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January 2010

I {heart} Hearts Clear Mount Stamps

DSC00898 copyOK>  I'll be honest... I saw the I {heart} Hearts set on page 14 of the Stampin' Up! Occasions Mini Catalog and thought, "I LOVE hearts... but I have soooooooo many heart stamps.. I don't need another one"... ok.. that lasted a week... THEN I BOUGHT IT ...  :)  

So... can you guess why I did this with some of the stamps from my CLEAR MOUNT I {heart} Hearts set  and my I block ?  (that's the letter i , not the number one).

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When you mount several of the clear mount stamps onto one block, you can create a SUPER QUICK BACKGROUND !!

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Here is a card we did in my Heart Treat Cups class yesterday using this technique:

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For ORDERING info on the card above, check out THIS FLYER for our fun Heart Treat Cups and the Sweetheart stamp set!

and here are 2 more examples made with the heart "background" stamp:

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I'm tellin' ya.. what a QUICK CARD this is using that technique!!  whooohoooo!!  I'm LOVIN' my new Clear Mount Stamps!!

I {heart} Heart set: Clear mount - #118571 ONLY $18.95 !!  Wood mount - #117010, $26.95 - see page 14 of the Occasions Mini catalog.

If you are on my customer list and do not have your Occasions Mini catalog yet, please  drop me a line and let me know so I can get one to you.

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UPDATE: Vintage Tablecloths

I wanted to say THANK YOU from the bottom of my heart for each and every heart-felt, passionate response, email and blog comment you have sent me regarding my Vintage Tablecloths!! :)

I received over 175 responses, most were comments on my blog, and some of you emailed me privately.  At first your responses were split about 50/50 saying either Don't cut them up and use them in other projects, or, yes, cut them up and do what you want - enjoy them - they are yours to do with whatever you want.

However, as the day went on, your responses definitely leaned toward DON'T cut them up..  wow.. I sure learned a lot about vintage linens in only 24 hours! :)  Thank you for all of your suggestions and links to amazingly interesting websites!!  I also searched on ebay for awhile, too. 

Thankfully, one of my Stampin' Up! downline has a sister-in-law who is a local antique dealer who specializes in linens, so I am going to meet her on Tuesday for a little more input about these table cloths and a box full of other vintage linens I have - some dating back to the late 1800's!!

I will be happy to report back next week to let you know what I've decided to do.  I think I could have an aution here and sell them all based on the huge number of you who wanted to buy them :)  Thank you again for your interest, suggestions, etc.  Oh, and I'm definitely keep the geranium one.. that is my favorite, and was a favorite for most of you, too :)

You are all amazing!  Thank you for caring and sharing your knowledge and advice!

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New Stampin' Up! Brads & Buttons

I made this cute little gift for my Stampin' Up! workshop hostess, Rita, last Saturday:

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This features an assortment of our new brads and buttons in a Heart Treat Cup attached to a small card.  As I gave Rita the gift, I was able to tell guests about the fun Heart Treat cups and the new Sweetheart Stamp set that Stampin' Up! is currently offering!  

These fabulous new products are available for a limited time.. don't miss your chance to get your Heart Treat cups and coordinating Stamp Set before Valentine's day !

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Don't delay.. shop now!

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Non-Stamping Related: Vintage Tablecloths

I have a NON Stamping Related question that I need some help with.... if you have some input for me on this, please leave me a comment below.  THANKS!!!!!

I have had these amazing tablecloths for several years, inherited from my grandma.  I am guessing she accumulated them in the 1940's, 50's and maybe 60's ?  I have been wishing I could do something with them to be able to enjoy them.... we don't use a tablecloth at our table, so I was trying to figure out something else to do. 

THEN.. it struck me..  I could die cut them into flower shapes to make those REALLY FUN flower pins!

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OK OK>> I know.. don't shoot me for saying that I'd cut them up .... BUT .. I'm at a point in my life where I don't want stuff in boxes.. I want to either GET IT OUT AND ENJOY IT, or just get rid of it.  I felt that if I made things out of these fun patterns I'd at least be enjoying the process and enjoying the end result.

So... here is my question.. does anyone know anything about these?  Are they valuable to collectors?  Is there something else I should consider doing with them?  LEAVE ME A COMMENT and let me know.. thanks!  If you have any websites or anything that might be helpful, leave that in your comment.

Here are some close-ups:

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(the train is actually an apron)

Thanks in advance if you have any words of widsom or input for me!

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Sweet Pea Designer Paper card

One of the cards we made at Rita's workshop last weekend was kind of "out of the box" for me.. I seem to have been stuck on red and pink and black lately... but I branched out and used the SWEET PEA DSP from the Stampin' Up! Occasions Mini Catalog as my color inspiration for this project:

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The card is about 3-1/2" x 4-1/4" and fits into a folded Glassine Bag (item 117228, pg 19 Occasions mini).

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You can stamp on the Glassine bags and envelopes with StazOn ink! :)

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create a belly band for your envelope with a 1"x12" strip of DSP.

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or... you can run your glassine bag through the Big Shot with an embossing folder!!  I used the new polka dot embossing folder for this one (item 117335, pg 35 Occasions mini).

Here is a sampling of the SWEET PEA DESIGNER PAPER.. it's sooooooooo cute!

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I also used the Sweet Pea Stitched felt flowers.. oh MAN are they FUN to use!! :)  (item 117266, pg 32 Occasions mini catalog).

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What you'll need to order:

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Sale a Bration - Vintage Labels

I love the new Sale a Bration set called Vintage Labels..I love any stamped image that can be punched out with a Stampin' Up! punch!  Don't you ??!!

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this card features:

  • Vintage Labels - FREE STAMP SET available through the Sale A Bration promotion
  • Eggcellent Eggs kit paper, rub-ons and flower, item 117179, pg 23 Occasions mini catalog
  • Pretty in Pink Epoxy Brad, item 117271, pg 13 Occasions mini catalog
  • Sweet Pea DSP, item 117161, pg 33 Occasions Mini catalog
  • Perfect Polka Dots embossing folder, item 117335 Occasions mini catalog
  • Chocolate Chip and Pretty in Pink satin ribbon, pg 27 Occasions mini catalog
  • Scallop Circle and Curly label punches, pg 186

To purchase any of these products, click my Shop ON Line icon below, and then click Shop Now.

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Recruiting Challenge!

Recruiting Challenge from Shelli Gardner!

As you know.. I attended the Stampin' Up! Leadership Conference and Regional Seminar in Phoenix earlier this month.  Here I am with CEO and co-founder of Stampin' Up!, Shelli Gardner:

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I have been blessed to know Shelli for almost 15 years.. she is a dear lady, wonderful mom and an amazing stamper, and I have enjoyed many chats with her at Stampin' Up! events and thoroughly enjoyed my time spent with her when I served on the Advisory Board a year ago. 

Shelli issued a RECRUITING CHALLENGE to all demonstrators while we were in Phoenix.. the reward for the highest recruiters in certain categories is that SHE... SHELLI GARDNER... will COME TO OUR HOUSE AND PRESENT A WORKSHOP FOR OUR GUESTS!!   Oh my gosh.. can you even stand it!?   AND she'll come to a demonstrator event we plan for the same day!!  whooohoooo!

As you can imagine.. I would be THRILLED to have Shelli come to San Francisco and present a workshop here!!!  (oh ya, after I clean up my house!) :)  Anyway... if you have been thinking about signing up to be a Stampin' Up! Demonstrator, this is a GREAT time!!!  Right now, you get:

  • 15% off the price of the Starter kit (choice of 2 kits)   AND
  • any stamp set in the catalog (up to $47.95) FREE in addition to everything in the starter kit!
  • and of course, you would be a member of my downline: the Luv 2 Stamp Group and receive all of the perks and training that are a part of my group

If you would like to chat about becoming a demonstrator, I'd love to chat with you.  You can also find more facts and info about being a demonstrator HERE.

All demonstrators were given until 1/31/10 to participate in this challenge, which gives us one more week... sounds exciting, doesn't it!? 

When talking to my husband and son about this recruiting challenge, my son said something really neat to me....

"Maybe some stampers will wonder if they have to know alot about stamping or be really good to sign up to be a demonstrator, but really, all they need is to love to craft and make friends and be with other stampers"  ~   Jason Bennett, January 2010

What a kid, huh?  I just love him!  I also asked him if I could sign him up! :) somehow I don't think that will happen anytime soon... if you see him on the cruise this year, maybe you can talk him into it!

Hope to hear from you soon if you would like to sign up and help me participate in this challenge!

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Clear Mount Stamps - great tip!

OH>> I got such FUN MAIL the other day.. don't you LOVE getting fun mail!?  My friend sent me this AWESOME TOOL for using our new Clear Mount stamps from Stampin' Up!  She made it from our Window Sheets... so easy!! Just use the dimensions noted on pg 6 of the Occasions Mini catalog, cut the window sheets to size and then label them with a Sharpee marker! whoohoo!

This makes it so easy to lay these window sheet pieces OVER any stamp image in the catalog to see which clear mount block you will need.  Of course.. if you just buy the BUNDLE like I did, then you will have them all.... : )

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Here are some of our clear blocks that come in the Bundle... a few are packed up for my Workshop..

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Have you tried our clear mount stamp system?? I am really loving this system when I use a greeting stamp and need to stamp a greeting in a precise place... very cool and easy to do!

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Please let me know if you have any questions about the Stampin' Up! clear mount system.


Simply select them as your FREE Sale a Bration set choice when placing a $50 order! :)  4 sets to choose from plus 2 hostess sets!!

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Donations for Haiti Disaster Relief

Stampin' Up! has been known over the years for helping when disaster strikes... and this time they are offering to donate $2 from the sale of EVERY I {heart} Hearts set to help the people of Haiti!!

From now until February 28, 2010, $2 from every I {Heart} Hearts stamp set you buy 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.

Product Name Item # Price
I {Heart} Hearts – clear-mount  (block D recommended) 118571    $18.95
I {Heart} Hearts – wood-mount  117010    $26.95

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This is a fabulous set, great for Valentine's but wonderful for all year long!  Here is a sample I made for my workshop this weekend using this set:

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Place your order online below.. click the online ordering link and then click "shop now".

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Eggcellent Eggs kit cards

I have more samples to share with you from my demo at Leadership earlier this month.

Aside from decorating eggs with the Eggcellent Eggs kit, I also made some cards with it... here are a couple samples:

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The decorative strips (olive, pink, saffron), flowers and rhinestones are all from the Eggcellent Eggs kit (item #117179 in the Occasions Mini catalog). 

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Other supplies I used:

  • Eggcoutrements stamp set (#115164, Occasions mini, pg 22)
  • "Kisses" notes, (#118779, Occasions mini pg 19)
  • Pretty in Pink Epoxy Brads, (#117271, Occasions mini, pg 13)
  • Scallop Trim Border punch, FREE in Sale a Bration catalog
  • Scallop Envelope die & Big Shot, (#113462, pg 198)
  • Ribbon: Pretty in Pink & Old Olive, pg 27 Occasions mini, and Pretty in Pink striped ribbon, pg 182
  • Sending Love specialty DSP (#117153, pg 13 Occasions mini)
  • Shades of Spring DSP (#117160, pg 25 Occasions mini)

Hope you are having a most excellet day !

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Big Shot Purse

I was sooooooooo blessed to receive this AWESOME gift at Leadership earlier this month!!  My dear friend, Lisa Lange from IL brought me this purse!!  I used it to hold my swaps.. it was PERFECT!

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What is soooooooo cool about these purses is that each square is DIE CUT with our SCALLOP SQUARE die and the BIG SHOT!!!   For those who quilt and/or sew, you know this makes for a really easy project!!! 

If you are like me and haven't brought out your sewing machine since Jr. High Home Ec class in 1972, Lisa has volunteered to make these purses!!  You can contact Lisa at this email: for all the ordering details.

Here is another fabric purse Lisa made:

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and here is the matching flower she made to go with it:

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If you want to know how to make the flowers and are local to me in the San Francisco Bay Area, please join me in my class on March 16 or March 17 !! Space still available!  Must RSVP and prepay.

Contact Lisa for more purse information: 

Have a GREAT DAY !!!

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Control Freaks Blog Tour - Valentine's and Hearts!

Dinnblogtour I'm sending you a WHOLE LOT OF LOVE today with this post!!  WELCOME to the January Control Freaks Blog Tour !!!  

Our theme this month is Valentine's and Hearts... please enjoy the ideas you will find as you go through each blog on this tour! (click "next blog" at the botton of this post to visit the next blogger on our tour!)

If you are joining me from LeAnn Greff's blog, welcome!  If you missed hers, you will find her HERE.

The first project I have to share with you is a little candy wrapper for peppermint sticks... Just use the larger of the tags on the TWO TAGS DIE, some Pretty in Pink Cardstock and the Big Shot and VOILA.. you have a quick and easy Valentine's gift!  It's rolled with the new I {Love} Love jumbo wheel (item #117084 - Occasions Mini Catalog) and real red innk.

 This project is a combination of ideas from Shelli's sample at Leadership and a swap I got from fellow demonstrator:  Suzy Halford.

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Rita.. I hope you like it.. we'll be doing this at your workshop on Saturday! :)

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The "friend" heart stamp (from I {heart} Hearts) is stamped in Real Red on Whisper White, punched out with the FULL HEART PUNCH (#113693), and LAYERED onto the Real Red heart die cut with the "Scalloped Heart of Hearts" embosslit die (#117332 - Occasions Mini Catalog)

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My next idea featured the FABULOUS SIMPLY ADORNED line of Jewelry from Stampin' Up!

The necklace above features the 1-1/2" x 2" Rectangle Charm (item #116799).

The bracelet showcases 2 each of the small 5/8" circle charms (item #117349) and the small 5/8" Square Charms (item #118476).  You will find all of these items in the Occasions Mini Catalog on pg 28.

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I stamped and punched out 1/2" circles and cut out 1/2" squares to fill in the charms.

The back side of my necklace charm is not Valentine's-ish, but I thought I'd share it anyway:

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I hope you have enjoyed my projects... I hope you will enjoy the Simply Adorned jewelry line as much as I am.. it's so much fun to make as many inserts as you want and just switch them to match each outfit you wear!

Now, Please enjoy a stop at  Wendy Janson's blog by clicking the link below.  



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FREE Stamp sets & photos from Leadership ...

I never really finished sharing photos and news from the Stampin' Up! Leadership conference I attended earlier this month.... so I have more fun photos to share with you .,..

Don't you LOVE all the free stamp sets I got that week!!?? WOWZA!

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It was so much fun shopping at MEMENTO MALL .... this is where we can purchase Stampin' Up! Exclusive merchandise... wow.. tooooooooooooooo fun!

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The flip flops have "Stampin' Up!" imprinted in the soles, so when you walk in the sand you will be "stamping" Stampin' Up! all over!!  Can't wait to wear these in the Caribbean on the upcoming SU! cruise!

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Do you think we bought enough stuff? I won't tell you how many times we went back for more that week..



And since I DID do a little too much shopping in Memento Mall..... ummmm.........


 Have a GREAT day!

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Do you LOVE FREE STAMPS and New Products?

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Wanna know what's inside???????  Scroll down...  

Sab boxes If you LOVE FREE STAMPS, then I KNOW you are excited about SALE A BRATION!!!!


I am !!

Stampin' Up! offers a GREAT Selection of FREE STAMPS and other free gifts during Sale a Bration!


For each $50 customer order, you get to pick a free gift!!  You can select from the stamps, a punch and a paper pack in this catalog  CLICK HERE  ...  OR  .... You can select a free set from THIS LIST!!

HOSTESSES:  You will also receive a free item for each $300 in workshop party orders!

NEW DEMONSTRATORS:  Sign up to be a Demonstrator During SALE A BRATION and get 15 % OFF your starter kit AND PICK ANY FREE SET IN THE CATALOG!! I would LOVE to have you on my Luv 2 Stamp Group team.. click HERE for more info!!   I am participating in a challenge from our company CEO and would love to talk to you about joining my team before Jan. 31 !  :)

OK>>> so were you dying to know what's in the box!? 



What's it all for?  Our new 2010 Occasions Mini Product Sampler, of course!  I'm about 1/3 of the way done making ribbon bundles for the Samplers...

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Orders will start going out on Tuesday (1/19) in the order they were received.

For ordering info, click HERE

Orders accepted through 1/31/10 - I will place product orders each Friday and your sampler will go out roughly a week after that.


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NEW My Digital Studio Digital Downloads Available

Have you seen the ADORABLE NEW Sweet Pea Stitched Felt flowers in the Occasions Mini Catalog!?  oh they are soooooooooooooooo cute!!  AND... the coordinating Sweet Pea Designer Paper Pack!! OH MY!

Well.. if you LOVE those.. you will LOVE the new Sweet Pea Digital Download for My Digital Studio!!

Now you will never run out of those adorable flowers or the DSP in your digital projects... you will have an endless supply! :)

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Also newly released for My Digital Studio:

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These coordinate with the RECIPES BY DESIGN KIT in the Occasions mini catalog (pg 8) - so if you need more cards to go with your recipe box/kit, you can download and print these anytime!

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Customers: To place your order, shop on line on my website HERE (click shop now) and enter the item codes in your order,  you may add other Stampin' Up! items to your order if you wish, then check out.  At the Order Confirmation Page, click the Download Now link or the Download Manager link.  Select either MAC or Windows, then select either Download a File to import them directly into your My Digital Studio program, or select For Other Applications if you are using our fabulous graphic downloads in another program.  When prompted, select RUN.  When you are finished downloading all your files, Open My Digital Studio and you will see all your new files available to use!!   If you have not ordered your copy of My Digital Studio yet, see THIS POST for more info or email me with your questions.

Demonstrators:  To order downloads, see my TIP sheet HERE.  

NOTE:   you can place your order from any computer, but DOWNLOAD the files on the computer that has My Digital Studio installed on it.

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