Thursday, September 30, 2010

Stampin' Up! - Important Product Information

Just wanted to share some important product information I've received from Stampin'Up! today.  Please note the following product updates:

  • The Candy Cane Rub-Ons (item 120990) on page 36 of the HolidayMini are now available to order.
Not Available:
  • The following items are experiencing quality issues and are currently unavailable to order:
    • 118073: Fancy Flower Punch
    • 120906: 2-1/2' Circle Punch
Well that's it for the update today, but I'll give you more information when it becomes available.

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Stampin' Up! - Update on Watercolor Wonder Crayons

Stampin' Up! has just advised that Watercolor Wonder Crayons are still currently unavailable for purchase at this time.  This applies to all Watercolor Wonder Crayons listed on page 194 of the 2010/11 Idea Book and Catalogue:  
◦119802 - Watercolor Wonder Crayons, Subtles
◦119803 - Watercolor Wonder Crayons, Regals
◦119804 - Watercolor Wonder Crayons, Brights
◦119805 - Watercolor Wonder Crayons, Neutrals
◦120949 - Watercolor Wonder Crayons, New Color Kit
As mentioned in a previous Stampin' Up Bulletin, the previous supplier of the Watercolor Wonder Crayons was purchased by another company, resulting in their relocation to a new manufacturing facility in a different country with new staff.  Because of these extraordinary circumstances, Stampin' Up! is experiencing more difficulties than they initially anticipated, and they still don't know when the Watercolor Wonder Crayons will be available for purchase. Stampin' Up! is currently working with the CEO of the new company to resolve this problem as quickly as possible. I will keep you updated as information becomes available.

Friday, September 24, 2010

UStamp With Dawn and Friends!!! Cards With Cool Moves Opened Today

UStamp With Dawn and Friends!!! Cards with Cool Moves opened this morning and is off to a wonderful start!  Every twelve hours a new designer's project will be posted.  These posts contain one Movement Card and one Regular card.  What a great way to increase your template library.  These are really "cool" cards.........guaranteed to be WOWs!  Once you join, you'll receive all the directions on a PDF tutorial and you can visit the gallery 24/7 to check out additional pictures posted by the designers and re-creations by other members........that's the part I truly love!  In all  there will be 40 posts! You can also join in on the chat lines, ask questions of the designers and win prizes!  You can't beat the value at just $24.95 US.  These are exceptional cards folks, so if you want to join us you still can.  Just go to Dawn's site at: to register.

Free Pass Winners - UStamp With Dawn and Friends!!! Cards With Cool Moves

Apologies, apologies, apologies!!!! To all those great ladies who entered my draw for free passes to the Ustamp with Dawn and Friends, Cards With Cool Moves Event........... which started today!  I'm sorry, I didn't forget about you........ unfortunately, I've been away since last weekend and was unable to access my site to do the draw and make the announcement. Yikes!!!! What super bad planning on my part. So, when I arrived home last night I did the draw right away and submitted my winners names to UStamp. 

Before I announce the winners names, I'd like to thank all of you for participating and sending me your great comments.  I loved hearing about your favourite new products from the Holiday Mini and receiving your great reviews and awesome comments regarding my blog and being a UStamp Designer again.  Much appreciated!!!   Now my two winners names were drawn using the Random Number Picker ( 2 numbers from 13 comments (I had to disqualify one because it was entered twice) and the winners names are:  #2 Jessica Cruz and #12 Debi Hadley.  They're comments were:

#2:  Jessica Cruz:  Hi Penny!! Tx for visiting my blog. Im now your follower too!! Many blessings.
Jessica U

#12:  Debi said...I've seen lots of advertisements for this, but didn't really know what it was. It would be awesome to have a free pass just to get acquainted with it before I take the plunge.  Thanks, too, for your sweet comment on my blog.

So thank you ladies, and congratulations for being my winners!  I'll be in touch with you and I've submitted your contact information to Dawn Raspas and she'll email your free passes/invites to join today!  See you on the boards!

Monday, September 13, 2010

Early Bird Pricing Ends at Midnight Tonight!!!!! Don't Miss Out!!!

Just a quick reminder that the Early Bird Pricing of $19.99US ends TODAY, Sept 13th at midnight.   Don't miss out!! Regular pricing will be $24.99 as of Midnight (EST) tonight. So what are you waiting for you better hurry!! You can still join at the UStamp With Dawn and Friends website (it's been updated in case you had trouble with previous links). Also, hook up your friends with our fun event and spread the word!! Anyone can join and get the Early Bird rate by registering at

The Cards With Cool Moves Event begins September 24th and runs through until October 15th, 2010.  Here's what you can expect when you join "UStamp With Dawn and Friends!!! Cards With Cool Moves:

* 40 Color Combos with NO REPEATS, showcasing EVERY Stampin’ Up! Color
* 40 Movement Cards with co-ordinating envelope
* 40 Regular cards with co-ordinating envelope
* All Projects include downloadable PDF with Photo’s
* Designer hosted chats with prizes
* Open Chat Room 24×7
* Gallery to share your re-creations
* Prizes, Prizes and MORE Prizes!!
* A totally cool blinkie for your website/blog

Thanks for visiting my blog

Sunday, September 12, 2010

Round 2: Late Night Stamper Scavenger Hunt - WIN FREE Stampin Up Merchandise

Today I'd like to share a card with you and give you some exciting new contest information.  If you played along on Late Night Stamper's last $400 Stampin' Up Shopping Spree "clue" search, you're going to love the next round. That's right Sherrill Graff is doing it again! Round 2 is a scavenger hunt game, and it's another opportunity to play along and have your name submitted for a draw to win more free merchandise! This time around Sherill has changed the rules.............. so pay attention!!! For Blogs Scavenger Hunt Round 2 you need to find 20 blogs with clues for the scavenger hunt and then send me your list at with the subject Scavenger Hunt. On September 15th, I will forward all the entries I've received to Sherrill Graff for inclusion in her drawing.  As there's not much time left, only 3 days, you better get busy right now preparing your list. I can't wait to see your entries!!! And remember,  at the end of the day you get to visit some fabulous blogs, see whats new and have fun.  I hope you're the winner!

So let's get started: My clue is: Sense of Time

I created this card for UStamp With Dawn and Friends Fall Event 2010.  Although this round of UStamp has come to an end, you can still join and take advantage of over 40 fabulous tutorials and color combos, and you can see the instructions for this card and the other "3" cards I made that go with it!
Search These Blogs for Clues:
 For all the hunt rules or how to add your own blog to the hunt go here: 

As more blogs add clues, I will add them to the bottom of this post so check back often for more places to hunt! 

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Mojo Monday 155

Here's a look at my entry for Mojo Monday #155.  I used a retired Stampin' Up! stamp set called City of David, which I still really like.  I used Cajun Craze along with Early Espresso and Sage Shadow cardstock.  the DSP is also retired (have to use up some of my older things............. but I don't mind it's like seeing old friends again). 

A little difficult to see, but I smooched around the circle, the star,  and the Cajun Craze and Early Espresso panels with the gold smooch spray to give the card more of an exotic feel.  I used the square lattic embossing folder on the 3 panels to give them more of a screenlike texture.  Because I wanted to have the bow attached at the side of the card I decided to  build upon the original city in the City of David stamp by adding additional buildings.  I simply stamped the city stamp 3 times on Whisper White card stock and painted all three pictures in More Mustard, Sage Shadow and Cajun Craze stamping ink.  Once the ink dried I cut out parts of the city from two of the images and then added them on top of the original stamped image with dimensionals to give it a 3-D effect.
A little closer look at the detail.  I've layered the small and large tag punchimages and attached them with a brass brad.  I used the small star punch for the star. 

I wanted the inside of the card to be fairly simple so I only added a bit of colour by gluing a plain DSP border that was distressed with Cajun Craze ink on the bottom of Confetti cardstock.  I stamped the verse in the middle of the page and then I used my Cajun Craze markers to color up only the stars on the City of David stamp and then stamped them over the verse.  To make sure I was centered I used my and it worked well in getting the proper alignment.

Thanks for coming and visiting my site.  I hope you enjoyed this latest entry.  Let me know what you think.

Monday, September 6, 2010

Win A Free Pass to UStamp With Friends!!! Cards With Cool Moves 2010 Event

I'm really looking forward to UStamp's next international event called UStamp with Dawn and Friends!! “Cards with COOL Moves…2010″!! which opens September 24th (EST) and  runs through Oct 15th. I'm really excited that I've been invited back again as a designer and giventhe cool task of designing a one of a kind movement card.  Isn't that COOL? And, because I'm a designer (see my blinkie) I have TWO FREE PASS to give away. If you liked the Fall Event 2010, you're going to love this one too!!  This next round is all about cards with 'Cool' moves. So get ready to have some fun because this round is all about cards with pop ups, sliders, spinners, waterfalls and MANY MANY more.  You'll also be blown away by all the fabulous colour combo ideas that are presented too!  So, are you ready for your chance at winning a FREE PASS......... just send me a comment on this post telling me what your favourite new product is in the new Holiday Mini (please include your email address in your comment).  Contest ends at noon on September 18th.  I'll be posting the name of the lucky winner by 7:30pm on the 18th, so be sure to drop by and see if it's you.  Good luck everyone and thanks for stopping by!"

Note: Register today for Early Bird Pricing of only $19.99 Early Bird pricing ends Sept 13th and regular pricing of $24.99 goes into effect.
If you want information on previous UStamp With Dawn and Friends!!! Events, please check out her website at:

Friday, September 3, 2010

How To Win A $400 Stampin' Up! Shopping Spree!!!!

Another group that I've recently joined is the fabulous Late Night Stampers. Today, the founder, Sherrill Graff  started an interactive and fun game of  "Find the Clues". Members of the Late Night Stampers group, have posted a clue on their blog sites (see list below). To enter for the prize draw all you have to do is visit the blogsites (check them out while you're there - they're fabulous) and collect 20 clues. Email your list of clues to Sherill and your name will be entered into a drawing for a $400 Stampin' Up Shopping Spree.

My clue is: The new Distressing Essentials Kit on page 195 of the new Idea Book and Catalog!  You can also find a list on  Sherrill Graff's blog, as well as her clue. (More sites listed below). 
Sherrill will pick a winner soon, so hurry and enter today!  Remember to include your email address and contact information in your note to Sherill.  Thanks for visiting my blog and for playing the exciting LateNightStamper game!

Here are some of the blogs to get you started:


Thursday, September 2, 2010

Stampin Addicts 2010 Holiday Mini Blog Hop

On August 29th, I discovered a link to the Stampin’ Addicts Mini Holiday Cattie Blog Hop that had started two days earlier. Naturally I clicked on this link so I could follow the blog hop through from the beginning. To my absolute delight, I discovered that not only were there terrific ideas for using the products in the new Holiday Mini, but there were 22 absolutely fabulous blog sites that I’ve bookmarked and know I’ll be going back to visit. Thanks Stampin’ Addicts you were marvellous. I’ve got to say what a fabulous blog hop, one of the best I’ve been on, and I know I’ll be checking in on the “Stampin Addicts Web Page too as they have some great forums and links too. All in all a great experience!
Even though this Blog Hop is now over, I thought you might be interested in checking out some or all of these sites to get a peak at their fabulous projects so here’s the link and have fun.

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

MOJO Monday Sketch 154 - August 30, 2010

It took me a while to decide whether I wanted to do a round or a square card for this week's challenge, and I may actually do both as it was such a fun sketch. The round sketch was just screaming for the "Scallop Circle" treatment, and so I set about making this Sympathy card using that format.

I used Cherry Cobbler, Basic Gray, Basic Black and Whisper White cardstocks, and my ribbons were 5/8" Basic Black Satin and 1/2" White Taffeta. I embossed the Basic Gray circle cut with the Finial Press (115963 pg 214) Embossing Folder. The Sentiment was embossed on Whisper White card stock by stamping the image from Friends Never Fade (118750 pg 99) in Versa Mark Ink and then embossing with Basic Black embossing powder. I then cut the embossed stamped image so that just the sentiment part was used. I stamped the flower from the Friends Never Fade stamp set twice in Cherry Cobbler and mounted the first image to Basic Black, Basic Grey, and Cherry Cobbler circle cuts then layered it with just the center portion of the stamped image mounted on dimensionals to the center of the flower. I removed the prongs from a Clear Rhinestone brad (113144 pg 187) and glued it with Tom Bow glue to the center of the flower.
Inside View - Sincere Salutations sentiment "Thinking of You".  Flower motiff from Elements of Style Set stamped in Cherry Cobbler on Whisper White Card Stock.
I used the Extra Large Scallop Square Punch 119884 pg. 200 to make the background white and black scallop pieces.  See tip below.  The corner piece was punched in Cherry Cobbler using the Extra Large Photo Corner punch 119878 pg. 202, but I used the smallest corner frame and embellished it with non SU rhinestones for some bling. 

Tip on Creating Scallop Border Outlines Without a Scallop Edge Border:

I have no idea whether this is my original idea or I ran across it somewhere, but I've used it several times to help me out in a pinch, so I'm going to claim ownership (correct me if I'm wrong).  Anyway if you don't have a scallop edge border punch you can punch out a few of the Extra Large Scallop Squares, as many as you need for width and depth and you can weave them together.  See these images:

Using the Punch cut out as many scallop squares as you need to make the width and depth of the framework.  Here I've cut 2 white squares that will be mounted on the 3 black squares.  Since the bottom will be hidden by ribbon I did not need to punch more squares.  If the bottom is to show you would need to punch 6 black squares.  Hope that's clear.

To join simple weave the sides of the scallops together and put a small piece of tape across the join to hold them in place.   Heres a sample of two different scallop squares that I've put together.  Just make sure everything is in alignment before you add the layer with the sentiment and glue down the joined scallops so they are flat.  I see mine is sticking up in this photo (go figure?).

Anyways I hope this helps somebody out at some stage in their stamping life.  It worked for me, and no one has ever mentioned anything about my cards being piece work.  LOL!  Enjoy. 

Holiday Mini Now Available

"It's the most wonderful time of the year!"  The new mini catalogue has arrived and it is gorgeous.  Have fun looking at all the wonderful new products and then let me know what you think.  I'm excited to know what is your favourite new product.  Enjoy!

Greenhouse Gala Craft Tote Promotion Sept 1 - Oct 18, 2010

Have you heard the news?  There's never been a better time to join the Stampin' Up! family as a demonstrator than now.  During the promotion period from September 1-October 18, 2010, or while supplies last, any one signing up as a new demo will receive a FREE craft tote (valued at $49.95) with the purchase of their Starter Kit.  Just look at how fabulous this craft tote is:

This Greenhouse Gala Craft Tote includes:
  • 100% twill nylon exterior
  •  100% nylon interior
  • Dimensions: 15-3/4' x 7-5/8' x 8-7/8'
  • Includes attachable shoulder strap for easy transport
  • Center section fits 12' x 12' card stock, Craft Keepers, and Paper Cutter
  • Outside pockets fit extra-large punches perfectly
  • Outside flap pockets offer secure spot for accessories
  • Back zipper pocket holds up to seven Stampin' Pads"
So, if you love to meet new people, enjoy spending time with friends, and enjoy sharing what you love to do, then Stampin' Up could be just right for you.  As a Stampin' Up Demonstrator you will have an opportunity to enjoy old and new friends, have fun and flexibility in your hours; earn between 20-40% with every order you place; and help others to develop their talents and skills in the world of stamping.  By joining Stampin' Up now, you will receive a starter kit complete with all the craft products and business supplies to start your business as well as this beautiful carryall tote.  You'll have access to training provided for Stampin' Up demonstrators on an exclusive website.  There are training videos on the products that Stampin' Up sells as well as business assistance.  The website also lets you connect with other demonstrators around the globe, so you can share tips, exchange product ideas and learn from other demonstrators.  Every month you'll receive a free copy of the Stampin' Up exclusive monthly magazine that is just jam packed with ideas to grow your business.  And, you'll also have the expertise of a Demonstrator Up-line and other local demonstrators in your community that can help you along on your way to being successful too!

If you want to know more about being a demonstrator on my team and how to earn this beautiful craft tote absolutely free, simply contact me at and I'll be happy to answer your questions.  You can also check out my Stampin' Up Web page for more information on becoming a Stampin'Up Demo, just click here.

Starter Kit Just $215.00 if You Sign Up Now

Get Ready for September 15th 24 Hour Stamp Sale!

  September 15th is a stamp-tacular sale day for Stampin' Up and a great opportunity for you.    If you’ve had your eye on a certain st...