Saturday, February 28, 2009


These stamp sets are from the brand new SU! mini occasions catalog coming out next month, but you can order these starting March 1st. Jen Reiter has already claimed the adorable Easter bunnies. But everyone can order these. We have a group order going in on Thursday March 5th or you can order these on my website Also, when you order, you can also get sale-a-bration benefits (free stamp set or dsp or ribbon for every $50 order! whahoo!!!). There is also an adorable Easter egg wheel (not pictured) that you can order as well. I'm sure there are going to be the most adorable projects and cards made with these sets. Get them now so you can make all of your spring cards, scrapbook pages, and papercrafts. We will use some of these sets at STAMP CAMP April 4th, also. For all of those on my mailing list, you will receive the entire mini occasions catalog in the mail sometime mid to late march. You are going to love all of the new things in it and you will want it all, like me.

Beginning March 1, your customers will have the opportunity to buy a few select sneak peek products from the Occasions Mini Catalog.
Retail Price
An Egg-cellent Easter
Wagon Full of Fun
Eight Great Greetings
Ocho saludos geniales (Spanish Eight Great Greetings)
Huit souhaits sympas (French Eight Great Greetings)
Egg Hunt Stampin' Around wheel


We are having a great time here in Rhodes Grove, Pa, cropping and card making and crafting. Our friends at CM organized this crop (Jen Reiter and Pat Nuckels, Ann Thompsen and Sheila Ziegler and a few others). Here's Linda Kincaid crafting away. Ann is in the background. We are loving this weekend. It was a great deal for all day Friday, all day Saturday, and all day Sunday. The fee included 8 feet (yes!!! 8 feet of cropping space), all meals, sleeping accommodations, and lots of giveaways. I've already even won some prizes. Really a fantastic time, so hopefully some of you can come to something like this sometime. Here is Linda Kincaid crafting away.
Here I am with Pat Nuckels. We are really enjoying this weekend. I did an entire Christmas album in one night. I'll photograph some of the album or a layout or two and post at another time. I used a lot of my STAMPIN UP! products, especially the rubons that I love!
More photos coming later.

Wednesday, February 25, 2009


I love this stamp set! It has so many possibilities. A little birdie told me....inside says..."you're the best." But it could say, it's time to celebrate or you got a promotion or it's your birthday...the possibilities are endless. I used pink pirouette cardstock for the base. The designer paper is from the SU! raspberry tart collection (I LOVE THAT PAPER). I paper pieced the bird with dsp also and then stamped the words on certainly celery backed by so saffron. I'm going to send this card to my mother. It was her birthday on Monday the 23rd. I sent her a birthday card, but this is a follow up to tell her she is the best mom ever. I think she'll love the card. By the way I highlighted the wing with apricot appeal Stampinwrite marker and then blushed her cheek with regal rose stampinwrite marker. It adds so much and those markers from SU! are great!

Tuesday, February 24, 2009


Hello crafters! This is just a quick card I made up this am for a coworker whose husband died over the weekend. I used the BIG SHOT curly label die and the stamp set Friends 24/7. I also used some of our new dsp that we can get free with saleabration. I tore a white edge to give some texture to the card.

Sunday, February 22, 2009


I've had many people ask me to put the photo of our group visiting Martha Stewart on my blog. I thought it was time to go ahead and do that to help get Carol H. excited about her upcoming trip to Martha. We had the most wonderful visit. Martha was as gracious as ever and appreciated our drive up to NYC from Baltimore. It was one of the best trips we have taken. We started the day with the live studio audience of her show. Hsiao-hui and Diana actually were caught on tv in the audience tasting yummy sticky buns. Then we headed over to Martha's craft room and saw some of the latest designs her artists were working on. After that we were guests of her producer at her warehouse where they do all the designing for Macy's and Kmart and her craft line. It was one interesting day that we will long remember. In this photo below, Martha is holding the envelope purse that Hsiao-hui made for her. She thought it was really clever. We made similar purses at our National Scrapbooking Event last may. I have to try to top that project this year. From left to right....Diana Hnat, Linda Kincaid, Maria Pane, Martha Stewart, Hsiao-hui Lin, Ellen Johnson, and Cathy Weir.

Saturday, February 21, 2009


These are more of the cards we did this past week in class. I used chocolate chip textured paper for this card. I also used some of our new dsp (designer series paper) that you can earn free from sale-a-bration, as well as so saffron, whisper white and pink pirouette cardstock. The heart is stamped with one of the saleabration sets called polka dot punches and then punched out with our new heart punch. All of the stamps in that set coordinate with our punches. The Congratulations is stamped in chocolate chip class ink. It is also from a sale-a-bration set called Congrats and it comes with several sentiments you can use for congratulations. I made this one a birthday card, but several in the group made this with other sentiments. One made it a baby card and one made it a retirement card. oh, the felt flower accents are from our felt fusion collection. I love these. I added a gold brad to the center.
This is the inside of my card. I stamped the birthday wishes from the sincere salutations set and the you take the cake from many happy returns. Both are stamped in chocolate chip classic ink. I added a cupcake stamped in pink pirouette from one of our level 1 hostess sets, darling dots.
This last card was cased from Patty Bennett. She is one clever lady. I made mine almost the same. You make these from two top notes which are BIG SHOT dies exclusive to SU! The note on top is made with our new designer paper that you can earn for free this month with sale-a-bration. I also used the certainly celery twill ribbon and the so saffron grosgrain ribbon that is also one of the sale-a-bration freebies. Check out the sale-a-bration brochure Just click on these blue words and it will come up as a pdf file that you can browse through.

Friday, February 20, 2009


We had a great time in class last night. I even got a chance to make a card myself. Here I am doing a card Linda Kincaid designed with the new curly label die for the BIG SHOT. Her card was done with textured tangerine tango and she dyed the new white ribbon from SU! with summer sun and tangerine tango reinkers. Diana is in the background smiling at her accomplishments.

This is Pat Nuckels. She is a Creative Memories Consultant that comes to some of my classes. She is a joy to have in class. She is working on a fancy folds card that Cathy Weir designed.

Lori Butler is working on a top note pocket card that I cased from Patty Bennett. They loved this card idea. We used the new delicate dots dsp from SU! that we earned FREE with saleabration.

Here is Leslie. She is working on a St. Patrick's day card. Thanks to Leslie we have this card. She asked if we would consider doing a st. patty's card. I didn't have my pinch proof set yet, so we used our saleabration set.
Lori is working on Cathy's Fancy Fold card. It was so creative. She made it from one 12 by 12 dsp sheet from the summer picnic series.

Here is one of St. Patty's cards that Stephanie Sheeler made. Linda Kincaid taught us how to make this St. Patrick from SU! punches. Everyone had to make one and most put it on their st. patty's card. Do you love her addition of the dazzling diamonds?

Here is another Linda Kincaid creation. She used the bella blossoms saleabration set, the saleabration dsp and vanilla hodgepodge. I love this card.

You may have seen this card the other day. I brought it just to show another idea.

Here is a great card using several saleabration items - the dsp, ribbon and bella blooms stamp set. Linda Kincaid made this card.

Linda chose some great colors for this card. Again, same set, different colors. She watercolored the flowers and used a large chipboard flower as an accent.Eileen and Rebecca are working on Cathy's card. They look really intent but had a wonderful time. It is really neat to see our stamping friends doing such wonderful creations.
This is Linda Kincaid demonstrating the St. Patrick from Punches. She punched all of the pieces for us. all we had to do was put him together.

Linda is such a great demonstrator. She is truly inspirational. We are very lucky to have her and all of our demonstrators who share with us.

Thursday, February 19, 2009


These are two of the cards we are doing in class tonight. The first is a pop up card that my new downline Tara Bouldin is making. She did a great job. The set used is Fun and Fast Notes by SU! She used her stampinwrite markers to color it in and then added dazzling diamonds. Cardstock is pink pirouette, chocolate chip, and whisper white. Really nice job Tara.
This is a card that I designed that uses the new CURLY LABEL BIG SHOT DIE that is exclusive to SU! I used Tangerine Tango textured cardstock and ran a 5.5 by 12 inch piece of it through the Big Shot. The die cuts the card perfectly and puts the top note/curly label punch wherever I want it on the card. Did you see the BIG SHOT video that it is on my website? It shows you how to do it. I also used some new raspberry tart designer paper and punched an edge with our scallop punch. Our new organza ribbon is awesome. It comes in white, but I dyed mine regal rose. I thought it went really well with the colors of the cardstock and the dsp. You can dye it in reinker or you can take a dauber and use craft or classic ink to apply. It is a really gorgeous effect. The flower is from the saleabration set that you can earn for free called Botanical Blooms. I watercolored it using the classic pads and my SU! aquapainter. Linda and I will demonstrate how to do this in class. Lastly, I stamped the same flower image with white craft ink on the bottom of the card, and also brushed the interior edge of the curly label die punch with the white craft ink to highlight it.


Round 2 is complete of the embellishment club. I packaged all of them up nicely in BIG SHOT boxes in kiwi kiss textured paper with pirouette pink grosgrain ribbon. Some of the embellishments were small so they went in SU! round containers that I put the stamped image "thanks a bunch" from the little somethin, somethin hostess set. I also added a kiwi kiss embosslet to each bag and a kiwi kiss grosgrain ribbon to tie the cellos. Everyone in the club got 50 embellishments for a fraction of the cost of buying everything. They get to try all of the embellishments and see what they like best. But I can tell you it is going to be very hard. So far my favorites are the kiwi kiss and the pacific point corduroy buttons. The large brads and clips are pretty cool too. Enjoy ladies!

Wednesday, February 18, 2009


This is a very easy card I made tonight using the new SU! set called CHEAP TALK. You don't need to do much with this card - just stamp! For the card base...I used my favorite cardstock - ultrasmooth white. I love how this stamps! The ink just adheres so nicely to the paper. This set is really adorable and there are a lot of possibilities for different sentiments. I tried to make the sentiment come out of one of the bird's mouths. One bird is stamped in baja breeze ink and the other in pacific point. Those two colors are gorgeous. The branches are done in Kiwi Kiss. These three colors are part of SU!'s IN COLOR line. I also stamped a flower in pixie pink and the pear in apricot appeal. ok, now for some SU! NEWS! Starting July 1st of 2009, we are going back to one main idea book a year. Lots of customers are very excited about this because they now have more time to buy the stamp sets and accessories that they want over the entire year, rather than in 6 months. Now for everyone out there like me who wants NEW NEW NEW all the time, there will still be mini catalogs. There will be 3 mini catalogs that will feature brand new sets and new hostess sets and lots of new product in the mini's. SU! is doing really well and is a debt free company. I really enjoy working for them and look forward to many more years. I'm currently in my 6th year with them and loving every minute. As I receive more info on what's coming I'll be sure to let you know. Right now I'm caught up in the frenzy of saleabration.


This little puppy loves my son JP. This is Luigi cuddling up next to him this morning. Luigi just turned 10 months old and is a Shelty-terrier mix. He is definitely more shelty in nature, but has just a little bit of playfulness like a terrier. He is a great puppy and very loving. Notice how JP is just not quite awake enough yet!


I had some fun making this card last night. I used the Botanical Blooms set that you can earn FREE with SU! during SALEABRATION! First, I stamped the bloom on whisper white ultrasmooth cardstock ( I just love how easy it is to stamp on. If you have never tried it, you should, because you will never want to go back to regular white cardstock again). Next, I used my aquapainter and my classic riding hood red ink pad to watercolor the bloom in. The hello there statement that curves along the side is from a NEW SU! set called CHEAP TALK which we will be using in class on March 5th. The designer paper is riding hood red patterned dsp and I bordered it with riding our new eyelet scallop punch. This border is on riding hood red cardstock adhered to a white cardstock base and then bordered with a flower stamp from CHEAP TALK.

Tuesday, February 17, 2009


Hsiao-hui stopped by at work today to show me her latest creation. She made an adorable easter basket out of 4 envelope dies exclusive to SU! Aren't these just the cutest? I am thinking that they would be a really fun project to do with everyone at stamp camp since it is right before EASTER. If you look at the second photo, you can see that Hsiao-hui put some grass inside and some microbeaded eggs. Great Job Hsiao-hui!


Recently I was selected as the REMARKABLE ARTIST OF THE MONTH over at remarkable stampers. That is the amazing group of stampers I belong to and you can to if you want to join my SU! downline. We have the most amazing team leader - Janet Wakeland - and she has the best team meetings. She has really helped me to get my business off of the ground and she has been not only a great team leader, but a great friend. So when she put the challenge out to design some cards I jumped at the chance to be one of the artists of the month and I was chosen as one of three. I know it is a little early for Easter, but I wanted to use my saleabration sets and also this cute set. The bunny ears and the basket are from the sock monkey accessories. I glittered the eggs and used crystal effects, so those eggs up close and personal do look good enough to eat. I also watercolored the bear and the raccoon. Watercoloring is one of my favorite techniques and one we recently reviewed at our last team meeting. Our next meeting is in York Pa and it is on the 18th of April. If you are interested, email me at, or you can go right to my website to sign on as a demonstrator. There is an amazing deal going on right now where the starter kit is deeply discounted and also...there is an extra free stamp set to choose from. It is a really great deal for those who are interested, not to mention all of the perks of being a demonstrator and all of the great friendships you will make. As your upline, I offer demo support and lots of ideas that will help you in your own business or with your personal hobby. That's right! You can join just for the discount and support your wonderfully addictive new hobby. That is how I started out and 5 years later, I have earned a free SU! trip for two to Hawaii this March courtesy of SU! You can too! Next year SU! is cruising to the Carribean.

Monday, February 16, 2009


I needed a quick card to send to my son's teacher tomorrow, so here is my creation. I just had to try the new BIG SHOT CURLY LABEL maker DIE exclusive to SU! You can put the die anywhere and punch out the top note style punch on your cardstock. I love that I get to decide on it's placement. And...I love how it matches our curly label punch. Really neat new BIG SHOT item. For those coming to class this thursday, Linda is going to show you how to use this die. In addition, in the post below I have a link to my website that takes you right to the SU! video with Jaron Winder demonstrating the die and a few other sizzix items. For this card, I used riding hood red and whisper white cardstock, red taffeta ribbon that matches it (notice it has a vanilla outline to it), whisper white craft ink, riding hood red and pink pirouette classic inks, and the stamp set 24/7, which was designed as a Shelli Gardner (CEO and Cofounder of SU!) exclusive. If you like birds - and who doesn't these days? - then sign up for my class "A Little Birdie Told Me" on Thursday March 5th at the RCMD building in Towson. There are still some spots available.

Sunday, February 15, 2009


This puppy is just the GREATEST! A few nights ago he was a great sport. He put my glasses on and actually posed for this photo. He's very smart, so maybe he wanted to see what I was reading. He should know already. I read my STAMPIN UP! idea book every day. In fact, I open it just before I go to bed (and then dream about it) and then look at it several times a day. I guess you can call me a SU! idea book junkie. My puppy is terrific about the book, too. He looks at it and never bites it. Good dog Luigi!