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June 2009

Control Freak Swap Cards! part 1

I previously posted my Flower Pot Card for the Control Freak Swap and I thought I'd share the other fantabulous cards with you!!!  (Remember, the Control Freak group is the same group who brought you the BLOG TOUR)  :)

Below: by Mary Beth Brown

Mary Beth Brown

Below:  by Pam Findlay
Pam Findlay 

Below: by "Million Dollar" Mary Polcin

Mary Polcin 

Below: by Barb Mullikin

Barb Mullikin 

Below: by Kathy Strubel

Kathy Strubel

Below: by Erin Blair

Erin Blair 

Below: by Connie Babbert

Connie Babbert 

Below: by Gretchen Barron

Gretchen Barron 

Below: by Melanie Schulenberg

Melanie Schulenberg 

More swaps to come later in the week.. stay tuned!

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New Catalog Product Offer

I have an EXCITING New Catalog Product Offer to share with you but since we are NOT allowed to describe the new products until July 1st, PLEASE CHECK BACK on July 1st for my fun product offer with exclusive BONUS!!

The NEW Stampin' Up! Catalog will be LIVE on Wed., July 1st!!  Do you have your copy yet?  If so, you can order beginning at NOON on 7/1/09 ON LINE by CLICKING HERE then click on "Shop Now".  Please be patient if you are ordering on the 1st.. as the website may be slow due to thousands of people ordering!  Note: The Bermuda Bay pad and reinker are not available at this time due to a quality issue.

NEED a catalog?  CLICK HERE  to get your catalog for the cost of shipping!

If you need any supplies from the current catalog (which expires Tuesday night at 10pm), let me know!


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And the WINNER is...

Thanks for all your comments about what you suggest putting in the center of the Jumbo Grommets!! They are LOTS of fun and you all made FABULOUS suggestions (see bottom of post for the list)!!!


I haven't tried them yet either, I would tie ribbon through the center but also a piece of coordinating dsp in the center would look good too. So many possibilities. Thanks for the chance to win some.
Paula Rough

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Most of you suggested ribbon (in a knot or bow) in the center, other suggestions were:  DSP, Pretties flower, crystal effects with glitter or beads, pearl, vintage jewelry piece, photo of a loved one, a gem, rhinestone brad, jumbo eyelet, designer brads, corduroy buttons, and more! And you liked my Build A Brad idea too!
I'm glad I posted the Tutorial on these.. it was comforting to know I am not the only one who was intimidated by these and/or didn't know how to use them.  Boy, are they easy!
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Flower Pot Card - Tutorial

DSC07457 copy I was making a card for a swap and I had to use the new hostess set called Kind and Caring Thoughts... I got the vision of the stems coming out of a pot... so... I needed a pot... 

Here is the finished card:

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I used the new Dusty Durango cardstock for the pot and the matching Dusty Durango polkadot ribbon.  I also used the Dusty Durango MARKER (Whooohoooo - In Color Markers!) and an old olive marker to ink the stamp.  The greeting is also from that hostess set, stamped in Soft Suede, and is punched out with the new "Modern Label" punch.  The stems are stamped on Sahara Sand and mounted on Soft Suede.

OK>> Now.. how to make the pot:

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turn so that the 4" direction goes "side to side":

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align paper as shown below in your cutter, then cut:

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Flip paper over, align as shown and cut other side:

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Now you have this shape:

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Scallop the top edge if desired:

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Fold scalloped flap down and you have a cute pot!

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The pot has a neat speckled/stippled finish from the brayering.. makes it look like terra cotta!

After I made all the swaps, I made one stamped on Whisper White and I really like it on white too!

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Thanks for visiting!

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Kind Thoughts Brocade Stencil and Jumbo Grommet Tutorial

I was having fun with the Kind Thoughts Brocade Stencil again.. this time with one of the new In Colors, "Soft Suede".  Yummy color, isn't it?  (stenciled and stamped on a Sahara Sand Top Note Die).

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As you can see, I added one of the Jumbo Grommets with a Build A Brad in the center...I HAVE A CONFESSION... I was kind of afraid of these Grommets so I didn't use them until last week!! GEESH!!  How stupid silly is that??????????

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But these Jumbo Grommets are sooooooooooooooooooo easy to use!!!

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They come in 4 colors to a pack (white, vanilla, black and silver).

See those little "teeth"?  That's how we're going to set it...

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Place the grommet onto your card and place them both on top of the Black Foam mat that comes in the Mat Pack:

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Then.. how easy is this.. just PUSH WITH YOUR FINGERS!!

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Flip it over and push down those little legs with your Bone Folder!

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OK>> so HOW EASY IS THAT? What was I so afraid of?? 

You can add a Build A Brad, or a decorative brad,or a rhinestone brad, or a button in the center if you wish.. lots of possibilities!! 

Want to win a free package of them??  Leave me a comment and tell me what you like to put in the center of the Jumbo Grommets and I'll pick a random winner on Saturday at noon (CA time) and send you a pack!  Leave your full name and email address IN YOUR POST to be eligible (so I can contact you).

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Using up my Left-Overs

No... not left-overs from the fridge... left-over stamped pieces sitting on my desk :)

The bleached background piece was leftover from this technique class and I added the stamped flower from "Friends 24-7" (watercolored with ink and blender pens) and the greeting from "Great Friend" framed in some Vanilla Hodgepodge Hardware... I think it came together well..

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Cardstock:  Shimmery White, Chocolate Chip, Bordering Blue

Ink: Basic Brown, Old Olive, Bordering Blue

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Happy Father's Day!

Just thought I'd share a quick look at one of the things I made for my DH for Father's Day... enjoy!

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and on the inside:

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It's actually kind of ironic that I'd make him this card with the lawn mower since we have let our grass die due to the water shortage here!  LOL

Here is a closer look:

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This fun set is on pg 20 in the Occasions Mini Catalog.  I thought it was perfect for Father's Day!

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Blog Tour! brought to you by the Control Freak Swappers!

Dinnblogtour I have been a member of the CONTROL FREAK SWAP GROUP for many, many years.. we are a diverse group of stampers from all over the U.S and Canada. We swap about 5 or 6 times  a year and are hosted by Lisa Martz - hostess extraordinaire!  :) 

Julie Dinn organized a BLOG TOUR for all of us to join on the 20th of each month...  I hope you'll come along on the tour on the 20th of July and August too!

This month we are showcasing samples with RETIRING stamps and/or accessories.  After viewing my samples, please click on the button at the bottom that says CLICK HERE FOR THE NEXT STOP ON THE BLOG TOUR :)

Here are my 2 submissions for RETIRING STAMP SET SAMPLES:

I decorated a "box die #2" box (cut out with the Big Shot) using the retiring set called BIG FLOWERS(pg 122).  I also used Pink Flamingo DSP and red grosgrain ribbon and a little sneak peek touch of the Crushed Curry polkadot ribbon.  I filled it with some yummies... English Toffee! :)  YUM!

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My 2nd submission is one of my favorite little card designs.. a 3x6 open end envelope folded and decorated with a 3x3 card inside.  The retiring set I used for this one is the SAY IT WITH SCALLOPS set (Ronald McDonald House charity set), pg 209.

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Attn: Colleen from Alberta Canada..

Sorry to post here but this is a note for Colleen... I have been emailing you (several times) with all the info you've requested and you are obvisously not getting any of my emails.. so sorry!  Do you have an alternate email address I can try?  If not, I will put these items in the mail to you.


14% OFF for my 14th Anniversary!

I am celebrating 14 years with Stampin' Up!!  Can you believe I'm starting my 15th year!?  Wow!!! 

So I am offering you, my wonderful customers, a 14% Discount on your orders for the next 4 days!!! 

Just email me with your order and payment info if I don't already have it on file, and I will give you a 14% Discount on your merchandise total for all orders over $75 (net amount before tax/shipping) !! 

Don't forget to check out the Retiring Stamp Sets and Accessories lists HERE - don't miss out on all the cool goodies that are going away forever!

Offer expires Sat. June 20th at midnight.

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"Look Here" Pop Up die - NEW from Stampin' Up!

I had fun with this new Pop Up 3-D Die from Stampin' Up!!  It's called "Look Here" - because the arrows all point to the center... ya know... "look HERE"! :)  It is a new item we can PRE ORDER as demonstrators this month, and is in the NEW Stampin' UP! catalog that will be released to customers on July 1.   Do you have YOUR catalog reserved yet??  If not, click HERE.

This is supposed to hold a gift card but when I saw it I immediately thought of photos.. so that's what I did with it.

Here is our graduate and his friends at Graduation last Saturday.  Colors used: Bravo Burgundy and Crushed Curry.

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side view:

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other side view:

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I ran one Crushed Curry cardstock piece through the Big Shot with the Look Here die and used that as the base of the pop up part, then ran a sheet of Bravo Burgundy cardstock through the Big Shot with the Look Here die and used some of those arrows to decorate the inside.   The folded card (4-1/4"x5-1/2") is Bravo Burgundy.

I see lots of fun potential for this die... think outside the box!!

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