Friday, May 31, 2013


THIS IS AN AWESOME PROMOTION to start the SU! year. Good from now til the end of June. 25% off these stamp sets:

Multi-occasion salutations and a sassy font make this six-piece set a natural choice for fun and upbeat papercrafting projects. Use it to make cards in advance, so you'll have plenty on hand when the need arises!

So many sentiments for so many occasions! This eight-piece set gives you everything you need to send notes of encouragement and congratulations--and also includes options for wedding, birth announcements, Christmas, and more. It's a foundational set--perfect for beginning and experienced stampers alike!

The Petite Pairs set, also available in French, offers a sentiment for just about every occasion. Available in both wood- and clear-mount.


This has NEVER HAPPENED BEFORE!  Today only you can order from all of the SU! IDEA BOOKS - the BRAND NEW 2013-14 and the previous 2012-13 book as well as the OCCASIONS catalog and even CELEBRANDO CREATIVIDAD Hispanic idea books.  Plus you can always add CLEARANCE and SU! MDS digital products to your order.  TODAY IS THE DAY TO ORDER!!!!

USE THIS HOSTESS CODE to receive your FREE IDEA BOOK (one per person with minimum $25 order) -  D46NNDDG.  This code is only valid until 11:59 eastern time. After that, a NEW HOSTESS CODE will be valid.  Watch for me to post the next hostess code.

Ordering on Friday May 31st will be from 2 pm on.  Ordering will be down from 2 am until 2 pm eastern standard time so SU! can enter all of the NEW PRODUCT CODES for us.  I'm so EXCITED about this NEW BOOK. 

There are so many new product lines and stamps and much more in THE NEW BOOK.  You will definitely want a copy.  

Go to Shop Now in the upper right hand corner.

Thursday, May 30, 2013


Today my husband and I celebrate 21 years of marriage.  I used the NEW SU! designer series paper from the upcoming NEW IDEA BOOK - EPIC DAY THIS AND THAT.  The colors in this paper pack are amazing.  I bought my pack with the THIS n THAT kit last month.  In fact, I bought 3 of them.  The stamp I used for the focal point is the SWALLOWTAIL - large butterfly.  I embossed the butterfly using versamark ink and wild wasabi embossing powder by SU! on soft sky card stock.  The Celebrate Today is from the stamp set PERFECTLY PENNED.

I also used wild wasabi stitched grosgrain and wild wasabi card stock behind the designer paper.  Rhinestones from SU! were added to the butterfly and lots of sponging.  I also used the A ROUND ARRAY stamp set upcoming in the NEW IDEA BOOK stamped on top of the designer paper. There's a lot you can do with stamps and designer paper.  The butterfly was hand cut, but did you know that if you have an SVG cutter you can die cut the butterfly with it?  You just need to have the stamped brush set of the swallowtail which is digitally available from SU!  The Life is better sentiment is from a stamp set given to me by my bff Sandi and unfortunately is the only item used not SU!

This is the inside of my card.  Of course I personalized it with a special message for my anniversary guy.  He loved the card, so that's huge.  Do any of your men ever go gaga over your cards?  LOL!


This weekend the NEW SU! IDEA BOOK goes LIVE.  Here's one of the NEW stamp sets called MOSAIC MADNESS.  I've shown it a few times already and it's going to be the featured stamp set in our REMARKABLE BLOG TOUR coming up in a few weeks, where demonstrators in our demo group will showcase lots of things you can do with this stamp set.  This is definitely one of the MUST HAVE sets.  It comes with a coordinating punch and a coordinating embossing folder.  When you purchase the punch and the stamp set together you save 15%.
I added some SU! adhesive backed rhinestones to the punched out pieces and it really allows the card to pop!  I also added some of the words from the FABULOUS PHRASES stamp set also by SU!  Stay tuned!  Coming this weekend, all NEW SU!

Wednesday, May 29, 2013


I love it that each Tuesday SU! has BRAND NEW DIGITAL downloads you can purchase or sometimes even obtain for FREE.  Check out this week's offerings and make sure you check out the SALE at My Digital Studio.

New Downloads—5/28/2013

Stampin’ Up! is committed to bringing you fresh, exciting digital content each and every week. Check out the latest downloads below. Click on the download title to see it in the store, or click on the images to get an even closer view. You can also click here to view a PDF with additional details about this week’s downloads.
Anchors Away June Kit

FREE Anchors Away June Wallpaper 

Convention 2013 Photobook Template

This Makes Me Happy Pocket Cards

All About My Dad Photobook Template


When you receive your NEW SU! IDEA BOOK for 2013-14, you will notice that there aren't any Christmas stamps in the idea book.  Christmas and Holiday stamps will be featured in the HOLIDAY CATALOG that mails in July. Almost all of the Christmas/Holiday stamps from 2012-13 were discontinued.  There are, however, some sets carrying over from the last HOLIDAY CATALOG.  They are listed below.  If you want any of the Christmas stamp sets or other holiday stamp sets in the idea book retiring tomorrow, you have only until JUNE 3rd to order them.

Here is the the official Stampin' Up! notification:
Carryover Stamp Sets                 With the release of the retired list, some of you may be wondering which Christmas stamps will still be available. Don't cry or pout, we've gotcha covered!
  • Evergreen Stamp Set (also available in French)
  • Greetings of the Season Stamp Set (also available in French)
  • Jewish Celebrations Stamp Set
  • More Merry Messages Stamp Set (also available in French)
  • Ornament Keepsakes Stamp Set
  • Snowflake Soiree Stamp Set (also available in French and Spanish)
With the exception of More Merry Messages, all of the above-listed stamp sets were featured in the 2012 Holiday Catalog.
You can order any of these by emailing me or preferably going through my online store.


It's so hard to say good bye to stamp sets that I love, but alas, a NEW SU! IDEA BOOK is coming out this weekend  So, we need to get ready for the NEW and therefore, it's out with the old.  I won't be putting this set away too soon, however.  Even though SUMMER SOLSTICE is retiring, it will go on my SAVE shelf, unless someone else really wants it and then I might have to give it up.  But for now, I really love this set and I'm using it a lot these days.  Here's a card I made for my mother in basic black on very vanilla.
Here's the card by itself.  I stamped the butterfly and the flower more than once and dimensionalized them with SU! dimensionals.  I also stamped and cut out some extra leaves.
And don't forget to stamp your envelopes.  It tells the recipient that they are really special to receive hand crafted/hand stamped.

Tuesday, May 28, 2013


One of my favorite things to do when I craft is to stamp and die cut.  SU! makes it very easy to do both.  Stamps coordinate nicely with Framelits that you can die cut and emboss with your BIG SHOT.  For this project I stamped all of the stamps in the DAYDREAM MEDALLIONS stamp set. I alternated the sizes with the colors Baja Breeze and Calypso Coral.  Then I die cut each of the stamped images with the coordinating framelits.  I dimensionalized each of the die cuts on top of one another with SU! dimensionals.  The topper was also die cut with a SU! border framelit and then embossed with the new Mosaic embossing folder which coordinates with the Mosaic Madness stamp set that you have seen and will see it again later in the week.  Remember only a few more days before the NEW SU!  IDEA BOOK goes live!

As an embellishment I added a clear faceted button and calypso coral bakers twine.  These are best attached with SU! mini glue dots.


Here's page 2 from the ALL WHITE PARTY on the NORWEGIAN CRUISE LINE trip of a lifetime to the Caribbean I took with my sister Teresa this past April.  I posted page one of the layout last night.  This is the complimentary page also done with MY DIGITAL STUDIO.

MDS Supply List

     Designer Series Paper\Sweet Details - designer series paper\Sweet Details - 4

    Staple & Stitching/Whisper White - Stiching Zigzag
    Twitterpated - pleated satin ribbon\Twitterpated - Baja Breeze
    _Designer Kits/Keep This Memory - frames/Keep This Memory - hexagon frame
    _Designer Kits/Keep This Memory - tags/Keep This Memory - tag 3
    Staple & Stitching/Whisper White - Stitching Straight

    _Designer Kits/Keep This Memory - stamps/Keep This Memory - pattern

    Basics\Hexagon Punch,  Filled with: Card Stock\Baja Breeze
    Basics\Hexagon Punch,  Filled with: Designer Series Paper\Sweet Details - designer series paper\Sweet Details - 12
    Large Photo Corner Punch,  Filled with: Designer Series Paper\Brocade\Baja Breeze Brocade
    Large Photo Corner Punch,  Filled with: Designer Series Paper\Dotted Stripe\Baja Breeze Dotted Stripe
    Large Photo Corner Punch,  Filled with: Designer Series Paper\Large Polka Dot\Baja Breeze Large Polka Dot
    Large Photo Corner Punch,  Filled with: Designer Series Paper\Blooms\Baja Breeze Blooms
    Large Photo Corner Punch,  Filled with: Designer Series Paper\Script\Baja Breeze Script
    Large Photo Corner Punch,  Filled with: Designer Series Paper\Textile\Baja Breeze Textile
    Basics\Hexagon Punch,  Filled with: Designer Series Paper\Brocade\Baja Breeze Brocade 

Monday, May 27, 2013


My sister Teresa and I had an awesome time at the ALL WHITE PARTY on the Norwegian Cruise Line.  This is one of their signature parties on the ship.  We donned either all white or something in white and headed to the lounge where we had cocktails and danced and had so much fun.

This page was digitally mastered with MY DIGITAL STUDIO by Stampin Up!  I'm digitalizing my memories from the cruise while SU! has 25% off print products.  What a savings for an awesome product.
Top Photo - Marjol and Teresa;  Bottom Left Photo - Teresa and Harriet;  
Bottom Right Photo - Maria
Supply ListBackground
     Designer Series Paper\Textile\Not Quite Navy Textile

    Twitterpated - pleated satin ribbon\Twitterpated - Baja Breeze (re-colored)
    _Designer Kits\Keep This Memory - embellishments\Keep This Memory - title ticket (re-colored)
    _Designer Kits/Keep This Memory - tags/Keep This Memory - tag 2
    Dahlias\Dahlias - bashful blue (re-colored)

    Creative Elements\Creative Elements - flower, Color = NOT QUITE NAVY 52,103,120
    Creative Elements\Creative Elements - flower, Color = NOT QUITE NAVY 52,103,120



Let us never forget to 
remember those who gave 
their lives so ours would be FREE!

Sunday, May 26, 2013


What a milestone!  
Congratulations Dad! 
So glad we are able to share your day with you!  Enjoy!

This is the card I designed in MDS (SU!'s My Digital Studio) for my dad's birthday.  Many years ago, he painted a painting of a sunset with a boat out on the ocean.  It's probably one of his most prized possessions.  He painted it in colors similar to the sunset in the photo below.  I took this photo in the Caribbean where I visited recently and it reminded me of Dad's painting so I decided to make his card with it.  I chose a hot air balloon instead of a boat so I'd be just a little different.  I love the saying - it's by Helen Keller - 

 "Life is either a Daring Adventure or Nothing."  

It certainly is - and I'm sure my dad will agree.  He's a wonderful man and he's lived a lot of adventures with many more sure to come.  I LOVE YOU DAD!

MDS Supply ListBackground
     Designer Series Paper\_Designer Kits\Travel Journal - designer series paper\Travel Journal - pattern 9

    Antique Brads\Antique Brads - brad 4 (re-colored)

    Adventure Awaits\Adventure Awaits - hot air balloon, Color = WHISPER WHITE 255,255,255
    Adventure Awaits\Adventure Awaits - hot air balloon, Color = EARLY ESPRESSO 80,57,49
    Daring Adventure\Daring Adventure - or nothing, Color = WHISPER WHITE 255,255,255
    Daring Adventure\Daring Adventure - or nothing, Color = EARLY ESPRESSO 80,57,49

    Extras\Flag Punch, Fill Color = 178,161,133
    Extras\Flag Punch,  Filled with: Designer Series Paper\DSE_CVL_MovingDay_Paper3


Saturday, May 25, 2013


There is just about 1 week left to order from the SU! OCCASIONS CATALOG and the MAIN SU! IDEA BOOK.  A Brand New Idea Book will open it's pages on May 31st.  I can't believe we are getting ready to start a NEW IDEA BOOK YEAR.  Do you want a FREE IDEA BOOK?  Just place any $25 (subtotal) order by May 30th using this hostess code D46NNDDG and I'll make sure you receive a catalog.

Here's a stamped card I made for Marla from work. It was her birthday yesterday and in all the years I've worked with her, I can't believe I never made her a card.  I used the SU! RETIRING STAMP SET - SUMMER SOLSTICE.

C.S. Lewis said, "We meet no ordinary people in our lives," and this is no ordinary stamp set either! The beautifully calming images will add just the right delicate touch to cards, scrapbook pages, and 3-D projects. Available in both wood- and clear-mount  SUMMER SOLSTICE
Set Quantity: 5 

Summer Solstice - Clear-Mount Stamp #122037
Regular Price: $15.50
Preferred Price: $13.95 (Receive Preferred price when you order from my website)
Summer Solstice - Clear-Mount Stamp Set - by Stampin' Up!
The Happy Birthday sentiment is from WACKY WISHES.

Friday, May 24, 2013


Here's a post right from My Digital Studio.  This is an awesome project to undertake and with SU! digital products and print services on sale, you can certainly afford to make this wonderful gift for your family to cherish.

Family History Photobook

Every Tuesday morning I eagerly logon to to see the new downloads for the week. I’m always excited, but on the morning of January 22, I was especially giddy. There it was—the download I’d hoped and waited for since we launched MDS—Family History Photobook Template  (item 132918). I know, I know—only old people care about family history, but that’s the point! I wanted a way to make family history fun, exciting, even enticing to my children and grandchildren, and this template was absolutely the answer.

For almost 60 years I’ve been storing and moving and lifting and—did I say storing?—boxes and boxes of personal histories, pedigrees, family group sheets, photos, documents, and research. I know that none of my children were thrilled with the idea of receiving all of it someday. And really, the problem is, how can I give it all to just one child? I now have a solution that gives all of it to each of them, and I love the final result.

Family history junkies will love the clean lines and classic design of the “pedigree chart” spread. And the more visual personality can have the same experience with the “our family tree” spread. Same ancestors, different format.

While I changed very little of the original template, each spread is really adaptable to fit a variety of individual family situations. For example, on the “family record” page there were originally eight photo boxes and I only needed seven. So I deleted one and moved its companion to the center.

Each of my children will receive a copy of the photobook, beautifully designed and organized, rather than boxes and boxes of stuff to store for the next 60 years. And bonus! Photobooks are 25% off through June 15! No excuse to not let my siblings in on this as well—after all, it’s their history, too.

I even found a solution to the hundreds of photos, documents, and histories that couldn’t all fit in the photobook. My digitized four generations of photos and histories fits neatly on a CD that I placed in a matching envelope at the back of the book.

There isn’t a traditional Designer Series Paper counterpart for this template so I printed my own from MDS! The Family History Photobook Template ) comes with five, beautiful Designer Series Paper patterns. Hint: I used a standard, paper CD envelope as the pattern for my envelopes.
Whether you’re preserving several generations of your family history or documenting your immediate family history, I know you’ll love this template. You will definitely want to get this download while it’s on sale!

Now that my big project is done I think I’ll experiment a bit with this download. Maybe flip flop the brackets and start with my children?

What do you think?
Karen Hauley, Stampin’ Up! Business Development Specialist

Digital downloads on sale (US/CAN/AU/NZ)
Print products* on sale (US/CAN)
(*Available in the United States and Canada only.)

Thursday, May 23, 2013


Have a Great Holiday Weekend!  I'm hoping to post but we are celebrating my dad's 80th birthday this weekend.