Tuesday, April 30, 2013

All in Ten Minutes

Ooohhh.... what gorgeous colors!
Isn't anticipation great? I love the thrill of looking forward to something exciting, along with enjoying what is special about today (you never want to forget that part!)

And, did you notice how well my antique thread matches the new In Colors? Pretty interesting!

So a quick peek at something that you can look forward to on May31st!

Card base:                            4-1/4" x 11" - new color, tada!
Whisper White:                     4" x 5-1/4"
                                        (2) 2" x 2-1/2" (for punches)In Color 2013-15 strips:  (5) 3/4" x 4-1/4" (aren't they pretty?)
Linen Thread:                       10"
1) Adhere Whisper White to card base using Stampin'
2) Banner end each strip.
3) Adhere strips 1/4" apart onto card front using Snail
4) Stamp sentiment in two different colors. Cut one in half
    and assemble by off-setting the bottom layer.

5) Adhere to card front using Stampin' Dimensionals.

6) Tie linen thread into a double bow - adhere using Glue
Would you like a brand new catalog? If you do not currently have a demonstrator I'd be happy to send you one - just pop me an email at stampsnsmiles@gmail.com.



Friday, April 26, 2013

A Sneak Peek!

Isn't this just pretty?
Stamped in three of the new 2013-15 In Colors!
This sweet new stamp and coordinating embossing folder will be available June 1st in the new Stampin' Up! catalog.
And what a sweet button! Part of a vintage-looking set that's just beautiful....
It's an exciting time of year, gorgeous spring weather (we've been sitting on the front porch watching the sun go down each evening this week) exciting new product and, well, life is just busy, busy, and good, good!

I used the circle punch from the Itty Bitty Shapes Punch Pack to add a little interest to the ribbon.
Here's how you can order the brand-new product early also!

#1 - Join my team

#2 - Fill your basket with $150 worth of your choice of product including sneak peek product if you wish

#3 - Pay $99 and no shipping
#4 - Enjoy a 30% discount on your next order
#5 - Receive 20% discount on each additional order, including hostess benefits on orders of $150 or more
(as long as you're current)
#6 - Receive all of my tutorials for free!
See the details here!
or email me at stampsnsmiles@gmail.com
Here's a link to all the retiring product again for you - just in case you need to shop today!

Thursday, April 25, 2013


The retired list is here... ready for you to shop from! But hurry, stamps sets are only available until June 1st and accessories while they last. You won't want to miss out!

There are many, many beautiful products available at
20 - 60% off! Wow!

Click here to see the retiring list.

Download the retiring stamp sets list here
Download the retiring accessories list here
Click here to shop now!

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Regional Gifts

So, how cute are these? Love, love them!
Thank you, Becky Roberts, for the amazing gifts from the Stampin' Up! Regional.
I know she's posted these on her blog inkingidaho.blogspot.com - but I just needed to show them to you also!
How about the gorgeous bag in the background? A gift from the Stampin' Up! convention last year... super cool!

Adorable journals!
We had such an amazing day at the home office - take a waltz over to Stampin' Up!'s home page and you can see a few pictures of the day!
Now, off to place my sneak peek order from the fabulous new catalog that we were given at the Regional (along with a few brand new stamp sets and I also won Stampin' Write Markers in the brand new In Colors along with the most gorgeous buttons!)
 Check back tomorrow for a project using them.

 Did you know that as a demonstrator, you can order early? It's great fun and you can join in also - right here.

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

An Embossed Hello - Ten Minute Tuesday



Welcome to Tuesday!
I love to create simple cards in a flash... especially when I've forgotten an important date until the last minute when it's "Oh no, run up the stairs, hope the stamping room isn't too disorganized and then cut, cut, stamp, stamp, whew!!
Made it again!

I would hate to admit how many times I've needed to do that.... (where oh where is that neatly organized basket of premade cards, all separated by occasion?) I actually have one of those but... sometimes I just need something I've not seen before, right?
So this card, which I think is just too cool, is one of those that you can create in a matter of minutes and it's sharp and when was the last time you saw something like this in a card store?
Basic Black card stock - 4-1/4" x 11"
Very Vanilla card stock -    4-1/8" x 5-3/8"
                                     2-1/2" x 3"
Watercolor Paper -      3-3/4" x 5"
Silver Stampin' Emboss Powder
Gold Stampin' Emboss Powder
Versamark ink
Basic Black ink
Embossing Buddy
Heat Tool
Oh, Hello Stamp Set
Extra-Large Oval Punch
Stampin' Dimensionals
Set your clocks!
  • Adhere Very Vanilla card stock, 4-1/8" x 5-3/8" to Basic Black card front using Stampin' Dimensionals. 
  • Prepare Watercolor Paper for embossing using the Embossing Buddy.
  • Using Versamark ink pad, smear it twice across Watercolor Paper. Sprinkle liberally with Silver and Gold Stampin' Emboss Powder. Heat with Heat Tool.
  • Adhere this piece to card front using Stampin' Dimensionals.
  • Using Basic Black ink, stamp HELLO onto Very Vanilla card stock, 2-1/2" x 3". Punch out using the Extra-Large Oval Punch.
  • Adhere oval to card front using Stampin' Dimensionals.
  • Done! 
And a note: This is easily completed using Very Vanilla card stock in place of the Watercolor Paper.... and the size of the Watercolor Paper - well, it just happened to be the piece I picked up! 

Sunday, April 21, 2013

The Only Item I Would Change...

             My Shoes and the New 2013-14 Stampin' Up! Catalog
I returned home from the Stampin' Up! Regional very early this morning, happily tired after a wonderful day of seeing great presentations, meeting new friends, working with brand new products and (drumroll) the brand new catalog in hand.
I can't wait for you to see all the brand-new, trendy products that are in store for you this year from Stampin' Up!  I'd love to tell you about the coolest new embellishments, ribbons, punches, Framelits, etc, that you won't be able to wait to get your hands on - but I can't.

Not yet... but in a few days I'll be able to start posting projects using some of those and you're going to be very excited. This promises to be an amazing year and I can't wait to start integrating these new products into my Mocha Monday classes, parties and tutorials!
And the shoes....
Well, it's the only thing I would change about the catalog!
I had made a wish list of new products and actually submitted it to the Stampin' Up! sandbox - and every wish came true, and more.
the shoes I would change - I like mine better, lol!
For those of you who are demonstrators and were able to attend the Regional and receive the new catalog before everyone else on the planet, I think you'll know what I'm talking about. For those who lived too far away or aren't demonstrators (why aren't you?) you'll just need to wait a bit.

Thinking about receiving the benefits of being a hobby (or more!) demonstrator? How about $155 worth of your choice of product for $99 with no shipping? Click here to discover the benefits of joining my team!

Okay, okay....
these shoes would do it for me also!

Thursday, April 18, 2013

The Basics - An Online Class from Stampin' Up!

An Online Class from Stampin' Up!

This class offers innovative ways to get the most out of your supplies (from stamps to the Big Shot) with clever tips and all the techniques you need to start creating with success. Divided into six PDF documents this class includes written instructions, step out photos, a few videos, and supply lists for 30+ projects.

The following topics are covered in the class:
* Basic Stamping
* Embossing
* Masking
* Stamp-a-ma-jig
* Watercoloring and Markers
* Big Shot Basics
The Basics - 133385
Purchase through my online store here!

Mother's Day Downloads

For Mom Greeting Card Template 133476
Happy Mother's Day
I thought I'd share a few of the great MDS downloads that are available through Stampin' Up!
What a quick way to make a great card - no stamping, perhaps just a bit of bling or washi tape added to it.
Because I Love You Swatchbook  134373
How about a quickly completed coupon book for Mom? Download, print and assemble - she'll love it!


Mother of Mine Brush Set 124474
Remember - you can download your free trial of My Digital Studio right here!

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Dolled Up Birthday Kit and a chance to be a star!


Dolled-Up Birthday Kit
Stampin' Up! is excited to introduce their second Submit a Project kit--the Dolled-Up Birthday Kit--voted on by you via our Facebook page. This gorgeous birthday card was created by Chris Gilmore, a manager from Coshocton, Ohio. Congratulations, Chris!
The Dolled-Up Birthday kit includes the following:
  • Dolled-Up Birthday Photopolymer Stamp (1)
  • 8-1/2" x 5-1/2" Crumb Cake Cardstock (6 pieces)
  • 2" x 4-1/4" Very Vanilla Cardstock (6 pieces)
  • Very Vanilla Medium Envelopes (6)
  • Tea Lace Paper Doilies (6)
  • Dress Up die-cuts (6)
  • Soft Suede Classic Stampin' Spot (1)
  • Vanilla 5/8" Flower Trim (6 pieces)
  • Sponge Dauber (1)
Get everything you need
 (except adhesive - but you already have that, right?)
to make six cards for only $15.95!

Order item #133913 here

And a chance to be the star!
Stampin' Up! wants your kit ideas for upcoming kits. No, this is not a typo. They are starting up a new kit program especially for you. YOU will be the inspiration for the kits and YOU will vote to decide which project will be sold.
  • This program is available to both customers and demonstrators.
  • While your projects should not include retired products, they may include products not 
         created by Stampin' Up!, such as jars or frames.
  • Projects must fit into the specified category: Birthday.
  • Projects can be cards, scrapbook pages, home décor, holiday décor, birthday
         decorations, etc. If you can make it with Stampin' Up! product, you can submit it!
  • Submit your projects by e-mail. Send an image (less than 2 MB), supply list, and
         instructions for creating the project to
    kitideas@stampinup.com. In the subject line,
         include the name of your project.
  • Please keep in mind that all submissions become the property of Stampin' Up! once
         received. We reserve the right to change project elements, the name, or any feature to
         make the kit easy to reproduce.
  • What's in it for you? Glad you asked! Those who submit the winning kit will:
    • See it - your photo, name and project will be posted online.
    • Flaunt it - you'll receive "blog badge" for your personal blog or website.
    • Spend it - you wouldn't be a winner without a $100 Stampin' Up! shopping spree.
  •         That's not all! Those whose submissions are in the top 20 will also receive product
            used in the winning kit or a $25 shopping spree of their own.


    Tuesday, April 16, 2013

    Ten Minute Tuesday - Oh, Whale!

    An Oh Whale! Love Note
    Stopping by today with a fun, quick little card that would be perfect for adding to a baby gift. Easily create it in less than ten minutes.
    I do love little whales that blow pearls....

    or sequins!
    Real Red card stock - 3" square card
    DSP - 2-7/8" square
    Whisper White card stock - 2-3/4" square
    Three Pearls
    • Adhere DSP to card front using Snail Adhesive
    • Stamp whale onto Whisper White card stock
    • Create 'waves' using the Large Scallop Edgelit
    • Adhere to card front using Stampin' Dimensionals
    • Adhere pearls or sequins or rhinestones or...
    Tada! It's ready to give.
    Oh, Whale!
    Sunshine and Sprinkles DSP
    Storytime DSP

    Sunday, April 14, 2013

    Mocha Monday - Mother's Day Gifts

    Welcome to another Mocha Monday Class!
    As Mother's Day is right around the corner and we want to be ready for it, I've designed three projects that make the perfect gift. A flowery embossed card, a sweet envelope dressed up with a bow and a set of notecards that Mom will love.

    Although the class is taught here in Boise, ID, it's also available as a PDF tutorial download or a kit which includes the tutorial.

    Just click on the button below to purchase your step-by-step tutorial which includes many easy-to-follow pictures. Kits which includes all the pre-cut supplies for all three projects will mail within two days of ordering.
                            PDF Tutorial - immediate download
                    Kit and PDF Tutorial includes s/h and tax

    Saturday, April 13, 2013

    Happy Birthday in Gold

    Happy Birthday!
    I've been wanting to play around with gold embossing on my cards for a while now  - well, gold anything really. I settled on embossing Happy Birthday for today's share.... but I'll be back soon with other ideas also. It's like once you start you can't stop, it's just that pretty - even on a rather masculine card.

    Along with the Happy Birthday, I also embossed the Natural 7/8" Trim Ribbon in gold. I used the chevron oval stamp from Oh, Hello to create this great pattern. The buttons, the trim and the stamp are found in the Spring Stampin' Up! catalog.
    Oh, and the paper! I love it! Once again from the Epic Day Designer Series Paper that brand new. I could use this paper just about forever.


    Thursday, April 11, 2013

    Bombs Away!

    Bombs Away! 133411
    The newest photopolymer (clear) stamp set from Stampin' Up!
    Simple and sassy - a perfect fit for many birthday celebrations.

    Check out a bit more about this stamp set on Stampin' Up's home page here. I check it every day for inspiration! They have new product, pins they've found and loved and showcase cards created by some of their demonstrators!  When you're done browsing, please order your new set here.

    Wednesday, April 10, 2013

    The Best of 25 Years - in Butterflies

    Isn't it wonderful to have a hobby? Statistics actually prove that people are more content and live longer when they have a hobby. It's even better to have one that you are truly passionate about.

    So.... whether you're just getting started and need some Mojo or you're an avid stamper - My Paper Pumpkin is the perfect solution! A well presented and thought out kit that arrives each month on your doorstep.... along with a tutorial on great ways to use your products!

    Today, April 10th is the last day to subscribe for this month's creative get-away, so click here to get started. And.... please choose myself, Penny Smiley, Star, ID 83669 as your demo (that's how you get the great tutorial) Remember, you can "try it" just for a month if you'd like!

    Best of Butterflies

    The Best of Butterflies is the Collector's stamp set from Stampin' Up! this month - purchase six collector's sets and receive a free stamp set! Click here for details.

    Download your own Collector's Card here.

    Monday, April 8, 2013

    An Epic Ten Minute Tuesday


    Something new again for Ten Minute Tuesday....
     just DSP, stickers and washi tape.
    I am so lovin' the new Epic Day Designer Series Paper, washi tape and the wonderful set of stickers that come as part of the This and That Bundle that I completely changed my mind about what I was going to share today. (Oh, the gift tags were cute, cute all right - but the photos not so much)

    I thought this made a great masculine card. The sticker is framed with Basic Grey card stock and the front of the card is dressed up with paper piercing.... no stamping, no bling!
    Basic Grey card stock 5" x 7", folded in half
    Epic Day DSP 3-3/8" x 4-7/8"
    Sticker backed with Basic Grey card stock

    Using the Paper Piercing Pack, pierce four rows through the DSP as shown. I laid the sticker there just to help with placement. Adhere pierced DSP to card front using Stampin' Dimensionals - ditto with the framed sticker.

    For this card I used the washi tape and a 'You Make Me Smile' sticker that is part of the This and That Bundle. Three Daffodil Delight brads and it's done!

    I used the Essentials Paper-Piercing Pack to help line up the brads evenly.... I pierced every third hole so they'd be spaced nicely.

    Click here to see all the products in the This and That Bundle

    Sunday, April 7, 2013

    Sneak Preview of April's Mocha Monday

    Pretty, isn't it?
    Here's just a sneak peek of my Mocha Monday class for April. Mother's Day is just around the corner, so this class is going to be feminine, flowery and perfect for Mom.
    Create three projects that will have you completely prepared for Mother's Day for only $5. How sweet is that?
    I've chosen my favorite stamp sets to use along with new techniques for embossing folders, a little gold embossing and.... well, as I said, this is just a preview so I don't want to give it all away.
    I'm going to have two classes this month -
    a morning and an evening!
    I'd love to have you join me....
    Monday, April, 15th
    9:30 am - 11 am
    6:30 - 8 pm
    Lucky Perk's Coffeehouse
    Ustick & Eagle Rd
    Meridian, ID
    Reserve your pre-cut kit today at stampsnsmiles@gmail.com
    Class size is limited to six attendees each session. 
    A PDF tutorial along with photos of the completed projects will be available on Monday April 15th for those that live outside the Boise area and around the world, so stay tuned.

    Saturday, April 6, 2013

    Congratulations and Mystery Hostess Weekend

    Some of my favorite colors....
    Melon Mambo, Tangerine Tango, Lucky Limeade and Daffodil Delight are my go-to colors when I want to make a bright, happy-go-lucky type of card.

    This morning I wanted to make a bright summery card that would lift the spirits of whomever received it.
    Congratulations are for any occasion -
    losing five pounds, finishing a project, making a tough decision or just 'for being my best friend'.
    I love the new photopolymer stamps that Stampin' Up! is  coming out with (please keep them coming!) This pennant banner can be curved any way you choose and adheres so well to the Clear Acrylic Blocks.  You will need Size I for this particular stamp.

    And, today through Monday @ 11:50 pm are free shipping days!
    That's right - any order, any size, qualifies for free shipping - directly to you!! That's a fantastic savings and the perfect time to purchase the products you have on your 'I need, I want' list.
    As an added bonus, I will be choosing a mystery hostess for the weekend. On Tuesday morning when the totals are in, I will choose from those who placed orders through me over the weekend to receive the hostess benefits. No order is too small for free shipping or to participate in the hostess drawing.
    Place your order online here and use the Hostess Code WXEYMCUQ. This will allow all the orders to be combined for a total - just like a party!

    If your personal order is $150 or over.... place your order here and DO NOT use the hostess code. You will qualify for your own $25.00 of free merchandise! Now, how fun is that?

    Designer Typeset Photopolymer Stamp