Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Bloomin' Marvelous

Hi Stampers!

Today I am featuring another card that uses the Bloomin' Marvelous stamp set.  This set is one of your FREE Sale-A-Bration options with a $50 purchase (before tax and shipping).  I also got to play with my diagonal scoring plate for my Simply Scored tool.  It gives just the right amount of texture. 

Hint: I did my stamping first and then my scoring.

Stampin' Supplies:
Cardstock: Cajun Craze, Night of Navy, Very Vanilla
Ink: Old Olive, Night of Navy, Cajun Craze
Stamps: Bloomin' Marvelous, Memorable Moments
Other: Simply Scored with Diagonal Plate, Natural Trim

Monday, January 28, 2013

Sale-A-Bration Open House

Hi Stampers!

Sale-A-Bration is in full swing!  Don't you just love all of the free products that you can earn with your Sale-A-Bration qualifying purchases?  They are awesome!  Yesterday I held my open house.  It was an opportunity for my customers to come and try out some new products, look at the Sale-A-Bration items, win door prizes, and make a card!  Here are some pictures of how I set up my condo for the Open House.

I made up a little inspiration corner filled with project samples featuring products from the SAB and 2013 Spring Catalogs. 

Here is a close up of my product boards.  I'm trying to find some new ways to display cards.  If you have any tips or ides, leave me a comment.  I'd love to hear from you!

I was able to use up some of my retired cardstock by making this cute Sale-A-Bration banner!  Banners are so easy to create with the Perfect Pennants Bigz Die.

This little station was chock full of info for my customers...class updates, Best of 25 Collectors Cards, Stamp Clubs, Single Stamps, and a station to play with the Big Shot and some of the new distressing tools!

This tiny space was used for the door prizes and a small Book to Look display!

Another "try it out" station featuring the Simply Scored, Stampin' Trimmer, and Tabletop Paper Cutter!  My customers have been raving over the Stampin' Trimmer!  It's a must have!  (Notice the lovely sage green paint on my walls???? Yeah, that was finished on Friday night at midnight.  Nothing like waiting until the last minute for the Souza household :-)

This is my favorite station!  It's the Make and Take Station!  Here is a link to the card made for the Make and Take: CLICK HERE

Finally, I set up my laptop with the My Paper Pumpkin website open in case anyone wanted more information on these adorable little kits!

And last, but certainly not least, the refreshments!  What would a SU event be without delicious treats?  My compliments go out to the Cookies & Cups blog for the recipe for the Reeses Peanut Butter Banana Bread.  It was phenomenal!

I hope that you enjoyed the little sneak peek into one of my SU events!  If you would like to know more about my events, email me at and I can add you to my mailing list!  Have a great week fill with craftiness!

Friday, January 25, 2013

Mini Hello!

Hi Stampers!

We are half way through another week.  Do you know what that means?  Just a half week left until I get more time in my stamping room!  I love playing with all of the new products from Stampin' Up! and I hope you enjoy seeing all of my creations here on the blog.  Today's card is a pretty simple one.  This card came to life while I was playing around with the Madison Ave. stamp set.  I wanted to see if the beautiful, filigreed flower image fit in the 1-1/4" Scallop Circle Punch.  Guess what?  It does!  Sometimes you have to do a little experimenting on your own to see how versatile your tools can be!

Stampin' Supplies:
Cardstock: Whisper White, Island Indigo
Stamps: Madison Avenue, Pretty Petites
Ink: Island Indigo, Gumball Green, Tangerine Tango
Tools: 1-1/4" Scallop Circle Punch
Embellishments:Basic Rhinestones, Button and Ribbon from the Sycamore Street ribbon and button pack

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

It's the MOST wonderful time of the year...

Sale-A-Bration is Stampin' Up!'s premiere promotional event.  It's an annual party with loads of free products!!!  Since it's Stampin' Up!'s 25th anniversary, this year's party is better than ever!  So put on your party hat and BYOC (bring your own confetti). :-)

Sale-A-Bration +  Stampin' Up!'s 25th anniversary = the best time to host a Stampin' Up! party!

  • Get FREE Silver Glimmer Paper when you host a $150 workshop!*  
  • Get a FREE hostess bundle when you host a $400 workshop!* 
  • Plus you earn your Stampin' Up! Hostess Rewards!
Hostess Bundle Details:
  • Madison Avenue stamp set (wood- or clear-mount)
  • Sycamore Street Designer Series Paper
  • Sycamore Street Ribbon & Button Pack
Hostess bundle catalog numbers:
  • Wood-Mount Hostess Bundle: 133316
  • Clear-Mount Hostess Bundle: 133317
  • Free Glimmer Paper: 133318
Please note: these item numbers only apply to orders that you place directly through my online store.

*Offers are not incremental (i.e., a hostess does not receive two packages of Glimmer Paper for a $300 workshop or two bundles for an $800 workshop).

Love to shop? How about shopping and getting rewarded? 

Welcome to Sale-A-Bration!

Customers may choose any one product from the Sale-A-Bration brochure for every $50* they spend. This year's offering includes exclusive stamp sets and accessories, as well as a selection of catalog stamp sets, digital content CDs, ribbon, buttons, and even an embossing folder! Now, more than ever, there's something for everyone! 

View the Sale-A-Bration brochure here. See available My Digital Studio products here.

*Excluding tax and shipping

 Become a Stampologist!  (a.k.a. - part of my team! Yay!)

Sale-A-Bration + Stampin' Up!'s 25th anniversary = 25% more Starter Kit products for FREE!


We’re just right for you if you dig:
• Making your own schedule
• Adapting your workload to fit your family’s needs
• Forging new relationships with amazing women
• Having a go-to creative outlet that you can share with others
• Getting discounts on wonderful products
• Making extra money

Plus, during Sale-A-Bration, when you join Stampin’ Up! you’ll get 25% more products for FREE in your Starter Kit—that’s 25% more for 25 years of making a difference in our demonstrators’ lives!

For more details, get the nitty-gritty on compensation here.


We know you’re busy, so we made the signup process easy. Starter kits are a doable $99, and you can completely customize them to suit your individual needs and taste. You get to choose what products you want to start with and what type of business supplies you want. Then we’ll ship the kit right to your door.
Contact me if you have more questions, or if you are ready to become a Stampologist with the Stamp Lab!

Monday, January 21, 2013

Happy Birthday, Cupcake!

Hi Stampers!
I have today off from work and the whole house to myself.  Can you believe it???  I plan on being in my stamp room for a good chunk of the day getting samples ready for the open house on Jan. 27th!  This is a FREE event with a fun Make and Take featuring some of the new products you will find in the Sale-A-Bration flyer!

Today's card is one that I am making for a Shoe Box Swap at my next meeting with my upline.  It will be my first meeting, so I am really hoping that they all love this card!  What do you think?  I cannot get over the new Sycamore Street Designer Series Paper.  I think this is my favorite DSP so far.  I love, love, love the color combos.

Stampin' Supplies:
Cardstock: Whisper White, Summer Starfruit, Rich Razzleberry
Designer Series Paper: Sycamore Street
Stamps: Patterned Occasions
Ink: Summer Starfruit, Island Indigo, Rich Razzleberry, Pumpkin Pie Stampin' Write Markers
Big Shot: Ovals Collection Framelits, Vine Street Embossing Folder
Embellishments: Pool Party 3/8" Ruffled Ribbon, Dazzling Diamonds, Glue Pen

Don't forget to email me if you are interested in coming to my open house on the 27th!  Also check out the Promotions, Best of 25 Years, and My Paper Pumpkin tabs above for some amazing offers!!!

Friday, January 18, 2013

Birthday Celebration Stepped Up!

Hi Stampers!
As I promised on Wednesday, here is a stepped up version of my super simple birthday card!  If you want to see the original post, click HERE .

With just a few simple additions you can really make an adorable simple card really fantastic!

Stampin' Supplies:
Cardstock: Whisper White, Pool Party, Tangerine Tango
Stamps: Make a Wish
Ink: Early Espresso, Tangerine Tango, Pool Party, Soft Suede, Summer Starfruit
Other: Basic Rhinestones, Large Scallop Edgelit

There are lots of exciting new things going on at Stampin' Up!.  Check out my Promotions, Best of 25 Years, and My Paper Pumpkin pages for details on exciting new products and monthly kits!

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Birthday Celebration

Hi Stampers!
Today I have a super simple birthday card for you!  This is a great one to whip up when you need a last minute birthday card! 

Plus, this card is a great way to use up some scraps.  See that 1/4" wide piece of Tangerine Tango.  Do you think I used a brandy new piece of cardstock?  Heck no!  Dig through your scraps and you sometimes may find just the right size piece!

Stay tuned for Friday's post....I'll be Steppin' this card up!

Stampin' Supplies:
Cardstock: Whisper White, Tangerine Tango
Stamps: Make a Wish
Ink: Pool Party, Tangerine Tango, Summer Starfruit, Early Espresso

Monday, January 14, 2013

Love You Latte

Hi Stampers!

It's Monday and I hope everyone is off to another great week!  Today I have a card inspired by one of the card sketches on the Splitcoast Stampers challenge forum.  It's sketch SC417 if you are interested!

This card features tons of new product!  I hope you like it!

It's super easy to give a bit of color to these roses.  Ink up a sponge dauber and pounce on the rose!  It doesn't have to be perfect, just a little hint of color really makes a difference!

Stampin' Supplies:
Cardstock: Primrose Petals Core'dinations Cardstock, Whisper White, Real Red
Designer Series Paper: More Amore
Stamps: Patterned Occasions
Ink: Real Red, Primrose Petals, Pool Party
Big Shot: Lacy Brocade Embossing Folder
Tools: corner rounder punch, circle punches, distress sanding block, sponge daubers
Embellishments: 5/8" Flower Trim

Friday, January 11, 2013

My Top 10 Picks from the 2013 Spring Catalog

Do you love the new Spring Catalog?  It's chock full of great items.  Here's a list of my Top 10 items from this catalog!!!

10. Delicate Details Lace Tape (130966) $9.95
I have been in despair since one of my favorite lacy punches was retired...this is a great replacement!  Plus it's tape so the adhesive is already on it!  Saves you the mess of having to pull out the Tombow Mono glue!
9. Cuddles & Kisses Stamp Set (127314 [c] $18.95, 127312 [w] $25.95) 
A much needed stamp set for New Arrivals and Baby Shower cards, invites, etc.   If you are coming to the Brides and Babies Stamp a Stack you will get to try out this set!

8. Swallowtail Stamp (129216 [c] $13.95, 129213 [w] $17.95)
 I am a butterfly fanatic, so you know this had to make the list.  It is such a large, beautiful, detailed stamp.  I can see this as being the focal point for a lovely coordinated card set.  Wouldn't that be a lovely gift for Mother's Day?

7. Make a Wish Stamp Set (129222 [c] $17.95, 129219 [w] $23.95)
I love new birthday sets. Sometimes you just need something new for your birthday cards.  I like this set because you can use it to make invitations as well!  Check out this post for a sample I made using this set.

6. Henry Says Stamp Set (128093 [c] $21.95, 128090 [w] $29.95)
As soon as I saw this guy, I knew I had to have him! I love that he can be used for serveral different holidays.  You can easily make him any color by just stamping on colored cardstock and cutting out!

5. Large Rhinestone Basic Jewels (129324 $4.95)
My new favorite embellishment!  Add lots of sparkle, super-sized, to your cards and projects!

4. Honeycomb Textured Impressions Embossing Folder (129378 $7.95)
I have been waiting for something with hexagons!  It's finally here!  I love this folder. It adds an awesome pop of modern looking texture to your projects.  Check out the Spring Catalog for lots of samples using this folder.
3. Bitty Butterfly Punch (129406 $15.95)
Once again with the butterflies!  Had to have it!  Layer a Bitty Butterfly on top of an Elegant Butterfly punch for a lovely effect!

2. Hearts a Flutter Bundle (131097 [c] $36.95, 131098 [w] $42.95)
Valentine's Day is my second favorite holiday to make cards for (after Halloween, of course) so when I saw this bundle, I knew I had to have it.  The bundles are so great because you get both the stamp set and the coordinating framelits at a discounted price. Not only is it great for Valentines, but think of all of the adorable little banners that could be made with this set!

1. Ovals Collection Framelits Dies (129381 $26.95)
This is another item I have been waiting for!  I love ovals!!!!  These are the perfect dies to make great focal points on your cards.  I was just so happy to open up the catalog and see these right there on page 4.  It was #1 on my to buy list and therefore it's #1 on this list as well!  A must have!!!!

I hope you have enjoyed my Top Ten list for this catalog!  Have I helped you focus your wishlist or have I added more on to it?  :-)

Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Fab Friday Challenge

Hi Stampers!
I'm back today with another card featuring s stamp set from the Sale-A-Bration brochure.  This is the Bloomin' Marvelous set.   I also used this week's sketch from the Fab Friday challenge as my inspiration.  It's a simple, but pretty card.

Here's the sketch:

And here's my take on it:

Stampin' Supplies:
Cardstock: Old Olive, Whisper White, Pretty in Pink
Ink: Night of Navy, Pretty in Pink
Stamps: Bloomin' Marvelous
Other: 1" Square Punch (to make the flag ends), Dimensionals

Thanks for looking and hope to see you at the open house on Jan. 27th!

Monday, January 7, 2013

PPA Color Challenge

Hi Stampers!

Today I have a card that I have entered into two challenges: Pals Paper Arts Color Challenge and the Try a New Technique challenge on Splitcoast.  Can you spot some of the brand new product featured on this card?  Ribbon?  Embossing folder?  Stamps????  I love new stuff!

Stampin' Supplies:

Cardstock: Basic Gray, Basic Black, Melon Mambo, Whisper White
Stamps: Make a Wish (NEW!)
Ink: Versamark
Big Shot: Labels Collection Framelits, Honeycomb Embossing Folder (NEW!)
Other: White embossing powder, Embossing Buddy, Powder Pal, Heat Tool, Basic Rhinestones, 1-1/4" Two Tone Ribbon (NEW!), and Dotted Scallop Ribbon Border punch

I'm hosting an open house one Jan. 27th!  Come and see samples featuring products from the Spring and Sale-A-Bration catalogs!  Free make and take!  Book to Look!  Please RSVP by email by Jan. 20th.

Friday, January 4, 2013

One Last Christmas Post

Hi Stampers!

Today I have one last Christmas post for you. It's the card I made my husband for Christmas, so I obviously couldn't post it until after I gave it to him! I based my card on a sketch I saw on the Pals Paper Arts challenge blog.

Here's my take on the sketch.  I used the new Oval Framelits from the 2013 Spring Catalog.  They are great for making a beautiful focal image that really pops!

Stampin' Supplies:
Cardstock: Very Vanilla, Cherry Cobbler, Gumball Green
Designer Series Paper: Be of Good Cheer
Stamps: No Peeking
Ink: Basic Black, Gumball Green, Cherry Cobbler Stampin' Write Markers
Other: Oval Framelits (NEW ITEM!!!), Snowflake Embossing Folder [retired], Dazzling Diamonds, 1/2" Very Vanilla Seam Binding

Wednesday, January 2, 2013

SAB Product Sneak Peek

Good Morning Stampers!
Today I am featuring a card that is using all new products from the Sale-A-Bration brochure!  Sale-A-Bration is starting on Jan. 22nd.  It's just around the corner.  You can earn FREE Sale-A-Bration items when you place a $50 order (before tax and shipping) with me after Jan. 22.  You earn 1 free item for every $50 you spend so get those wish lists ready.  It's the most wonderful time of the year!!!!

I really love love love the new products for this SAB period.  So funky and modern, with a great color combo!

Stampin' Supplies:
Cardstock: Whisper White
Designer Series Paper: Sycamore Street (SAB)
Stamps: Madison Avenue (SAB), Bloomin' Marvelous (SAB)
Ink: Old Olive, Summer Starfruit, Rich Razzleberry, Island Indigo
Other: Large Basic Pearls, Sycamore Street Ribbon and Button Pack in Pool Party

Don't forget that today is the LAST DAY to order from the 2012 Holiday Catalog!  If you really want an item in there, I suggest that you put your order in early today before the items are all gone!

Tuesday, January 1, 2013

Product Shares!

Hi Everyone!

Starting Jan. 3rd, you will be able to purchase items from the brand spanking new 2013 Spring Catalog! It's so exciting!!!!  I know there are tons of items you want!  Me too!  To make it easier on your wallet, I am offering product shares on paper, ribbon and embellishments!  Please check out the tab on the top of this page, "Product Shares" for more details on this fantastic offer.

Orders need to be placed with me by Jan. 24th.  I will be placing the bulk order for the items the following day (Jan. 25th).  Please allow 2 weeks from Jan. 24th for me to receive, organize, and mail out the product shares.  If you are ordering through this page and need the items shipped, please make sure to add shipping to your cart as well.  Local pick up/delivery can just mail me a check.

Happy New Year!