Thursday, May 31, 2012

You Are Invited!! Retired Rubbahh And More Sale! This Saturday!

That's right.. it is THIS Saturday June 2! Wow how time flies. Our new Stampin` Up!® Catalogs have arrived and I need to make room for some new goodies.. SO, c'mon over and see what great deals you can find as I make room for new things to share with you!

Viking Arms Inn, 930 E Ludington Avenue
(Right Across From Memorial Medical Center and right next door to Rite Aid)
Room #153 - My Meeting Room
11 am - 4pm
Book A Party - Get A Free Gift!

I hope to see you there!

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

It Download Tuesday Time!

It's Tuesday and you know what that means? New Digital Downloads with My Digital Studio, the great digital program thru Stampin` Up! Awesome stuff!!! First here are the downloads..

Click HERE

To order any of these awesome downloads for this week of 5/29, click HERE to visit my online store. Guaranteed retail therapy! :)

Have you not used MDS and are wondering what all the hype is about? Click HERE for a 30 day FREE trial of My Digital Studio Express. How can you resist FREE? If you do decide to purchase MDS now, you will get the MDS2 upgrade FREE ... woohoo! I'm so excited about the new upgrade.. I just wanna squeel! For those of you who do have MDS already, they will charge a small fee of $19.95.

With the FREE trial, you’ll get:
  • Full access to the software at NO COST for 30 days.
  • Full design functionality.
  • Exclusive artwork that comes with My Digital Studio Express. See included content here.
  • Opportunity to purchase additional downloads from designer templates to stamp brush sets--and everything in between.
  • Access to our professional print services.
Once your trial period expires, simply contact your demonstrator to purchase the downloadable or disc version of the software to continue enjoying My Digital Studio.

Last night I was watching the weather on NOAA. I stalk storms that are coming into the area off of Lake Michigan. This is when I do love living where I do. The storms can be so facinating to watch as the dark clouds slowly move into place. I ran out the door with my camera and captured a few good photos. The wind picked up and even though my camera was on a tripod.. the vibration from the wind was a bit challenging. I decided I needed to use my manual settings on my camera. I really need to do this ALL the time.. sometimes I chicken out (because I dont want to over or under expose a picture, a moment, that I really want to capture and then ruin it and miss it all together). Make sense? Last night tho.. I got outside my comfort zone. I made a quickie layout last night after I got my soggy britches home (yes I was standing in the rain). This was using MDS (My Digital Studio).. have I told you lately how much I love love love this software?

These photos were taken within 20 minutes time. Pretty crazy eh? I used:

Downtown Grunge
Decorative Overlays
Lauren's Letter's Alphabet and Numbers Punch Set (I love this one!)

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Monday, May 28, 2012

Showcasing the NEW In Colors for 2012 - 2014

This was made at our downline meeting. Jenny always has such clever ideas for cards.. I LOVE the simplicity of this card and how it really shows off the new In Colors for 2012 - 2014. The are as follows:

Left To Right: Raspberry Ripple, Primrose Petals, Summer Starfruit, Gumball Green and Midnight Muse!
They coordinate will with our other colors. Thanks again for stopping by! Have a GREAT day!!! 

Just because they make me smile...

More pinwheels.. just because.. I think I will use these on the table for decor during my Rubber (Stamp) and more sale that will be this Saturday, June 2 from 11am - 4pm. I hope you are able to join me!

There ya go.. Summer Smooches pinwheels, just because! Thank you for stopping by and I hope you have a wonderful day - Thank you to those who are serving and those who have served our Country. Happy Memorial Day! Take time to get creative and inky!

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Sunday, May 27, 2012

Something that reminds me of summer..

Hi Everyone! It has been a while since I've posted some actual paper craft stuff. Yikes! It is that time of year.. the Inn is a little busier and the grounds take time to keep up (at least until a groundskeeper is found, which is being worked on) and things may even out a tiny bit. Anyway.. today has been a mellow day and I got to sneak downstairs. I wanted to stamp.. but my creative mojo was not cooperating. So, off to the blogs I went.. to seek inspiration. How do you seek inspiration? When I am out and about.. Im always looking at things for inspiration - color combos, a pattern I see that I may like.. etc. This I found on Vicki Burdick's blog today. This instantly brought back some childhood memories and a smile on my face. I can remember when my parents bought me pinwheels and how much I loved to see them twirl in the wind. So, I decided to make a few. This was so easy and they turned out so cute. You are getting a "sneak peek" at some NEW DSP (designer series paper) that is in the NEW Catalog that will be available to order from starting June 1st. Have you gotten your catalog? If you do not have a demonstrator, and would love to get your hot little hands one one, please contact me by going HERE . In the meantime.. lets peekie at this pretty card.. and again thank you to Vicki for her awesome inspiration - I was able to stamp today.. YAY!

So, how do I make these pinwheels? Simple... just use a square piece of paper.. any size (I used a 3 inch square).. and I folded the paper like a diamond each direction, I then cut the score lines into the middle but not all the way to the middle.. and then going in the "right" direction, folded each corner in, and held it together using a brights glimmer brad. Pretty snazzy eh? I used lollipop sticks from Wilton that I found laying around in my studio and adhered to the card using a few Stampin` Dimensionals. I love this new DSP. It is bright and cheerful and just reminds me of summer! Here is a diagram to sort of visually explain what I just tried to say - I'm a visual person, so maybe this will help:

See! Easy peasy! And, you can make then any size.. so the sky is the limit! I hope this has inspired you to make a few pinwheels of your own! Have a great rest of your holiday weekend and take time to get creative and inky! Thank you so much for stopping by! 

Friday, May 25, 2012

Explaining Why Stampin` Up!® Has Changed The Ink Pads (BTW, They ARE Awesome!)

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Tuesday Means... Digital Download Day!

If you are into MDS.. My Digital Studio.. here are this week's downloads.. SO CUTE!

Included in the File It Fun Kit, is a Template for a 8 x 11 layout. So, I thought I'd use my Ruby as a subject and made this cute layout in 5 minutes while cooking dinner!

Want to learn more about My Digital Studio? Just click HERE  for all the juicy details. Or, just contact me. :) I'd love to help! or 231 690 0900.

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Saturday, May 19, 2012

Cutest Bag to FLIP Over!

Hi Everyone! Happy Saturday. Wowee.. what a great day! The sun is shining.. and its 81F at 1pm - can't beat that! Beautiful day! The only thing that would be better... being able to go to the Blessing Of The Bikes in Baldwin. But, its that time of year.. work comes first.. the Inn comes first. I pout a lot but its what pays the bills!

Ok.. now, for the cutest stuff EVER!!! So, I love to surf around and such. I love ideas. I love others creative talents.. especially when it comes to fabrics. I love fabrics.. and I must say, Stampin` Up!® has the cutest fabric in the NEW catalog that goes "live" on June 1st. If you dont have a catalog, do not have a demonstrator, and would like one, please contact me. Call me at 231 690 0900. I will make sure you get one. If you are not local, I only charge $5 for the shipping - the catalog is FREE! Trust me.. its so worth it. You wont be sorry!

So, onward with my story. I came upon this blog of Denise Nielsen. She is talented with sewing. I can't even thread a machine. I have wanted a bag like this for a while. I so love love love this fabric - summer smooches - oh la la.. my FAVORITE! I have used it on my mini scrapbooks and so love it! So, she makes these bags and flip flops and I totally FLIPPED over them. I had to have them. They came today and they are absolutely adorable - thank you so much Denise - You Rock!!! So way cute!

I hope this inspires you to play with some of our beautiful fabrics.. and just wait til you see what is in store in the NEW Catalog.. just makes me do the happy dance!!! I hope you have a beautiful day. Thank you so much for stopping by! Take time to get creative and inky!!!

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Friday, May 18, 2012

Needing An Idea For A Graduate?

Good Friday!! Happy Weekend Everyone! It is a beautiful day in NW Michigan today. The sun is out and it feels like summer! I'm getting my Inn all set for summer.. the grounds.. the pool.. same routine every May.. its rush rush rush.. Its a bittersweet thing. My personal time goes out the window.. and its all about the guests. What about my stamping time? *gasp*. I do try to sneak down to my studio when I can.. because my ink is what keeps me sane. I need my creative time or Id have some big issues LOL.

Today I thought I'd share a clever little idea. Being a demonstrator with Stampin` Up! is pretty cool. Not just the obvious of getting a discount on my gooides and meeting so many new friends that I have been making, but, we get this awesome magazine every month. The Stampin Success magainze has so much good stuff in it. I seen this and I just had to make some. This is so cute.. It is a graduation hat. When you flip the hat to the left, it opens up to reveal a pocket where a gift card can be held (bottom of the graduation cap). I used Basic Black, Whisper White and Tangerine Tango card stock, along with white bakers twine. Ludington's colors are Orange and Black. Go Orioles!

Isn't it cute?! I love it! I mean, I can't think of anyone who wouldn't want a gift card! Including me! *ahem* .. well ok.. I tried! :-) You all take care. Thank you so much for stopping by! I love the comments I have received lately.. they make me smile. Have a wonderful weekend! Take time to get creative and inky!

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Thursday, May 17, 2012

Another Assignment..

Are you bored of MDS yet? I dunno what  it is.. but it is highly addicting to me. Nightly I play on my macbook and tinker with the program.. here is an assignment Heather gave us using a sketch of a layout she did.. It needs some improvement but I'm slowly getting it..

I'm using some new downloads.. one of which.. see those numbers and "winter".. those are punches. So, you can fill those in with any color card stock or designer series paper.. pretty darn cool! I likey!

Ok.. I need to rest my head.. have a great one!!! Take time to get creative and inky! 

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Another Digital Layout - About Me!

Hi Everyone! I am still taking my "My Digital Studios Made Simple 2" class. I love it. Heather shows us some great tips and tricks. The more I learn.. the more I love this wonderful program that Stampin` Up! offers. Soon, MDS2 is going to be introduced and I'm just so pumped up about that. Did you know, you can download MDS right now and give it a "test drive" for FREE for 30 days? If you have an interest in digital scrapbooking and paper crafting, I encourage you to try it. FREE is a good thing! I thought I'd share yesterday's challenge with you. It was to do a page on ourselves.. like a top ten things we love.. and this is mine:

I used the Tempting Turquoise polka dot paper along with some of the DSP of the Summer Smooches. I used stitching, and punches. Would you like to learn more about MDS? Click HERE

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Thank you so much for stopping by! Take time to get creative and inky! Have a great night!

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

They're Here! *Happy Dance*

If you'd like a 2012 - 2013 Stampin` Up! Catalog, please let me know! They are beautiful!!!

When you cannot sleep... digital scrapbook!

I had a restless night.. maybe it is because I have 5 boxes arriving today? :) I'm excited, what can I say. I was going through some very old photos (I think this was 2006) and this photo of Mario, Tim and I just makes me smile. It was a great time. This was in Prescott AZ. I think there were around 40 of us all there for a Creative Journey and one of the days we were there, Tim had this huge surprise for us. We loaded up into a tour bus and went to his favorite burger place.. In - N - Out Burger. Talk about getting looks! I think we sort of invaded the place. It brings me lots of smiles to look through those photos. A great time and I'm blessed I was part of that. He also took us to his home (yes, in the tour bus.. wonder what his neighbors thought with 40 women piling out of a bus and into his home LOL). We got to see his studio for the first time. Amazing and WOW come to mind! Here is a layout I did last night based on a sketch. I hope it bring a smile to your face, like it does mine (and yes, we were all wearing those silly little hats!).

Oh and hey.. today is Digital Download Day!!! Lets see what we have this week by clicking HERE

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Monday, May 14, 2012

The New Catalogs Are Arriving! Available This Wednesday!

Hi Everyone! I just wanted to let you know, my shipment of Stampin` Up!® Catalogs are on their way to me and will be delivered on Tuesday, May 15th 2012. If you'd like one, please make sure to contact me: or call me at 231 690 0900. I will make sure to zip one your way. If you are not local, the fee is $5 to ship to you, just to cover the postage.

Thank you so much for stopping by! Have a great day!!! 

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Sunday, May 13, 2012

Ho, Ho, Ho?

Yes, do not adjust your monitor, this is a Christmas project! Isn't it cute? :)The original idea, I got from my upline, we made these cute boxes with the Antique Bouquet paper from the Occasions Mini Catalog. I have these brand new Christmas stamps and Designer Series paper.. and what to do with this stuff? I am so not into thinking Christmas, but ....its only 7 months away! I love ideas for the holidays, and this is what I came up with. Stampin` Up!® sells these cute Kraft Gift Boxes (item #124106). If you have purchased the cookie press (just a hit.. I think there might be more in the future!).. cookies fit great inside these! We sell the clear cellophane bags to put the cookies in, as well! Wouldn't this make a great little (inexpensive) gift for a neighbor, teacher, friend, enemy? LOL. So, here is my crafty little creation for today........ *drumroll*..........

I was thinking of making some cute cards to put inside - kinda like my other box had :) I just love playing with fresh new product.. it makes me happy!

I hope you all have had a great Mother's Day.. I got to take my Mom out to brunch today.. we had a good time. I thought I'd share a photo:

Have a good night.. and take time to get creative and inky! Thank you so much for stopping by my blog! You are the best!

Friday, May 11, 2012

Pretty Matchbooks!

Good day everyone! I was thumbing thru my Stampin Success Magazine (actually another demonstrator had me think about looking thru it again) and they were showing this very nifty idea for making matchbooks. I've made something similar to this.. but for photos which I gave as a gift. It was so cute! This time, i wanted to try it with post it notes. Everyone likes to have a note pad in their purse, right? So, why not make it a little more "foo foo".. and pretty?I used some scrap from yesterday's project, with the Floral District DSP (card below). along with:

Lucky Limeade Card Stock
Rich Razzleberry Card Stock
Brights Buttons
Whisper White Twine
Antique Brads
Tiny Tags Clear Stamp Set
Jewelry Tag Punch
Stampin` Dimensionals
Big Shot Machine
Blossom Party Die
Fun Flowers Die

Let me know what you think! They were so much fun to make and not much effort for a cute gift for just about any occasion.. think of the different themes you could dress these up with! The possibilities are endless! 

I hope you like my project for today. Make sure to take time to get creative and a little inky! Thank you so much for stopping by! Have a great day!!! 

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Thursday, May 10, 2012

Another Sneak Peek - Digital Style!

Hi Everyone! I am checking out something I got to order in advance being I'm a demonstrator. We have the chance to order a digital design and "product suite". This is called Fan Fair and wow.. I love it! This layout took me 5 minutes.. all I had to do was add the photo. This was a pre designed layout from a full book you can design and print. So super cool! I love that SU offers suites with full book layouts and all you have to do is drag and drop your photos. You want to get more creative like I have in the past? (see some previous posts).. you can do that too and design from the "bottom up". Soon there will be an upgrade and for those who will purchase MDS 2 will get those upgrades automatically. I can scrapbook on the go! I love it! Ok.. here is my layout of my little girl, Krystal!

Thanks for stopping by! Make sure to take a little time to get creative and inky! Have a good night!

A Little Floral District

Hi Everyone! How are you? Thank you for stopping by! I have another card for you today. This one features the new Designer Series Paper (DSP) called Floral District. I really love this one.. so fresh and funky and bright! The pack of paper features the colors:

Baja Breeze
Daffodil Delight
Lucky Limeade
Rich Razzleberry
Rose Red
Tangerine Tango
Whisper White

What a bright and cherry combination! I can't wait to get my hands on other things with this "suite". Here is my card:

I hope you like today's creation. Thank you so much for stopping by. I hope you take time to get a little inky! 

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Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Shiney New Products!

Here is another card I made using some new goodies that have arrived at my doorstep. I feature 2 colors on this one: Pool Party (which is the older of the 2 sets of In Colors) and also the new In Color, Summer Starfruit.
The stamp I am using is from Betsy's Blooms. It is a really cute set. I'm also using the new ink pad, in Summer Starfruit. I must say.. I was sort of fighting the fact that they reformulated the ink pad w/ a new firm foam pad, but quite honestly, after using a few, I am in love. Again, I also used, the DSP, Comfort Cafe. Such pretty paper featuring the colors: Cajun Craze, Midnight Muse (another new In Color), Pool Party, Soft Suede, Summer Starfruit and Very Vanilla. Yummy!

It is a simple card. Only took me a few moments to whip up. Would you like a NEW Catalog? Contact me. :)

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Tuesday, May 8, 2012

New Catalog & New Goodies!

Good day everyone! Wow.. what a week it has been so far! Sunday night (or should I say, VERY early Monday morning at 2am EDT, 12 Midnight MT), Stampin` Up!® let demonstrators take a sneak peek at the entire catalog on line. At that time, we were able to order goodies and get our complimentary copy of the BRAND NEW Catalog! Woohoo. So, guess who stayed up way too late? I am still trying to catch up and balance out my sleep pattern, but it was so worth it. I must tell you, the new catalog is BEAUTIFUL and has so many wonderful things that I am just squealing and I want to burst and shout and tell you all that is in it - but I can't........... yet! However, if you contact me, I will make sure to get one into your hot little hands ASAP! I have 5 boxes of catalogs ordered and I can't wait to share! Please let me know, okay?

In the mean time .. lets give you all a sneak peek at some pretty new things! Are ya ready?

So pretty! I'm using new Designer Series Paper, called Comfort Cafe, along with the coordinating fabric. See the "wooden like" button? Those are new too! Also, that yellowish color, that is one of the new in colors, called Summer Starfruit. So much fun!

Ooh... its Download Tuesday, too! If you are looking for those new digital downloads today, take a peek, HERE and order them HERE !

Also, some exciting news I'd love to share with you..

So, whether you have My Digital Studio already (like I do and LOVE it) or are thinking about it.. this is just very exciting news! I just wanted to pass that along.. just found out about this myself today.

Have a great night and take time to get a bit inky!

Thursday, May 3, 2012

It's Back.. We Are Doin` The Hop!!! Join Us!!

Good Morning Friends! Welcome to another month of blog hoppin with the Stylin` Stampin` Squad. I was torn.. do I do Mothers Day? Do I do friendship? I made this "book" and I thought.. Ok.. it will be friendship - cuz I just dig it and hey.. I wanna show it off!

Here are my projects together. I always try to make coordinating projects for the hop. I'm a matchy-matchy kinda gal

This is a card to and "scrapbook" gift set for my friend The color palette is as follows:

Peach Parfait, Poppy Parade, Baja Breeze, Blushing Bride, Early Espresso, So Saffron, Wild Wasabi and Whisper White! Onward with the projects:

Recipe is as follows:

Wild Wasabi Card Stock
Whisper White Card Stock
Baja Breeze Card Stock
Printed Petals Clear Mount Stamp Set
My Friend Clear Mount Stamp Set
Poppy Parade, Peach Parfait, So Saffron and Basic Black Classic Ink Pads
2 3/8 inch Scallop Circle Punch
1 inch Circle Punch
Scallop Square Duo Bigz Die
Sizzix Big Shot
Buttons - Subtle Collection

The envelope scrapbook - which I just dig.. super duper cute, if I don't say so myself! :-)

Recipe for this is as follows:

Crumb Cake Envelopes
Bristol Board (what is in with the packaging of your DSP)
Just Add Cake DSP (Designer Series Paper)
Baja Breeze Card Stock
1/2 inch Scallop Dots Ribbon - Chocolate Chip
Petite Pennants Builder Punch
Modern Label Punch
Fabulous Phrases Clear Mount Stamp Set
Basic Black Classic Ink
1/8 inch Taffeta Ribbon - Pretty In Pink
Jumbo Eyelits
NON SU PRODUCT: "s" bead and "g.i.r.l" Brads (in my stash)

I just think this is a cool little gift to give to a friend to document an event or just give give for a great memory keeper. You could switch up the theme and do just about anything with this. If you do scroll down a bit or backtrack to an older post, you will see I also made one of these using the Summer Smooches product line. I had class for it this past week and the ladies just loved making it!

The following are participating in our hop - please take time to check out their awesome talent!
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. Marla R. of Marla's Stampin' Spot
  13. Darcy J. of DJ's Stampin' Place
  14. Nicole B. of Creations by Mommy
  15. Pam S. of Sunny Girl Scraps
  16. Kim R. of Stamping with Kim

Thanks for joining us today - Take time to get Inky!!! :-)

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Blog Hoppin Tomorrow!!!

I have looked forward to this for weeks.. tomorrow starting at 7am.. the Stampin` Stylin gals show off their beautiful work with the monthly blog hop which occurs every first Thursday of the month. Make sure to stop by and check out all the awesome talent........ tomorrow!!!

Thanks for stopping by. Have a great day! You can find my online store HERE.

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

The NEW Starter Kit.. YOUR Way!

The New Demonstrator Starter Kit is here! The new kit is now fully customizable and gives You the opportunity to start Your business Your way. Plus, it's has a great, new low price of just $99. This is not just a temporary promotion. This offer is here to stay!

When you join Stampin' Up!, you get to choose what you want in your Starter Kit. You can choose from any of our current high-quality products. It's your kit, your choice, up to $125 worth of any Stampin' Up! products! Do you prefer wood mount stamps, or clear? Are you a traditional scrapbooker or a digital girl? Customize Your Kit to fit You! You will also receive a Business Supply Pack (valued at $65) to create a kit for a total value of $190 that still ships for FREE!

It's even easier to Join! Visit my website and click on Join Now and start customizing you kit today!

I would love to have you join my amazing Team of talented Demonstrators ~

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