Saturday, July 24, 2010

I finally purchased my first order from the new Stampin' Up Catalog. I ordered the In Color markers and paper, as well as the stamp set Make a Monster. It is such a fun set and I cannot wait to play with it. I think it will be perfect for making birthday cards. Here are a few examples, courtesy of Splitcoast Stampers:

Friday, July 16, 2010

The summer is a time for me to try to get a stockpile of inventory for the upcoming months ahead. With me supply teaching, I never know how much I will be working. This summer, I am trying to make sure to get 2-3 of each item that I have on sale on my Etsy shop made, so when they are purchased, I will not have to worry about rushing and finding the time to make them. All I will need to do is go to my stash and get it. =)

First up, are tooth fairy pillows:

Pink Tulips


Rocket Ship

Magician's Hat and Wand

Bird on a Branch


I was so happy to finally receive the new Stampin' Up catalog (which was a few weeks ago now). There are a lot of things that I really want out of it. I will be placing my first order this weekend and need to decide what I feel are the things I really cannot live without. LOL If you would like to take a peek at all the new goodies, just click the catalog image to the right. =)

Sunday, June 27, 2010

Friday was the last day of school here! I honestly cannot believe how fast this past school year has gone. It seems like I just dropped my daughter off for her first day of Kindergarten!!! She did amazingly well on her report card and is definitely ready for Grade 1!

When people would ask her if she was excited for summer and school to be over she would always answer "yes and no." She would answer this way because she was happy that summer was coming but sad that she wouldn't see her friends everyday. I decided to make some cards that she could give to her friends. I used the set "Sweet Scoops", which I was so happy to finally be able to use. Inside the card I typed up a little note saying "I would like to get together over the summer for a playdate sometime. My phone number is XXX-XXXX and my Mommy's e-mail address is XXXX. I hope to hear from you." I had Samantha write her friend's name on the top and she signed the card on the bottom. She was so happy to pass them out to her friends and felt much better about school coming to an end. =)

I then took the same layout that I used for the above card and made some for the Grade 2 class that I did my internship in. Inside I wrote a note "I am so proud of all the hard word you did in Grade 2. I hope that you have a wonderful summer and get to do a lot of fun things. I hope that I get the chance to see you in Grade 3." I also went to McDonalds and got 17 gift cards and had $1.12 put on each so they could each get a free vanilla cone.

Saturday, June 12, 2010

Are you ready for a sneak peek from the Stampin' Up! 2010-2011 Idea Book and Catalog being released on July 1st?

It is definitely one of my favorite stamp sets from the new catalog. It is called Baby Bundle and it is a set of 16! I checked out Splitcoast Stampers and found this card that Sandi had done. (I am still awaiting my pre-order package to arrive =) ) Isn't this card the cutest???

Mary Fish from Stampin' Pretty (a great blog to get wonderful ideas from; I love all the projects she comes up with) came up with a beautiful card using the new Stampin' Up! Core Colors, which will be available July 1! This colorful card highlights the new additions to the Stampin' Up! Core Color Collection. Meet (from left to right): Cajun Craze, Early Espresso, Daffodil Delight, Cherry Cobbler and Marina Mist:

Saturday, June 5, 2010

Stampin' Up has released its' Last Chance List!

You do not want to miss out on all of the fabulous Stampin' Up! stamps & accessories that will soon be gone forever!

If you'd like to place an order, you will want to place it as soon as your final choices are made because the accessories often sell out very quickly!

Check out the lists here:

Last Chance Stamp Sets.

Last Chance Accessories.

Last Chance Definitely Decorative.

Thursday, May 13, 2010

Ever since Stampin' Up made their announcement of the new Color Renovation that will be occurring with the release of the new catalog, the retiring color items (ink, reinkers and paper) have been selling FAST! Stampin' Up wants everyone to be able to get the items that they are wants to this is what they have come up with to help the situation:

1) Regarding the reinkers: For the remainder of May, any orders that cannot be filled will be put on backorder and filled as quickly as possible from those. Once June comes, once the supplies are gone, that's it.

2) Regarding the paper: (This comes directly from the Stampin' Up site) "To help us be able to provide you with the card stock in the retiring colours for as long as possible, we will be substituting textured paper for some of the smooth colours--including card stock in 8-1/2" x 11" as well as 12" x 12"--where the smooth is no longer available. You will notice these colours go on backorder, and we will be filling as many of those as possible with textured card stock. Because the demand for each colour varies, we are unable to provide a list of what colours of card stock will be substituted with textured, or at what point that will happen. However, if you receive a package of card stock that is textured instead of smooth, there will be a sticker on the package indicating that change. There will be no change in item code or price for these substitutions".

So obviously your best bet is to order the retiring items that you are wanting ASAP to guarantee that you will be able to get them. E-mail me at if you would like to place an order.

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

I know that I have been a bad blogger this year. I am going to "try" to start posting more often. No promises though; life is just so busy the past few months.

Stampin' Up will be releasing their new Summer Mini on May 1st. As a rep, I have had the opportunity to have a sneak peek. I haven't had a chance to play with the sets yet though. "Sweet Scoops" and "Go, Graduate" are my must haves from this catalog.

Here are some pictures, courtesy of SplitCoast Stampers (I quite often check out this site to get inspiration to make cards):

Sweet Scoops

Go, Graduate

Saturday, April 10, 2010

Things are going to be changing with the release of the new Idea Book & Catalog from Stampin’ Up! on July 1st! They are renovating the color line-up. Stampin' Up! is releasing 5 BRAND NEW COLORS and bringing back 10 of the retired In Colors!! We will also get 5 extra new In Colors and they will stay around for TWO years, instead of just one!

With the new catalog in July, this is what the color collections will look like:
(click on the chart to see a bigger version)

10 returning IN COLORS on the chart above are:
Baja Breeze, Melon Mambo, Pink Pirouette, Rich Razzleberry, Riding Hood Red, River Rock, Soft Suede, Tangerine Tango and Wild Wasabi

5 NEW COLORS on the chart above are:
Marina Mist, Daffodil Delight, Cherry Cobbler, Cajun Craze and Early Espresso

Current colors that will retire in June are:
Glorious Green, Green Galore, Gable Green, Yoyo Yellow, Only Orange, Pink Passion, Pixie Pink, Orchid Opulence, Lovely Lilac, Brilliant Blue, Close to Cocoa, Creamy Caramel, Really Rust, Ruby Red, Cameo Coral, Summer Sun, Bordering Blue, Brocade Blue, Ballet Blue, Taken with Teal, Handsome Hunter, Pale Plum, Blush Blossom (the marker will still be available), Apricot Appeal, Barely Banana (Mellow Moss, Sage Shadow, Almost Amethyst, Lavender Lace, Basic Brown, and Going Gray.
(click on the chart to see a bigger version)

Saturday, March 6, 2010

I borrowed the above image from Liz at DIY Paper Creations. You should definitely checked out her blog. I have been following it for some time now and have gotten many, many ideas from it.

When the current Mini came out, I wasn't too sure how I felt about the Clear Mount stamps. I did, however, order a few sets b/c I wanted to try them out myself so when customers asked me, I would have experience using them. Well, here are my thoughts:
1) In the picture above, there are 17 sets, both in the Clear Mount and in the Wood Mount. As you can clearly see from the picture, when it comes to space, the Clear Mount takes up significantly less and they are all the same size, which is great. I know that I always had a hard time organizing my Wood Mount sets b/c they are all in different sized storage cases. Having the Clear Mount sets solved this problem for me b/c I am able to easily store the DVD sized case.

2) When purchasing the Clear Mount sets, I saved money, which is always great, right?? With the money that I saved, I was able to buy some of the acrylic blocks to use with the stamps, as well as some DSP that I was wanting.

3) When using the Wood Mount, I would always get a little cranky if I were to stain the wood, which is always bound to happen at some point. With the Clear Mount set, this is no longer a worry b/c if you get ink on the acrylic block, you just need to wash it with warm soapy water.

So, even though I was not a big fan initially, I am now in LOVE with the new Clear Mount sets. From now on, I am going to purchase the Clear Mount sets whenever I am able to. What are your thoughts on them?
Sami has a birthday party of a friend to go to later this afternoon. I wanted to make a card for it. I needed something girly, so I immediately thought of the retired set Pretty Princess. I made sure to use looks of glitter on it too so it was sparkly. I hope she likes it.

Friday, March 5, 2010

Every time I place a Stampin' Up, I order myself 2-3 ink pads. I am starting to get a little collection going, but it seems like it is going to take me forever to get all the colors and I am using all my Stampin' Up Markers way too much to get the color of ink that I want to stamp with. I found a way to solve my issue. I have decided that I am going to buy all the Stampin' Spots; then when I notice that I am using a particular color a lot, then I will purchase that ink pad. The best part is that I can get a whole "family" of colors for only $29.95. Here is what they look like in the box:
I plan on keeping them in the box b/c it is the perfect storage solution and I want to be sure to keep the "family" together. =)

Friday, February 26, 2010

Here is a picture of my daughter at her birthday party that was this past Sunday. Her tutu was made by Kerri from Monkeybum Designs This outfit is perfect for halloween or for playing dress up. Sami wears it quite often around the house and cannot wait for the weather to get warmer so she can wear it outside. The tutu is made with yards upon yards of the softest tulle and features a satin wrapped waist and bow. It was listed as being for children up to age 4 or so, but Sami just turned 6 and will get a lot more use out of it yet. She had so many compliments on her outfit and I passed Kerri's name along to many people. =)

Here is the amazing cake that Sonya did from Summer Beary Cake Boutique It was a good thing that Sonya brought along some business cards b/c many of the Moms are very interested in having her made a cake for their children's upcoming birthdays. =)

Saturday, February 13, 2010

I finished everything for Sami's birthday treat bags that she will be giving to her friends. I made ladybug finger puppets and hair clips, using ladybug ribbon. I also included a chocolate that is shaped like a ladybug. Here is a picture of all the ladybugs together:

Here is a picture of two ladybugs together so you can see the front and the back:

Here is a picture of what I made to say thank you for coming to the party. It is a picture of two of them so you are able to see the front and the back. I have some clear bags that I will be putting everything in.

Saturday, February 6, 2010

Here is a sneak peek of the things that I am making for Samantha's 6th birthday party. I have all the supplies cut and ready to go. I was able to find cute ladybug chocolates at the Dollarama and thought they went nicely with the theme. =)


Friday, January 29, 2010

Doesn't everyone love ladybugs? I know that I sure do! =) My daughter will be turning 6 next month and she insisted that she have a ladybug themed party. I am so excited to have the party. =) From her birthday outfit, to the loot bag goodies, and the birthday cake; everything is going to have a ladybug theme to it. It is going to come together so nicely. I am making everything that will be going in the loot bag. I will be sure to post pictures of the process as it comes alone. =)

This is a new style of tooth fairy pillow that I have come up with. I already made tooth fairy pillows, which are in the actual shape of a tooth, but I wanted to make an actual pillow with the image of a tooth as the "pocket" on the front. I was able to find the template of Martha Stewart's website. =) It measures 5" x 5" and is available in a variety of colors.
I stumbled across Belinda's blog through a friend and hit a jackpot! =) She was selling some stamp sets that she didn't want anymore. They are both retired sets, but I have wanted them and didn't get the chance to get them when they were in the catalog. Here they are:

Deer Friends:

Ahoy Matey:

Saturday, January 23, 2010

As you can tell from the pictures posted below, I have been on a felt cookie kick. =) These are felt cookies that are embellished with icing & sprinkles! The sprinkles are beads that are very securely stitched in place so they are not going anywhere. My own daughter loves to play bakery with the ones I have made for her and I use them frequently with my students in class.

They make a great gift for the little baker or an addition to any child's pretend kitchen collection!! These adorable sets are completely handmade and hand sewn with lots of care. It is made using high quality felt, securely stitched beads, cotton thread and anti-allergenic polyester fiberfill in a smoke free home.

Each cookie measures approx. 2.5" by 2.5" and is lightly stuffed to give it the look and feel of a real cookie!

What better way to make sure you do not lose your mittens this winter then to have a set of mitten clips to make sure they stay put and off of the ground! When mittens are taken off, they just hang off of your jacket and do not become lost. I have many more patterns available then just the pictures that I have posted. Join my Facebook group to stay up-to-date with what is available or check out my Etsy site.

Stampin' Up has been them in the past to help support others (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 once again stepped forward and shown their commitment to making a difference in the lives of others (especially when disaster strikes and the need is the greatest).

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

As a Stampin' Up! customer, you can help make a difference in the lives of those who continue to suffer from the effects of this earthquake by purchasing the I {Heart} Hearts stamp set.

From now until February 28, 2010, $2 from every I {Heart} Hearts stamp set purchased will be donated to the American Red Cross: Haiti Relief and Development Fund. The Red Cross is already well-established in Haiti and this money will be used to provide immediate relief and long-term support through supplies, technical assistance and other support to help those in need.

Here are a few examples of what you can make with this stamp set:

Saturday, January 16, 2010

I was late putting in my pre-order from the new mini catalog and sale-a-bration catalog, so I just received my parcel this past week. I ordered everything with the new clear-mount stamps, rather then the wooden block. I absolutely love that they each come in a DVD size case, which will be perfect for storage. I also love that there is a small logo of each stamp that is inside pictured on the side, so it will be so easy to see what is inside the box. Here is what I ordered (minus Messages for Mom b/c I couldn't find an image of it):

Well Scripted

Fox & Friends

I {heart} Hearts

Whimsical Words

I cannot wait to start playing with these sets. Stay tuned b/c I will be posting pictures of the cards that I come up with!