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Catalog Kick Off TODAY

If you are in my area, pop in 9-11 am TODAY, May 30, 2013 for

2013-2014 Catalog KICK OFF!!

Make 2 projects & get a FREE Catalog!

(limit one catalog per person)

Ordering from the new catalog BEGINS 5/31/13 at noon MOUNTAIN time.

To prep for catalog change over, Stampin' Up!'s ordering system will be down from midnight to noon MT Time.

Helpful guidelines to ordering new product:

1- Try cardstock ASSORTMENTS to see which new colors you will love.

2- When adding a new color, you will maximize your creative options by getting a deep selection in that ONE COLOR: cardstock, ink pad & reinker, Designer Series Paper, ribbon/twine, embellishments. You will then have the accessories to coordinate when you create.

3- ALWAYS purchase a reinker when adding a new ink pad. Ink pads last a very longgg time when refilled.

4- Look for BUNDLES of coordinating products which are a 15% SAVINGS!

5- To the right of stamp set order numbers is a list of coordinating punches and dies. The thin lines around the stamp images shows the punch and dies shapes.

6- All Designer Series Papers Packages now list the COLORS used in that package - SO HELPFUL!

7- Purchase at least $50 in merchandise at a time, so your order qualifies for my STARS Customer Rewards Program!

8- If your budget allows, purchase $150 at a time to receive Hostess Benefits of FREE product of your choice PLUS THREE STARS towards my Rewards Program! It's DOUBLE DIPPING!!

Note: I'm having trouble linking my Rewards Program, so please email me for a copy: [email protected]


Cards for Men

I frequently hear, "I just don't know WHAT to do for Men's cards!"  Here are some quick guidelines:

1-Keep the card design clean and simple

2-Use colors and images from nature

3-Use twine or jute instead of ribbon

4-If you use a button, pick a wooden or metal type

5-If you don't have masculine images, use the sentiment as the focal point

6-Click MALE CARDS in the right column to see ideas

7-Most of all - DON'T forget the Men and Boys in your life!! 100_3231
This is my all-time fav guy image: the MIGHTY OAK from Lovely as a Tree Stamp Set! Thanks for clicking by today - stop back soon!

What is My Paper Pumpkin?

Paper Pumpkin logo
I have a NEW LINK in this blog header and it's a FUN one!! My Paper Pumpkin is a MONTHLY Stampin' Up! subscription that delivers a "30 minute escape from reality" to your door! You can purchase a "TRY IT" kit #132600 for $16.95. This kit is a sweet 3-1/2 X 5-1/2" journal that is perfect purse size for your shopping notes/lists! Here is my "TRY IT" kit made up:


Monthly projects vary and are always shareable and braggable! Please check out my link. Give it a try. You've nothing to loose because you can suspend your subscription at anytime!! One is WAITING FOR YOU in our Distribution Center now:

Paper Pumpkin in DC
Click here for My Paper Pumpkin FUN!

Dress Up Party Treat!

Check out this sweet Party Treat container! Total credit goes to Demonstrator, Shirley Merker of Wisconsin at

Start with Designer Series Paper cut to 6-1/2" X 2-3/4" and scored at 3-1/4". Cut with the Dress Up Framelit placing the fold at the shoulders ABOVE the cut line. Embellish the dress.

Create a simple box with a coordinating 3" X 3" cardstock. Score all sides at 3/4" and fold. Before assembling the box, cut out a triangle at each corner to remove bulk. Build the box using Sticky Strip.

Next, attach the skirt edges to the box with Sticky Strip!

Such a CUTE party favor for your girlfriends! PARTYTIME!! You try it!

Dress Up Framelits #130101

Big Shot Die Cutting Machine #113439

Easy & Showy

This card features BOTH SIDES of double-sided This and That Epic Day Designer Series Paper! I used a flattened Soda Pop Top with a greeting...then covered the greeting with Crystal Effects. NOTE: I should have heat embossed the sentiment because the color bled slightly. oops

Open both flaps for a colorful interior! There you'll see a new sentiment from Label Love Stamp Set, available May 31, 2013. To create this layout cut Designer Series Papers to 3X3" and 4X4".

This and That Epic Day Designer Series Paper #130814

available now


This is the NEW Chalk Talk stamp set coming May 31st!! It created the perfect, sophisticated college graduation card I needed! The color is new also - Baked Brown Sugar!

I sure will miss the 5/8" Vanilla Flower Trim that tints so easily with a quick pounce of a sponge dauber! Have you stocked up on them yet?

5/8" Vanilla Flower Trim #126869

only while supplies last

Sneek Peek of Chalk Talk

One FUN benefit of my Stampin' Up! demonstratorship is getting NEW products EARLY! LOVE NEW TOYS!! This is the exciting CHALK TALK stamp set of 6 images! I stamped this chalkboard design with BASIC GRAY ink!


Look at this TRENDY new Embossing Folder and Button! LOVIN' it!!



Customized Birthday Card

A very sweet neighbor's birthday calls for a VERY special card! She loves green and she quilts so I created this card with those two elements. Using a 1-1/4" square punch I punched squares out of the lovely International Bazaar Designer Series Papers. I cut the squares diagonally and arranged. I ran the entire layer through the Big Shot Die Cutting Machine with the Lattice Embossing Folder. This step gives the "quilted" effect!

This view shows the texture!


Nature Walk

Clearing out retiring stamps and samples, I'm finding lots of old favorites! This 4X4" little thank you note is perfect for Springtime! This set will retire June 3, 2013. Get it quick! To view the Retiring Lists, click Promotions at the top of this page.

Stamps: Nature Walk #121925 Wood or #121997 clear

My Digital Studio SALE!

May 1 MDS sale
Check out the My Digital Studio SALE till JUNE 15th, 2013

Click HERE to save on content & printing

Ideas to SAVE:

  • Print Graduation Announcements or Party Invites
  • Print a Photo Book or Assorted Cards for Mother's Day
  • Print a Photo Book of memories for Father's Day
  • Print Wedding Save-the-Dates, Invites, Thank Yous
  • Print Birthday cards for the next several months
  • Create a Summer Journal
  • Add Fun, FRESH content

CONGRATS to my TOP North Star Downline for APRIL:

Linda Niemeyer in Rochelle, IL

Shari Ball in Mt. Morris, IL

GREAT job gals! Claim your prizes within the next seven days...then ENJOY!!