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Big Shot Scallop Square bag

Hello Stampers!  I have missed posting the last few days because I have really been overcome with a cold!  And boy did it get me down!  I have been doing good to get out of bed and go to work, but the rest of the time I have pretty much been down on the couch or in bed!  Now I am just stuck with the lingering cough!  However, I am feeling better today finally!

Blog 984 I wanted to show you this neat bag/purse that my daughter Amie made at my mom's house last weekend!  This was her first time ever sewing!  Didn't she do a great job???  They talked about these bags a little bit at Leadership, so I decided to give it a try!  We cut the squares out using the Big Shot and the scallop square die.  It was so simple and would cut through 8 layers of fabric at one time!  This bag used six squares on each side, two on each side, and three on the bottom.  Plus, each square has a backing square with batting in between, for a total of 36 squares. 

I made a tote bag by just adding another row of squares on top, but my mom liked it so much that I left it with her!  Unfortunately, I forgot to take a picture of it!!!  I am going to be hitting the fabric store soon for more fabric to make myself another one, and my daughter Casie wants to make one now too!  I'll show pics of them when they are finished!

If you would like to purchase the Big Shot or the Scallop Square die, hop on over to my website at and click on the SHOP NOW in the top right hand corner.

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My Digital Studio page

Hello Stampers!  I cannot begin to tell you how excited I am about My Digital Studio!  I'm loving this program!  You remember that I became certified a couple of months ago, well I have been playing and playing with it, and I'm learning so many new things!  I love it!

I'm going to start showing you projects regularly that I have created with this program.  I made my mother and sister calendars for Christmas presents, and now that we can print out individual scrapbook pages, I have been creating them too! 

This program is very easy to use.  Not only can you design your own projects, but there are also hundreds of templates you can use to create cards, scrapbooks, calendars, videos, flyers, CD's, and more!  It is Mac and PC compatible.  It contains nearly 2,000 exclusive Stampin' Up! product images including stamps, inks, designer series paper, cardstock, punches, hardware, ribbon, and more!  Plus, new images and accessories are added regularly!

You can have your projects professionally printed and bound matching SU!'s colors for hybrid projects, or print your projects out yourself. 

Calendar 2009 - granny-002_thumb This is the January page of the calendar that I created for my mom.  You can make your projects as simple or as detailed as you wish.  You can add your pictures and size them how you want them.  The best part is, it allows you to use stamped images and accessories that you may not have in your posession!  LOVE IT!

If you are interested in purchasing this software program, hop on over to my website at and click on the SHOP NOW button in the top right hand corner!

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Cold & Cuddly WOW card

Hello Stampers!  I have to show you the coolest card that we are making in my WOW card class tomorrow night!  I'm so excited for it!

Blog 980 First off, picture this card being 5" X 7".  This is what the top flap looks like.

Blog 981 This is the middle flap of the card.

Blog 982 This is what the inside looks like!  Isn't this a fun card? This is all using the stamp set Cold & Cuddly!

If you would like to join me in my class tomorrow night, let me know!  The cost is $8 for two cards with envelopes!

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Pillow Box die Valentine's basket

Hello Stampers!  Well, today I am off to see my Grandmother.  She has been in the hospital and I wanted to take her a little somthing to make her feel better.  I decided that since candy is just about her favorite thing ever, I would make one of the Pillow Box die baskets and fill it with her favorite candy!

Blog 978 Isn't it fun?  I just love making these baskets!  I have also found that if I use Tombow Mulit Purpose Adhesive, my baskets seem to stay together better than if I used Sticky Strip!  The birds on the side are paper pieced using the Love You Much stamp set.  To make these, I first stamped the image on Real Red cardstock and punched it out with the 1 3/8" Circle punch.  Then I stamped the image again on a piece of paper from the Sending Love Speciality Designer Series Paper and cut out the bird bodies only.  Then I adhered these to the stamped image on the Real Red circle so that the stamped image on the designer series paper was showing.  It is such a neat look!  I then layered that on the Scallop Circle punched circle!  The heart in the middle of the birds is the small heart on the Heart to Heart punch.  The heart with the raised polka dots on the right is made using the Big Shot and the Scalloped Heart of Hearts Embosslit die.  It is too fun too!  I just love polka dots!

Blog 977 Here is a view from the side.  I made the handle with White cardstock punched with the Scallop Trim Border punch in the Sale-A-Bration brochure.  That is such a fun new punch too!  Then I simply topped it with a strip of Real Red cardstock.  It is very pretty looking!  I hope my grandmother likes it!!!
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With All My Heart card

Hello Stampers!  I wanted to start showing you some of the Make N' Takes that we completed during Leadership this year.  They gave us a big packet of supplies, and we gathered around big tables and completed our projects together in groups!  It is always so much fun!  We completed five projects and I will be showing them to you over the next few days.

Blog 975 Isn't this a fun card!  We used a few of the new items in the Occasions mini catalog like the With All My Heart stamp set and the new Extra Large Fancy Flower punch!  Love that new punch!  Here are the supplies we used:

  • 118134 With All My Heart stamp set
  • 105120 Bashful blue cardstock
  • 100702 Old Olive cardstock
  • 02028 Confetti White cardstock
  • 115320 Melon Mambo cardstock
  • 115656 Melon Mambo stamp pad
  • 102277 Old Olive stamp pad
  • 101301 Pretty In Pink stamp pad
  • 118073 Extra Large Fancy Flower punch
  • 104403 1 1/4" Circle punch
  • 107217 3/4" Circle punch
  • 110717 Bashful Blue striped grosgrain ribbon
  • 104199 Linen thread

If you would like to order any of these supplies, hop on over to my website at and click on the SHOP NOW in the top right hand corner.

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Haitian Disaster Relief

Hello Stampers!  In the past, when terrorists attacked the Twin Towers, when a tsunami struck Indonesia, when a hurricane destroyed New Orleans, and when wildfires ravaged Australia, Stampin' Up! demonstrators have stepped forward and showed their commitment to making a difference in the lives of others. This time is no different.

On January 12, 2010 a magnitude 7.0 earthquake struck Haiti, leaving in its wake devastation so overwhelming that the Haitian people and their leaders can only look for help from the outside to cope.

From now until February 28th, 2010, Stampin' Up! will donate $2 from every I {Heart} Hearts stamp set sold, to the Americn Red Cross' Haiti Relief and Development Fund.  This stamp set can be found on page 14 of the Occasions mini catalog.  You can order either Clear Mount or Wood Mount.


Click on the link below to view the flyer:

You can either e-mail me your order at or go directly to my website at and click on the SHOP NOW in the top right hand corner!  This really is a great stamp set!

Together we can make a difference!

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Thoroughly Modern File Folder Notebook

Hello Stampers!  I forgot to show you the cool notebooks that I made for me and my Leadership roomy Sue to take notes in!  They turned out so cool looking!

Leadership10-2 065 Aren't they fun?  They are very easy to do too!  If anyone wants, I can certainly do a tutorial for these! 

Leadership10-2 This is what mine looked like on the inside, after I had already taken some notes!! Here are the supplies that I used:

  • 115692 Thoroughly Modern file folder
  • 109114 Pretties Kit
  • 114401 Jayne's Type Alphabet stamp set
  • 115655 Bermuda Bay stamp pad
  • 115317 Bermuda Bay cardstock
  • 101778 Rose Red stamp pad
  • 102544 Rose Red cardstock
  • 104401 1 3/8" Circle punch
  • 104403 1 1/4" Circle punch

Snow Buddies card

Hello Stampers!  I'm so glad that today is a holiday and I don't have to go to work!  I've got a lot of playing I want to do with my stamps!  I haven't had much time to play the last couple of days.  Hubby is in bed sick with the flu, so between taking care of him, cleaning house, running the kids everywhere, my time is shot!  I do have some running still to do today, but I should have some stampin' time too!

Blog 974 I wanted to show you another card that we did in my monthly card class this month.  I know, this set is retired, but it worked so well with the thought of the wind blowing his hat off his head, that I just had to use it! I saw this idea on someone's blog, but I can't remember whos! If it is your idea, let me know!  Isn't it fun how the flourish stamp from the Baroque Motifs stamp set looks like the wind? 

Here's the supplies that we used:

  • 116505 Snow Buddies stamp set (retired)
  • 113490 Baroque Motif stamp set
  • 115060 Short & Sweet stamp set
  • 102482 Real Red cardstock
  • 100730 Whisper White cardstock
  • 101179 Basic Black stamp pad
  • 103133 Real Red stamp pad
  • 105209 Bashful Blue stamp pad
  • 105538 Bold Brights markers
  • 105537 Soft Subtle markers
  • 115608 Real Red Polka-Dot grosgrain ribbon
  • 113439 Big Shot Die-Cut Machine
  • 113463 Top Note die

If you would like to purchase any of these supplies, hop on over to my website at and click on the SHOP NOW in the top right hand corner.

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January scrapbook pages

Hello Stampers!  I wanted to show you the scrapbook pages that we are doing in my scrapbook class this month. 

Blog 971 Isn't this a fun page?  I just love the little santa in the bottom left corner!  The big snowflake is done with the Snowflake #2 die and the Big Shot!  Love it!

Blog 972 I like the simpleness of this page. 

Blog 973 And of course we have to do a cold layout!  Can you see the clear snowflakes on the page?  I think they are reflecting a little in this picture! They are cut out of transparency sheets with the Snowflake #2 die and the Big Shot again!  They are so cool looking!

My scrapbook class is this Thursday, January 21st at 12:30 and also at 6:30.  Please RSVP!  If you can't make it to class, I will be selling these as kits for $7 each.  Just let me know if you are interested by e-mailing me at and letting me know which layout you would like!

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Mounting your SU! Clear Mount Stamp Sets!

Hello Stampers!  Today I wanted to do a tutorial on how to mount the new Clear Mount Stamp Sets in the new Occasions mini catalog!  From here on out, every new stamp set that SU! comes out with, you will have the option of ordering it as wood mount (the old style) or clear mount (the new style).  The clear mount sets are less expensive, but you do have to purchase the clear blocks to mount them on.

You can follow this step by step tutorial, or skip on down to the bottom and watch my video!

Blog 960 First you need to be sure you have clear mount blocks to adhere your stamps to.  SU! has 9 different sizes of blocks.  You can purchase them each indivdually or as a set and save almost $10.

Blog 961 When you receive your stamp set, it will be in a case similar to a DVD case.  Inside you will have your sheet of rubber stamps and a sheet of stickers.  Your mounting instructions are inside the front cover.

Blog 963 Punch your individual stamps out of the rubber sheet.

Blog 965 Remove the top liner from the sticker sheet.  Each image has a slit in the middle to make removing the liner easy.  The sticker will remain on your sheet with the sticky side up.

Blog 966 This is what your sticker sheet will look like with the top liner removed from one sticker.

Blog 964 Now remove the backing from your foam on your stamp.

Blog 967 Lay the sticky backing of the foam directly on top of the sticky side of the sticker, making sure to line up your images perfectly.

Blog 968 Now peel off your stamp with the sticker attached.  This is what the back side of your stamp will look like.  If your label is hanging over the side of your stamp, you can trim it.

Blog 969 Lay this sticker side of the stamp on your mounting block.  Press very firmly for a few moments for your stamp to stick firmly.

Blog 970 Now you are ready to stamp!  You can clean your stamp as usual, remove it from your clear block, and put it back into its case to store!  It's that easy!

Now for the video: 

If you would like to purchase your new blocks or one of the new clear mount stamp sets, hop on over to my website at and click on the SHOP NOW in the top right hand corner!  Let me know if you have any questions!

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Leadership Day 3

Hello Stampers!  Alright, day three of Leadership was even better than the first two! 

We started off the day with our breakout classes again.  Lots of great information!

Leadership10-2 027 We had an even better lunch today!  My how they pamper us!!!

Leadership10-2 029 Here is my roomie, Sue, and I enjoying some sunshine during out lunch break!  No Snow!!!

Leadership10-2 024 After lunch we had our closing session.  We had a wonderful guest speaker, and we got lots of free stuff!!!  We all received this quilt square as a way to show off what you can do with the Big Shot!  We also all got a stamp set that will be coming out in the next catalog!  I'll be showing you things with that later!

Leadership10-2 035 Finally, Shelli demonstrated some projects for us.  I'm liking her style more and more all of the time!

It was a wonderful conference, and I don't want to miss it again!  If you would like to join me next year, now is a great time to sign up to be a demonstrator!  You will receive extra free stuff from SU!  Just e-mail me for information at!  I'm looking forward to talking to you!

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Leadership Day 2

Hello Stampers!  I wanted to show you some more pics from Leadership! 

Day 2 was fantastic also! 

Leadership10 026 We started off with our opening session.  Shelli is great!  There were lots of demonstrations and free giveaways!

Leadership10 080 I won the stamp set Eggcoutrements from the Occasions mini!  You'll be seeing things made with this soon!

Leadership10 155 The demos were wonderful and we saw lots of great ways to use the accessories in the new mini!  This board book is using the new Heart Shaped On Board Books from the mini. Too cute!

Leadership10 082 We ate like Queens!

Leadership10 088 After lunch there were more great breakout sessions and fantastic demos!  This card uses the new stamp set Something Sweet!

 Check back later and I'll show you day 3 highlights!

If you would like to order any of these items, hop on over to my website at and click on the SHOP NOW in the top right hand corner.

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Back from Leadership!

Hello Stampers!  I'm back!!!  Leadership was wonderful, and warm!!! 

Leadership10 001 This is the view from my hotel room!  Jealous yet???  It was a wonderful three days.  I'm going to break up my pics and show you over a few days to give me time to get back into the swing of things!

Leadership10 012 On our first day, we checked into the conference and looked at all of the displays and shopped at Momento Mall!  There were several demonstrators who were demonstrating different techniques, tools, and new items.  It was very imformative!  These are some of the display areas containing new items from the mini Occasions catalog!  Don't you love the new Beautiful Wings embosslits die?

Leadership10 017 These are showing the new Sweet Pea Stitched Felt pieces!

Leadership10 020 The bird in the bottom of the pic is the new On Board Chipboard Bird book!

Leadership10 021 Don't you love the way the way they put the decor element M is for Monkey on the wooden blocks like a puzzle?  Too cute!

Leadership10 025 This is a pretty quilted that was being demonstrated cut out with out Big Shot and the Flower Folds die!

I'll show you more pics later!  If you are interested in joining me at Leadership next year, it's a great time to join SU! because the starter kits are 15% off!  E-mail me at to find out more information! 

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Tote-ally Tess card

Hello Stampers!  Today I have a really cute Tote-ally Tess card to show you!  I received this from Diana in our upline/sideline swap!

Blog 958 Isn't it cute?  It's hard to tell with this pic, but the rectangle that Tess is on lifts up to open the card!  Too cute!  Diana used the Tote-ally Tess stamp set from the new Occasions mini catalog.  It is such a great set!  I have to have it too!  It's very easy to use all of the other stamps to accessorize Tess!  Great paper piecing Diana!  Just like playing paper dolls!  Diana paired her with the Thoroughly Modern designer series paper.

If you would like to order any of these supplies, hop on over to my website at and click on the SHOP NOW in the top right hand corner.  Keep in mind that it is Sale-A-Bration time, so for every $50 that you order you get to pick out a free item from the brochure!

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