Monday, May 30, 2011


I hope you're having a great holiday weekend and doing something you love. And I also hope you've taken time (or will) to remember the true reason for today's holiday.  Honoring and remembering those who served our country and paid the ultimate price.

To those who gave their lives to preserve our freedom and our way of life ...

Thank you.

To those who ARE remembering, with a heavy heart today ...

Thank you too. And I'm so sorry for your loss.



Friday, May 27, 2011

Last Chance Contest (and a card)

Let's have a little extra fun over the weekend with a contest, shall we?  On June 1, Stampin' Up! will reveal which stamp sets will be "retiring" to make room for all the new sets debuting in the new catalog.

Can you guess which stamp sets will appear on the Last Chance List?

If you can, you just might win my Last Chance Contest!

How to enter the contest:
  • Pick out 10 stamp sets from the 2010-2011 Idea Book & Catalog that you think might retire on June 1st. (Hostess sets don't count.)
  • Email your list to me by noon on Monday, May 30th.
  • The person with the most correct guesses will win a $10 gift certificate good toward any Stampin' Up! order placed with me by July 31.  Get all 10 right and win a $20 gift certificate!
  • In case of a tie, the earliest entry received will be the winner.
  • Winner will be notified on June 2, 2011.
  • If the list is leaked early, the contest will end at that time. (Get those entries in!)
  • Current Stampin' Up! demonstrators are not eligible to win (sorry).

Good luck and have fun!

Here is a (blast from the past) sample I pulled out using the Cheers to You stamp set (#114944 - IBC page 56). Think it will retire? I have NO idea! But it makes a really cute invitation and has tons of other fun possibilities, so I hope not!

Okay y'all ... game on.

Ready, set, go! ;)

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Thursday, May 26, 2011

Stampin' Up! Digital Scrapbooking Bundles

Stampin' Up! digital download 30% off promotion banner

Just SIX DAYS left to save 30% on select digital downloads from Stampin' Up!

Three exclusive digital bundles created just for National Scrapbooking Month - each one priced at 30% off retail value.

First Edition Vintage Bundle digital download by Stampin' Up!

First Edition Vintage Bundle

Digital Download #126020

$19.36 ($27.65 Retail Value)

Sunset Serenade Collage Bundle digital download by Stampin' Up!

Sunset Serenade Collage Bundle

Digital Download #126019

$20.83 ($29.75 Retail Value)

Tickets & Tokens II Bold Graphic Bundle digital download

Tickets & Tokens II
Bold Graphic Bundle

Digital Download #126021

$23.56 ($33.65 Retail Value)

Holy Cow!
Did you know . . . Stampin' Up! has released over 30 brand new digital downloads so far this month?! They have - including awesome photo book templates, digital punches, stamp brush sets, digital designer series paper and an adorable coupon book template. Check out the newest individual downloads HERE.

WHY WAIT? Choose your favorite downloads now for a jump start on weekend creativity!

p.s. To see all products offered at 30% off for the National Scrapbooking Promotion CLICK HERE. Promotion ends May 31, 2011.

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Engraved Greetings Vintage Birthday Card

Another birthday card! I created this one a while back for a friends birthday, but somehow it didn't make it's way here yet. Since one of my sweet furball babies turned 7 yesterday, I remembered this birthday card and thought the time was right!

I wanted a subtle (and easy) vintage look for this card and I think I managed to accomplish that. I really liked the end result. The background paper was selected from a sheet of the First Edition Specialty Designer Series Paper, offered in the Occasions Mini Catalog. (This paper is still available to order.) It's a lighter-weight paper great for layering on cards and pages, crumples easily for a distressed look, and can even be used for papier-mache projects.  With its vintage encyclopedia look, it's a no-brainer for creating the still trendy vintage style.

The flourish (from the Bliss stamp set offered during Sale-a-bration) was stamped over the paper in Basic Black. The flower image was lightly colored in using a Blender Pen with Pink Pirouette and Pear Pizzazz ink. TIP: Rather than "coloring", I mostly just touched the tip of the blender pen to the paper so it wouldn't over-saturate and pill.

The greeting was stamped with VersaMark on a Very Vanilla oval (die-cut with the Big Shot), then covered with black embossing powder and heat set. The embossing does not show up well at all in these photos, but looks awesome in person. Trust me on this one!

After sponging Pink Pirouette lightly around the edges, I mounted the oval on a "frame" created with the Decorative Label Punch. Just punch out one piece, cut it in half, and attach the halves behind the oval. I LOVE the look of this! I've played with several color combos and styles of cards and it just looks great every time! (Patting self on back. Again.) Hee!

Happy Birthday, Lexi!

She's a tiny little girl under all that hair and just the most gentle thing ever. Unless, of course, her little sister gets on her nerves. Which, by the way, is pretty frequently! Hee! Happy Birthday, sweet girl. We love you!

Thanks for stopping by today.



Stamps: Engraved Greetings (117116), Bliss (retired SAB)
Ink: VersaMark (102283),  Basic Black (101179), Pink Pirouette (111838), Pear Pizzazz (119784)
Paper: Pink Pirouette (111351),  Basic Black (121045), Very Vanilla (101650), First Edition Specialty Designer Series Paper (121878)
Tools: Big Shot Die-Cutting Machine (113439),  Ovals die (114525), Heat Tool (100005), Black embossing powder (109133), Blender Pens (102845), Sponge Daubers (102892), Decorative Label Punch (120907)
Accessories: Basic Black 1-1/4" Striped Grosgrain Ribbon (115615), Stampin' Dimensionals (104430)

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Pretty Postage Happy Birthday

Pretty Postage rubber stamp by Stampin' Up!

The new Pretty Postage stamp set from Stampin' Up! is not only adorable, it's a versatile set with plenty of potential - on cards, tags, scrapbook pages, gifts and more. Paired with the coordinating Postage Stamp Punch, you'll love how quickly you'll be able to create fun projects with a sophisticated look. (Shhh! You don't have to tell the recipient how easy it was to create.)

Stampin' Up! rubber stamp set Pretty Postage

I love using the Perfect Polka Dots embossing folder for birthday card backgrounds. It's gender neutral, perfect for all ages, and it's just plain fun! Perfect for a birthday celebration. Speaking of fun ... check out that Baker's Twine. Woo Hoo! LOVE that.

Stampin' Up! Pretty Postage birthday card

The Scallop Squares Duo Bigz Die provided the perfect shape for layering under the "postage stamps". Pop-up Alert! I used Stampin' Dimensionals on nearly every layer of this card for added pop! Good thing I ordered more - hee!

TIP: Stretch your supply of Dimensionals by cutting them in half. They will still be the same thickness, but will go twice as far.

Like what you see?  I LOVE reading your comments. Won't you take a moment to leave me a comment today?

Thanks for visiting!


Stamps: Pretty Postage (W-123095, C-123097), Fabulous Phrases (W-117002, C-120501)
Ink: Cherry Cobbler (119669),  Crumb Cake (121030)
Paper: Confetti White (102028),  So Saffron (105118),  Cherry Cobbler (119685),  Crumb Cake (120953),  Whisper White (100730)
Tools: Big Shot Die-Cutting Machine (113439), Perfect Polka Dots embossing folder (117335),  Scallop Squares Duo Bigz Die (120903),  Postage Stamp punch (117190),  Jewelry Tag punch (117190),  Sponge Daubers (102892),  Stampin' Dimensionals (104430)
Accessories: Whisper White 5/8" Grosgrain Ribbon (119958),  Cherry Cobbler/White Baker's Twine (123125)
Stampin' Up! Pretty Postage Stamp Set Images
Pretty Postage Stamp Set © Stampin' Up!

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Bashful Butterfly with Strength & Hope

Stampin' Up! Strength & Hope stamp set

Isn't this card stunning? We made it on Sunday at our team shoebox swap and it was designed by Kathie Linder. (Hi, Kathie!) This card will be suitable for just about any occasion - birthday, thinking of you, sympathy, a note of encouragement, thank you. No matter the occasion, I know the recipient is going to appreciate the simple lines and classic elegance of this creation.

Strength & Hope stamp set by Stampin' Up!

The background piece was created with the Vintage Wallpaper embossing folder - a perfect accent to the flourish image. TIP: Punch decorative borders FIRST, then emboss using the folder.

Butterfly detail Strength & Hope stamp set by Stampin' Up!

The butterfly image was created by inking the stamp with Marina Mist ink, then adding a touch of Basic Gray ink with a sponge dauber to the lower wing edges. TIP: If you plan to cut out an image and pop it up with dimensionals, stamp the image onto the card stock where you plan to place the image. Then stamp the image again on a scrap to cut out. Place the cut out image directly on the original stamped image. This will create a natural "shadow" under the cut out and adds depth. It's an easy little trick and a great way to add professional flair to your projects.

If you are in the Sarasota area, you don't want to miss my Craft Sale this Saturday. I'll have plenty of pre-made cards and gift items for sale, as well as lots of craft supplies including stamp sets, designer paper, accessories and more. Find complete details on the EVENTS PAGE.  I hope to see you there!

Thanks for stopping by today!

To order Stampin' Up! products online CLICK HERE.

Stamps: Strength & Hope (W-118100, C-123660)
Ink: Marina Mist (119668),  Basic Gray (109120)
Paper: Bashful Blue (105120), Marina Mist (119682),  Basic Black (121045),  Whisper White (100730)
Tools: Big Shot Die-Cutting Machine (113439), Vintage Wallpaper Embossing Folder (120175), Scallop Trim Border punch (118402), Sponge Daubers (102892), Stampin' Dimensionals (104430)
Accessories: Basic Black 1/8" Taffeta Ribbon (119261), Basic Rhinestones (119246)
*All supplies - Stampin' Up!

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Love Grows - Happy Anniversary!

Happy Anniversary to my wonderful hubby! Thank you for your love, generosity, support, encouragement, understanding, and most of all, for putting up with ME! I'm looking forward to MANY more years with my best friend and love.  xoxo  Gayle


Stamps: Occasional Quotes, Tiny Tags
Ink: Riding Hood Red and Basic Gray Stampin' Write Markers
Paper: Riding Hood Red, Very Vanilla, Basic Gray
Tools: Big Shot, Perfect Details Texturz plate, Square Lattice Embossing folder, Ovals Bigz die, Heart to Heart punch
Accessories: Stampin' Dimensionals, Riding Hood Red 1-1/4" Striped Grosgrain Ribbon (available now online in the Clearance Rack)

Thursday, May 12, 2011

Strength & Hope And Making a Difference

Stampin' Up! Just Believe Strength & Hope Stamp Set

Hi stampers! Today's card is one I created using the new Strength & Hope Stamp Set by Stampin' Up! If you've seen the new Summer Mini Catalog, you may have noticed the debut of this beautiful stamp set and the kickoff of a global campaign to benefit The Breast Cancer Research Foundation®. Our new partnership with BCRF is part of our Making a Difference program - a program focused on promoting service, raising money, and helping others.

Strength & Hope stamp set ideas

I'm always so touched (and proud) of the many ways Stampin' Up! supports worthwhile causes. As someone with a family history of breast cancer, I was especially touched by this new campaign. I hope you'll join us as we work to "stamp out cancer" and make a difference in the lives of others. 

Imagery for Stampin' Up! Strength & Hope Stamp Set
Images © Stampin' Up!

From May 1-August 31, 2011, Stampin' Up! will donate $2* from the sale of each Strength & Hope Set and Digital Kit to BCRF.

Wood Mount Stamp Set
#118100  $17.95

Clear Mount Stamp Set
#123660  $13.95

(Also available in French and Spanish.)

Imagery for Stampin' Up! Strength & Hope Digital Kit
Images © Stampin' Up!

A Strength & Hope Digital Kit (item 124475) is also available that includes a four-piece stamp brush set, 12 Designer Series Papers, and 10 embellishment pieces for $9.95.

*Stampin' Up! is donating $2 from this purchase to The Breast Cancer Research Foundation®. BCRF is dedicated to preventing breast cancer and finding a cure in our lifetime by funding clinical and translational research worldwide. For more information about BCRF, visit

card ideas for Stampin' Up! Strength & Hope stamp set

Contact me today to order this beautiful set and support BCRF as they work to find a cure for breast cancer! Or shop now in my Online Store.

Thanks for visiting!


Stamps: Strength & Hope (W-118100, C-123660), Just Believe (W-116948, C-120453)
Ink: Sahara Sand (105208), Pink Pirouette (111838), Pretty in Pink (101301), VersaMark (102283)
Paper: Sahara Sand (121043), Pretty in Pink (100459), Pink Pirouette (111351)
Tools: Big Shot Die-Cutting Machine (113439), Circles #2 Die (114526), 2-3/8" Scallop Circle punch (118874), 1-3/4" Circle punch (119850)
Accessories: Basic Pearls (119247),  Pretty in Pink 3/8" Taffeta Ribbon (109067), Stampin' Dimensionals (104430)

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

May is National Scrapbooking Month!

Stamping and scrapbooking supplies by Stampin' Up!

It's National Scrapbooking Month and Stampin' Up! has something for everyone!

Now through May 31 get 30% off a variety of stamping and scrapbooking products including:

30% Off Select Stamp Sets - Perfect for scrapbooking or card making

30% Off Digital Download Bundles - Just what you need to create themed photobooks, scrapbook pages and more

30% Off Select My Digital Studio Professional Print Products - Including hard cover photobooks, soft cover photobooks, and individual pages.
Stampin' Up! creative project idea for National Scrapbooking Month

But Wait - There's More!

Join Now - Take advantage of this limited-time opportunity and share what you love!

30% Off The Digital+ Starter Kit - When you join the Stampin' Up! family as a demonstrator! (A $320 value for just $122.50.)

Plus save 30% on the Stampin' Memories Add-On. (Valued at $60+ for just $35.)

GO HERE to learn more about becoming a Stampin' Up! demonstrator. It's a great opportunity to share what you love!

Ready to shop now? Visit my ONLINE STORE and save 30% on great Stampin' Up! products. (Discount applied at checkout.)  Need a reminder? VIEW OR PRINT our flyer and make your shopping list. Hurry - offer ends May 31.