Posts Tagged ‘Stampin’ Up!’

Cute Survival Kits – We all need them!

February 22, 2009


Oh isn’t it fun to receive a cute gift that causes you to laugh!  And oh how useful these kits are!  Above is a kit I made for my customers for the new catalog!  It has a rubberband to stretch your creativity as well as a bandaid to repair the paper cuts you get while viewing the Stampin’ Up! Catalog in bed!

I had so much fun making these I thought all of you would too… here’s what I used* to make these wonderfully easy treats!:

  • Big Shot Top Note Stampin’ Up! Exclusive Die
  • bashful blue Designer Series Paper (2 sheets – top note bag topper, pen inside & scalloped square for chocolate)
  • chocolate chip Designer Series Paper (2 sheets – bag topper and scalloped flower)
  • bashful blue 12″x12″ cardstock
  • whisper white cardstock
  • scallop circle paper punch (for bag topper)
  • scallop square punch (for bottom of chocolate!)
  • Fiskars Paper Cutter and Scoring Blades
  • Tombow Glue
  • mini glue dots
  • stampin dimensional for the circle inside the flower
  • Paintshop Pro/Microsoft Word for the circle image inside the flower

Oh these are quick and easy to make… and in fact you can make ahead of time the bag toppers and stuff with the items of your choice when you need to use the bag topper!

If you look closely, I also made a matching pen!  You can get these at your local drug store – look for the pens where the top unscrews!

Here’s a few websites with a wonderful assortment of Survival Kit poems:

*Note:  All materials used are Stampin’ Up! Products!  You can get them here



Stampin’ Up! Switching Back to 1 Catalog a Year

February 21, 2009

Stampin’ Up! is switching back to 1 catalog a year!  Here’s the details:

Change in Catalog Program Announced
February 20, 2009

During [our CEO’s] teleconference Wednesday night, it was announced that we will be moving back to an annual catalog. We have been evaluating our catalog strategy for some time to determine what is most effective for you, and based on what we’ve learned and the feedback you have provided, we have decided to return to an annual catalog.

Because of the lead times involved in creating a catalog and the products that go into it, we had originally planned to make this change in July 2010. However, after considering the current economic situation and the effect it is having on your businesses, we have re-evaluated the timeline for this change and decided to launch the annual Idea Book & Catalog this coming July 2009.

What does this change mean to you?

  • Beginning in July 2009, we will go back to an annual catalog.
  • The US Hispanic supplement will also become an annual catalog.
  • The Décor Elements catalog will continue to be separate from the Idea Book & Catalog, and will come out twice a year.
  • The mini catalog program will change to include three mini catalogs a year, each lasting for four months.

In addition to the changes mentioned above, we will be introducing a small selection of hostess sets in each mini catalog.



Paper Flowers with Punches

February 20, 2009

We have a Winter Storm Watch today… so I thought I would go and find a few blogs that have tutorials for making Paper Flowers with Stampin’ Up! Punches!  Here’s they are:

Also… you have to check out some of these creative punch art book samples:



Sizzix Big Shot Extended Premium Crease Pad – A Solution…

February 19, 2009

Some of you have been asking me when Stampin’ Up! is going to get the Big Shot Extended Premium Crease Pad… and it is coming soon… but not quite yet… so I’ll keep you posted… in the meanwhile… here’s a solution… and this comes from Stampin’ Up! themselves:

Coming this spring, we are excited to announce the introduction of a wonderful new product into our Sizzix line – the Extended Premium Crease Pad! The extended pad is just as easy to use as our current Premium Crease Pad and will create the same great fold lines in your Sizzix Big Shot projects, but it is specially sized to work perfectly with the larger Bigz XL dies.

We realize that many of you have already purchased some of our Bigz XL dies with score lines in their design. If you have used these dies with the Extended Cutting Pads, you may have experienced the die cutting through the score lines and not leaving the fold creases that you desired. While this is not a common occurrence, this may happen due to the range of tolerances in the Big Shot machine as well as the variances in paper and other materials. If you are having this experience with your Bigz XL dies, we have come up with a way you can avoid this problem until the Extended Premium Crease Pad becomes available this spring. This is not a technique that we would recommend under normal circumstances, and we don’t recommend using it for any other purpose. However, in this case, it is the best alternative, and it is safe for both your Big Shot and your dies.

Create the following sandwich as a temporary solution for Bigz XL dies with score lines:

  • Place the Bigz XL die face up, with no cutting pad beneath it.
  • Place the material you wish to cut on top of the die.
  • Place two Premium Crease Pads, end to end, on the material. If you don’t have two Premium Crease Pads, consider borrowing one from an upline, downline, or friend if possible.
  • Place an Extended Cutting Pad on top to complete the sandwich. (This will maintain an equal amount of pressure over both crease pads to eliminate the possibility of unwanted creases.)

Remember that this is only a temporary fix and soon you will no longer have to worry about your Bigz XL score lines with the Extended Premium Crease Pad! Once you have the Extended Premium Crease Pad, you will simply follow the sandwiching technique found in the instructions.

So now you can enjoy the extended Sizzix Big Shot Dies without worrying about cutting the fold lines… drop me a line and let me know if this is working for all of you…


Spring/ Summer Occasions Mini Spoiler #2

February 19, 2009


I think the theme for the Spring/Summer Occasions mini is versatility – you can use so many of the items in the Mini Catalog for so many different things… and in today’s economy we need it! Why with a few stamp sets and the Big Shot Dies you can really make an assortment of gifts… for wedding showers, for baby showers, for birthday parties… and these stamp sets work so wonderfully with scrapbooking… the beautiful frame in the stamp set above could be used to frame a cute phrase that describes the picture or even a short journal entry… or use it to top the matchbox die with a simple monogram inside! And the butterfly – so summery… imagine using our embossing powders to emboss a butterfly or two on the new designer papers… wow!

Don’t forget our Rub-Ons… and our new Corduroy Buttons… in Baja Breeze and Basic Gray…

The Color Scheme for this mini:

  • Baja Breeze
  • Kiwi Kiss
  • Cameo Coral
  • Basic Gray
  • So Saffron

Of course… you can always go with your own color schemes as well… that’s the beauty of Stampin’ Up! Color Versatility!

One more spoiler:  There’s an awesome father’s day stamp set!  Hooray to dads!

As soon as March 1 rolls around you bet I will be preordering some of the items I have shown here… stop by the Studio so that we can have fun playing with them!


Spring/Summer Occasions 09 Mini Catalog Spoilers!

February 19, 2009



Oh boy I cannot wait to show you all the wonderful things inside this new mini catalog – I want everything… but I had to narrow it down to three picks… so here they are:  {enjoy!}


And just think…. this is just the tip of the iceburg… there’s ribbons, easter stamp sets, train stamp sets, designer series paper and new button colors!  Can’t share everything with you… but again these are my favorites!

You can place an order from this mini catalog April 1, 2009 – June 30, 2009!

Don’t forget that Sale-a-bration ends March 31, 2009!


Sale-a-bration 2009!

February 1, 2009




Oh…. I am soooo excited!  This year’s Sale-a-bration stamp sets are wonderful!  My favorite is the 113782 Yummy stamp set!  I give it four monkeys! monkey-face-smmonkey-face-smmonkey-face-smmonkey-face-sm { that’s top bananas! }

Did you see all the yummy things you can make with this set?  I just adore the scrapbooking picture!  And for gifts you could use this with our top note bigz die… oh wow! Now imagine how many creative and beautiful gifts you can make with this set! … and you cannot beat the price! monkey-face-sm

mmmm…. this really is a fun set and for those of you who are new to Stampin’ Up! Sale-a-bration is a wonderful time of the year where you can earn free stamp sets – for every $50.00 you spend, you get a free stamp set, ribbon bundle or designer series paper.  Check out the Sale-a-bration brochure !


Welcome Spring/Summer 2009 Idea Book & Catalog!

January 19, 2009

Aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaah…. {think huge drum roll…}

Ooooooooooooooh… {think sock monkeys dancing…monkey-face-smmonkey-face-smmonkey-face-sm}

Mmmmmm… {think your favorite chocolate…chocolate}

It’s here… it’s finally here… all 208 beautifully designed pages!  It has something for almost everyone in it!  Whether you love to scrapbook or love to make cards, looking for wall words to decorate your home with or simply want some items to make gifts… there’s a whole lot of wonderful things that are sure to please you…

There are a few color styles too to help you coordinate your project colors:

  • Manhattan Style  { kiwi kiss, baha breeze, kraft, chocolate chip, basic gray, basic black }
  • Retro Fresh Style { rose red, pumpkin pie, summer sun, kiwi kiss, chocolate chip, pacific point }
  • Sweet Bella { baja breeze, so saffron, kiwi kiss, chocolate chip, pink pirouette, riding hood red }

I really enjoy the Manhattan Style and Sweet Bella style colors!

The ordering link is now up and you can order here:

PS: Don’t forget to order yourself a catalog!


Computer Fonts Overview

January 17, 2009


Ever wonder if you can use your computer to create really cute tags and cards?  Well… you can and I like to mix the rubber stamping and the digital scrapbooking.  You can simply print onto your cardstock the phrase that you desire.  You can set the font color to match the Stampin’ Up! papers.

Of course… monkey-face-sm the fonts you get when you purchase your computer are not as creative and fun as they should be.  So I put together a little tutorial on where to go to get these creative fonts for free and how to install them as well as how to change the colors.  The RGB/CMYK Stampin’ Up! chart was done by Stefani Williams (I want to thank her a lot for this one…)!

Well… I decided to put together a Tip and Technique page that helps you with this (you can always find this page on the menu on your right underneath a section called Stampaloooza Unplugged):

Happy Scrappin’…


Stampin’ Up! Catalogs

January 16, 2009



What a beautiful way to spend an evening!  Paging through all the wonderful and creative ideas Stampin’ Up! shares with us.  I cannot tell you how many times the Stampin’ Up! Idea Book and Catalog has helped my creativity.  If you too would like to have a copy of the current catalog, you can add item number 115246 to your order.  The Stampin’ Up! Idea Book and Catalogs are $9.95 each and are well worth the price!

The Stampin’ Up! Catalogs come out twice a year!  The new Spring 2009 Catalog will not have the “recipes” in the back of the catalog.  I have posted a few items that will help you organize your inventory and wish lists as well as the “recipes” for the current catalog:

Here’s a few dates for you to remember:

  • Jan 19, 2009 – Stampin’ Up! Spring/Summer 2009 Online Ordering begins
  • Feb 1, 2009 – Salebration – get a free stamp set with a $50.00
  • Feb 1, 2009- Apr 30, 2009 – get a free Stampin’ Up! Spring/Summer 2009 Catalog with order

As you flip through each page of the catalog, please stop to notice the excellent quality our products have and the brilliant rainbow of colors.  Whether you are an avid cardmarker or an addicted scrapbooker, you are sure to find something in this catalog that will add pizzaz and flair to your projects!

Call me today to place an order or simply hop over to my Stampin’ Up! Store!