want to order an item, ask them to choose a backup item in case that item is no longer available once you place their orders.

Keep in mind that the status of any product may change quickly based on demand.

With most catalogs, some accessories are completely discontinued while others are redesigned or reconfigured for the new catalog. Sometimes popular items are "discontinued" in their current packaging or style to come back with improved packaging or added product features. This year, no accessories are being reconfigured.

We hope this explanation helps. Make sure your customers know that if they want the products as shown in the Spring-Summer Collection 2008, now is the time to purchase them.

Last updated July 21

Item Number
Product Description Availability
109200 Accents & Elements Build A Flower

110718 Accents & Elements Lucky Star

110719 Accents & Elements Messenger
103158 Acrylic Graph & Grid

108638 Card Stock 12 X 12 In Color

108642 Card Stock 8-1/2 X 11 Blue Bayou

108643 Card Stock 8-1/2 X 11 Groovy Guava
108637 Card Stock 8-1/2 X 11 In Color
108640 Card Stock 8-1/2 X 11 River Rock
108639 Card Stock 8-1/2 X 11 Soft Sky
108641 Card Stock 8-1/2 X 11 Wild Wasabi
108644 Card Stock 8-1/2 X 11 Purely Pomegranate
103975 Card Stock Brushed Copper
108694 Card Stock Textured 12 X 12 In Color
107312 Cards & Envelopes Gift Whisper White
107292 Cards & Envelopes Greeting Whisper White
109116 Notes & Envelopes Long Notes
109118 Notes & Envelopes Love Notes
109117 Notes & Envelopes Pocket Notes*
110729 Notes & Envelopes Scallop Notes
109119 Notes & Envelopes Gift Notes
109018 Classic Stampin' Ink Blue Bayou
109019 Classic Stampin' Ink Groovy Guava
109017 Classic Stampin' Ink Purely Pomegranate
109016 Classic Stampin' Ink River Rock
109015 Classic Stampin' Ink Soft Sky
109020 Classic Stampin' Ink Wild Wasabi
109013 Classic Stampin' Pad Blue Bayou
109012 Classic Stampin' Pad Groovy Guava
109011 Classic Stampin' Pad Purely Pomegranate
109010 Classic Stampin' Pad River Rock
109009 Classic Stampin' Pad Soft Sky
109014 Classic Stampin' Pad Wild Wasabi
110751 Designer Series Paper Azure*
110749 Designer Series Paper Berry Bliss
109154 Designer Series Paper Cutie Pie
110699 Designer Series Paper East Coast Prep*
109160 Designer Series Paper Fall Flowers
109159 Designer Series Paper Flowers For You*
110697 Designer Series Paper Ginger Blossom
110479 Designer Series Paper Jersey Shore*
109151 Designer Series Paper Le Jardin
110748 Designer Series Paper Notebook*
110750 Designer Series Paper Olive Press
109153 Designer Series Paper Porcelain Prints*
109175 Designer Series Paper Prints Almost Amethyst*
109177 Designer Series Paper Prints Always Artichoke
110696 Designer Series Paper Prints Bali Breeze
109173 Designer Series Paper Prints Blue Bayou
109174 Designer Series Paper Prints Brilliant Blue
109178 Designer Series Paper Prints Certainly Celery
109169 Designer Series Paper Prints Close to Cocoa*
109168 Designer Series Paper Prints Groovy Guava*
109171 Designer Series Paper Prints Lovely Lilac
109172 Designer Series Paper Prints More Mustard
109176 Designer Series Paper Prints Old Olive
109170 Designer Series Paper Prints Pumpkin Pie
109164 Designer Series Paper Prints River Rock*
109167 Designer Series Paper Prints Rose Red
109166 Designer Series Paper Prints So Saffron
109165 Designer Series Paper Prints Soft Sky
109163 Designer Series Paper Prints Tempting Turquoise
110698 Designer Series Paper Prints Spring Break
110273 Designer Series Paper Prints Spring Fling*
110271 Designer Series Paper Prints Spring Silhouettes
110272 Designer Series Paper Prints Western Sky
107299 Envelope Confetti Cream Medium
105320 Eyelets Basic
100375 Eyelets Bold Brights
100381 Eyelets Earth Elements
107233 Eyelets Fresh Favorites I
107234 Eyelets Fresh Favorites II
105316 Eyelets Rich Regals
100378 Eyelets Soft Subtles
105515 Hodgepodge Hardware Pewter
105531 Hodgepodge Hardware Antique Brass
105532 Hodgepodge Hardware Aged Copper
101120 Metallic Art Pencils
107307 On Board Accents
109181 On Board Blossoms & Basic
109179 On Board Ginormous Pieces
107306 On Board Simon Lower
102678 Paper Mulberry White
109227 Punch Box Three For You
102686 Punch Handheld Rectangle
100271 Pure Color Pencils
109060 Ribbon Double-Stitched Blue Bayou
109063 Ribbon Double-Stitched Groovy Guava
109061 Ribbon Double-Stitched Purely Pomegranate
109062 Ribbon Double-Stitched River Rock*
109059 Ribbon Double-Stitched Soft Sky
109058 Ribbon Double-Stitched Wild Wasabi
109189 Ribbon Originals Beachfront*
109187 Ribbon Originals District*
109188 Ribbon Originals Fairy Tale
109185 Ribbon Originals Jersey*
109184 Ribbon Originals Sherbert
109186 Ribbon Originals Theater
110716 Ribbon Striped Grosgrain Wild Wasabi*
110281 Rub-Ons Cherished Memories*
110284 Rub-Ons Eastern Elegance*
110285 Rub-Ons Urban West*
110557 Simply Scrappin' Boho Blend
109610 Simply Scrappin' Confetti
110572 Simply Scrappin' Crew Kids Boy
110567 Simply Scrappin' Crew Kids Girl
109597 Simply Scrappin' Home Again
110562 Simply Scrappin' Rose Cottage
109648 Simply Scrappin' Special Delivery Boy
109627 Simply Scrappin' Special Delivery Girl
110587 Simply Scrappin' Summer Days
110577 Simply Scrappin' Tie The Knot
111184 Simply Sent Friendly Notes
109228 Simply Sent Simple Delights
109229 Simply Sent Three Thoughts
106662 Stampin'Around Wheel Daisy Field
107561 Stampin'Around Wheel Garden Annuals
109681 Stampin'Around Wheel Good Dog
109678 Stampin'Around Wheel Kisses
107482 Stampin'Around Wheel Lily Pad
109680 Stampin'Around Wheel Meow
109677 Stampin'Around Wheel Mistletoe
106610 Jumbo Stampin' Around Wheel Basics Outline
107467 Jumbo Stampin' Around Wheel Birthday
109571 Jumbo Stampin' Around Wheel Dilly Dally Baby
109570 Jumbo Stampin' Around Wheel Dilly Dally Friends
109569 Jumbo Stampin' Around Wheel Dilly Dally Party
108423 Jumbo Stampin' Around Wheel Leaves A La Carte
107468 Jumbo Stampin' Around Wheel Nature Hike
108980 Jumbo Stampin' Around Wheel Petals
107464 Jumbo Stampin' Around Wheel Rough Texture
111261 Jumbo Stampin' Around Wheel Spunky Spots
109554 Stampin' Color Index Labels
109553 Stampin' Color Index Labels (French)
106694 Stampin' Kids Markers
101399 Stipple Brushes
Zig Painty

Saturday, July 19, 2008

OH MY! The discounts are wild!!!!

Look what Stampin' Up just announced is on sale for 25% off! No additional purchase is necessary!

Call me right away! Remember, those attending my open house can use these purchases towards my special offer!

Friday, July 18, 2008

Blogger's Challenge #56: Color Combo

I was so proud of myself and actually finished my card on Thursday, this week. Then, I began to check out what the other BC members were up to and they all had a pink on their card....ooops! I totally left out Regal Rose. So my color challenge includes: Really Rust, Sahara Sand, Mellow Moss and Blue Bayou. The background cardstock was originally vanilla but after sponging the other colors on it, there is no sign of Very Vanilla there anymore!

I decided to try and use all retiring sets and accessories. Even though we don't see the retiring accessory list until Monday (yep, the same day as my open house...hope you can make it!) we know what sets are retiring and that the current Hodgepodge Hardware sets will be retiring!

Sets: Weathered, Bud Basics, Much Appreciated
Other: Vanilla Embossing Powder, Heat Tool, Antique Brass Hodgepodge Hardware, Moss Gingham Ribbon, Crafter's Tool Kit, Sponges
Inks: Versamark, Really Rust, Sahara Sand, Certainly Celery, Blue Bayou.

Color Inspiration #16

The colors for Kristina's challenge were Soft Sky, Certainly Celery, Pumpkin Pie and Very Vanilla. I cheated a bit with challenge as I wanted to use my Stampin' Pastels and the in-colors are not available as pastels. I substitued Bashful Blue instead. I stamped the images with Whisper White (another cheat!!!) and then used a Q-tip to chalk over the image. Thanks for looking!

Thursday, July 17, 2008

A Hodgepodge of Savings!

Starting now until August 10th, you can order all of the Hodgepodge Hardware kits at a 25% discount!!!!

Also, we've been told that the In Colors Double Stitched Ribbon in Blue Bayou and Purely Pom. have been SOLD OUT! Other accessories will go fast...especially the in colors.

Come to my open house from 4-8 on Monday if you are in my area!

Friday, July 11, 2008

Blogger's Challenge #55: BUGS!

I like bugs as long as they are not crawling on me! I especially like them when I get to stamp them! I had fun with this card but it literally took ALL day to make it! I started at 9:00 am and then would stop by my stamping area and add the next touch. It's now 7:00 pm CST and it's finished!

I started with the bugs, actually, and layered them with circle punches and finally the scallop punch. I tried the trio of bugs on a standard A-2 card, but they just didn't look right. I used a 6 1/2" by 3 1/4" card instead. The Xs and Os backround was inspired by the stamp "bugs and kisses". Notice the bottom layer of scallops? Yep, that's a new Stampin' Up Scallop punch which you will want!! Mine arrived today along with some other sneak peeks from the upcoming Fall/Winter catty!

Thanks for looking!

Thursday, July 10, 2008

Color Inspiration #14

I was inspired to be hot to dot this week for the color inspiration challenge on Kristina Werner's blog. I used the soon to be retiring background Dotted and colored each little dot with my SU brush markers. I stamped it onto Whisper White cardstock. I then added a piece of acetate over the top of the entire card and added some little white flowers with White Staz-On. I then the phrase, also using my White Staz-on. (Those stamps came from the Three for You punch box!) To make the phrase pop a little more, I added the Really Rust layered onto a piece of Certainly Celery, directly to the white card (under the acetate.)

It needed a little something more and I wanted to emphasize the Really Rust, so I took my Really Rust marker and colored just the edges of my Whisper White Grosgrain Ribbon.

Thanks for looking!

Wednesday, July 02, 2008

Blogger's Challenge #54 PLUS Color Challenge #14

Time was limited today so I combined two challenges into one! I usually post my Blogger's Challenge on Fridays but that won't be possible this week. Plus, Kristina issued the color challenge this morning so I knew I had to combine them and post a little early.

Blogger's Challenge was to try color blocking. I made one for a sympathy card (that I can't share because I am going to use that layout and similiar colors for my Convention swap!) and this one this morning! It was fun! Color Challenge #14 was to use Basic Black, Basic Gray, Going Gray, Ruby Red and River Rock. I used the Simply Said stamp set combined with the Three for You Punch...Oh, I hope we get this in the new catty!!! I added a little black with the double circle punch and the Multi-Adhesive.

Thanks for looking and Happy Fourth of July!

Whoo Hoo! Awesome announcement!

We've been suspicious but now it's true! All of the new stamp sets will be die cut! Any set held over from the previous catties will remain as is but ALL new sets are going to be die cut! What a treat! I didn't think I liked this at first but once I started with's hard to cut again!

Also! My Open House will be on July 21st! I'm thinking from 3-8 right now, but we'll see! Mark your calendars though!

Here's a great card that I got the idea from on Stampin' Academy! Thanks for a new way to use Pick a Petal stamp set!

Tuesday, July 01, 2008

A Hodgepodge of Savings!

Starting now until August 10th, you can order all of the Hodgepodge Hardware kits at a 25% discount!!!!
Hodgepodge Hardware Discount

Dates: July 1-August 10 (or while supplies last)

Promotion Details:

The following Hodgepodge Hardware finishes are being offered at a special 25 percent discount:

Item # Page # Item Description Regular Price Limited Time 25% off Discount
105532 188 Aged Copper Hodgepodge Hardware $27.95 $20.96
105531 188 Antique Brass Hodgepodge Hardware $27.95 $20.96
105515 188 Pewter Hodgepodge Hardware $27.95 $20.96

I will be holding an Open House in July...keep on the lookout for a date and time to be announced....soon! You can wait to order then or order now!!!

Contact me!