Sunday, April 29, 2012

Make sure to shop quickly!

I just wanted to remind you, that things are going fast on the retired accessories list. The retiring stamps will be available until May 31th.


Thanks for stopping by! Take time to get inky!!!

Friday, April 27, 2012

Join Me!! May 5th - National Scrapbooking Day! Nacho Ordinary Crop!

Hi Everyone!! Are you local? Want to join in on a day full of FUN? Join me, along with a lot of other wonderful talented "scrampers" on Saturday, May 5th 2012....for "Nacho Ordinary Crop"!!! I so love the name of this.. too cute!

When again? May 5th 2012
What time? 10:00am - 7:00pm
Where? First Congregational United Church Of Christ
412 4th Street Manistee, MI 49660

Cost: Only $25 and includes lunch, dinner, snacks, door prizes and mucho more! Bring your scrapb booking or card making supplies and plan to have some fun while helping fight cancer!

Chinese Raffle
Mini Scrapbook Store
Thirty-One Gifts and Bags
Stampin` Up! ® (that will be, yours truly!)

Contact Debbi Day to register. Email or call Debbi at 231 590 7060 to reserve!

I will be donating some wonderful goodies for the raffle. I will be offering a make n take too! Join us!!

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Retired Lists - Accessories, Stamps, and Decor

Hi Everyone! Yowza.. it has been a crazy day! I love that tho.. I really do! I have class tonight and almost forgot to post the accessories retired list! If you want any of these retired items, order them quickly as they will go quick! The stamps are available until May 31. The decor items will be discontinued permanently - if you want any of these.. please order quickly to avoid disappointment. To order online with me, just visit my Demonstrator Business Website (DBWS) by clicking . Thanks for stopping by and if you have any questions, please feel free to contact me by email:, or phone me at 231 690 0900.

Please Note:

Explanation for All Stamp Pads Listed 
on Retiring Accessories List!

When you look at the retired accessories list, you'll note that all of our Stampin' Pads are listed. This is for two reasons: (1) Craft Stampin' Pads will now only be available in black and white; and (2) we are introducing a new Firm Foam pad in our Classic Stampin' Pads with the 2012-2013 annual catalog.
The Firm Foam pads offer better ink coverage and, in turn, better stamped images. They will be available for customer order on June 1.
In addition, please note the following changes in the new catalog, which explanation some of the products being on the retired list:
  • Only select Stampin' Write Markers will be available individually (Stampin' Write Markers in color collections will continue to be offered)
  • 12" x 12" Textured Card Stock will no longer be offered.
  • 12" x 12" Smooth Card Stock will only be available in select individual colors and color collections.
  • Any item with an asterisk next to it is being reconfigured.  An example of this could be repackaging, as in the example above of the markers.
  • Craft Ink Pads (other than black or white per above) and Craft Refills will no longer be offered.
  • Classic Ink Refills (other than the retiring 2010-2012 In Colors) will still be available.
  • Stampin' Spots are being discontinued.  Stampin' Up! may possibly reconfigure & sell some of the Classic Ink Spots.
  • Other than the retiring 2010-2012 In Colors, the Stampin' Up! colors are NOT retiring.
Two items that were included on the Retiring Accessories List are not actually retiring. We have updated the lists to remove these items.
208    108360    Craft Scissors
208    103579    Paper Snips 

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

A Reminder! Retired Accessories List Available Tomorrow!

Tomorrow, Wednesday, April 25th, Stampin' Up! will be publishing the list of accessories that will be retiring with our current catalog.  Based upon years past, it's going to be a mad dash for demonstrators and customers to purchase the items they have been wanting or needing before they go bye-bye.

With that in mind, you may want to go through the catalog and make sure there is nothing you can't live without and let me know TODAY and we can get an order placed.  I know for sure ANYTHING with the 2010-1012 In-Colors will be for sure retired - Ink pads, card stock, re-inkers, Designer Series Paper, ribbon, markers, glimmer brads, color coach 2010-2012 cards.

I'm sure there will be many more accessories to retire, BUT, the re-inkers are ALWAYS the first to go.

The In-Colors that will be retiring are:
Concord Crush
Peach Parfait
Pear Pizzazz
Blushing Bride
Poppy Parade

I will try to get the retired list out tomorrow as soon as I can.  The best way to make sure you have the items you want is to place your order online at my website: - order 24/7. 

Hope you take time to get a bit inky! Are you on Facebook? Add the Chalet, HERE

Friday, April 20, 2012

Layout For Friday - Hip To Be Square!

One more layout to show you this week.. using the square punch.. a LOT! I love this technique that Heather Summers showed us today.. let me know what you think!!

I also tried my hand at making a quick blog header.. just for kicks...

Take time to get a little creative and inky this weekend!!! Have a fantabulous night! Check out my online store 24/7  by clicking here!

Thursday, April 19, 2012

Another Digital Layout Using "My Digital Studio"

Good Morning everyone!! Happy Thursday! Please forgive my excitement but I completed another layout with the MDS software that Stampin` Up! offers. Here is a silly layout of my dogs. Yes, they are spoiled rotten! I used one of the newest downloads, Grad Party and just tweaked it to make it my own. It was so quick and easy!

I hope you have a great day! Thank you for visiting my blog. Take time to get inky (and digitally creative!)

Visit my online store, 24/7 by clicking Here!

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

My Digital Studio (MDS)

Hi Everyone! I wanted to share this with you!!! I'm so excited. :) I am taking a MDS class with a fellow demonstrator who is from Canada - Heather Summers. I am learning a lot of great stuff with Stampin` Up!'s digital program called My Digital Studio (MDS for short) and I am loving this! I did my first scrapbook page yesterday and part of today. I love how easy this program is to use. I love learning the cool tips and tricks even more!
Have you thought about trying Digital Scrapbooking? If so, I highly recommend MDS. Stampin` Up! usually has fresh downloads EVERY Tuesday - there are so many goodies to choose from.

I hope you have a great day!!! Thank you for stopping by! Take time to get inky and creative!

Visit my Demonstrator Business Website and Online Store  HERE

Monday, April 16, 2012

The Retired List Has Arrived!

Have you heard the news? The new annual catalog will debut in June -- a month earlier than before! Since we are getting the catalog earlier, we are saying goodbye to retiring stamps and accessories earlier, too.All the stamp sets in this newsletter are going away on May 31st. Be sure to check out the entire retiring stamp list now, , and the retiring accessories list starting on April 25th - so you don't miss out on your retiring favorites!

While you are shopping for your must-have retiring stamp sets, don't forget to add some playful products, like this month's Summer Smooches sneak-peek promotion!

You can find all of this, visiting my On Line Store by clicking HERE If you have any questions email me at . Thank you for visiting! Have a great day!! Take time to get inky! 

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

A Summer Smooches Celebration!

I was playing with some Summer Smooches goodies today.. and I was having a grand ole time! This is a great way to use up your scraps of Designer Series Paper you might have laying around. It was so easy and so much fun! Each strip was cut at 3/4 inch and then trimmed randomly with a 1 inch square punch. I also used the Summer Smooches brad, the new So Saffron Seam Binding Ribbon, along with Crumb Cake and So Saffron card stock! I hope you enjoy!

Looking to get your own sneak peek of Summer Smooches? You can until April 30th! Just go to my online store by clicking HERE  Take time to get inky!

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Clearance Rack Adds Items!

New Clearance Rack Items Available!!!
Stampin` Up! has added 55 NEW Clearance Rack items to the Online Store, including a number of punches, dies, and accessories.

Mark your calendars ... the Retired Stamp List will be available on April 15th.

Monday, April 9, 2012

Petite Purse Die!

Good Monday Everyone!! Hey.. I wanted to share something with you.. well, actually two things! One, the petite purse die.. SO darn cute!! and Two, the Stampin` Up! fabric. I love this stuff. I am so not a sewer BUT, I cannot resist to play with the fabrics. Oh my, they are just adorable! Did you know, that our fabric patterns perfectly coordinate with Stampin` Up!'s inks, card stocks, designer series paper and stamps? How much easier can it be? It helps take the guess work out of your project when matching things up! Here are some of the purses I made with the fabric and the new petite purse die (item # 125606). The Summer Smooches Designer Fabric (item # 125411). There are 3 patterns of fabric - shown below!

I also used the VERY pretty Summer Smooches Fabric Designer Brads (3 designs, shown above) - item #125569. By the way.. these purses fit a few bite sized chocolates inside.. just sayin`!

Take time to get inky!!! Have a GREAT night!

Needing some of these wonderful Stampin` Up! goodies? Click Here To My Demonstrator Business Website To Shop Til You Drop!

Sunday, April 8, 2012

2 Classes Being Offered This Month - Summer Smooches Style!

Happy Easter!!! I just wanted to let you know, I have 2 classes being offered in
April. This is a great way to get a few friends together and get a bit inky and play with the newest product line (sneak peek style), that will be in the NEW 2012-2013 catalog. Here are the details:

Class #1 - Summer Smooches Mini Album
Summer Smooches is a great new Suite of brightly colored papers! With the sneak peek of the Summer Smooches line.. I'm offering the Summer Smooches Envelope Mini Album!
This album has 4 pages and 5 pullouts and will hold up to 9 photos. It is so cute! The class cost will include a pack of Summer Smooches DSP(Value 10.95), (I will cut what you need for the album and you get the rest to take home.. and you will have lots of extra to play with. You will also get a roll of Sticky Strip(value 6.95)! The total cost of this class is $30.00. Please bring snail adhesive.
Class Date: Wednesday, April 25 6:30pm
Please RSVP and send payment by: April 15 2012

Class #2 - Summer Smooches Box With Cards Set
Featuring the Summer Smooches Suite, we will make 4 - 5 cute cards and a coordinating box (with envelopes!) to keep them in! This class will include 1 pack of Summer Smooches DSP and the Summer Smooches Brads - I will pre cut what you will need from your DSP and the rest you get to take home with you! (there will be a lot left over for your to play with!). Cost of class is $30.00. Please bring snail adhesive.
Class Date: Monday, April 30 6:30pm
Please RSVP and send payment by: April 15 2012

Please mail your check to: Dawn Bourgette, 930 E Ludington Avenue, Ludington MI 49431 or stop by the Viking Arms Inn.

Cancellation Policy: If you cancel after the RSVP date for any event, the class will then become a class “ToGo” for you. Thanks for your understanding.

If you have any questions, please feel free to call me at 231 690 0900 or email me at

Thursday, April 5, 2012

April's Blog Hop With The Stylin` Stampin` Squad - My Facebook Demonstrator Buddies!

Good Morning!!! Welcome to yet another edition of the monthly blog hop with the Stylin` Stampin` Squad! This Month's Theme is Flowers / Spring / Wedding. When making my projects, I chose to use the Designer Series Paper (DSP) from Sale - A - Bration.. not thinking that is is no longer available. However, you can definitely change it up and use different DSP and color theme it accordingly. After all, this blog hop is to jump start your creativity, right? Oooh, and just to help you out, I have included item numbers and pages and which catalog each item is in. IB&C means, Idea Book and Catalog (our biggie book), just in case you were not sure. I know I'm using bunnies, but technically, there are flowers on the projects and Easter is Springy, right? *ahem* LOL

So.. here we go.. my projects!!! I have 3 for you. Woohooooooooooooo !!!

I love Easter. I love the colors of Spring.. I just love this theme all together! So, lets get down to business and break down each project's "recipe":

First, the card:

What I used:

Poppy Parade Card Stock
Pool Party Card Stock
Very Vanilla Card Stock
Everybunny Clear Stamp Set #122707 IB&C Page 48
Staz On Black Ink Pad #101406 IB&C Page 203
Pool Party Classic Ink Pad
Poppy Parade Classic Ink Pad
Aqua Painter #103954 IB&C Page 203
Watercolor Paper #122959 IB&C Page 181
Basic Pearls #119247 IB&C Page 198
3/4 inch Scallop Circle #119854 IB&C Page 210
1 3/8 inch Circle Punch #119860 IB&C Page 212
Labels Collection Framelits Dies #125598 Occasions Mini Catalog Page 6
Itty Bitty Shapes Punch Pack #118309 IB&C Page 210
Stripes Textured Impressions Embossing Folder #123128 IB&C Page 218
Perfect Polka Dots Textured Impressions Embossing Folder #117335 IB&C Page 219
Stampin Dimensionals #104430 IB&C Page 206
Big Shot #113439 IB&C Page 215

Now, for this CUTE Purse!! Isn't it awesome? It is part of the NEW Summer Smooches Sneak Peek Promotion - Check out my blog here for more details or visit my online store for more information!! By the way.. a few pieces of chocolate fit in there nicely *wink*.

I love this die.. its so perfect for so many things! Think of baby showers, bridal showers, birthdays, the sky is the limit on party favors and such!!

 What I used:

Poppy Parade Card Stock
Pool Party Card Stock
Very Vanilla Card Stock
Everybunny Clear Stamp Set #122707 IB&C Page 48
Staz On Black Ink Pad #101406 IB&C Page 203
Pool Party Classic Ink Pad
Poppy Parade Classic Ink Pad
Aqua Painter #103954 IB&C Page 203
Watercolor Paper #122959 IB&C Page 181
Basic Pearls #119247 IB&C Page 198
3/4 inch Scallop Circle #119854 IB&C Page 210
1 3/8 inch Circle Punch #119860 IB&C Page 212
1/2 inch Pool Party Seam Binding Ribbon  #125582 Occasions Mini Catalog Page 23
Itty Bitty Shapes Punch Pack #118309 IB&C Page 210
Stampin Dimensionals #104430 IB&C Page 206
Petite Purse Bigz L Die #125606 - This is with the Summer Smooches Sneak Peek Promotion thru April 30th
Big Shot #113439 IB&C Page 215

And.. here is the last project. This is made with the Pillow Box Die and of course, the Big Shot:

Here is what I used:

Poppy Parade Card Stock
Pool Party Card Stock
Very Vanilla Card Stock
Everybunny Clear Stamp Set #122707 IB&C Page 48
Staz On Black Ink Pad #101406 IB&C Page 203
Pool Party Classic Ink Pad
Poppy Parade Classic Ink Pad
Aqua Painter #103954 IB&C Page 203
Watercolor Paper #122959 IB&C Page 181
Basic Pearls #119247 IB&C Page 198
3/4 inch Scallop Circle #119854 IB&C Page 210
1 3/8 inch Circle Punch #119860 IB&C Page 212
1/2 inch Pool Party Seam Binding Ribbon  #125582 Occasions Mini Catalog Page 23

Itty Bitty Shapes Punch Pack #118309 IB&C Page 210

Stampin Dimensionals #104430 IB&C Page 206
Big Shot #113439 IB&C Page 215

I sure hope you enjoyed my projects as much as I enjoyed making them!! Make sure to PLEASE visit my fellow demonstrator's blogs.. they are VERY talented and you are in for a real treat!!

Blog Hop Participants:
  1. Shellie G. of Creative Electica
  2. Annie L. of Love Me Cards
  3. Pam S. of Stampin' in the Sun!
  4. Nancy B. of Lady Stamps a Lot
  5. Anji C. of Altered Scraps Blog
  6. Rose C. of Stamp with Rose
  7. Tonya B. of Stampin' with Tonya
  8. Dawn S. of Dawn's Creative Chalet
  9. Patricia T. of Sunnyone Stampin'
  10. Heather W. of Heather's Stampin' Blog
  11. Pamela W. of Stinky Tofu
  12. Linda O. of Stamp at Linda's
  13. Marla R. of Marla's Stampin' Spot
  14. Darcy J. of DJ's Stampin' Place
  15. Nicole B. of Creations by Mommy
  16. Pam S. of Sunny Girl Scraps
  17. Kim R. of Stamping with Kim

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Blog Hoppin` Tomorrow!

Hi Everyone!!! Happy Wednesday.. which is also "pre blog hopping" day here! Woohoo!! I hope you are excited as I am. I am having some PC issues. Thankfully I have a macbook pro get my post ready. I "hope" I'm savvy enough. I am new to Apple computers. In fact, today, I went to Grand Rapids (about 90 miles from home) to take a class on this mac stuff. I came home to hear that the electricity went out while I was out of town. It was out for a few hours and........ it toasted my power supply to my PC. Ack!!! My crutch is gone.. I'm forced to use my macbook tonight to get this done.. wish me luck!!!

So, on that note... I better get cracking! I was going to post a tease photo but.. I better stick with the basics and get my homework done here...

Stay tuned... blog hop is tomorrow and you won't want to miss it!

Sunday, April 1, 2012

Summer Smooches For You!! April 1 - 30 2012!! So Cute!

Summer Smooooooooooooches for you!!! This is the new promotion with Stampin` Up! Such yummy summery colors - you can grab these goodies early this month. This is one of the suites what will be featured in the NEW 2012 - 2013 Catalog! Pretty cool, eh?  

 Bright Blossoms Wood-Mount Set
 Bright Blossoms Clear-Mount Set
 Summer Smooches Designer Paper
 Daffodil Delight 1/2" Seam Binding Ribbon
 Summer Smooches  Fabric
 Summer Smooches Fabric Brads*
 Summer Smooches Décor Stencil*
 Petite Purse Bigz L Die
 Summer Smooches Photobook Template
 Summer Smooches Digital Kit

*the Summer Smooches Fabric Brads and the Decor Stencil will only be available through April 30th and will NOT be available in the new 2012-2013 catalog.

Product Details:
  • Designer Series Paper coordinating colors: Daffodil Delight, Real Red, Tempting Turquoise, Lucky Limeade, Island Indigo, Tangerine Tango, Rich Razzleberry.
  • Designer Fabric coordinating colors: Daffodil Delight, Real Red, Tempting Turquoise, Lucky Limeade, Island Indigo, Tangerine Tango.
  • Fabric Designer Brads: 24 pieces, 8 ea. of 3 designs.
  • Summer Smooches Photobook Template and Digital Kit are My Digital Studio downloads.

Want to grab your Summer Smooches? Just click HERE!

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A Nice Article In My Local Newspaper...

Hi Everyone! Last week, I was contacted by our local newspaper to do a feature story about my love of paper crafting. How could I say no? I thought I would share my excitement with you all. I wish I had a link to show you because you need to be an e-subscriber and I'm not one myself. But, I did what I could to take a few photos of the newspaper. Jeff Kiessel did an outstanding job. Not only was my feature story on 1/2 of the front page today, but also over 1/2 of the inside front page. All I can say, is thank you, so much! It was a pleasure and a lot of fun. I love what I do and I share what I love..

I just had to share in my "fame" for a day. I hope you all take some time this weekend to get a little Inky!

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