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April 2010

Greetings from the Stampin' Up! Caribbean Cruise!

Hey friends!!  I had some time this afternoon and wanted to update you with some pix of our fabulous week in the Caribbean so far!! :)  We've been having a GREAT TIME connecting with friends, making new friends, seeing new sites, eating new foods, ... but not much rest, ... guess that is what the plane flight home is for? :) 

It's been SUPER hot and VERY VERY Muggy here but we have enjoyed the islands so far.  Here are some highlights of the week..

Here is our ship, the Adventure of the Seas, taken from our taxi ride on St. Lucia.


Here is our ship in port in Antigua.

Our son Jason on the sail away day in San Juan.. in the Viking Lounge... great view from here!

We played mini golf on deck 13 on our day at sea... it was sooo windy out there.. but still fun!


a pretty view on St. Lucia...


 Banana Ketchup .... who knew?

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More fun pix to come... stay tuned over the next week..

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Tropical Party - my swap card

Remember I teased you with a photo of the die cut flowers for my upcoming swap card... and here is the completed card I submitted for our Summer Mini Catalog Control Freak Swap:

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The background is a piece of Old Olive Cardstock stamped with the leaf stamp from the brand new TROPCIAL PARTY stamp set - you will find this set in the Summer Mini catalog.  {{to my customers: if you don't receive your Summer mini catalog from me by May 3rd, please contact me for a replacement }} 

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I used the Top Note Die and the Big Shot to cut out Whisper White cardstock and printed paper from the new ISLAND OASIS Designer paper - also found in the Summer Mini catalog :)

I stamped the flowers and greeting on the top 1/2 of the Top Note Die with stamps from the new Tropical Party set... the greeting is from "On a Pedestal" (regular catalog, pg 71).

For the paper flowers, I used the new ISLAND FLORAL die and the Big Shot (yep, also in the Summer Mini catalog) and also layered them with punch outs from the Fancy Flower punch (still available in the Occasions mini) and the 5 Petal punch.  For each flower, I sponged the edge with the same color as the cardstock, and curled them under or "up" using a Bone Folder.

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I spritzed them with the awesome new VANILLA SHIMMER Smooch Spritz Spray in the upcoming Summer Mini catalog... stay tuned for more info on those fabulous new spritz sprays!!

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I ordered the Tropical Party set in the CLEAR MOUNT option, so I could see where I was stamping my flower onto the small So Saffron die cut... very fun!!  Rhinestone brads complete the center.  

Colors used in this card:

  • Rose Red
  • Tempting Turquoise
  • So Saffron
  • Only Orange
  • Old Olive

The countdown is on ... you can order these fab new products in only 2 more days!! MAY 1st !!! :)

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Hugs & Kisses Notes class - card 4

This is the final card we made at my HUGS & KISSES NOTES class last week... I just love using these precut little notes on my cards.. so quick and easy!!  Don't miss out... only TWO DAYS LEFT to place your order from the Occasions Mini Catalog!!!!!


You can almost see it in the photo.. we used the fun Glassine Bag (item 117228)  as the envelope for this card and ran it through the Big Shot with the ELEGANT BOUQUET Embossing Folder (item 115964, pg 195 in the Stampin' Up!  catalog). 

This card features both the Sweet Pea Designer Paper (item 117161, Occasions Mini Catalog) and the Sending Love Specialty DSP (item 117153, pg 13 of the Occasions Mini catalog).  They are mounted on Rose Red Cardstock, and the card is embellished with  a Kisses note (stamped with the I {heart} Hearts set, item 117101, pg 14 Occasions Mini), and a Sweet Pea Felt Flower (item 117266, pg 32 Occasions mini).  The felt flower was punched with the Crop a Dile and finished off with a Pretty in Pink Corduroy Button... YES>> also from the Occasions Mini catalog.... WHAT am I going to do without all this FUN STUFF from the Occasions Mini!!  Oh my gosh... 

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A quick hello from Barbados!

Just sending a quick hello from Barbados from our Stampin' Up! cruise... I've never blogged from Barbados before so thought this would be cool...  I'll just attach a photo from our formal night last night and tell you all that the ship is wonderful and luxurious and the people are delightful. .. there is NO shortage of food at all, and we are actually taking time to RELAX, watch the scenery and enjoy everything!!! whoohoo!

 I'll try to blog again... the connection is pretty slow.. and I'm also probably not able to answer many comments or emails until Monday... take care everyone!

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Hugs & Kisses Notes class - card 3

If all goes as planned.. we will be enjoying the Adventure of the Seas in the Caribbean as you read this.. I've got blog posts set up to post while we are gone....  I'm looking forward to sharing our cruise photos with you as soon as I return!

Continuing on with the samples from my Hugs & Kisses notes class last week.. here is the 3rd card we made:


This card idea was based on a card I received from Carrie Cudney at Stampin' Up!  Thanks for the inspiration, Carrie !! :)

The flower center is really fun...  it's a CLEAR BUTTON (item 105447, pg 181 in the Stampin' Up! catalog), over a 1" circle punched from So Saffron cardstock.  I cut off the legs of the Real Red Epoxy Brad (item # 117270) with my Craft & Rubber Scissors and used a jumbo glue dot to adhere it to the clear button.  Cute, huh?

The Kisses Note features a greeting from the stamp set "On a Pedestal" - it's my favorite greeting right now :)

Both the Real Red Fancy Flower punch and the Hugs note are stamped with the A to Z "a la carte" single stamp on pg 42 of the Occasions mini catalog in Going Gray.

And here is a fun tip.... the leaves are punched from the Extra Large Two-Step Bird punch... the leaves are the WINGS from that punch :)  (item 117191, pg 11 of the Occasions Mini catalog).

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Hugs & Kisses Notes class - card 2

As previously posted, I taught a class featuring the terrific Hugs and Kisses notes... they are featured on pg 19 of the Occasions Mini Catalog..... REMINDER:  the Occasions Mini Catalog period ENDS on FRIDAY, April 30, so please be sure to get all your orders in before that!  Don't miss out on all the fabulous products in that mini catalog!  It has been my most favorite mini catalog EVER !!!!

Here is the 2nd card we made in class:


This is a super simple design featuring the HUGS note mounted onto a folded Real Red card and embellished with the paper flower.  (VIEW TUTORIAL FOR PAPER FLOWER HERE).   The folded card fits inside the Rectangle Glassine Envelope (#117227).  The flower features a yummy real red corduroy button (item #117270) in the center.

I wheeled Whisper White c/s with the Vintage Vogue wheel in Basic Black and then punched out 2 scallop circles to make the flower.

Here are the great products I featured in this class:

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Glassine envelopes and bags, pg 19 Occasions Mini catalog

Hugs & Kisses notes, pg 19 of the Occasions mini catalog.

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Well I'm leavin' on a jetplane...

ScreenHunter_04 Feb. 09 12.58 Yep.. today is the big day.. We are flying to San Juan to join  my Stampin' Up! friends on the fabulous Southern Caribbean Cruise!!!  Thanks to Stampin' Up!, this is our 8th free trip and we LOVE CRUISIN' WITH SU! !!!! :)


Stampin' Up! always spoils us with the cutest travel wallet .. complete with luggage tags, name tags, tickets, itinerary, etc. .... so fun!! Notice the CUTE lining.. it's from our new Island Oasis Designer Paper pack - new in the Summer Mini catalog!!

Here is a fun travel tip for you ...  I used my BIG SHOT, alphabet die and the sheets of VINYL to cut out an S and a C -- SHAMPOO and CONDITIONER -- so that I can tell the difference with my travel bottles!!  I am super duper "blind" without my contacts, and since I don't wear them to bed or in the shower, I can never see my toiletries in the shower.. this will make life grand!!  (view all the colors of vinyl sheets available, HERE).


I am not sure how many times I'll be able to log on to the internet while we are away.. but here is our itinerary if you want to follow along ... I've got blog posts set to post this week.. just in case I can't get on line in the Caribbean.

Stampin' Up! 2010 Caribbean Cruise Intinerary:

    • Sunday, April 25 Depart San Juan, Puerto Rico
    • Monday, April 26, At Sea
    • Tuesday, April 27, Bridgetown, Barbados
    • Wednesday, April 28, Castries, St. Lucia
    • Thursday, April 29, St. Johns, Antigua
    • Friday, April 30, Philipsburg, St. Maarten
    • Saturday, May 1, St. Croix, US Virgin Islands
    • Sunday,  May 2, Arrive in San Juan

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OH MY GOSH>>> Guess Who Called Me!?

WOW !!!! I was soooooooooooooooooooo excited yesterday morning when I answered the phone and GUESS WHO IT WAS!? 


So of course.. my first thought was.. oh my gosh.. I'm in trouble.. what did I do?????

Shelli patty But no... I wasn't in trouble at all, Shelli was calling me to congratulate me on my $400,000 Career Sales achievement last year.  She was so sorry she was behind in making calls..... geeeeeeeeeeesh.. I was just extactic that she even called!! :) 

We chatted a few minutes about the upcoming Stampin' Up! Cruise this weekend and of course we are so excited to be going but neither of us has packed yet. So comforting to know I'm in good company! :)

This photo was taken at our Advisory Board lunch at Stampin' Up! about a year and 1/2 ago.  Shelli is just the nicest lady you will ever meet.

Well... on that note, I truly better finish packing since we leave tomorrow!! Check back on my blog tomrrow for our intinerary.. hopefully I'll be able to post some photos during the cruise, but if the internet connection on the ship is spotty, I'll post photos when I get home.  But no worries.. I've got blog posts with stamping ideas set to go each day we are gone.. so please check in each day ! :)

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Hugs & Kisses Notes Class - card 1

We are bidding a fond farewell, Bon Voyage, See Ya Later Gator, Adios, etc, to the Occasions Mini catalog on April 30th !!   I am sooooooo sad to see these products go .. .I have really enjoyed working with the Sweet Pea Felt Flowers, the Designer papers, the Corduroy Buttons, Epoxy Brads and especially the Hugs and Kisses notes!  The Hugs & Kisses notes are so fun to grab, stamp a quick greeting on them and voila.. perfect accent to your card!

Here is a card we made in my 'Hugs & Kisses Notes" class ... enjoy !


This card is based on a card my friend Janice Weightman sent to me.. it's so sweet, so quick, and so adorable! thanks, Janice!

The top 1/2 of the card is a "Hugs note".. it fits perfectly on the card, it's already scalloped, and GEESH.. it's ONLY $4.92 for 20 of them!!  How can you not love these! ?   :)  You'll find them on pg 19 of the Occasions mini catalog, item #118778.  SHOP NOW before they are gone gone gone.

Stampin' Up! supplies used in this card:

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Old Olive Cardstock



Sweet Pea Designer Paper



Sweet Pea Felt Flowers



Stampin’ Dimensionals



Old Olive  ink



Hugs notes



Old Olive Satin Ribbon


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Baja Breeze My Digital Studio Friend Card

I love how I can use retired In Colors in my MDS cards.. isn't is GREAT NEWS that BAJA BREEZE is coming back to our NEW color palette in July !!!!   Whoohoooo!!  In the mean time, I can still use it in my MDS cards.

Here is a fun FRIEND card I created in My Digital Studio:

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I enjoy designing the inside too... I get all my cards printed through the Stampin' Up! printing services and LOVE their quality and serivce!

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Here are the 4 MDS Cards I desinged and had printed in April.. if you missed them YOU CAN VIEW THEM HERE.

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Hope your day is going well.. stamp somethin' fun !

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Control Freaks April Blog Tour!

The THEME for our Fabulous April Blog tour is:

Flowers, Weddings and Mother's Day!


WELCOME to the APRIL 2010 Control Freaks Blog Tour !!!

You have probably joined me after visiting Dannie's blog,and you can click on the "next blog" link at the bottom of the post to continue on the tour  :)


I decided to feature some My Digital Studio projects for my blog tour submissions... I LOVE the new download called SPRING SHADES DSP.. these GORGEOUS FLOWER PATTERNS are NOT found in any of our catalogs, but at this time are exclusive to MDS !!  I'm HOPING they make it in the new catalog this summer! :)

My first MDS card using Spring Shades DSP is a "For My Friend" card.  Here is the front.  The frame portion with the words in it is actually from the Recipies by Design download!  I just used a portion of it.  It's so fun to play with MDS designs!

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Card spring shades 1a 

 So.. then .. I got to thinking.... one of the THEME's of this month's blog tour is WEDDINGS... so.... TRAVEL BACK IN TIME WITH ME 24 YEARS IF YOU WILL..... I decided to design a WEDDING INVITATION for my husband and I ... this is what I came up with.... if I would have had MDS in 1986, I think this is what I'd design and have printed for us:

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And of course I had to make a coordinating Thank You card... both the invite and the TY card are 6x6 in size.

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I hope you have a wonderful week and ENJOY THE BLOG TOUR!

Tourclickhere Please Visit Cindy' Major's blog by clicking on the link to the left! :)



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My Digital Studio - Day & Night Thanks card

You will probably remember this FABULOUS Designer Paper from Stampin' Up! called DAY & NIGHT ... well, much to my dismay it retired with the Holiday Mini catalog in January... but NEVER FEAR... Stampin' Up! has a download for it for MY DIGITAL STUDIO... so I still get to use these fabulous designs in MDS !! :)

Here is another card I made in My Digital Studio featuring the Day & Night DSP download. 

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  As I've mentioned before, I get all my cards printed through the Stampin' Up! printing service and since it's the same price to print just the front or the insides, too, I ALWAYS design a printed inside for my cards :)

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VIEW ALL THE AVAILABLE MDS DOWNLOADS on my blog! These images are in addition to the wonderful images that come with the program.



Coming soon!  Another Controlfreaks Blog Tour!

Join us on April 20th, for a bouquet of spring flowers, wedding & Mother's Day ideas.   

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20% OFF Spring Stamp Sets from Stampin' Up!

Did you know that one of my favorite stamp sets is 20% OFF right now!?  Yep, Fifth Avenue Floral is ON SALE for only $19.96 !! 

To view a VIDEO TUTORIAL of this technique, CLICK HERE.

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You can get these spring-themed Two-Step Stampin' sets on sale at 20%OFF - no additional purchase necessary!

Promotion Dates: April 1-30, 2010

Qualifying stamp sets are listed and pictured below:

Item    Page  Description   Discount Price:
113824  94    Greenhouse Garden  $20.76
113734  98    Fifth Avenue Floral   $19.96
111578  101  Flower Fancy        $29.56
113258  112  Trendy Trees    $14.36



113824 Greenhouse Garden $20.76
113734 Fifth Avenue Floral $19.96

111578 Flower Fancy $29.56

113258 Trendy Trees $14.36

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My Digital Studio - Friend Card

You KNOW how much I love My Digital Studio.. I use it for so many projects!!  I made up 4 new card designs to have printed for April.. I really enjoy sending out these cards to customers, downline, friends and family.

I hope you enjoy this one!

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I only use the Stampin' Up! printing service, and since it's the same price to get the inside printed as it is to just print the front, I always design the inside, too!

Card pink green friend inside

Hope you have a fabulous day! 

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Getting in the TROPICAL mood!

I'm working a swap using the new Tropical Party stamp set and some accessories from the new Summer Mini catalog from Stampin' Up!  The Summer Mini catalog begins its sales period on May 1st for Customers.  If you are one of my customers and you don't receive your Summer Mini by May 2nd or 3rd, please contact me and I'll be happy to send you one.  You won't want to miss this one! :)

Aren't these just yummy happy colors!!??

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The new ISLAND FLORAL Big Shot die layers so nicely with our Extra Large Fancy Flower punch and the 5 Petal Flower punch, both from Stampin' Up!

OK, now back to work on my swap...

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