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Why you should be on my newsletter mailing list!

Hello Stampers!  Today I have been working on content for my August newsletter.  I will be sending it out on Tuesday, August 2nd, my birthday!!!

Are you on my mailing list?  WHAT?  YOU AREN'T????  Let me tell you the top 3 reasons why you should be!!!

1 - In my monthly newsletter, I will tell you all of the specials that Stampin' Up! is running for the month as well as any specials that I may be having myself, including a ribbon share starting this month!

2 - I include a tool tip each month to help you learn how to use the tools in the catalog that you look at and say "What is that?" or "What do you do with that?".

3 - I include a card and a 3D project in each issue.  I will provide you with all of the items I used to create the project as well as a picture and step-by-step directions for you to recreate the project on your own!

Now you understand don't you!  Hop over to the top of my left sidebar and sign up for my newsletter today so that I can send you my next newsletter on Tuesday!

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Christmas In July

Hello Stampers!  Last Sunday was my Dink It Up! downline meeting.  I like to give them challenges once in awhile where I have them make a card using certain items.  For this month, they rolled the Sparkle & Shine wheel (116542) on a piece of cardstock and were told to bring it back on a card!  They did a great job! 

Blog 1580 This is the card that I made.  Did you notice the new border punch on the top of my wheeled image?  It's not exactly a border punch.  I punched the Blossom Bouquet Triple layer punch (122464) several times and just lined the image up along the back top of my cardstock!  I like the look it gives!

I used the Big Shot Die-Cut Machine (133439) and my Perfect Polka-Dot embossing folder (117335) for my background. 

The sentiment is from the new Petite Pairs stamp set (122495).  I find myself grabbing for that stamp set a lot!

Come back over the next few days and I will show you what my group came up with!

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Happy Birthday Steamboat Willie!

Hello Stampers!  Have I mentioned before that I am a Mickey Mouse fanatic?  I just love everything Mickey!  Well, today marks the anniversary of Mickeys first cartoon movie, Steamboat Willie!  That was back in 1928!   Well, since I love Mickey, I decided to make him a card to celebrate his big day today!

Blog 1581 Isn't this fun?  I actually CASE'd the idea of this from a 6 X 6 scrapbook page I had seen. 

I like the way it is so simple.

The designer series paper is from my Brights patterened paper stack (117155).  The circles I used were the 1 1/4" circle punch (119861) and the 3/4" circle punch (119873).

The birthday sentiment is from my new favorite stamp set, Petite Pairs (122495).

I hope this inspires you to go make a Mickey card today too!  If you do, leave me a comment!  I would love to see it!

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New Catalog Premiere

Hello Stampers!  I am so excited for my New Catalog Premiere coming up!  It will be held on Friday, August 5th from 7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. and on Saturday, August 6th from 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.

Come and see the new catalog and play with some of the new goodies!

The cost of this event is $10 which includes 3 make n' takes featuring new products!

I will have tons of retired stamp sets and accessories for sale at catalog price.  For every dollar that you spend, you will receive an equal amount in merchandise from the new catalog ABSOLUTELY FREE! 

Bring along a friend and recieve $10 in free merchandise from my retired table (BOGO doesn't apply).

Please RSVP by emailing me or calling me at (314)846-0737!  Hope to see you here!

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Beyond the Garden fancy fold card

Hello Stampers!  Today I wanted to show you the last card from my latest swap.

Blog 1577 This cool card was made by TIna.  This card uses an entire piece of 8 1/2" X 11" piece of cardstock.  It is folded in half both ways and then the top two corners are each folded down to form the pockets. 

Lay your cardstock out in front of you horizontally.  Fold it in half (5 1/2") and unfold, then fold it in half the opposite way (4 1/4") and unfold.

Fold the top left corner away fron you down to the score line.  Fold the top right corner toward you approximately 3".

Fold in half along the 5 1/2" score line away from you.  Then fold in half along the 4 1/4" line away from you. 

Tina cut pieces of the Beyond the Garden designer series paper (122342) from the Summer mini catalog to fit inside the pockets along with two tags from the Two Tags die (115954) using the Big Shot Die-Cut Machine (113439).

Hopefully this makes sense to you.  If not, leave me a comment and I willl make a video for it.

Today my daughter Amie and I were invited to some special friends for lunch.  We decided that we wanted to make them a WOW cake for our dessert!  What do you think of it?

Blog 1579 I love the colors of this cake!  I guess in Stampin' Up! lingo it would be Tempting Turquoise and Pear Pizzaz!

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My Digital Studio downloads and blowing bubbles page

Hello Stampers!  Well, it's Tuesday and you know what that means!  My Digital Studio downloads!  I have decided to do something different once in awhile.  Not only will I show you the downloads for the week, but occasionally I will show you a completed MDS page that I have finished.  How does that sound?

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Here are the downloads for this week:

Letters to santa 

Letters To Santa Embellishments - Digital Download 125835
Price: $3.95

This download was added on 7/26/2011

Reminiscent of cozy, old-time Christmas traditions, these 47 embellishments will add Christmas spirit to your projects—or even for a real letter to Santa! They are designed to coordinate with Letters to Santa Designer Series Paper and Merry & Type Stamp Brush Set.

Limited edition 

Limited Edition Embellishments - Digital Download 127175
Price: $2.95

This download was added on 7/26/2011

Exclusive to digital, these 10 soft, rustic tags and pieces will go beautifully on any project. Coordinating colors include Calypso Coral, Crumb Cake, Pool Party, and Very Vanilla.

Fancy fan 

Fancy Fan Stamp Brush - Digital Download 127348
Price: $1.95

This download was added on 7/26/2011

Our one-piece Fancy Fan Stamp Brush is ideal for creating beautiful backgrounds and elements that can add color, depth, and dimension to all your projects. Image is oversized, offering more digital versatility. Download also includes a 5" x 7" greeting card designer template.

Lace ribbon 

Lace Ribbon Border Punch - Digital Download 127354
Price: $0.95

This download was added on 7/26/2011

Use this one-piece punch for any project that calls for a bit of lace and a vintage touch! Like all My Digital Studio punches, this is a vector file, which allows it to be scaled up or down without losing image resolution. Download also includes a one-page 11" x 8-1/2" designer template.

Chloe 

Chloe Stamp Brush - Digital Download 127357
Price: $1.95

This download was added on 7/26/2011

Create a trail of lovely flowers with our one-piece Chloe Stamp Brush. This 12-inch border piece is perfect for accents on cards, borders on pages, or backgrounds on projects. You can even use a single flower for a cute pop on any project!

Frame it 

Frame It Stamp Brush Set - Digital Download 127358
Price: $3.95

This download was added on 7/26/2011

Create an ornate look by highlighting phrases or photos with the elegant frames in our five-piece Frame It Stamp Brush Set. This beautiful artwork works splendidly with the coordinating Beau Château suite. Download also includes a 4-1/4" x 5-1/2" greeting card designer template.

Hello doily 

Hello, Doily Stamp Brush - Digital Download 127359
Price: $1.95

This download was added on 7/26/2011

Better than the real thing, this intricate one-piece doily design goes beyond the traditional white since you can design with it in any color! Use the gorgeous artwork as a background or accent—and don’t forget it coordinates with products from our Flirtatious suite. Image is oversized, offering more digital versatility.

Ready to purchase your own copy of My Digital Studio digital scrapbooking program?  Hop on over to my Inkin With Dink online store and order yours today!

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Strength & Hope card

Hello Stampers!  I have another pretty card to show you from my last swap with my upline/downline/sideline. 

Blog 1576 This pretty card was made by Tina.  She used the Strength & Hope stamp set (118100) which is in the Summer mini catalog.  Remember, for each stamp set sold, Stampin' Up! will donate $2 to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation.  What a great cause.  I have seen many great cards made with this stamp set.

I love the colors together on this card.  And what do you think about the ribbon?  I love the way she gathered it across the card.  It gives it such a frilly look.

Come back Wednesday to see my final card from this swap!

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Button Buddies pig birthday card

Hello Stampers!  I am in love with the new stamp set in the catalog called Button Buddies (122735)!  It makes the cutest cards!  They had several samples for us to see at Convention and I was glad because I had already choosen it as one of my free sets that I earned during Sale-A-Bration.

Today was my monthly Dink It Up! downline meeting, and I always make a free card for my gals.  So, I decided that I would use my fun new set!

Blog 1575 What do you think?  Isn't it adorable?  I did them in several different colors of buttons and grosgrain ribbon combinations.  I stamped the main image in Melon Mambo ink.  I stamped the pig again in Pretty In Pink and used the 3/4" circle punch (119873) to punch out around the snout and then placed the button on top of that with a mini glue dot (103683).  These layers gave the pig a 3D image.

This stamp set also has a baby rattle, snowman, pumpkin, snail, flower, cherries, and a vase of flowers.  Each image is made to be used with a button on it.  The medium sized buttons from our Designer Buttons packs are the best to use.  They come in Brights (119747), Subltes (119745), Regals (119744), and Neutrals (119743).  Be watching over the next few weeks for more samples with this fun set!

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Free stamp set!

Hello Stampers!  Just a reminder that I am giving away a free stamp set this month on my Facebook page!  All you have to do is head over there and like my business page. 

P1080394-2 Here is a picture of the stamp set.  You can click on it to make a bigger picture.  It is an old set and has been retired for several years.

P1080393-1 And this is the free sample card that I am giving away too so that you will have a sample of what to do with this set. 

On July 31st I will draw a winner from all of those who have liked my business page! 

Good luck!

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Convention Day 4

Hello Stampers!  Well, this post is about the final day of Convention.  We started off the morning in classes again and ended in our closing session. 

The six of us in my group were treated to VIP seating for the closing session which was amazing! We were in the third row right behind Shelli's family!  How fun is that???

Suconv11-4 057 This is how close we were.

Suconv11-4 072 Santa even came to visit us!!!  And I won a prize from him!  It was items from the upcoming Holiday mini catalog so I can't show you yet, but when I can it will "blow your socks off"!!  (Hint!  Hint!)

We were shown all sorts of holiday ideas from Shannon West and Carrie Cudney.  Wanna see some?

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 We were entertained by Spencer and his adorable kids:

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What a great final day of Convention!  If you want to join me next year, the dates have been announced as July 18 - 21.  And if you are considering it, you want to sign up with me before the end of this month because our starter kits are only $99!  A deal you just can't refuse!!!

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Convention Day 3

Hello Stampers!  For the third day of Convention, we had lots of great ideas given to us.  We had classes in the morning and our general session in the afternoon.  I wanted to share with you some of the great stuff we saw!

There are some pretty wonderful things coming in the upcoming Holiday mini catalog, and although I can't tell you what they are yet, I will give you a hint:

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Here is another hint:

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The displays at Convention are always spectacular!  I took some pictures to show you.

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Hope you enjoyed the pictures today!  Come back tomorrow for Day 4, the final day!

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Convention Day 2

Hello Stampers!  Day 2 of Convention was amazing too!  We got lots of free stuff and saw some great ideas from Pam Morgan!

Suconv11-2 005 Stampin' Up! always opens up Convention with an entertainment act.  These guys were great!

Suconv11-2 008 They had two new walks this year, first time Convention goers (here are my downline Rickie, Anne, and Alice Marie walking across stage), and any of us who got a recruit within the last year. I got to walk across with Alice Marie for that walk!

Suconv11-2 026 The display boards were amazing again!  They have thousands of cards up on display for us to get inspiration from.  Here are some more pics I took:

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Would love for you to join us next year!  Remember, SU! is having a joining special right now where the mini starter kit is only $99 through the end of this month! Why not give it a try!!

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My Digital Studio downloads

Hello stampers!  It's Tuesday, so that means time for more My Digital Studio downloads!  I didn't post last weeks since I was at Convention, so I will have both weeks in todays post.

Big top emb 

Big Top Birthday Embellishments - Digital Download 125834
Price: $3.95

This download was added on 7/12/2011

These 55 colorful embellishments are designed to coordinate with the Big Top Birthday Designer Series Paper patterns and the Under the Big Top Stamp Brush Set. Pair them with the paper patterns to create a photobook, or use them on your designs to quickly add a focal point to any project. Coordinating colors include Daffodil Delight, Old Olive, Peach Parfait, Real Red, Tempting Turquoise, and Whisper White.

Up up away set 

Up, Up & Away Stamp Brush Set - Digital Download 127346
Price: $7.95

This download was added on 7/12/2011

Spirits will soar when your friends and family receive projects with the happy hot air balloons in this 16-piece set! Great for party invites and décor, kids’ photobook pages, or summer projects. Coordinates with the Under the Big Top Designer Series Paper.

Sweets for sweet 

Sweets For The Sweet Stamp Brush Set - Digital Download 127347
Price: $7.95

This download was added on 7/12/2011

Who doesn't love sweets? Create a bevy of tasty treats with the 12-piece Sweets for the Sweet Stamp Brush Set.

In love template 

In Love Designer Template Page - Digital Download 127343
Price: $1.95

This download was added on 7/12/2011

Re-create the gorgeous framed project from page six of the 2011-2012 Idea Book & Catalog with this designer template! This 8" x 8" page can be customized with any color combination—just change the text stamp images to match your home décor. Coordinating colors include Cherry Cobbler, Early Espresso, Island Indigo, More Mustard, Pool Party, and Very Vanilla.

Petite pennant punch 

Petite Pennants Punch - Digital Download 127352
Price: $0.95

This download was added on 7/12/2011

Amp up your celebration, holiday, or school pages with our two-piece Petite Pennants Punch. Layer the coordinating shapes together or mix and match the pieces for a look all your own. Like all My Digital Studio punches, these are vector files, which allows them to be scaled up or down without losing image resolution. Download also includes a 5-1/2" x 4-1/4" greeting card designer template.

Perfect pennants punch 

Perfect Pennants Shape Punch - Digital Download 127353
Price: $0.95

This download was added on 7/12/2011

Create trendy pages and projects with our two-piece Perfect Pennants Shape! Like all My Digital Studio punches, these are vector files, which allows them to be scaled up or down without losing image resolution.

House & home set 

House & Home Stamp Brush Set - Digital Download 127356
Price: $3.95

This download was added on 7/12/2011

Sometimes it’s the little touches that make a house into a home, and with the six-piece House & Home Stamp Brush Set, you can add those little touches to your digital projects.

Cloud punch 

Cloud Punch - Digital Download 127351
Price: $0.95

This download was added on 7/12/2011

Create a lovely outdoor scene on your pages with our Cloud Punch—or use the shape as a fun accent to any project. Like all My Digital Studio punches, this is a vector file, which allows it to be scaled up or down without losing image resolution. Download also includes a 3-1/2" x 5" double-sided postcard designer template.

Sun garden dsp 

Sun Garden Designer Series Paper - Digital Download 127338
Price: $4.95

This download was added on 7/19/2011

Fresh and full of summertime, our 12 Sun Garden Designer Series Paper patterns will brighten your designs. Coordinating colors include Calypso Coral, Peach Parfait, Poppy Parade, Pink Pirouette, Lucky Limeade, and Soft Suede. Download also includes a one-page 12" x 12" designer template.

Scallop dots ribbon 

1/2" Scallop Dots Ribbon - Digital Download 127350
Price: $3.95

This download was added on 7/19/2011

You’ll love this adorable grosgrain ribbon with its white polka dots and scallop edges with pinholes. Choose it to dress up any project in style! Download includes 30-pieces; 10 ribbon colors in 3 designs (flat, knot, and bow). Colors include Basic Black, Cherry Cobbler, Chocolate Chip, Early Espresso, Marina Mist, Melon Mambo, More Mustard, Old Olive, Pretty in Pink, and Tangerine Tango.

Nursery nest emb 

Nursery Nest Embellishments - Digital Download 125836
Price: $3.95

This download was added on 7/19/2011

These 56 cute embellishments are designed to coordinate with the Nursery Nest Designer Series Paper and Aviary Stamp Brush Set. Pair them with the paper patterns to create a photobook, or use them on your designs to quickly add a focal point to any project. Coordinating colors include Basic Gray, Blushing Bride, Marina Mist, Pear Pizzazz, Perfect Plum, and Whisper White.

Creats every day journal 

Create Every Day Designer Template Journal - Digital Download 127344
Price: $1.95

This download was added on 7/19/2011

Re-create the beautiful journal from page 112 of the 2011-2012 Idea Book & Catalog with this designer template! The journal template includes a 6-1/4" x 8-1/4" front and back cover. Coordinating colors include Blush Blossom, Crumb Cake, More Mustard, Not Quite Navy, Old Olive, Rich Razzleberry, and Whisper White.

First day set 

First Day Stamp Brush Set - Digital Download 127269
Price: $1.95

This download was added on 7/19/2011

Our First Day Stamp Brush Set is perfect for first-day-of-school photo pages, teacher cards or gifts, or back-to-school projects. Most of the images and numbers in this 25-piece set are individual elements, offering ultimate designing versatility. Download includes a one-page 8" x 8" designer template.

Perfect label punch 

Perfect Label Punch - Digital Download 127340
Price: $0.95

This download was added on 7/19/2011

Add an elegant accent or frame an image or word with our one-piece Perfect Label Punch. Like all My Digital Studio punches, this is a vector file, which allows it to be scaled up or down without losing image resolution.

Parlor print stamp 

Parlor Print Stamp Brush - Digital Download 127355
Price: $1.95

This download was added on 7/19/2011

Bring parlor elegance into your projects with our one-piece Parlor Prints Stamp Brush. This design is ideal for creating beautiful backgrounds and elements that can add color, depth, and dimension to all your projects. Image is sized larger than traditional stamp, offering more digital versatility.

Houndstooth 

Houndstooth Stamp Brush - Digital Download 127360
Price: $1.95

This download was added on 7/19/2011

Our one-piece Houndstooth Stamp Brush is ideal for creating trendy backgrounds and elements that can add color, depth, and dimension to all your projects. Image is oversized, offering more digital versatility.

Ready to order some of these great downloads for yourself?  Hop over to my Inkin With Dink online store and orders yours today!  They will be ready to download to your computer immediately!

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Convention Day 1

Hello Stampers!  I'm back home!  What a wonderful week I had in Salt Lake City at the Stampin' Up! Convention!  Every year I think they can't top the year before, and every year they do!!!  The inspiration, ideas, and motivation are so wonderful, but the best part is probably the socialization!  Just imagine being with over 3,000 people who share the love of stamping and papercrafting with you!

I also love seeing the friends again that I only get to see once a year.  I have made so many new friends over the years!  Can you believe that this was my 7th Stampin' Up! Convention!!!

When we arrived at out hotel, we were greeted with this fun sign.

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Wednesday was a free day for us, so we spent the day swapping, touring the headquarters, and just relaxing and having fun.

Suconv11-1 003 Isn't this a neat card that I swapped?  I definately see this in an upcoming Christmas card class!

Suconv11-1 005 Here are some of my downline on the bus trip to the Riverton facility.  This is where the main offices are.  The building is amazing!  They have a whole area that is set up to provide ideas and inspiration.

Suconv11-1 020 Isn't this a neat display.  I took a picture because I want to do this in my family room!

Suconv11-1 028 This is our 1 1/4" striped grosgrain ribbon up on the wall! LOVE IT!

Suconv11-1 032 They have a whole room where the walls are dry erase.  We could write words of encouragement or ideas that we have.  This is Alice Marie writing her message!

Suconv11-1 063-2 Every time you visit the campus you have to get your picture taken by the rock!  From left to right are my downline Anne, me, my roomie Sue, my downline Alice Marie, and my downline Rickie!

Suconv11-1 104 After we got back to the Convention center, they had tons of displays set up containing our products and projects that they had made!  Such cute stuff!

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Finally that evening, they had a Welcome Party for us.  There were games, prizes, demonstrator presentations, and lots of socializing!

Suconv11-1 116 Here I am with my upline Jeri and my three downline that went with me this year!  What a great first day it was!

Are you wondering how you can get to join us next year?  It is easier than ever right now!  Stampin' Up! is having a special until the end of the month, where you can purchase a starter kit for only $99!  That's right!  You get $185 worth of products of your choosing, for just $99!  E-mail me today to find out more information!

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