Marilyn’s May Bundle – Artisan Embellishments

Sadly it is time to say good bye to the Spring catalog products.  This is the last week for the Spring Catalog and Current 2012-2013 Catalog… 100_9335blog ad   One of my favorite embellishments from the Spring mini catalog is the Artisan Embellishments.  So I challenged myself to make a set of cards using the Artisan Embellishments kit.    These cards have a definite vintage look with the beautiful lace that is included in this kit.    They would be perfect for a wedding card or anniversary card!  In fact, I gave one to a neighbor that got engaged last week and she loved it! What does this mean for you?? I have prepared a full set of color instructions for these gorgeous vintage cards.  If you purchase $25 in SU product from my website before May 31st, I will send you the full detailed instructions for these 5 cards!  NOTE:  3 Cards are pictured but there are 5 cards in the set! may special-001adI have put together the items that you need to make these cards.   You can place an order on my website here.  I have setup a hostess code for this order.   I love this new feature!  When you get to the last page of the order, enter this code PJXJFU4B  Your order gets processed from the point that you close your order but the order total goes into a party so one lucky person will receive the hostess benefits!! And don’t forget about the stamp sets and beautiful card stock colors that are retiring from the Catalog this week!  Last chance to purchase these sets!  You can see the list here.   Happy Stampin’!

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Happy Mother’s Day

Happy Mother’s Day to all of my friends out in Cyber Land!!    This is the Mother’s Day card that I mailed on Thursday to my mother! I am actually celebrating Mother’s Day with my kids and husband in Potsdam, NY  My son graduated from Clarkson University with a degree in Mechanical Engineering!  What a great Mother’s Day present! 100_9272_edited-1 This card is made with one of the new stamps, Wildflower Meadow,  from the upcoming New Catalog!I used the new blue – Pool Party which is a returning in color.  I stamped the image using White ink and embossed it with white Embossing powder.  I then added pearls to the center of the flowers.   I added a couple of small cardstock flowers to the bottom corner.  To make these, use the 7/8″ scallop circle punch to punch a scrap of card stock.   Crumple up the card stock and kneed it to break down the fibers of the paper.  Do this until you can pull the layers of the cardstock apart.  Pinch from the center and layer two pieces together.  Snip off the end of the flower and use crystal effects to attach to the card and hold together!  Voila!   I love these flowers!  Here is the same card but made with crumb cake card stock.  I am not sure which one I like better.  I do know that I like the look of the pearls on the center of the flowers!  The pearls just seem to add that little pizazz to the card! 100_9270_edited-1   THis stamp set will be available in the new catalog in June.  Don’t have a catalog?  Email me and I will send you a catalog!   Happy Mother’s Day everyone!                 signature line-red

Need a Wedding Card?

Here is another card from my girls weekend on the Cape.  My upline Lynn Theiret made this card.  What a great card for a wedding or another formal occasion! 100_9172 copythe card base is Basic Black.  The white strip embossed with the lattice embossing folder and using the scallop edge border punch to scallop each side. The buttons are 1/4″ circles punched from black card stock.  Add a pearl colored with black sharpie to the center to get the button look. The bow tie is actually made from cardstock. Interested in attending our next retreat on Cape Cod?  Join my team!  You can check out a video with information about becoming a Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator here.  You can join my team by clicking on the Join Here.  Have questions?  Feel free to give me a call or email me at I support demos not close to me via skype or web chats.  My group has a Yahoo database that we use to share ideas, documents and class information!   Have a great weekend! signature line-red  

LNS Challenge – Graduation Announcement

This week’s challenge on the Late Night Stamper Group is Celebrate!  Spring is a time for celebrations and I have two reasons to celebrate. Both of my kids are graduating in the next two weeks.  So I am a very proud Mother!! My son John, is graduating from Clarkson University with a BS in Mechanical Engineering on May 11th.  What a great Mother’s Day present.  My lovely daughter is graduating from the Academy of Notre Dame (High school) on Sunday May 19th.  So as you can imagine we are celebrating!! I put together a Graduation announcement/party invite using My Digital Studio.  I love this program! graduation2-001   I downloaded the Embark Graduate MDS Ensemble and used the template for a card that was included in the program.  Then of course I had to customize it to represent the two schools that my kids attend.  Clarkson’s colors are dark green and gold.  Notre Dame  is Navy and Gold.  I then added the logo for each of their schools. The feet are from the “Go Graduate” stamp set. I have to say that I am really happy with the way this card came out! So what is next for me and my family?  I will have an empty nest in the fall.  My daughter will be attending Sacred Heart University in Fairfield, CT to study Pre-med/Pharmacy.  My son will be starting a job with Dresser-Rand.  As he said – “this college thing pays off”!   Thanks for looking! signature line-red      

Hello my Friend

I had some time to play last night so worked on two challenges from this week. The first is the Technostamper Challenge. As you know ScreenHunter_87 Mar. 27 08.43 Mary Jo posts a sketch and we create cards made with that sketch. Here is the sketch for this week. I used the My Friend stamp set which I have had for a while but don’t see to use too much… 100_9192 copy   I used the Poetry Print designer paper from the current Spring catalog.  I hate to see that paper go!  such pretty colors.  The card base is Melon Mambo with Gumball Green.  I embellished the Hello with the pearl jewels.   A little stamping trick that I love to use.  Want a softer image but only have a darker ink?  Then stamp off on a sheet of scrap paper first. Don’t forget to check out what everyone else has done for this challenge on Mary Jo’s site. signature line-red

The Retired Lists are here!


It is that time of year again!!  Stampin’ Up! is cleaning out old stamp sets to make room for the new sets in the upcoming new Catalog!!  So Here is the list of Stamp Sets that are retiring!

And don’t forget those Retiring Accessories!!  Stock up while you can!

And best of all – between now and May 30th – you can receive an extra $30 in hostess $ for orders over $350!  So talk to your friends and collect a couple of orders and earn that FREE Hostess Money!!

All retiring sets are 10% off when ordered through me.  Unfortunately, you cannot receive the 10% off when placing orders through my online order system.

Happy Shopping!

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This week  I am doing Late Night Stamper Challenge which is a new challenge for me.  The theme for this week was matched pairs…  which is a stamp set that has a matching punch.  So I used the Papillion Potpourri set with the butterfly punch.   The papers are pretty in pink designer stack and the certainly celery designer stack. The butterflies are stamped with the papillion stamp set and then punched out with the butterfly punch. I added a small flower with a pearl jewel to the center of each butterfly. The white is embossed with the lacy brocade embossing folder. signature line-red                

Mixed Bunch Card Sample

100_9122e2This is another one of the cards that I made using the Mixed Bunch stamp set.  I used the stamp set in a little different manner this time. I used the daisy stamp from the set and stamped a white daisy on lucky lime aid, summer starfruit, calypso coral and island indigo cardstocks.  I then embossed these flowers with white embossing powder.   Then I punched out the center of each daisy with the 1 1/4″ square punch.  I layered each piece onto a coordinating piece of cardstock punched with the 1 3/8″ square punch.  This is layered onto a square of whisper white and then a square of summer starfruit. I emobossed a piece  of whisper white cardstock with the petals a plenty embossing folder and added a piece of calypso coral ruffled ribbon.  I stamp the MOM in lucky limeade.  This is layered onto a white card base. Each of the daisies and the flower in the O of the Mom are embellished with a rhinestone jewel.   This card is part of the mixed bunch cards that I designed last week.  The directions for these cards are available for $4.95 via paypal.

All about Color, FREE Shipping and a Mystery Hostess

  b1_color_refresh This weekend is all about COLOR and FREE Shipping for the weekend!!  And….  I am setting up a hostess code so everyone can enter their own orders but one lucky person will receive the Hostess benefits for the weekend!!  I will draw a name on Monday at noon so I can finish the order and close it by on Monday (as the f ree shipping period ends Monday night).   Hostess code for this weekend SBHTQJMK.     COLOR REFRESH Details At Stampin’ Up!, we love color and we know that you do too. In the Paper Crafting business, color is fundamental to who we are and what we offer. It’s important for Stampin’ Up! to stay up-to-date with color trends so they are updating the color families with some new lines.   Why now? In 2010 SU did a big color renovation and shared plans for smaller color refreshes every three to five years to keep SU colors on trend. Well it has been three years and Stampin’ Up! is  announcing that the upcoming 2013-2014 annual catalog will include 10 new colors (most of which are returning In Colors from previous years)! SU is welcoming back some of your favorites, moving some colors around, and introducing one brand-new color, so take a look!


Beginning on 4 April 2013, all retiring/discontinued colour products (i.e. ink, paper, ribbon, accessories, etc.) will be available only while supplies last. This means that some products will not be available through the retired list period.


Due to unforeseen problems with the Stampin’ Up! supplier for Watercolor Wonder Crayons and Watercolor Pencils, Stampin’ Up! have decided to discontinue these two products.
The following items are only available while supplies last.  Get ‘em before they’re gone!
101879: Watercolor Pencils 119802: Subtles Collection Watercolor Wonder Crayons 119803: Regals Collection Watercolor Wonder Crayons 119804: Brights Collection Watercolor Wonder Crayons 119805: Neutrals Collection Watercolor Wonder Crayons
Also  – FREE shipping on EVERYTHING April 6-8 (excluding expedited orders)! That’s right. There are no minimums or limits and all order types qualify (customer, demonstrator, workshop, online). Did we mention that the free shipping is on everything? MYSTERY HOSTESS So here are the details and how the Mystery Hostess works.  Visit my Online Store to purchase your product, discontinued colours refills, ink pad, papers, and crayons or watercolor pencils!!  When you check out, enter this hostess code SBHTQJMK, on the bottom left hand side of the order.  This does not hold your order up.  Your order goes into the shipping queue when you close your order.    At Noon on Monday, I will draw the name of one lucky person from those that have entered orders and they will receive the hostess benefits for orders placed this weekend!!  Since the shipping special is through Monday, I will contact one of you on Monday to let you know that you have received the hostess benefits for the orders over the weekend! So have fun shopping!!   signature line-red

Happy April Fool’s Day

DEMO_Best-of_Butterflies_25th-Year_flyer_NA_THHappy April Fool’s Day!  I hope that you have had a fun day and not been pranked too much! The new best of 25 years stamp set for April is everyone’s favorite spring but.  The butterfly!!  I just love beautiful butterflies on a spring day.  There is something so carefree and heart warming about watching butterflies flit about. Don’t forget to save your seal from this month’s stamp set!         signature line-red

Happy Easter

Good Morning and Happy Easter to all!! 100_8958 (5)                   I just wanted to share my favorite Easter card today from the group of cards that I made for my Easter Card Kit.  I love the set Everybunny!! And the new Sunshine and Sprinkles designer paper from the Spring catalog is perfect with all the bright colors!!   Have a great Easter everyone!! Don’t eat too much candy!   signature line-red

Graduation is coming

This morning I am posting a cute graduation card that I CASED from my downline Michele Lacerda.  Michele 100_9115 made this really cute card for me with the owl punch.  I thought what a great grad card that would be.  So I added a graduation hat to the owl. The graduation hat is from the Sock Monkey accessory set.  I just love the accessory sets!!  Always some good individual stamps that you can use for something just like this! I love the combination of colors and the texture with the square lattice folder.  The colors are cherry cobbler, daffodil delight and chocolate chip on a layer of crumb cake. I searched through my scraps of designer paper for a tiny piece with the right pattern to make the front of the owl. So this card is now out on Etsy!  Thanks Michele for the idea!   signature line-red    

This and That…


Your life is: Awesome. Quirky. Exciting. Perfectly messy. And happening really fast. So we’re happy to introduce our newest product line that lets you capture it all on-the-go. This and That will debut in the 2013-2014 annual catalog, but we’re giving you the chance to get it now. And from today through April 30, you can get all five This and That products in a bundle for 15 percent off!

You can see the details on the product here.

And while you are at it – signup to win a Trip to San Diego as part of the This and That Promotion!



Enter by April 30 to win! One GRAND PRIZE winner will receive round trip airfare for two to San Diego and accommodations at the luxurious US Grant Hotel September 12-15. From world-famous Sea World to the San Diego Zoo, there is an array of exciting things to do in this charming, seaside city. The GRAND PRIZE winner will also get two free This and That Bundles from Stampin’ Up!—a journal and more to capture your trip in the moment. Ten FIRST PRIZE winners will win one of ten This and That Bundles! Enter today!!   signature line-red