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Free Hostess set with your order... Special from Patty Bennett

While I am away at Convention, learning about all the new cool stamps and accessories in the new Stampin' Up! catalog, I am OFFERING YOU A SPECIAL!!


You may pick a FREE Level 1 hostess set from the current catalog with your $75 order on Aug. 1, 2 or 3.  I have at least one of each hostess set (and duplicates of many of them), so it will be first come first served!   Email me with your order between Aug. 1st and Aug. 3rd, and your choice of hostess set.  I will email you back on Aug. 4th with confirmation of your order, request for payment and confirmation of the availability of your choice of hostess set!  Immediate payment is required (paypal or CC # through Stampin' Up!).

Hope you are having a GREAT week!



Convention Happenings - part 1

In the airport on Tuesday, we spotted demonstrator friends Lynne, Cindee, Mary and Elise - check out their super cute totes for their swap cards!  (made by Cindee)



Finishing swaps on the plane...


CHECK THIS OUT... yesterday when we met up in the hotel lobby to go register for convention (AND GET THE NEW CATALOG.. WHOOOHOO!) Sharon and Ellen had made custom shirts.. Follow me to Patty Bennett.... toooooooooooo fun.. they are SO DEAR!!  Luv you, gals!


Joy and I looking at the NEW CATALOG!!!  Did I mention it's FABULOUS? Well, what else would it be?  :)


and THIS was a total shock.. when I checked in at the Awards booth, I was given a pink leather purse and told I was in the Founders Circle!!!!!!!!  Oh my gosh.. I don't know what award I earned, but I'll find out tonight at Awards Night!!  I'm kinda freaked out about it... I don't know what I did to earn it!? yikes!


And here is part of our group (in our Luv 2 Stamp Group t-shirts) at the Stampin' Up! headquarters in Riverton:


The new catalog is super fantastic... lots of great new sets, and the new Designer Papers are FABULOUS!  Fun new ribbons... new punches, more Carousel Notes in the new In Colors.. fabulous samples.... oh ya.. I'm in trouble!

I'll check back in with you later.. have a great day,


Happy 50th Sweetheart!

Happy 50th birthday honey!!  Hope your day is wonderful!!  Love you!

Here is the card I made for my DH - before I wrote the mushy stuff in it! :)

Supplies used:  Spring Break Designer Paper, Blue Bayou cardstock and ribbon, Pewter Jumbo Eyelets and Vintage Brads, and Chipboard pieces all from Stampin' Up!.  CD Folder from Uline.  See this post for info.


Isn't it funny how the "WHAT?" came out on the front right below 50 !! ?  I didn't even plan that.. too funny!



Happy Birthday also to Carol and Joan! 

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Awards and Tags - thanks ladies!

Just a quick note to say that I'm honored to have been tagged and awarded by so many talented ladies recently...  I feel that I've already bored you with my tag answers several times, so I am going to forgo listing my answers again.  Just wanted to say thanks to all who have tagged me an nominated me for awards lately.  I appreciate you all!

OK.. now it's almost time to be off to convention!


My Stampin' Up! Convention Swaps

I am getting SOOOOO excited about going to Convention!!  Friends, Stamping, Ideas, Swaps, Food, Fun... whohooo!  This will be my 12th Convention - can you believe I have to leave on my hubby's 50th birthday? YIKES!  We had a big 49er party last year (HERE), so he said it was ok to go to convention and not do a big thing for his 50th this year.

Anyway... here are the 3 swap cards I'm taking with me to Convention next week.. they all use Bella Rose Designer Paper and new colors: Kiwi Kiss, Pink Pirouette, Riding Hood Red, and of course good old Chocolate Chip!

Swap 1

For more info on the card above, click HERE.

Swap 2

Above: this card uses the Fresh Cut Notecard turned into a "pocket" - open at the top. That is one of the new Riding Hood Red buttons in the center of the big flower...  it has a funny glare on it from the flash.. sorry! 

Swap 3 

Enjoy your weekend!

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Blog Candy WINNER!

Oh my goodness... 315 COMMENTS !!!  I read every single one and LOVED reading both your VERY kind comments and remembering some of the fun projects I've featured here over the last 14 months! 

I randomly picked a winner, and here is what the winner had to say:

ONE favorite project? How can I choose? It is usually the last one I saw on here but this time I think it is a tie.. between the bracelet and the Bella Rose pocket album... Your pieces are always terrific and that is just product to die for! yummy!
Jan Statkiewicz

So Jan, please email me with your address and I'll get your Pockets and Pieces kit out in the mail on Monday!! 

Per your 315 comments, the #1 favorite project was the Faux Seaglass Bracelets and the Build a Brad Bracelets!

Followed closely by the following:  Sunflower card, Popsicle Card12 Pocket folder and 3 Pocket Gift Card Holder.

Then the favorites were the Bella Rose CD folder and anything made with the Bind it All.

Thank you all for your comments.. I am blessed beyond belief to have such wonderful friends in blog-land!

I just have to give a SUPER HUGE SHOUT OUT to my dear friend Sharon... many of the recent projects on my blog have come from her ideas.  Many of you have asked me for her blog... she doesn't have one, but I did make a "Sharon's Project" link on my blog HERE.  And YES, she's coming to Convention.. you can meet her there!  (Sharon.. you have a HUGE fan club!) :)

I'll be posting my Convention swaps later today! Stay tuned!


Blog Candy - Blog Celebration - 700,000 hits!

To Celebrate 700,000 hits on my blog, I'm giving away a free "Pockets and Pieces" class kit!!

 All you need to do to enter is LEAVE ME A COMMENT on this post, and tell me which of the projects on my blog is your favorite!!  (hint.. there is no wrong answer) LOL

I will randomly pick a winner on Saturday morning (7.26) and notify you that you have won and ask for your mailing address.

You MUST leave your full name and email address in your post if you want to be considered for this offer. 

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Sunflower Convention Swap card

CONVENTION is coming... time for more Convention swaps!!!!  I was totally inspired by Jill's adorable card HERE, and decided I needed to make a swap card using her super cute flower idea!  WAY too cute, Jill!!! 

So I made a pile of flowers... a "paper flower garden"...

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(I actually ended up making 2x this many!!) :)

Then I made it into this card with Chocolate Chip, Kiwi Kiss and Apricot Appeal cardstock:

Sunflower 1

I used the "Punches Plus" brass template and the paper piercer to add an oval of holes around the punched out greeting.

Sunflower 2

The flowers are super easy to make.. punch out Apricot cardstock with the Scallop Circle punch and then snip between each petal with Stampin' Up! Paper Snips! 

Sunflower 4

(thanks to my son for the fabulous photo!)

The flower centers are punched with the 1" circle punch out of the Bella Rose paper, and the Kiwi Kiss polka dot paper is also from the Bella Rose Stampin' Up! Designer Series Paper pack!

If you'd like to know how to make the fun corrugated leaves, check my previous blog post HERE.

Have a FABULOUS day! 

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Card of the Week blog

Susanna Boyd over at Card of the Week has a GREAT blog if you are looking for TONS of inspiration!  She was kind enough to feature my Faux Seaglass Bracelets this week on her blog.. go check out all the links to billions of fun blogs and project ideas on her site!   (OK.. maybe not billions... but definitely enough to keep you crafting for years to come!)


Convention Swaps for Karen

Over the weekend we celebrated one of my downline's birthdays... Karen had requested "no gifts"... but I asked the gals to each bring her 10 swap cards that she could take to convention and swap...  it was SO fun to do this for her, and she was very appreciative of the time it will save her this week.  Here are the cards we gave her:


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and Sharon made a great swap box to put them all in:


Have a great day!

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Faux Seaglass Bracelet Class

We had the MOST fun on Saturday... working on our Faux Seaglass bracelets...  of course.. yes.. this is another SHARON IDEA!  :)  She helped me lead the class with instructions of how to make the faux seaglass pieces from Shrink Plastic!! 


Oh ya, did I mention there was chocolate?



To aid in making the class a little quicker, I preshrunk and colored about 300 pieces for them to use, and they created the ones with the swirl impressions in class:


Rip the shrink plastic into pieces approx. 1-1/2"x3" and punch a hole with the large hole of the Crop A Dile, then shrink it with the heat tool.  While it's still hot, impress a swirly stamp into it (we used the swirls from Priceless).


Then mix reinker and crystal effects and paint it on the pieces... voila... faux seaglass!  It is amazing!


Then put jump rings through the holes and add them to bracelet chain.  We also added rhinestone brads and charms to ours!  LOVE THEM!!

Here are a few of them:




Seaglass bracelet



Now.. go buy shrink plastic and make one! :)

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DISCOUNTED Retiring Accessories!

Discounted_Accessories_US For the first time ever, Stampin' Up! is discounting some of their Retiring Accessories!!

CLICK HERE  or see below for the list of accessories being offered at 25% OFF!! 

Offer begins Monday, but feel free to email me your order in advance and I will place your order on Monday!

This is only a partial Retiring Accessories list, Please check back with me on Monday for the FULL list!

Item#    Pg  Description    Price listed is after the 25% discount       

109117  167 Pocket Notes assortment   $7.46
110479  168 Jersey Shore Designer Series paper   $7.46
110699  168 East Coast Prep Designer Series paper  $7.46
109159  169 Flowers For You  Designer Series paper   $7.46
110273  169 Spring Fling Designer Series paper $7.46
110748  170 Notebook Designer Series paper  $7.46
109153  170 Porcelain Prints Designer Series paper $7.46
110751  171 Azure Designer Series paper  $7.46
109164  171 River Rock Prints Designer Series paper  $7.46
109175  171 Almost Amethyst Prints Designer Series paper  $7.46
109168  171 Groovy Guava Prints Designer Series paper $7.46
109169  171 Close to Cocoa Prints Designer Series paper  $7.46
110284  182 Eastern Elegance Rub-Ons $8.21
110285  182 Urban West Rub-Ons   $8.21
110281  182 Cherished Memories Rub-Ons   $8.21
109185  190 Jersey Ribbon Originals  $9.71
109187  190 District Ribbon Originals  $9.71
109189  190 Beachfront Ribbon Originals   $9.71
110716  191 Wild Wasabi striped grosgrain ribbon  $5.96
109062  191 River Rock double-stitched grosgrain ribbon $6.71
This list is in addition to the Hodgepodge Hardware Kits that are also 25% off right now, price listed is after the 25% discount.
105532 188 Aged Copper Hodgeppodge Hardware $20.96
105531 188 Antique Brass Hodgepodge Hardware $20.96
105515 188 Pewter Hodgepodge Hardware $20.96

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