Saturday, October 31, 2009

Happy Halloween to you all! Another special Halloween treat! Who wouldn't want to receive this goodie? Little Hershey Nuggets wrapped in some designer series paper - all decorated for the holiday! Add a tag and some gorgeous Stampin' Up! ribbon and you are set to go! The tin holds 12 Nuggets. The strips of DSP are 3" x 1" and are adhered with just a little piece of Sticky Strip. Easy Peasy! I made these for some special Christmas gifts, but thought it would make a cute Halloween gift too for a grandchild or special little someone.

Stamps: Teeny Tiny Wishes
Ink: Basic Black
Cardstock: Whisper White, Old Olive, Basic Black (all for the tag), Cast-A-Spell designer series paper
Accessories: Old Olive striped grosgrain ribbon (Just Gorgeous!!), Modern Label punch, Word Window punch, Silver cord, Sticky Strip

Any little box will do for packaging! See how creative you can be! Happy Halloween!

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Friday, October 30, 2009

My kids think I have lost a marble or two, watching me get so excited over these bears - or any Stampin' Up! products in general. They just don't understand. Oh well. My two little bears got to embellish some little candy bags - a special treat for the little ones when they least expect it. The bag itself is made from a piece of 6-1/2" x 12" piece of cardstock, scored at 1-1/4" length-wise and 5-1/4" width-wise. After inserting the end of the ribbon through the holes on the side, I placed either Chocolate Chip corduroy brads to hold it in place or the brown 5/8" brads. The corduroy ones are a little bit more top heavy and so a glue dot would be needed to hold them in place. These little boxes could be decorated with designer paper or any type of
Sizzix die or even stamps / wheels. They are quite versatile as far as changing theme / occasion. Supplies~
Stamps: None
Ink: None
Cardstock: Old Olive, Pumpkin Pie, Basic Black, Close to Cocoa, Kraft
Accessories: Pumpkin Pie striped grosgrain ribbon, Old Olive striped grosgrain ribbon, Kooky Spooky die, Stampin' Up! Bear die, Big Shot, 2-way glue pen
Just fill with your favorite candy! No one will be able to resist this special gift!

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Thursday, October 29, 2009

This week is all about Halloween and I had this card in my stash waiting to be shared. It was relatively easy to make and is pretty self-explanatory (I think anyway). If you need helping figuring out how it is put together, just let me know!
Stamps: Medallion, Holiday Best
Ink: Pumpkin Pie, Basic Black
Cardstock: Pumpkin Pie, Basic Black, Whisper White
Accessories: Basic Black 1/4" grosgrain ribbon, black vintage brads, Basic Black marker, circle cutter.
Hope you have a wonderful Thursday! Thanks for stopping by!

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Wednesday, October 28, 2009

I am a bad Diva as I did not get to this week's Diva challenge. Life was just too crazy this week and I kept thinking I was going to be able to get to it, but it just never happened. Sorry about that. Still, you should go to the Diva Coffee Break Designs blog and see what the other Divas came up with for your inspiration this week. This is the sketch we were to work with. See what you can do with this sketch and then upload a link to your card to the blog using Mr. Linky.

Maybe I can get to this sketch later in the week and, if so, I will surely share with you what I created!

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Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Build A Bear

As we have mentioned before, Stampin' Up! has partnered with Build-A-Bear Workshop to bring you an exciting collection of BAB stamp sets and Sizzix dies. I have only just begun playing with mine and I can't tell you how much fun I am having! My little bears received Halloween costumes this morning. These will make the most adorable embellishments on a gift bag / party bag, tags, invitations, scrapbook pages and Halloween cards. The possibilities are endless and I can't wait to show you more of what I come up with!

This Build-A-Bear Workshop collection can currently be found in the Holiday Mini. Don't have one? Simply send me an email or give me a call and I will be happy to get one out in the mail to you. As well, you can view the Holiday Mini here on my website. Don't hesitate to contact me with any questions!

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Monday, October 26, 2009

Our Late Night Stampers Group challenge this week is to pull our colors from our favorite candy wrappers. There is candy, candy, candy EVERYWHERE this time of year! My all-time favorite, I think - it is pretty hard to chose when you are a candy lover!, is a Resses Peanutbutter Cup. So, I went with Basic Black and Pumpkin Pie as my two main colors for today's card. I used the Sweet Treats cups and put a little something special in there. These treat cups fit perfectly with images from the Sweet Centers stamp set. Fun to make and fun to receive!

Stamps: Sweet Centers
Ink: Pumpkin Pie
Cardstock: Pumpkin Pie, Basic Black, Cast-A-Spell DSP, Whisper White
Accessories: Pumpkin Pie 1/4" grosgrain ribbon, 1-3/4" circle punch, 1-3/8" circle punch, Sweet Treat cups

Whatcha think? I bet YOU would love to receive one of these yourself! You know you would! I know I would! Thanks for stopping by!
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Deal of the Week, #4

Are you ready for this week's Deal? It is amazing! A must have!

Pirate Party Kit Princess Party Kit

These little kits make the cutest party invitations, favors and decorations. They are just adorable! For this week only, they are on sale for $9.99. They each have a matching stamp set and can be found on pages 174 and 175 of the catalog. Check them out!

This deal will only last through the week. So, don't delay! Order yours today!

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Thursday, October 22, 2009

Color Throwdown

We are still working with the color palate of Ruby Red, Really Rust and Old Olive over at Late Night Stampers Group. So, here is my latest card.

Stamps: Friends 24/7
Ink: Jet Black StazOn, Old Olive, Really Rust, Ruby Red
Cardstock: Really Rust, Ruby Red, Old Olive, Whisper White, Ruby Red DSP
Accessories: Scallop circle punch, circle rhinestone brads, 1-3/8" circle punch, 1-1/4" circle punch, circle cutter, large circle die, Big Shot

You should visit us over at Late Night Stampers Group. You don't need to be a demo to join. We have challenges and offer lots of inspiration and encouragement! It is lots of fun!

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Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Diva Color Challenge, #150

Time for a Diva color challenge! These colors are definitely NOT in my comfort zone so this was a little rough! But, I did come up with a card.
Stamps: Flower Fancy, Kind and Caring Thoughts
Ink: Old Olive, Jet Black StazOn, Really Rust, Certainly Celery
Cardstock: Really Rust, Basic Gray, Old Olive, Whisper White
Accessories: Square rhinestone brads, Photo Corners punch, Stamp-A-Ma-Jig, dimensionals, blender pen

You will find lots of great inspiration over at the Diva blog! Hop on over there and see what the other Divas have come up with. While you are at it, why don't you play along with us! You know you want to! LOL! You can upload your creation and use Mr. Linky to let us see. Then the Divas will leave you some loving comments!

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Happy Tuesday! I needed a birthday card for a coworker / friend of mine today and found one similar to this to CASE by Silke Ledlow. Her cards are always so elegant and beautiful!

Stamps: Kind and Caring Thoughts, Thoughts and Prayers
Ink: Elegant Eggplant, Old Olive marker, Orchid Opulence marker
Cardstock: Orchid Opulence, Elegant Eggplant, Whisper White, Cottage Wall DSP
Accessories: Oval Frame die, Big Shot, silver brads, Elegant Eggplant 1/4" grosgrain ribbon

This card was fun to make! I dressed the inside as well, but didn't take my picture until after I had written in it - which is why it is blurred out. Sorry about that! Thanks for stopping by!

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Monday, October 19, 2009

Deal of the Week, #3

Deal of the Week, #3




Regular Price

Special Price



Basic Jumbo grommets





Mini Library clips





Circle Designer brads





1/2" Library clips



I hope you are taking advantage of these amazing deals! I know I am! Place your order today so you don't miss out!

LNS Color Challenge

It's Monday and we have a new color challenge over at Late Night Stampers. We were given the colors of Ruby Red, Really Rust and Old Olive to use this week. However, I made this card last week and was still using last week's sketch without even realizing it! I promise to find a new sketch to work with this week! LOL!

Stamps: Of the Earth, Teeny Tiny Wishes
Ink: Old Olive, Ruby Red and Really Rust markers
Cardstock: Old Olive, Ruby Red, Really Rust, Whisper White and Ruby Red DSP from the Level I hostess pack
Accessories: Modern Label punch, Word Window punch, Scallop Edge punch, Old Olive 5/8" grosgrain ribbon

Have you gone over to LNS yet? You should! You won't be disappointed! Tell them I sent ya!

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Friday, October 16, 2009

Still working with this sketch! That's okay, though. I am getting some stamping done!
Stamps: Nursery Necessities
Ink: Barely Banana, Bashful Blue
Cardstock: Barely Banana, Bashful Blue, Whisper White
Accessories: Large star punch, small star punch, silver brads, white organza ribbon, Modern Label punch, dimensionals

Thanks for stopping by! Don't forget the Deal of the Week ends early Monday morning and a new Deal will be released!

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Thursday, October 15, 2009


ScreenHunter_04 Oct. 06 09.29 We are still working with the same sketch this week over at Late Night Stampers Group this week. Nice and simple, just the way I like them!

I don’t normally make Halloween cards, but this one was fun to make. My sentiment is from the Level I Hostess set, Holiday Best and the little ghost is from Little Boo, on the $10 and under page of the catalog. When I got him in my order this week, I just knew he was going on that square! LOL!003 - Copy Both pieces of designer paper come from the Cast-A-Spell DSP.


Stamps: Little Boo, Holiday Best

Ink: Basic Black as well as Old Olive marker, Elegant Eggplant marker, and Pumpkin Pie marker

Cardstock: Old Olive, Basic Black, Pumpkin Pie, Cast-A-Spell DSP

Accessories: 1-1/4” square punch, 1-3/8” square punch, Pumpkin Pie corduroy brads, Elegant Eggplant 1/4” grosgrain ribbon


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Wednesday, October 14, 2009

DIVA Sketch 149

Good Morning! The Divas have put out a sketch to create with this week. I love to start out with a sketch, especially when I can easily see what stamp set I want to use with the sketch. I knew that one of the few tall, thin images I had was the balloon from Crazy for Cupcakes, and so, out it came! It is a relatively simple card and pretty self-explanatory, but feel free to contact me with any questions you might have!

Stamps: Crazy for Cupcakes, Sincere Salutations
Ink: Jet Black StazOn, Rich Razzleberry, Melon Mambo
Cardstock: Crushed Curry, Rich Razzleberry, Whisper White, Razzleberry Lemonade DSP
Accessories: Circle rhinestone brads, Crushed Curry grosgrain ribbon, scallop edge punch, dimensionals

Wanna play with us? We would love for you to! Then, you can link your card using Mr. Linky for us to see and leave some sweet comments about. Either way, hop on over to the Diva Coffee Break Designs blog and see what the rest of the design team has come up with for your inspiration. You won't be disappointed!

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Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Simply Elegant

Isn't this card just so simple and elegant? I apologize as I did not write down the name of the demo whose blog I saw this on originally, but I knew I had to recreate it because it was so beautiful!
Stamps: Embrace Life, Kind and Caring Thoughts
Ink: Night of Navy
Cardstock: Whisper White, Night of Navy DSP (from the Level I hostess pack)
Accessories: Stamp-A-Ma-Jig, Blender pen
Naturally, I didn't want to leave the inside naked so I stamped the same images inside and used the Blender pen to add some color. The sentiment on the front could easily be changed up to suit a variety of needs.

Monday, October 12, 2009

Deal of the Week, #2

We have a new Deal of the Week! You will definitely want to take advantage of these deals as they are always awesome! This week's deal features Big Shot dies. You can place your order online through my website here and it will be delivered right to you! Or, I will be happy to place your order for you! But don't delay. This deal is only available for a short time. Next Monday morning Deal #3 will be revealed!





Regular Price

Sale Price

October 12, 10:00 AM (MT) through October 19, 9:50 AM (MT)



Perfect Setting Bigz XL Die





Flower Burst Embosslits





Bigz XL Cake 3 Tier Die



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LNS Sketch

Good Monday afternoon! Over at Late Night Stampers Group this week we have a sketch challenge to work with. It is a relatively basic sketch so it wasn't too difficult to work with. My sizing was aproblem, however, because the images I wanted to use did not fit on the standard sized card. So, this morning's card is a 6x6 card. No big deal. I just pulled out some more paper.
Stamps: Many Merry Messages, Serene Snowflakes
Ink: Silver Encore, Night of Navy
Cardstock: Whisper White, Night of Navy, Brushed Silver
Accessories: Filigree brads, dimensionals

Why don't you play along with us? We have challenges each week and an awesome design team who offer lots of inspiration. Best of all, joining the group is free! You will receive lots of ideas, inspiration, sharing and encouragement and meet lots of new
friends who all share a love for Stampin' Up! Simply click here to join.

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Saturday, October 10, 2009

Digital + Starter Kit


Stampin’ Up! is offering a starter kit that includes the My Digital Studio software.  It is a great deal!

Starter Kit Price: $185 (over $295 value!)

  • My Digital Studio software
  • Party Hearty and Petal Pizzazz stamp sets
  • Whisper White card stock (8-1/2" x 11")
  • Earth Elements assorted card stock (8-1/2" x 11")
  • Old Olive, Pumpkin Pie, Real Red, and Tempting Turquoise Classic Stampin' Pads
  • Chocolate Chip, Old Olive, Pumpkin Pie, and Real Red Stampin' Write markers
  • Chocolate Chip 1/4" grosgrain ribbon
  • Real Red 1" double-stitched grosgrain ribbon
  • Button Latte Designer buttons
  • Stampin' Dimensionals
  • Mini Glue Dots
  • SNAIL Adhesive
  • Business supplies (product catalogs, order forms, training DVD, and other supplies)

I would love to have you join my team!  Don’t hesitate to contact me with any questions you may have.  I can be reached by email at or by phone at (731) 513-0611.  Don’t have any questions….?  Do you know all you need to know…?  Simply click here and then click on “Join Now”.  My recruiter password is “stampinsteph”. 

Thursday, October 8, 2009

I love how this card came out! It was inspired by another demo, but I just thought it was so elegant looking so I had to try it. The designer series paper is from the Holiday Mini and is call Christmas Cocoa Specialty paper. This particular piece has some flocking on it. It is just beautiful in person! The swirls come from one of the Sizzlet dies that I ran through the Big Shot, Swirls Scribbles. And, of course, the Top Note die, also run through the Big Shot three times. The Merry Christmas sentiment is from the Level I hostess set, Holiday Best. I think the white organza ribbon just gives it such an elegant and soft touch.

Stamps: Holiday Best, Many Merry Messages (inside)
Ink: Real Red
Cardstock: Kraft, Whisper White, Christmas Cocoa Specialty DSP
Accessories: Scallop oval punch, large oval punch, Swirls Scribbles die, Top Note die, Big Shot, white organza ribbon
Thanks for looking! Have a wonderful day!

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Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Diva Color Challenge 148

We have another color challenge this week. These aren't my colors, so it was a little difficult to get started.
Stamps: Teeny Tiny Wishes, Baroque Motifs (swirl on the Kraft)
Ink: Versamark, Garden Green
Cardstock: Garden Green, Dusty Durango, Crushed Curry, Kraft, Whisper White
Accessories: 5-petal punch, scallop edge punch, white gel pen, rhinestone circle brads, word windo punch, modern label punch, Dusty Durango grosgrain ribbon
Take a quick trip over to the Diva blog and see what the other design team members have come up with for your inspiration. You won't be disappointed. Then, play along and upload your creation using Mr. Linky.