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Here is a trick to make the Petite Purse Die projects extra durable!! I attached the Designer Fabric to coordinating Real Red Cardstock with a Multipurpose Adhesive Sheet! Just peel and stick, then die cut with the Big Shot Die Cutting Machine!

The inside is RED! Give this trick a try! It's simple. Buy your Big Shot Multipurpose Adhesive Sheets HERE!

Twin Tote

This sweet little TWIN TOTE is a snap to create with the Petite Purse Die and the Big Shot Die Cutting Machine!!

Die cut two purses at the same time. Assemble the sides.

Place the purses back-to-back and attach the "lids." Cut off the little closure tab.

Punch a circle into the "lids" you just glued together to create a handle. Then embellish! This goes together very quickly! I used the soft BEAU CHATEAU Designer Series Paper and added butterflies made from the Beautiful Wings Embosslit. Give this a try for the perfect table favors!

Cased it!

"CASE" means copy-and-share-everything... and I did. I saw this idea by Shoni Matney and LOVED the softness. This is the Bright Blossoms Stamp Set - not so bright. The colors are Pool Party, Sahara Sand, Very Vanilla and a pop of Daffodil Delight.

The delicate background is the Netting Stamp.

Clarification: Stampin' Up! ink pads are being re-designed, NOT discontinued. Beginning June 1st, Stampin' Up! will only carry Black and White in the CRAFT ink pads, which are pigment pads.

Faux or fake?

This sweet little number was a Make & Take from Stampin' Up!'s Leadership 2012. The assorted flowers are die cuts from the Occasions Mini Catalog called Blossom Builders. SOOO easy! The layer behind the flowers is simply traced from On Board Merry Medley and then lightly sponged.

The side view shows that the scalloped front flap is fake...or artistically called "faux flap." 

Retiring Accessories Lists!

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Here are the final retiring lists for the 2011-12 Stampin' Up! Catalog. PLEASE order online and quickly as some items are in LIMITED quantities! When these items are gone, inventory will not be re-ordered. Some items are discounted. While you are ordering online, be sure to check out the Clearance Rack, too.

*If you order Retiring STAMP SETS all orders will be filled because we manufacture our own stamps in the USA!

"Mail for Males" Card Class $18

Fri., May 11th @ 9:30 am at Nancy's

No frills in this class! Create six definitely masculine greeting cards for the males in your life. Please bring your own adhesive. Register and pay $18 by May 7th. Come join the FUN!!

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Lido Key Kayaking

This is Lido Key at Sarasota, FL on the Gulf coast. My hubby and I joined our Boat Club friends for a "Paddle!" Here we are in the Mangroves, a lovely narrow channel with crystal clear waters. The Mangroves are plants with NUMEROUS roots and literally hold sandy Florida together!

Here is a closer picture of the Mangroves, an important ecosystem to FL. Wish the clearness of the water showed better.

There I am waving in the background. We stopped at a sandbar outside of the Mangroves for a stretch...this was my first kayak trip so I appreciated the rest.

We had a relaxing adventure, picnic lunch and then packed up to head home. My effiecent Pruis can haul just about anything! Notice my FL license plate! I was able to get my "STAMPUR" plate again. It stands for rubber stamping & kitty cats! Currently we don't have any purring felines - sure do miss them!!



This is the charming Bright Blossoms Stamp Set which is part of the Summer Smooches APRIL Special! I paired the blossom and leaves onto the SAME clear block for easy positioning! The Daffodil Delight Seam Binding is NEW and in the April Special also - I love the flexibility of the Seam Binding Ribbons!

Sweetness from me to YOU! Purchase the Summer Smooches Products NOW!

Fabric Stickers!

I created FABRIC STICKERS with the Big Shot Multipurpose Adhesive Sheets! It's quite easy. Simply peel apart the Adhesive Sheet and spread on the Twitterpated Designer Fabric on the sticky side. Now it can go into the Big Shot Die Cutting Machine!

Next, peel the backing off and place your fabric shape onto your project! TOO FUN!! These flowers are made with the Blossom Party Die. Give this a try and you'll be amazed at how easy it is!



I love the way Stampin' Up!'s products coordinate! This is a perfect example. The Sweet Shop Designer Series Paper has the ice cream cone image that pairs perfectly with the Mouthwatering Stamp Set! Creating simplified.

The Sweet Shop Designer Series Paper also gives you a great color palette to work with!

Enjoy creating with Stampin' Up!'s coordinated product lines! It's all available right here...just click a link at the top to shop!

Summer Butterflies!

This beautifully designed card was sent to me by Tami Waddell of CA! The postal system "re-designed" it during transit, so here is my re-make. The butterflies are the Beautiful Butterflies Die and the Beautiful Wings Embosslit, both for the Big Shot Die Cutting Machine. The Big Shot is Vastly Versatile

Note the background behind the butterfly, it's created with the NEW Simply Scored and the Diagonal Plate! Lots of texture in this lovely greeting card! Neutrals are sooo striking.

Been at Sea!

My hubby and I just returned from 7 days on the Carnival Liberty, visiting the Western Caribbean for our 40th Anniversary! VERY RELAXING!!

This is a Fruit Market in Belize. The Pineapple was unbelievably SWEET!! YUM!

Our cabin Steward created different "Towel Art" for our cabin each day. This teddy bear was my FAV!!

This unique plant is Clianthus, commonly known as Parrott's Bill or Lobster Claw. You can see why!

Retiring STAMP List!


Retiring Products - by Stampin' Up!

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Here it is - the list of retiring STAMP SETS that will NOT be available after May 31, 2012. (Enlarge the PDF list in the top center after opening.) Since Stampin' Up! manufactures it's own stamps in the USA, all orders for stamps on this list will be filled. Check your Wish List and order your FAVS before 5/31/12!

The Retiring ACCESSORIES List will be available here on April 25th. Stampin' Up! will NOT replenish accessories as they sell out so order them QUICKLY! Be sure you have adequate supplies of retiring 2010-2012 In Colors. In the past, Stampin' Up! has SOLD OUT early on many In Color reinkers, cardstock and coordinating items. The BEST way to get these items is a speedy ONLINE order HERE! When ordering online, always check for BARGAINS at the Clearance  Rack!

Vintage-look bookmark...

This lovely vintage bookmark was a gift from my friend, Janell of Byron, IL. This is the Artistic Etchings Stamp Set of six images. Note the Artichoke Seam Binding that is cut in half to make it thinner - clever and unique.

The back of the bookmark has a triangle pocket that fits over the corner of your book to mark your place.

Here is a view of the back side and the pocket. It's a very useful little gift and sooo mailable!

Elegant Bird in flight!

Judy from Rockford, IL sent me this gorgeous bird created from the Elegant Bird Die and the Big Shot Die Cutting Machine. The bird is Twitterpated Designer Fabric attached with the Big Shot Adhesive Sheets.

This lovely 6"X7" creation arrived in a Twitterpated Designer Series Paper envelope custom-made with the Simply Scored and Diagonal Plate! SOO special!

The card inside is just as inviting! This is a wonderful example of all the Occasions Mini Catalog new Dies for the Big Shot Die Cutting Machine! Just a reminder - the Occasions Mini Catalog ENDS April 30th.

Try Stencilling

The April Special has a lovely stencil called Summer Smooches. I used it here with Stampin' Sponges and Classic Ink Pads. No matter how dark or bright the colors, stencilling always has a comforting softness I love!

I LOVE the new Daffodil addition to the Seam Binding colors. Perfect for Spring!