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Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Holiday Card Workshop

Last weekend, I held an annual Holiday Card Workshop at my home.  In total, participants created 12 cards, 3 each of the following 4 designs:

1) Snowflake Card:

Colors:  Baja Breeze, Basic Gray, Whisper White
Stamp Sets:  Jolly Bingo Bits, Greetings of the Season
Accessories: Postage Stamp Punch, 1" Square Punch, Snow Flurry Bigz Die, Pearls, Stampin' Dimensionals

2) Polar Bear Card:

Colors:  Real Red, Pool Party, Whisper White
Stamp Sets:  Polar Party, Greetings of the Season
Accessories:  Whisper White Craft Ink, Black Staz-on Ink, Blender Pens, Adorning Accents Edgelits, Adorning Accents Textured Impressions Embossing Folder, 2 1/2" Circle Punch, 3/8" Ruffled Ribbon in Pool Party, 1/4" Stitched Grosgrain in Real Red

3) Ornament Card:

Colors:  Cherry Cobbler, Old Olive, Whisper White
Stamp Sets:  Ornament Keepsakes, Greetings of the Season
Accessories:  Northern Flurry Textured Impressions Embossing Folder, Holiday Ornaments Framelit Dies, Baker's Twine in Cherry Cobbler, Dazzling Details, Pearls, Stampin' Dimensionals

4) Gingerbread Man Card:

Colors:  Crumb Cake, Chocolate Chip, Real Red, Gumball Green, Whisper White
Stamp Sets:  Scentsational Season, Teeny Tiny Wishes
Accessories:  Holiday Collection Framelit Dies, Tasteful Trim Bigz XL die, 3/8" Stitched Satin Ribbon in Gumball Green, Stampin' Dimensionals

Happy Holidays,
~ Maria

New Ornamental Elegance Kit

Get the Ornamental Elegance Kit - While Supplies Last!

The ornament on the cover of Stampin' Up!'s holiday catalog is such a hit that they are making it available to you just in time to deck the halls with terrific trimmings you've made yourself!  They've simplified this fun project so that you can quickly and easily achieve the same results. In addition to the kit, all you need is a glue gun, scissors, and adhesive. (Anywhere Glue Sticks [104045] are perfect for assembly.) 

Want greeting or place cards to go with those ornaments? The Ornament Keepsakes Stamp Set (W 128048 C 128051) gives you perfect coordination. Fancy a little sparkle and shine? Sprinkle on our Dazzling Diamonds Stampin' Glitter (102023)!

Take advantage of this amazing offer--just in time to create 10 heirloom ornaments--or stunning tags to attach to a special neighbor gift.

The Ornamental Elegance Kit (132832) is $14.95 and includes:

  • Die-Cut Cardstock Elements
  • Cherry Cobbler 3-1/2" Scalloped Tulle Ribbon
  • Natural Linen Thread
  • Vintage Faceted Designer Buttons 
  • Large Pearl Basic Jewels
Order these now so you will have plenty of time to make them for Christmas gifting--or for your family tree! Available while supplies last.

Click here to place your order today!

Thank you,

Monday, December 3, 2012

Cheers to You!

This oversized 5 1/2 x 8 1/2 card was created for a colleague.  The color scheme was inspired by a bottle of champagne that we gave to her.

Colors: Basic Black, Whisper White, Champagne
Stamp Sets:  Happy Hour
Accessories:  Tasteful Trim XL Die, Labels Collection Framelits, Champagne Glimmer Paper, Stampin' Dimensionals

Thanks for looking,
~ Maria

Thursday, November 29, 2012

Holiday Packaging Bundles

Holiday Packaging Bundles - All the Cuteness Without All the Work

Around the holidays, people are always looking for cute ways to package little treats and gifts for co-workers, teachers, neighbors, and friends. At 20% savings, holiday packaging bundles are an affordable and adorable solution. Simply add a treat or gift and assemble.

Trimmings & Tags Bundle
Item 132769
$13.50 (a $16.85 value)
  • Gusseted Cellophane Bags (25 bags; 5" x 3" x 11-1/2")
  • Snow Festival Designer Printed Tags (25 double-sided tags; 4-1/2" x 3-1/8")
  • Cherry Cobbler 1/4" Sweater Trim (10 yards)

Petite Treats Bundle
Item 132770
$13.50 (a $16.85 value)
  • Glassine Bags with die-cut edges (10 bags; 3" x 5" x 1-1/2")
  • Handmade Holidays Stitched Felt (8 pieces)
  • Gumball Green 3/8" Stitched Satin Ribbon (10 yards)

Contact me today to place your order.

~ Maria

Friday, November 16, 2012

New iPhone App from Stampin' Up!

It's a bird! It's a plane! No, it's a new app from Stampin' Up!

November 14, 2012

It has been hard to keep this a secret-we're so excited about it! Stampin' Up! has created a card-making application, and we already have a great name for it: Simply Sent! This iPhone app allows you to create an e-card-from a template or completely on your own-and send it via e-mail or post it on Facebook. And it's free!

Download it from iTunes or the App Store, share it with all your friends, and post a review! The more positive reviews it gets, the more prominent place it takes in the iTunes store.

Try it out!

Wed, 14 Nov 2012 17:35:28

Sizzix Texture Boutique Embossing Machine

Sizzix Texture Boutique Embossing Machine

Due to Stampin' Up!'s partnership with Sizzix, we are pleased to be able to offer a test run of the Texture Boutique Embossing Machine in our North American markets. We have 4,000 available to be sold only while supplies last. If this product test goes well, we may offer the Texture Boutique again in the future.

The Texture Boutique works with Textured Impressions Embossing Folders to transform ordinary cardstock, paper, metallic foil, or vellum into an embossed, textured masterpiece. This machine embosses only; it does not die cut. Because this is a product test, the Texture Boutique is not branded with the Stampin' Up! logo. It comes in Sizzix packaging and is the same color and design that is sold in stores. We recommend you read the included instructions before using the Texture Boutique.

'Tis the season of giving, and the Texture Boutique makes a wonderful gift for anyone who wants to create their own elegant embossed art. To help you with your gift-giving needs, we're offering a special value bundle that saves you $5.90. If you prefer, you can also purchase the Texture Boutique alone. Looking for stocking stuffers? Pick up some additional embossing folders.

Texture Boutique Bundle
Item 132700
$39.95 (a $45.85 value)
  • Texture Boutique Embossing Machine, 1 Pair of Standard Embossing Pads, 1 Mylar Shim
  • Flower Garden Textured Impressions Embossing Folder-Stampin' Up! exclusive
  • Stripes Textured Impressions Embossing Folder-Stampin' Up! exclusive
Texture Boutique Embossing Machine
Item 132657
  • Texture Boutique Embossing Machine, 1 pair of Standard Embossing Pads, 1 Mylar Shim
Contact me today!
~ Maria

Monday, November 5, 2012

Stamp Sets Gone Single

From now until January 2, 2013, you have the opportunity to purchase SINGLE STAMPS from the Word Play, Perfectly Penned, and Seasonal Sayings Stamp Sets.  And now Stampin' Up! is excited to let you know that they have added ten more individual images-including three images that you have never seen before!

Click the links below to see the individual Flyers, including item numbers and prices:
Additional details regarding promotion:
  • Single stamps will only be offered in clear-mount
  • Clear blocks are not provided; they must be purchased separately
  • Single stamps will be packaged in cello bags versus the plastic cases you're used to
  • Spanish and French stamp sets are not included in this offer
  • This is a pilot program so get them before they're gone!
Click here to place your order today!

Thanks for stopping by,
~ Maria

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Ghoulish Halloween

Here are three projects that my customers made at a recent Halloween-themed workshop:

Colors:  Tangerine Tango, Lucky Limeade, Basic Gray, Basic Black, Whisper White

Stamp Sets:  Googly Ghouls, Monster Munchies

Accessories:  Project 1: Spider Web Textured Embossing Folder, Whisper White Note Cards & Envelopes, Peekaboo Frames Bigz L Die, Sponge Daubers, Black Stazon Ink, Project 2: Petite Purse Bigz L Die, Small Cello Bags, Basic Gray 1/2" Striped Satin Ribbon, Scalloped Border Punch, Brads, 1 1/4" Square Punch, Project 3: Ghoulish Googlies Designer Kit, Chevron Textured Impressions Embossing Folder, Bitty Banners Framelits Die, Sponge Daubers

Happy Halloween,
~ Maria

Sunday, September 16, 2012

Congratulations New Baby

Here's a card that I made for co-worker's baby shower.  The focal point of this over-sized 5.5 x 8.5 inch card is the adorable Two By Two stamp set.  Since I wanted the paper colors to match the water coloring, I went into the archives and pulled out this retired DSP named Delicate Dots.

Colors:  So Saffron, Crumb Cake, Soft Suede, Bashful Blue, Certainly Celery, Whisper White

Stamps:  Two By Two

Accessories:  Delicate Dots Designer  Series Paper (retired), Labels Collection Framelits Dies, Vintage Faceted Designer Buttons, Linen Thread, Blender Pens, Jet Black Stazon, Saffron Ribbon (retired), Sponge Daubers

Thanks for looking,
~ Maria

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Back to Spool Time!

Promotion Details:  While the kids are heading back to school, Stampin' Up! is going back to 'spool'! For the month of September, get a FREE package of 3/8" Stitched Satin Ribbon-an $8.95 value-for every $40 you spend!

Choose from the following ribbons:

Retail Value
Gumball Green 3/8" Stitched Satin Ribbon
$ 8.95
Midnight Muse 3/8" Stitched Satin Ribbon
$ 8.95
Primrose Petals 3/8" Stitched Satin Ribbon
$ 8.95
Raspberry Ripple 3/8" Stitched Satin Ribbon
$ 8.95
Summer Starfruit 3/8" Stitched Satin Ribbon
$ 8.95

The Fine Print
  • This promotion has no limits-for every $40 you spend, you'll get a free package of 3/8" Stitched Satin Ribbon.  Spend $200, and get all 5 spools for free!
  • Sorry-hostess dollars don't count toward this promotion.
Thanks for stopping by,
~ Maria

Monday, August 13, 2012

Halloween Hex Box

This cute little Halloween hexagon-shaped box was made out of the Stampin' Up! Mini Milk Carton Bigz L die.  My inspiration for the design was the spooky frames that you see at Disneyland's Haunted Mansion.

To create the box, cut 2 milk carton shapes from the die and then trim off the 4th side of each of the cartons so you are left with 2 milk cartons with only 3 sides each.  Fold all score-lines with a Bone Folder and then use Sticky Strip to adhere the 2 cartons together - to make a perfect hexagon shape.


Colors: Lucky Limeade, Tangerine Tango, Basic Black, Basic Gray, Daffodil Delight, Real Red

Stamp Sets: Spooky Bingo Bits

Accessories: Postage Stamp Punch, Tasteful Trim Bigz XL die, Baker's Twine in Lucky Limeade, Blender Pens, Stampin' Sponges, Stampin Dimensionals

Happy Stampin',
~ Maria

Friday, August 3, 2012

Spooktacular Project Kit Offer

No trick-just treats when you join Stampin' Up! in August!

For just $99, choose up to $125 worth of brand-new products from the annual or holiday catalogs, for your completely customizable Starter Kit and get a FREE Howl-o-ween project kit valued up to $60!

The Howl-o-ween Printer's Tray includes everything you see below*:
*Project kit does not include ink
Plus, when you join Stampin' Up! as a demonstrator, you gain instant access to dozens of benefits, including
  • Sneak peeks of brand new products!
  • Access to an exclusive 30,000+ member online stamping community!
  • A monthly magazine filled with project ideas and tips for running your business!
  • The opportunity to fuel your passion for Stampin' Up! while getting a 20 percent discount on the products you love!
  • Opportunities to make new friends who share your same passion!
Don't be afraid-contact me today!  Free Project Kit August 1-31 only!

~ Maria

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Holiday Mini Catalog is Here!

The brand new Holiday Mini Catalog is here.  The catalog starts today, August 1, and runs through January 2, 2013.  It is filled with tons of amazing new holiday products for every style.

An extra reason to be excited this year is our holiday catalog is bigger than ever before and Stampin' Up! is  bundling coordinating products together for a discount!

Check out these discounted bundles:
Ornament Keepsakes Bundle (p. 3)
• Scentsational Season Bundle (p. 16)
• Noel Notes Bundle (p. 17)
• Everyday Happenings Bundle (p. 22)
• Ghoulish Googlies Bundle (p. 27)
• Perfectly Preserved Bundle (p. 29)
• Friendship Preserves Bundle (p. 30)
• Remember December Digital Collection Disc (p. 37)
• Haunts & Harvest Digital Collection Disc (p. 37)

Click here for a Flash version of the catalog.

Click here for a PDF version of the catalog.

Click here for a list of Stampin' Supplies used in the catalog.

Contact me to place your order today.


Monday, July 2, 2012

Congratulations New Baby

Hello Friends,

Here's a card that I made recently for a friend who just had a baby boy.  I couldn't help but use this adorable retired Designer Series Paper (DSP) from a few years back.

Colors: Soft Sky (retired), Pumpkin Pie, Basic Gray, Chocolate Chip, Tangerine Tango, Daffodil Delight, Whisper White, Staz-on Black

Stamp Sets: Two by Two

Accessories:  Welcome Neighbor DSP (retired), Finishing Touches Edgelits, Labels Collection Framelits, Petal Cone Bigz L Die (used for banner), Blender Pens, Stampin' Dimensionals

Thanks for looking,
~ Maria

Friday, June 1, 2012

The new Stampin' Up! Catalog is here!

The wait is finally over...the new 2012-2012 Stampin' Up! Catalog is here! 

Click here to view the Flash version.

Click here to download a PDF copy.

To place an order, click here to visit my Stampin' Up! Demonstrator Website.


Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Bright Blossoms Thank You

Hello Friends,

Here's a card that I made for a friend using the Bright Blossoms stamp set and Summer Smooch Designer Series Paper available in the NEW 2012-2013 catalog available on June 1.

 ColorsRiding Hood Red, Island Indigo, Whisper White

Stamp SetsBright Blossoms (available June 1), A Word For You

AccessoriesSummer Smooch DSP (available June 1), Labels Collection Framelits, Square Lattice Embossing Folder, Extra-Large Oval Punch, Stampin' Dimensionals

Thanks for looking,