It’s here! The 2011-12 Holiday Mini!!

And you are going to LOVE it!

This has to be, hands-down, one of the BEST minis I’ve ever seen!

Top picks (this is hard…I really love it all!)

1. Simply Scored Scoring Tool (item 122334, $29.95) – this is the BEST I have ever used! It comes with a stylus, markers (to help space your scores), and a storage compartment. The scoring is smooth – effortless. You are going to love this!

2. It’s a Wrap Holidays Stamp Set (item 122770 (wood) or  122772 (clear)) – great for making custom-wrapped treats for any holiday!

3. Spice Cake Designer Series Paper (item 124066, $9.95) – This paper is NOT just for fall! Gorgeous patterns!! There is not a pattern in this pack I don’t like!

4. Mica Flakes (item 124115, $4.95) – this comes in a BIG jar. Great for creating a snowy effect on Holiday/winter  cards.

5. Frostwood Lodge Suite – yes, the whole suite is SWEET! The Designer Series Paper (124002), the Quilted Ribbon (item 124105), the mini Jingle Bells (item 124116 – they really jingle!), and the Christmas Lodge stamp set (item 123767, wood or 123769, clear) are just perfect for that homey, holiday feel to your cards and scrapbook pages.

6. Stocking Builder Punch is great to make little stockings, complete with separate cuff, toe,  and heel pieces. (item 124005, $16.95) It has its own coordinating stamp set – perfect!

7. Dazzling Details (item 124117) – love glitter, but hate the mess? How about something to give the same effect, all from a handy little squeeze bottle! No mess – just plenty of sparkle, right where you want it.

8. Glimmer Paper in SILVER! (item 124005) If you tried the glimmer paper in red and fell in love, prepare to fall head-over-heels! This is soooo shiny and sparkly. I think I like it better than the red! Just get it – you won’t be disappointed.

9. Shaker Frames (item 124155) – these handy foam rings come 36 to a pack, in sizes that coordinate with our circle punches. Fantastic with our Window Sheets and Mica Flakes (see above!)

10. 1″ Square Punch – finally! (item 124094) – great for layering with the 1 3/8″ punch. Coordinates with the 25 and Counting set – but also great if you have the Halloween or Christmas Bingo sets! This is a staple for any papercrafter!!

There you have it….really, the whole catalog is incredible. As a demonstrator, I was lucky enough to be able to pre-order many of these items in August. I have been playing with them all and love all these items even more than when I first got my orders. I will be posting cards and projects featuring these items.

Order today! Go to and select “Holiday Mini” – and you can order from the comfort of your computer!



Punch birthday…

For this birthday card, I wanted a bold look. What better way than to pair up Old Olive and Peach Parfait? This card uses the fantastic Blossom Bouquet Triple Layer punch (item 122464) for a great focal point on this card! 1/2″ Stitched Poly Ribbon in Peach Parfait (119264) dresses this up. The sentiment is from the current Hostess Set called “Happiest Birthday Wishes” (my new go-to set for birthdays!). The sentiment is punched with the Modern Label punch (119849) and layered on the DSP punched with the Decorative Label punch (120907).  The DSP is from a retired In Color hostess patterns pack, which is no longer available. However, you can use item 117158 – the Paper Stack with the 2010-2012 In Colors (the Paper Stacks come with 40 two-sided 12×12 sheets – 4 in each color).  For the flower centers, I used our Rhinestone Brads (119246), and colored them with marker.


Birthday Bird…

My son turns 18 tomorrow! For his birthday, I wanted a special card that was masculine.

I used a base of Crumb Cake, run through the Big Shot with the Square Lattice Impressions Folder. I layered a piece from the Pocket Full of Posies DSP pack (this paper is eligible for the buy 3, get 1 free promo going on until 8/31!). I used the ticket corner punch on the corners and shaded both the card and the DSP with Early Espresso Ink.

For the “bird” layer, I again used the Big Shot to cut out the large scallop in Crumb Cake from the Scallop Circle #2 Die  and the circle in Very Vanilla from the Circles #2 die. I layered this with the bird and branch, made with the Bird Builder punch. The branch is in Old Olive and the bird is in Baja Breeze.  All of these were also sponged on the edges with Early Espresso ink.  I used my paper piercing tool to punch holes around the edges of the scallop and to create an “eye” for the bird. The bird and the wing are each popped up on dimensionals, for that 3-D look.


The sentiment from the Hostess set Happiest Birthday Wishes was stamped in Chocolate Chip on Very Vanilla, punched with the Modern Label punch, and the edges sponged with Baja Breeze. The Baja Breeze piece was punched with the ticket corner punch and sponged with Early Espresso.  An antique brad and some Crumb Cake seam binding complete the look!


Wisteria Wonder, My Friend…

Continuing my love affair with the new IN colors – this card uses three of my favorites! (Who am I kidding – I LOVE them all!!)  Pool Party, Island Indigo, and Wisteria Wonder deliver a beautiful combo in this simple Thank You card.

The My Friend stamp set is a MUST have, in my opinion! How versatile this set is! The leaves and the teardrops (on the Pool Party layer) both come from this set. The leaves were dressed up with a random sprinkling of Dazzling Diamonds glitter. The sentiment is from the set Curly Cute (item 117014/Wood, 120510, Clear). This 5 piece sentiment set has you covered for every occasion! Love it!

Some sponging, corner rounding, and layering the sentiment on dimensionals with the Modern Label punch and Large Oval punch complete this card.

Reminder – the buy THREE, get one FREE Designer Series Paper special ends Wednesday, 8/31. Stock up on some gorgeous paper!


Stamp Sets: My Friend (wood: 122585, clear: 122587), Curly Cute (item 117014/Wood, 120510, Clear)
Card Stock: Pool Party, Island Indigo, Whisper White
Ink: Wisteria Wonder, Pool Party, Island Indigo
Punches: Modern Label (item 119849), Large Oval (item 119855), Corner Rounder (item 119871)
Accessories: Dazzling Diamonds glitter, Dimensionals

Hello, Wisteria Wonder!

LOVE this new In-Color! I paired it with Concord Crush to create this tone-on-tone Hello card.

This card uses the new set “My Friend”, stamped in Concord Crush. The flowers were stamped on the Wisteria Wonder base and the gorgeous “Hello” sentiment was stamped onto Very Vanilla. It was further embellished with stick-on Basic Pearls (love these!). This was layered onto Wisteria Wonder and Concord Crush. The simple butterfly was punched with our Butterfly Punch. The edges were pierced and the middle was dressed with more pearls.

My trick for sticking on the butterfly and giving it a 3-d effect? I cut a dimensional in half and place it near the “body” of the butterfly.

Then, I gently curve the wings around my finger slightly, giving the butterfly some lift. I then stick it on the card. The dimensional assures it is raised, but also secure! I don’t want my butterfly “flying” off the card! 🙂

Don’t forget – this month, you can join Stampin’ Up! for only $99! Follow the link on the right to join my team today! As a bonus, you will receive $20 in catalog credit from me as a thank you for joining!! This offer is only valid until 7/31, so don’t delay.



Stamps: My Friend
Card Stock: Concord Crush, Wisteria Wonder, Very Vanilla
Ink: Concord Crush
Punches: Butterfly, Corner Rounder
Accessories: Basic Jewels stick-on pearls, dimensionals
Technique: Paper piercing

New 2011-12 Idea Book & Catalog – and a special promotion!

Dates: July 1-31, 2011

Promotion Details: A limited-time $99 Starter Kit ($180 Value!) is the perfect choice for the hobby stamper and lover of Stampin’ Up! products.

Bonus SAVINGS! Enjoy the new Stampin’ Up! 2011-2012 Idea Book & Catalog using a one-time 30% Off Start Up Discount on your first order of $150 or more (must be placed within the first 45 days of becoming a demonstrator).
As a demonstrator, you will receive 20% off future Stampin’ Up! orders!
Receive Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator Discounts and Benefits through Dec. 31, 2011 with NO obligation to to purchase anything further or hold a workshop.

PLUS Get a Christmas Keepsake project kit FREE–a $40 value! This exclusive kit contains everything you need to create a beautiful Christmas Keepsake Box to hold your most treasured Christmas memories. It will be available with your first demonstrator order in August and must be redeemed by Sept. 30.

As an added bonus – you will receive $20 in catalog credit from ME as a thank you for joining! I will even pay the shipping!! This is only valid until 7/31/2011 – so don’t wait….

Click the button below to join the fun!

Haven’t seen the new catalog yet? Click the gorgeous cover below to go to the online version!


Sneak Peek #3….Pink Doily Birthday

This feminine birthday card uses several “sneak peek” items from the new Idea Book & Catalog, coming out July 1st!

Let’s start with the background stamp set…it’s called “Delicate Doilies” and features just that – a variety of doily-like designs. I stamped the doilies onto Melon Mambo base with Versamark.  The sentiment is from the new Hostess Set called “Happiest Birthday Wishes”, which was stamped in Melon Mambo and punched with the Modern Label punch.  I know I’ve mentioned this set previously – but I just love the versatility of this 11 piece set. Definitely a go-to set for me!

The sentiment is layered over a piece of from Specialty Designer Series Paper pack called “Flirtatious”. This paper coordinates SO well with the Delicate Doilies set. It has Melon Mambo, Pumpkin Pie, Pretty in Pink, Whisper White, and the brand-new IN Color Wisteria Wonder.

Down the left side is a piece punched out with the new Lace Ribbon Border punch. Love, love, love this punch!! I wove some 1/4″ Whisper White grosgrain ribbon into it and adorned it (and the center of some of the doilies on the paper) with Rhinestone Jewels.

The inside was stamped with another sentiment from “Happiest Birthday Wishes” in Basic Grey. Another Delicate Doily stamp in Melon Mambo dresses up the inside….

The Whisper White envelope also got dressed up, as you can see!

I hope you are as excited about the new catalog items as I am! The new catalog is GORGEOUS! I will have more sneak peeks in the coming days, so keep checking back!!



Stamps: Delicate Doilies, Happiest Birthday Wishes (coming soon in the 2011-12 IB&C!)
Card Stock: Melon Mambo, Pretty In Pink, Whisper White
Ink: Melon Mambo, Versamark
Punches: Lace Ribbon Border (coming soon!) , Modern Label (item #119849, $16.95)
Accessories: Basic Rhinestone Jewels (#119246, $4.95), Whisper White 1/4″ grosgrain ribbon (#109025, $4.95), Dimensionals, Sticky Strip