Thursday, August 29, 2013

Stampin' UPdates!

I am definitely in the 'dog days' of summer!  My work at the local college has me hoppin' to keep up, with not too many ounces of energy left over at the end of the day (can you relate to a 2-hour nap after work?!).  I'll be sharing card ideas again very soon - but in the meantime I want to make sure you are UP TO DATE on what's happening in the Stampin' Up! world of great deals!

Butterfly Stamp Set & Punch - Bundle and Save 15% !

Dates: August 29-September 30, 2013

Offer: Get 15 percent off when you buy this bundled butterfly stamp set and punch!
Bundle ItemPage in CatalogDescriptionRetail Price15% Savings PriceAmount Saved!
Butterfly Bundle (Clear-Mount)
Papillion Potpourri Clear-Mount Stamp Set
Bitty Butterfly Punch
Butterfly Bundle (Wood-Mount) 
Papillion Potpourri Wood-Mount Stamp Set
Bitty Butterfly Punch

NEW! Best of Autumn Stamp Set

Best Of 25 Years

As part of our 25-year anniversary celebration, we're bringing back some of our favorite stamp images from the last quarter century and combining them into 12 sets, which will release-one set per month-during 2013. Even better, along with some great classic images, each "Best of" set will also include a never-before-seen image!  September's set is the "Best of . . . Autumn"!

Best of Autumn
Best of Autumn Clear-mount Stamp Set

Some things to remember:
  • All Best of stamp sets will include 3-5 images, including a never-before seen image, and will be priced at $14.95.
  • While we are releasing just one Best of stamp set per month (with a new theme each month), all of the Best of sets will be available until March 31, 2014.
  • A new flyer will be released every month for each new Best of set.
  • All Best of stamp sets are available in Clear-Mount only.
While we are releasing just one Best of stamp set per month, all of the Best of sets will be available until March 31, 2014.

As a special incentive to collect the Best of stamps, we're including a collector's card and 25-year proof of purchase sticker with every Best of set. Collect six stickers, and send it in to redeem a FREE set of your choice valued up to $14.95! Free sets must be redeemed no later than April 30, 2014.

Download the monthly flyers
Download the Collector's Card

    NEW! Holiday Single Stamps



    A new, holiday-themed collection of single stamps is now available! The holidays will be here before you know it, and these holiday-themed single stamps may be just what the budget-conscious stamper needs. There are eight different stamps to choose from, six of which coordinate with Framelits dies or punches.
    These stamps are only available until January 31, 2014. 

    Single Stamps: Assortment 5 -- Holiday
      Single Stamps: Assortment 5 -- Holiday

    SINGLE Markers Available for a Limited Time!

    In the 2013-2014 annual catalog, we offer the Stampin' Write Marker New Color Kit (item 130034, page 163) to help you update your Many Marvelous Marker pack. Now, we've sweetened the deal. For a limited time, from June 26 until October 31, you can buy any of the new colors in the pack or on their own! Go ahead, fill in the missing pieces in your collection or buy the whole lot.

    Stampin' Write Marker New Color Kit
    Bermuda Bay, Blushing Bride, Calypso Coral, Crushed Curry, Island Indigo, Pear Pizzazz, Pool Party, Smoky Slate, Soft Sky, Wisteria Wonder
    131899$3.50Bermuda Bay Stampin' Write Marker
    Blushing Bride Stampin' Write Marker
    131902$3.50Calypso Coral Stampin' Write Marker
    Crushed Curry Stampin' Write Marker
    131905$3.50Island Indigo Stampin' Write Marker
    Pear Pizzazz Stampin' Write Marker
    131904$3.50Pool Party Stampin' Write Marker
    Smoky Slate Stampin' Write Marker
    131900$3.50Soft Sky Stampin' Write Marker
    Wisteria Wonder Stampin' Write Marker

    NEW! Totally CLEAR Stamps

    Photopolymer Stamps
    I love this new set of clear stamps! It is on my 'next order' list for sure.  We can always use a new way to say 'thank you'!

    Another Thank You Photopolymer Stamp Set133454
    Use this exclusive photopolymer stamp set for any occasion that calls for a thank you.

    Our photopolymer stamps offer a versatile all-clear stamping option. You’ll find that our photopolymer is top-quality and give a perfectly stamped image every time. The stamps stick amazingly well to our clear blocks and are easy to place just where you want them. And best of all, you get to enjoy tons of images for a great price!

    Note: We recommend clear block sizes A, B, C, D, and F (not included in the set).
    Set Quantity: 10
    Another Thank You Photopolymer Stamp Set

    Well, there you have it!  If you have ANY questions at all, please be sure to ask!!!  Leave me a comment or email me.   Thanks for stopping by today!

    ~Hugs~   Cheryl O.    J

    Saturday, August 24, 2013

    Saturday Morning Videos: Pillow Boxes

    Good morning and welcome to Saturday Morning Cartoons Videos!  I love using pillow boxes as favors or gifts for just about any occasion.  This pillow box pattern was found on the Internet. Do a quick search and type in pillow box. Choose your favorite. Follow the directions, embellish and assemble. 

    This video will show you how to make the cute ribbon on top. Punch two holes in the top flap of your pillow box. Thread a length of ribbon through -- long enough to tie a bow, using Whisper White 3/8" Taffeta Ribbon. Using an additional thirty inch piece, fold into five loops, and then tie with a piece of linen thread. Tie onto box and then fluff the bow.

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    Sweet, huh?!  What a cute gift for your someone special.  Got questions?  Just let me know!  And thanks for watching cartoons videos with me today!  If you're in the mood for cartoon video reruns, check out my Videos page!

    ~Hugs~   Cheryl O.    J

    Friday, August 23, 2013

    A BIG Thank-you to YOU!

    THANK YOU so much to everyone who has supported me in my CLOcards and Stampin' Up! venture this last year! I was acknowledged in my upline Dawn Olchefske's awards and wanted to share the good news with you, too! I appreciate your business - but even more, I appreciate your friendship. Thanks again!  

    Are you wondering what I chose as my 'award'?  It's one of the brand new single stamps from the Holiday Collection called "Christmas Star":
    Christmas Star Clear-Mount Stamp Set
    Isn't it beautiful?!  And big - I'm guessing it's about 4" in actual size!  I'll find out soon.

    Now that summer is coming to a close, I think my life will get back to a regular rhythm - and hopefully there will be a whole lot more blog posts! Thanks for hanging in there - and thanks for stopping by today!

    ~Hugs~   Cheryl O.    J

    Saturday, August 17, 2013

    Saturday Morning Videos: Paper Flowers

    Good morning and welcome to Saturday Morning Cartoons Videos!  TodaI want to show you how to make this cute Creped Filter Paper flower featured on page 25 of the Stampin' Up! annual catalog. 

    1. Using Fun Flowers Bigz L Die, cut Creped Filter Paper (six layers for Tangerine Tango petals, and two layers for Daffodil Delight petals)
    2. Load Brayer with ink from ink pad, roll color onto smooth side of creped paper. Repeat this step until desired color saturation is reached. May need to ink both sides of filter paper.
    3. Layer flowers in staggered order. 
    4. Attach together with stapler or pierce center and use a brad.
    5. Scrunch flowers from top down to get desired look.
    6. Punch 3/4" circle from Old Olive Cardstock. Pierce center.
    7. Prepare floral wire and thread through Old Olive Circle.
    8. Attach to back of flower using hot glue.

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    Aren't these pretty?  Love 'em!  And thanks for watching cartoons videos with me today!  If you're in the mood for cartoon video reruns, check out my Videos page!

    ~Hugs~   Cheryl O.    J

    Saturday, August 10, 2013

    Saturday Morning Videos: Paper Tents

    Good morning and welcome to Saturday Morning Cartoons Videos!  There are so many fabulous projects in the Stampin' Up! Annual Catalog and you may be wondering where do we get our inspiration for all of them? Many of the projects you see are original designs, but when we do need inspiration we look the same place you do, on the Internet.

    That's where we found the pattern to make this clever tent favor. Just type in Summer Camp Tent Pattern in your search engine -- we choose this pattern featured at We modified the tent so that it was closed on one side, so we drew in an extra flap. We also made the slit in tent longer.

    1. Enlarged 133%
    2. Copy onto Old Olive Cardstock
    3. Cut and score
    4. Then stamp using the Woodgrain background stamp. 
    5. Adhere using sticky strip and embellish. 

    We made a cute pennant for our tent. Use a paper piercer to poke a hole in the top of tent for the pennant. We used ABC-123 Outline Alphabet and Number stamp set on a Tangerine Tango Triangle. 
    You can use this as favor for a camping theme birthday party or any other treat giving occasion. 
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    You can order any of the supplies you need to make these from my Online Store!  Have fun making this fun project.  Until next time -- happy stamping!  And thanks for watching cartoons videos with me today!  If you're in the mood for cartoon video reruns, check out my Videos page!

    ~Hugs~   Cheryl O.    J

    Tuesday, August 6, 2013

    Swing Cards made EASY!!

    I've always loved the effect of swing cards - but didn't want to take the time to figure it out and make one!  Well, Stampin' Up! to the rescue!  Check out this new Thinlit die that cuts and scores the card for you!

    They've been called flip cards, flip flop cards, swing cards, and more-but they have always been a bit tricky to create. Not anymore! Our amazing new Thinlits Card Dies cut and score to create a card that flips in just one step.
    Label Card Thinlits Die
    133480Circle Card Thinlits Die$32.95

    Check out Pinterest for some cute ideas using both the Thinlit Card Dies and the Expressions Thinlit Dies.  They are available in my Online Store, 24/7.  Have fun!

    Thanks for stopping by today!

    ~Hugs~   Cheryl O.    J

    Saturday, August 3, 2013

    Saturday Morning Videos: Markering Your Stamps

    Good morning and welcome to Saturday Morning Cartoons Videos! I want to show you a fabulous technique with a fun tool that is perfect for any stamper. It's a Stampin' Write Marker! It inexpensively expands your ink selection—allowing you to stamp images in any color (or colors) you choose!

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    Here are a few tips:1. Breathing. You always want to "huff" on your stamps after you color them to moisten the ink right before you stamp. 
    2. Next—tapping. After coloring your image, just tap the image with another marker, and you get a cool two-toned effect! 
    3. When markering your stamps, if you color outside the lines, you can always remove any unwanted ink easily with a Blender pen.
    4. And don't forget about spritzing. (You can do this when using an ink pad too.) After you are finished markering the image, just give it a spritz with water and it changes the way the stamped image looks. It gives it a softer, water-colored look. 

    Markering allows to you get every color on the stamp, perfectly, without any other steps. Markering your stamps opens up a whole world of possibilities. Try it today!  And thanks for watching cartoons videos with me today!  If you're in the mood for cartoon video reruns, check out my Videos page!

    ~Hugs~   Cheryl O.    J

    Thursday, August 1, 2013

    HOLIDAY Catalog goes LIVE Today!

    Woo hoo! The Stampin' Up! HOLIDAY Catalog goes LIVE today!  There's something for every special day from now through the New Year.  Yes, I know it's still summer - but it's never too early to get your creative holiday juices going!

    This was my inspiration for a card we made this week at our CLOclub class ~ I will have pics coming soon!

    Cute little bow clips?  In the Holiday Catalog.  Notice the lined envelopes?  Find the Envelope Liner Framelits in the Holiday Catalog.  Love the stamp images?  This versatile set "Wishing You" can be used for a LOT of occasions besides Christmas - and yes - it's in the Holiday Catalog!

    This new HOLIDAY CATALOG is absolutely FULL of great creative ideas like the one above.  Take a look through the catalog below ~ and then stop in to my ONLINE STORE to do your shopping - it's that easy!

    All supplies are Stampin' Up! unless otherwise noted

    Card Recipe
    Stamps:  Wishing You
    Ink:  Versamark
    Paper:  Crumb Cake, Cherry Cobbler, Old Olive, Season of Style DSP Stack
    Extras:  Envelope Liners Framelits, Simply Styled Bow ClipsCherry Cobbler Baker's Twine, Small Oval punch, Whisper White embossing powder, Heat Tool, Dimensionals
    Inspired by:  Stampin' Up!

    Purchase the Stampin’ Up! Supplies to make this project at my ONLINE STORE.

    Old Olive Simply Styled Embellishments
    Wishing You Clear-mount Stamp Set
    Envelope Liners Framelits Dies

    So grab something yummy to drink and peruse through this new HOLIDAY CATALOG - it's a treat!  Be sure to contact me with any questions or comments.

    Thanks for stopping by today!

    ~Hugs~   Cheryl O.    J