Tuesday, April 30, 2013


Here's a brand NEW cool kit from SU!  just in time for May.

We’re craving spring sun and flowers, so the new Bloomin’ Bouquet kit is arriving just in time! You can easily create a dozen beautiful flowers to give to someone special, including an extra one to give as a quick thank you to someone else. (Or keep for yourself—hey, your flowers, your rules!)

These flowers would make a great gift for Mother’s Day, or any other special springtime event. Just imagine presenting a beautiful, handmade bouquet, complete with your own touch, such as a vase, some tissue paper, or a bit of lovely ribbon or twine. It’s a gift that says you care—and will last longer than real flowers!

The Bloomin’ Bouquet Project Kit (item 134542) includes the following:
  • 2 sheets of 12" X 12" cardstock featuring 13 preprinted and precut flowers (flower colors: Pool Party, Gumball Green, Calypso Coral, Daffodil Delight, and Rich Razzleberry
  • 13 Vintage Faceted Buttons
  • 13 green floral wire stems
All you need is adhesive (we recommend a glue gun), and you’re set! This kit is only available while supplies last, for $12.95 US

Monday, April 29, 2013


My friend Lisa and I needed a nice relaxing day away from the cares of the world and we actually found it!  We visited the National Arboretum in Washington, DC. This has to be one of the best kept secrets in the midAtlantic.  What an awesome place.  We arrived just before noon and found ourselves lost in the beauty of nature until just before 4 pm.  We took a delightful and informative tram ride around the arboretum and then went on a little walk through the Bonsai gardens which were our favorites, and then the herb gardens, and then through the azalea path and the flowering hills and almost over to the original columns.  It was a magnificent day and we threw all of our cares away to just relax and enjoy nature.

Here's an MDS (My Digital Studio) page that I designed in honor of our trip.  The Bonsai tree we are in front of is about 250 years old.  Isn't that an amazing creation?

Supply ListBackground
     Designer Series Paper\_Designer Kits\HELLO SPRING\eph_hellospring_springgrass

    Chat Room Thoughts of You\Chat Room Thoughts of You - delight, Color = 227,167,142
    Chat Room Thoughts of You\Chat Room Thoughts of You - delight, Color = WHISPER WHITE 255,255,255


Sunday, April 28, 2013


The Retired Stamps and Accessories are available to view. It's sad to see so many of these great items go away but know that the NEW stamps and accessories are Ah-MAZING!

In the meantime, if there is something you cannot live without make sure to grab it while you can. The accessories FLY off the shelf. Don't get stuck paying CRAZY prices on Internet Auction sites for something you wanted. Get it today! Click HERE to visit my Online Store. 
Click the photo above for the retired stamp list or CLICK HERE!
Click here fore the retiring accessory list for up to 60% off.  There is going to be a color
refresh as well as retiring IN COLORS.  Some BRAND NEW IN COLORS will be coming soon,
but if you love the ones we have now make sure you order them and the refill colors.
There is something for everyone.  Order today!!!


This was one of the make 'n takes from the REMARKABLE HOT RETREAT I participated in up in Harrisburg, Pa a few weekends ago lead by my upline JANET WAKELAND.  She designed this card with the SU! BIG SHOT CARD BASE Pop 'n Cuts die and the DRESS FORM Pop 'n Cuts.  I thought this was a clever use of these dies and I really love the whole pop 'n cuts idea where you can make cards that open and pop up.  If used as is this would have been a dress form card. Janet changed it only slightly and made it a flower pot using the SECRET GARDEN stamp set and coordinating framelits.  Wow!  That's thinking outside the box!  Way to go Janet.
The stamp set on the outside is from the FEEL GOODS stamp set in the SU! OCCASIONS Catalog.  It's a really unique stamp set and one that all should have in their collection. We embossed the sentiment with white embossing powder and the new 2 setting heat tool by SU!  Do you like the paper doily embellishment?  I'm glad SU! has added these to their collection and so they are now in mine as well.
I love these flowers.  We stamped them first and then die cut them with our coordinating framelits.  The designer paper is from SALEABRATION.  I hope that SU! finds some extra packages of this dsp and offer them for sale on the clearance rack this summer.  This was certainly one of the nicest packs of dsp they've offered for FREE during a Saleabration.

POP 'N CUTSCard Base Pop' n Cuts

Cuts a card base. It’s magnetic, so you can insert the magnetic Pop ‘n Cuts Dress Form Die inside this base to cut a fun pop-up card. Card base: 4-1/4" x 11". Use with Extended Cutting Pads.

Designed by Karen Burniston
 DRESS pop n cutsDress Form Pop' n Cuts

Insert in the Card Base Pop ’n Cuts Die to cut a fun pop-up card! Embellish the dress form with a dress you cut using the Dress Up Framelits Dies. Dress form insert: 3-1/4" x 4-5/16". Use with Extended Cutting Pads.

Designed by Karen Burniston

Saturday, April 27, 2013


Here's the last selection of flowers swap cards from our REMARKABLE HOT RETREAT and also a birthday card I received from my good friend Hsiao-hui Lin.


Friday, April 26, 2013


Here's the next grouping of swaps from the REMARKABLE HOT RETREAT earlier this April.

Thursday, April 25, 2013


My Paper Pumpkin is so much fun.  It's a SU! subscription service that I subscribe to every month.  Around the middle of the month I receive a really cool box of supplies to make cards or a project or something really cool.  The projects are designed to be quick and easy but really nice.  Everything is included but the adhesive. Wow!  You can't get better than that.  Here's what I have made with this month's offering.

Consider joining MY PAPER PUMPKIN Today!

Wednesday, April 24, 2013


I went into my SU! storage drawer of stamps to use some stamps I haven't used in years.  It was really fun to pull them out and give them some life.  Today is my niece Gemma's Birthday and so these stamps I chose are perfect for her. 
The background dsp is non SU! from a pack my sister in law and brother in law gifted me at Christmas.  It's a cool pack with textured bubbles and tie dye and really neat patterns.  The Happy Birthday stamped in Gemma's favorite color Gumball Green is from the SU! stamp set VIVID GREETINGS. The stars were stamped in Summer Starfruit  from the SU! set ALL ABOUT OCCASIONS.  And the cool balloons stamp is from one of my all time FAVORITE SU! stamp sets  NICE AND EASY NOTES, which is certainly a staple stamp set in a lot of long time demonstrator collections.  All of these stamps by SU! are retired and collector edition.  I was so happy to share them with my niece.  (note:  Sweet and Delicious Wishes stamp is non SU!)
Finally, I die cut GEMMA's name from SU! BIG SHOT die set TIMELESS TYPE and then added crystal effects and glitter.  Also, of note - the balloons were water-colored and then I added crystal effects and dazzling diamonds glitter.

Happy Birthday GEMMA!  Enjoy your day!

Tuesday, April 23, 2013


Over the next few days I'm going to post some of the swaps I received from the REMARKABLE HOT RETREAT in HARRISBURG, Pa that is run by my upline JANET WAKELAND.  I'll be posting cards and not all had names on them so I'm not able to post who made which cards. Just know that they were designed and shared by some super fab demonstrators in the REMARKABLE line.


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Monday, April 22, 2013


Today I want to share a few pages from the digital scrapbook I'm working on from my awesome cruise to the Bahamas with my sister Teresa!  We had a spectacular time.  The cruise was the best and a true trip of a lifetime.  We saw some great sunsets, shared great times, and really enjoyed the weather.  It was the perfect time to go!
 This first page was from the formal night where we dined with the captain of the ship.  We were on our way to the Caribbean when this photo was taken.  Next is the same photo with a little bit of artistic framing added.  I was just having some creative fun!
These are some select photos from Paradise Island and the Great Stirrup Caye.  Oh the beauty of these islands is just incredible.  True Island Paradise.
This is one of the sunsets over the Caribbean.  Every evening just before dinner we were treated to this gorgeous scenery.  We'd either view the sunset on the promenade deck or we would view it from the restaurant.  Absolutely Amazing.  God's world is so beautiful! 

All of the pages were created using My Digital Studio by SU!  I'll have more to share as I continue to work on this digital scrapbook. Thanks for letting me share a little bit of beauty with you.

Sunday, April 21, 2013


My sweet friend Lisa Chatterjee designed this card and I was so lucky and happy to receive a copy of it.  This card is so cheerful. 
Lisa found a great way to mix patterned papers from the summer smooches SU! collection and to combine the butterfly stamped images.  Really cool and a very nice card.  Anyone who received this card will be very lucky to receive it because it is so bright and awesome.  I think I'll hold onto this one for awhile and keep it at my desk.  Thanks again Lisa for sharing.

Saturday, April 20, 2013


Friday was Linda Kincaid's birthday.  Linda is a dear friend for many many years.  I made up this card for her and mailed it.  I have another one I'll share later that I have to actually hand carry, but this one went through the mail easily.  I used one of the retiring SU! colors - RIVER ROCK. I also die cut the butterflies with a die by SU! and spritzed the card stock with some regal rose glimmer mist that I made up using SU! products.
The butterflies and the card stock are also embossed with the BIG SHOT and SU! exclusive embossing folders.  Hope your birthday was great Linda!


This awesome kit is now available from SU!  I love this dress form die  and I've seen so much done with it.  You can buy the dress die separately or you can buy this kit.  USE The Hostess code CZ64HVR6 for all orders.

The Dolled-Up Birthday kit (item 133913)  includes the following:
  • Dolled-Up Birthday Photopolymer Stamp (1)
  • 8-1/2" x 5-1/2" Crumb Cake Cardstock (6 pieces)
  • 2" x 4-1/4" Very Vanilla Cardstock (6 pieces)
  • Very Vanilla Medium Envelopes (6)
  • Tea Lace Paper Doilies (6)
  • Dress Up die-cuts (6)*
  •  Vanilla 5/8" Flower Trim (6 pieces)
  • Sponge Dauber (1)
That’s everything you need to make six cards for only $15.95 US/ $17.95 CA!   get it now in my online store,
To assemble one card, follow these simple instructions:
1. Place the stamp rubber side up and ink with the Soft Suede Classic Stampin’ Spot.
2. Stamp “Happy Birthday” at the bottom of the card front.
3. Ink the Sponge Dauber with Soft Suede ink and gently antique the doily and the edges of the dress form.
4. Adhere the pieces to the card front in this order:
1. Doily
2. Very Vanilla Cardstock
3. Dress form
4. Flower

*Created using the Dress Up Framelits Die designed by Karen Burniston

Dress Up Framelits Dies 130101
Regular Price: $27.72
Preferred Price: $24.95
Easily cut stamped dress images from the All Dressed Up Stamp Set. Largest design: 1-1/2" x 4-1/4". 3 dies. Cuts a single sheet of paper using your Big Shot, Standard Cutting Pads, and Multipurpose Platform.

Designed by Karen Burniston

Friday, April 19, 2013


SU! has just released another photopolymer stamp set - it's another cool one.  Click on photo to see the details.

We've searched long and hard for just the right material to be able to introduce completely clear stamping. And we've found it. We're excited to announce that we now have wood-mount, clear-mount AND photopolymer stamps! The new photopolymer will be an addition to our stamp line and will appeal to all types of stampers. Our top-quality photopolymer has just enough give to create a perfectly stamped image every time and with the introduction of our firm-foam pads, let's just say they're meant for each other! Photopolymer stamps will also be unique, fun designs that will inspire you and provide more versatile options you may not see in our traditional wood- and clear-mount stamp options. 
What makes them so great?
  • They're entirely transparent for perfect placement every time! 
  • They are durable. The photopolymer material is designed to last. 
  • Can you say sticky? (Don't worry; in a good way.) These stamps stick amazingly well to our clear blocks.
  • They're age tested. They won't yellow or cloud up over time. 
  • We could go on, but we'll let you try them for yourself.
They are clearly a great choice.

Thursday, April 18, 2013


I found these really cool jewels that fit inside bottle caps and I decided to go ahead and use one on a THANK YOU card I made for a friend.  The butterfly is die cut from a BIG SHOT die exclusive to SU!  and The paper is from the mini collection in the SU! OCCASIONS catalog.  I embossed the butterfly with the lattice embossing folder.