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Friday, May 31, 2013

Order from BOTH catalogs today only

Today, May 31, is a special day because you may order from both the old and new catalogs!

And to make the deal a little bit sweeter, Stampin' Up! is offering three greeting stamp sets for 25% off starting today and ending June 30. Details are below.

Here's a link to see the 2013-2014 catalog online. If you placed an Online Order with me this month, you'll receive a new catalog in the mail! If you are local, please contact me to get a catalog, or come to my June 15 event between 11 and 2 p.m.

To order any catalog item, please visit my Online Store at Thanks!

Sale PriceRetail PriceDescriptionItem
$17.96$23.95Sassy Salutations Wood-Mount Stamp Set132070
$13.46$17.95Sassy Salutations Clear-Mount Stamp Set126707
$14.96$19.95Sweet Essentials Wood-Mount Stamp Set132085
$11.21$14.95Sweet Essentials Clear-Mount Stamp Set126457
$21.71$28.95Petite Pairs Wood-Mount Stamp Set128706
$15.71$20.95Petite Pairs Clear-Mount Stamp Set122497

Sunday, May 26, 2013

Button Buddies snail says "thanks"

I'm slowly learning new things to do with my phone. I took this photo and sent it to a special email address to save it as a draft in Blogger. That wasn't hard. But I have no idea how to crop the photo. Any suggestions? I have a Droid. At any rate, I used leftover designer paper from my Dinoroar card  in a previous post to make some 3" x 3" thank-you notes for customer orders. I used the retiring Button Buddies snail stamp in Island Indigo and added a Subtles button (also retiring). Lucky Limeade is the other color used on this note. It's the only In Color retiring at the end of this month.
My posts have been scarce lately. I have all kinds of craft projects in progress, and I'm trying to finish them one by one because my garage, dining room table and studio are filling up. My problem is that I finish three projects only to start a couple more! Then there was the recent Heirloom Rubber Stamp and Paper Arts Festival. It was a great success for my bestie Kim and I. It was wonderful seeing other American Ink demonstrators there, as well as faces from Heirloom shows past. Also, the Heirloom people are THE BEST! So thanks to all of you who showed up and bought stuff from us and wished us well. We appreciated it.
This week, Kim and I will be meeting to empty her big kidnapper van - as I affectionately call it - into my studio. I'm going to rearrange furniture in my studio and get ready for my huge retired stamp event on June 15. I'll be prepping a variety of cards. For a flat fee of $20, you can come and stamp as many cards as you want from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., and if you place an order, you can pick from my retired stash for FREE. Hello! What a great deal.
Big hugs to you! I hope you're enjoying a fabulous Memorial Weekend, and take time out to say "Thank you" to those who have given their lives for our country.

Summer Starfruit thanks from one of my team members

Card by Teresa Caudle-Pew
Just wanted to pop in and share a terrific thank-you note from my friend and downline, Teresa. We communicate mostly via phone since she lives across the water. I thought it was so sweet of her to send this to me! I enjoy our talks and her great sense of humor. I love the layered Window framelits with rhinestones on each corner and piercing. So thanks, Teresa! I appreciate it.

Saturday, May 25, 2013

25% off select My Digital Studio content & print products

Thru June 15, 2013, you may receive 25% off select My Digital Studio content AND print products. Digital content includes: ALL ensemble, calendar, photobook, and swatchbook digital content. See it here.
Print products include: ALL photobooks, swatchbooks, cards, tags, individual pages, and calendars.
See it here.
You may order all digital items and print products thru me via my Online Store at Thanks! Terry

Friday, May 17, 2013

By The Tide man card; DIY project - dry erase board

By The Tide is a set for man cards. I CASE'd this one from fellow demo Deb Currier.

This is a Crumb Cake card with layers of Basic Black and Neutrals paper stack (a 12" x 12" pad with a variety of patterns). I add a couple of Neutral brads and a sentiment from Itty Bitty Banners. The fish was cut out and adhered with dimensionals over a 2-1/2" Very Vanilla circle stamped with the coral image.
I wanted to share a dry erase board I made. This is a heavy metal frame that I painted ivory and distressed, then added a piece of Tea for Two designer paper (in the Spring Catalog). I leave messages for my kids on it in the front entry. I love the vintage flavor of this project.

I hope you have a wonderful Friday! I'm off to meet my bestie Kim to set up for the Heirloom craft show in Puyallup. Ta ta!

Thursday, May 16, 2013

Roar your birthday boy greeting with Dinoroar; Heirloom show

I'll miss this cute dinosaur in the retiring stamp set Dinoroar! I added shades of Lucky Limeade to him, using a blender pen and ink pad. This was one of the card designs for a 10-card class earlier this week.

I cut 2" x 2-1/2" pieces of In Color dsp from the 12" x 12" pad. The colors used here are Lucky Limeade (retiring at the end of the May), and Island Indigo. I love the personality the dots and stripes add to the card when paired with the dinosaur, which was punched out of Whisper White card stock with the 2-1/2" Circle punch. The sentiment also comes with the stamp set!

Tomorrow I'll be setting up a terrific booth at the Heirloom Rubber Stamp and Paper Arts Festival in Puyallup with my bestie Kim. Her kidnapper van is already loaded! I'm so excited for the weekend. We stay overnight on Saturday, which is lots of fun. If you have time either Saturday or Sunday (or both!) I hope you'll come down and visit us - and buy a bunch of stuff. It's CRAZY how much retired Stampin' Up! stuff we have between the two of us - especially the NEW stuff!!! You'll find everything from stamps and ribbons, to punches and fabric, plus many more items we made with our own little hands!

If you'd like to order any of the above items, please use my Online Store at Thanks!

Stamps: Dinoroar;
Ink: Jet Black StazOn, Lucky Limeade pad;
Paper: Whisper White, In Color dsp paper stack;
Accessories: 2-1/2" Circle punch, dimensionals.

Chalkboard card share

Even though I make cards all of the time, I love getting ones from others in the mail (just like everybody else!). This card was created by SU! demo Chris Ezekiel, who sent me this card with a payment for a bunch of stamps and stuff she purchased from me. She created a lovely chalkboard effect with white ink smudged on the Basic Black card stock, and a white pencil with ruler for the lines. The little flower is from the Bordering on Romance stamp set, which retires at the end of May. The main sentiment is from a Sale-a-Bration 2013 set called Vintage Verses.

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Forever Young for a man card

Time is winding down to order any retiring stamps and accessories from the current catalog, which ends this month. This clock is from Forever Young, one of the many stamp sets retiring.

This was one of the designs I came up with for a 10-card class this morning. The card is Bashful Blue (retiring), with a 1" x 5-1/2" strip of Chocolate Chip I ran through the Tasteful Trim die for the Big Shot to get the big scallops. I added a 1" x 5-1/2" piece of Marina Mist card stock, then a 3/4" x 5" piece of First Edition dsp cut like a flag on top of that. The sentiment is from the Spring Catalog stamp set Essentials.
Keep an eye out for a Grand Retirement Party I'm hosting next month at my studio. For one flat price, you'll be able to stamp all of the cards you like! And when you order, you'll be able to pick something FREE from my retired stash.
To order supplies for this card or anything else, please visit my Online Store at Thanks!

Monday, May 13, 2013

Mosaic Madness and Secret Garden make and takes

A handful of rhinestones add sparkle to this card, which was a make and take Kim brought for our demonstrator gathering this past weekend. The Mosaic Madness stamp set has a coordinating embossing folder and punch. Love it!
Mary Ann brought a Wisteria Wonder and Eggplant Envy Secret Garden card. The sentiment is from Blooming with Kindness. We colored the flowers with ink pads and a blender pen, then added 2-way glue and Dazzling Diamonds glitter to the center of each flower.

My group is wonderful! Some of the demos volunteer to bring projects for everyone to make, some bring food (we had a very nice spread Saturday!), and swapping cards is always optional and fun! We're winding down the number of days left to order from the current catalogs (annual and Spring), so if there's something you want, order it soon. You may always order thru my Online Store at

Finally, this Friday is when Kim and I are setting up our 10' x 10' booth at the Heirloom Rubber Stamp and Paper Arts Festival in Puyallup at the fairgrounds. We'll be right up front with our shabby chic/vintage furnishings holding a ton of retired stamps, punches, ribbons, and so much more! I hope you can join us this Saturday or Sunday (or both!). Have a wonderful day!!!

Sunday, May 12, 2013

American Ink swaps with sneak peeks and a mini ironing board

The new Quatrefancy Specialty designer paper really stands out on this white card. I stamped a long stamp from Mosaic Madness in Pool Party. In hindsight, I think Island Indigo would've been a better choice. Anyway, I used one of the framelits from Apothecary Accent Framelits for the sentiment from Sassy Salutations.
Barb's swap uses the Honeycomb embossing folder and smallest butterfly punch. The card is Soft Suede with Calypso Coral and new In Color Crisp Cantaloupe. The sentiment is from Bring on the Cake.

Frankie's swap uses the new Wildflower Meadow single stamp (she did an incredible amount of coloring with markers - amazing!), and the coordinating embossing folder with the same name. The sentiment is from Petite Pairs.

Kim's swap uses the new Mosaic Madness stamp set, Mosaic Punch, along with the Modern Mosaic Textured embossing folder. "You're Amazing" comes from the stamp set with that same name.

Mary Ann's swap uses Floral Fusion Sizzlits, and a sentiment from the Perfectly Penned stamp set.
I really enjoy myself at these get-togethers. I'm planning a group retreat August 10-11 at my studio. I'll be prepping a couple of projects for everyone who shows up, as well as prepping random cards for everybody to make as a service project for our troops and a local nursing home.
Of course I have to share this adorable mini ironing board. That little wooden piece locks the leg in, so it doesn't collapse; otherwise, it does collapse to store easily. The "iron"ic thing - I don't iron. lol
Happy Mother's Day to all of my friends! I hope you have a wonderful day of laziness.

Friday, May 10, 2013

Dapper Dad man card and fun Friday garage sale finds

Dapper Dad features three stamps that are great for man cards. I think the shoe is my favorite.
I started with a Whisper White card, added a 5-1/4" x 4" piece of Night of Navy card stock - embossed with the Argyle folder - and a 1-1/4" x 4" strip of Neutrals Designer Series Paper Stack. I only used Night of Navy ink, with the shoe image and with the sentiment, which is from the Delightful Dozen stamp set. I CASE'd this card from fellow demo Jill Hilliard, changing up the colors. I chose Basic Gray and blue because they just seem so classic to me.
I managed to get to a couple of garage sales today. I found this fabulous wooden crate (with a lid!) for only five bucks.
I picked up this tin of magnetic letters and numbers for two bucks simply because I love the bright colors on the school-house shaped tin.

The temperature reached 80 degrees while I was out and about today. It was HOT! It was nice to relax by the pool chatting with my niece while her daughter romped in the water. I was so glad I had done some gardening when it was cooler this afternoon. I clipped loads of lilacs for two vases in the house. They smell AWESOME!
More new-to-me items I found today include this shelf unit. There's a space for a clock, which I'll add, and a drawer beneath that. I just need to add a knob. The paint job is good. The piece just needs cleaned up a bit. I met the nicest couple today AND they gave me crazy good deals. This unit was only three bucks.

For a couple more bucks, I got these two pieces. I like them just the way they are!

And when I got home, I found a box from my friend, Jules, in North Carolina. Look what she picked up for me for my birthday! She did a little shopping of her own. I've got a thing about flower frogs lately. I think they're so cool... the more, the merrier. The heart trivet was already used at dinner time, and the candle is going out to the studio and on display for my demo meeting tomorrow morning. Jules sent her gift early because she's moving... how thoughtful is she? She's thinking of me and she's moving her entire household! Thanks so much, my friend.

Thursday, May 9, 2013

Spec-tacular card and garage sale, thrift store finds

When I saw this close-up photo of my card, I cracked up.  I thought I did a decent job coloring in that one pair of sunglasses... until I saw this photo. I really did use the fine tip end of the Real Red marker. lol
I had three cards prepped for my club members last night, but decided to add a fourth because I wanted to use this single stamp called Spec-tacular. I love having cards on hand that fit a variety of occasions. I can just add a greeting and I'm good to go! This is a Whisper White card with a Marina Mist layer that I ran through the Honeycomb embossing folder. Spec-tacular is $7.95 (Item 132673) and fits clear Block E. It was stamped in a needs-to-be-inked Basic Black pad, layered on Real Red, with a 1/8" Real Red taffeta ribbon knotted on the front.
After running a couple of early morning errands today, I decided to go to a couple of Thursday garage sales, followed by a couple of thrift stores. Here are some of my finds - a ukelele, a little wire basket, a metal photo frame, a vintage flour container, and a 2-tier wire rack that's holding a tapestry purse and new business card holder. In the middle is a silver cloche (that was actually from yesterday's travels. I was hoping the candle holder on the far right corner would be the right size but it's much too large for the cloche), a few mason jars for when I make jam next month, a few doilies and English tea cup and saucer from a couple of old ladies down the road.
I also found the 4-pane mirror, a wooden end table, and a huge glass water bottle. I didn't get photos of everything. Instead, after visiting a friend for a bit, I came home and started cleaning everything, painting, gluing and getting crafty. It's fun, but tiring!
Here's a closer shot of the vintage flour tin after I cleaned it. I love the colors!

I love labeling on old, wooden boxes. Rolled fillets of anchovies with capers, anyone?
My 2-tier wire basket is now ivory colored instead of black. Huge improvement!
My teacup and saucer is now a bird feeder, thanks to glue! I just need a chain that will go from a tree branch to the handle, and some bird seed in the cup and saucer. I got the idea off of Pinterest! Whoo hoo!!! I know exactly where I'm going to put it - in my side yard. When we barbecue this weekend, it'll be in plain view.
Thanks for joining me today!

Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Guaranteed big fish on the line with By The Tide card

What guy wouldn't love to get a big one on his line? With this card, it's guaranteed.
The fish is from the By The Tide stamp set. I stamped it in Not Quite Navy and cut it out, adding some Calypso Coral baker's twine for a line on a toothpick. The fisherman's bag is a slightly modified Petite Purse diecut with a Regals Brad. My club members are making this card this month, for Father's Day. I CASE'd the card from Heidi Baks.

Look what I found today! A 1954 Monopoly game. It was in a "new" place I found. Of course, I'll be going back again soon. What deals!!!

The rules for this Monopoly game are short. I love that! And there's the Get Out of Jail Free Card. Gotta have that!

I hope you're enjoying our sunny weather. A bird or birds has been defiling my vehicle, so I'll need to wash it tomorrow while out and about doing errands.

Happy Stampin'!

Stamps: By The Tide;
Ink: Not Quite Navy;
Paper: Very Vanilla, Tangerine Tango, River Rock, Not Quite Navy card stocks;
Accessories: Houndstooth embossing folder, Square Lattice embossing folder, Petite Purse die, Big Shot, 2-1/2" Circle punch, Calypso Coral baker's twine, Regals Brad, Stampin' Dimensionals, toothpick.

Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Friends are Blessings from Heaven

Look at this close-up of a vintage button for a Sneak Peek of what's coming up in the 2013-2014 annual SU! catalog. My tip: When you don't have matching ribbon, or skinny enough ribbon, use your paper trimmer to cut a skinny strip to thread the button.
I made this birthday card for my friend, Sue, using three different Very Vintage Designer button designs (new catalog item!) on Blossom-punched flowers. Sue loves the color purple. In addition to the card, I brought her a huge bunch of lilacs from my yard, and lunch from a favorite Chinese restaurant. We had a really nice visit this afternoon, and left each other with plans to have lunch again next month for my birthday.
I had International Bazaar dsp on my desk from making all of the butterfly treats for the teachers earlier this morning (see the post below), so I grabbed this pattern for the flowers, backing the middle one with a punched Rich Razzleberry flower. For the sentiment - from the Blessings from Heaven stamp set - I used the Decorative Label Punch first, then a new punch called Artisan Label punch for the sides.

Stamps: Blessings from Heaven;
Ink: Rich Razzleberry pad;
Paper: Whisper White, Pretty in Pink and Rich Razzleberry card stocks, International Bazaar dsp;
Accessories: Delicate Designs folder, Big Shot, crochet trim, Blossom punch, vVery Vintage Designer Buttons, dimensionals, Decorative Label punch, Artisan Label punch.

Take a moment this week to appreciate a teacher

It's Teacher Appreciation Week May 6-10. The principal and secretary at my kids' middle school asked if I could bring in a little something today, so I made colorful butterflies with an Andes mint and a stamped note. The Big Shot made quick work of the butterflies - I die-cut three at a time.

I used the Beautiful Butterflies Bigz die for the Big Shot with many patterns from the International Bazaar designer paper, and used glue dots to adhere an Andes mint. The sentiment is from Occasions Alphabet. It's adhered to the mint with a dimensional.

Please take a moment this week to jot off a quick note to a favorite teacher. It'll mean the world to him or her!

Stamps: Occasions Alphabet;
Ink: Early Espresso pad;
Paper: Whisper White, International Bazaar dsp;
Accessories: Big Shot, Beautiful Butterflies Bigz die, mini glue dots, Stampin' Dimensionals, Ticket Duo Builder punch.

To order any or all of these items, please visit my Online Store at Thanks! Terry

Monday, May 6, 2013

My Bombs Away birthday card using a sketch challenge

This is the first time I've used photopolymer stamps. These two images are from the Bombs Away stamp set. They were easy to ink up and stuck to my acrylic block like nobody's business.
My friend and downline, Frankie, celebrated her birthday yesterday with a Mother's Day class and a family dinner out. I thought I'd send her a special card, and used a sketch challenge at Hand Stamped Sentiments. I just missed the cut-off!

Stamps: Bombs Away photopolymer stamps;
Ink: Island Indigo, Pear Pizzazz, and Melon Mambo;
Paper: Whisper White, Gingham Garden dsp (new 2013-2014 SU! annual catalog), Melon Mambo and Island Indigo card stock;
Accessories: Chevron embossing folder, Oval Collection Framelits, 1/8" Old Olive taffeta, Mini Glue Dots, dimensionals.

Saturday, May 4, 2013

Sharing sunshine and a Sneak Peek of the 2013-2014 annual SU! catalog

Sunshine, happiness, smiles... they all work within this sentiment from Feel Goods. To emphasize the sunshine, I used stitched Daffodil Delight ribbon on a Melon Mambo button. We've had terrific sunshine here today - temps reached more than 80 degrees. We played miniature golf with my niece and her family, and enjoyed a wonderful dinner after that. A perfect Saturday filled with a little work, lots of play, family time and the great outdoors.
There are a couple of Sneak Peeks from the 2013-2014 annual catalog on this card - the hummingbird is from a new background-sized stamp called Wildflower Meadow, and the designer paper is from a new pack called Gingham Garden. Did you know that Stampin' Up! started listing the colors in the designer paper packs with the Spring Catalog? It's wonderful! Turn the package over and you'll see the colors listed right under the paper name.

Here's another shot of the card. I have a big, beautiful shabby-chic green chalkboard in my entryway where I've been writing the quote of the day. I used this sentiment today. My kids and hubby love reading the variety of sayings. They're all positive, pick-me-ups and great reminders of how blessed we are.

Happy Stampin'!

Stamps: Feel Goods, Wildflower Meadow;
Ink: Markers - Night of Navy, Melon Mambo, and Daffodil Delight;
Paper: Whisper White, Night of Navy, Gingham Garden dsp;
Accessories: Label Framelits, Brights Buttons, Daffodil Delight stitched ribbon, dimensionals.

To order, please visit my Online Store at Thanks! Terry