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April 25 or 26 Double UP!
...**April Stamp-a-Stack - and/or -
...**Envelope Punch Board Class
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W: 5/14-Oregon Community Center
Th: 5/15-Monona Community Center
Tu: 5/20-Verona Community Center
W: 5/21-Fitchburg Community Center
Stoughton, Wisconsin
email or 608-220-3450

Monday, April 21, 2014

2014 Stampin'UP! Retiring Stamps and Products Lists

Its catalog transition time at Stampin'UP! Lots of things will be disappearing to make way for lots of yummy new product. The list of retiring products was published today, be sure to check for items on your Wish List.

** the Retiring Stamps List
** The Retiring Accessories List

I plan to check these lists for 2 things:
  1. I look for any retiring ACCESSORIES or COLORS that are favorites and that I use all the time and I stock up on those. . . . I'm kinda sad to see the Crochet Trim on the list.
  2. Then I check the list of retiring STAMPS and PUNCHES & DIES to see if there are any I'd been thinking about getting and decide how badly I wanted them.  I want it I order it NOW! because this is probably my last chance.
As of now ALL retiring product is available ONLY WHILE SUPPLIES LAST
If you plan to order I'd suggest sooner rather than later.
I do know the Raspberry Ripple re-inker is already sold out.

All orders placed this week will get FREE SHIPPING
The FREE SHIPPING isn't just on retired product
it includes everything, including the Weekly Deal items and things on the Clearance Rack
You can call me with your order: 608-220-3450
Or place your order on-line and it will be sent directly to your house.
If you order on-line I'd appreciate you using Hostess Code: NWWTDMJ7
  • If your order is over $150 then don't use the Hostess Code,
    because YOU will get Hostess Benefits
  • If you want to do a Book Party with friends just let me know
    and I'll give you a Hostess Code of your own that your friends can use so you earn Hostess Benefits.
Contact me with any questions:
I appreciate your business and I'm here to help

Saturday, April 19, 2014

Its Catalog Transition time at Stampin'UP!
For those of you who order - here are a few dates to keep in mind
* The new catalog goes live June 2nd
* The Retiring Product List comes out Monday April 21st
* Retiring product as well as product from the Occasions Mini will be available through May

New this year
all retiring product - INCLUDING STAMP SETS
will be available "only while supplies last".

Things for you to consider:
Do you have favorite colors? or still have items on your Wish List

* we know the 2012-2014 In-Colors are going.
So if you have favorite In-Colors then 
now is the time to stock up on paper, ribbon and re-inkers
This card from a previous post shows the retiring colors. 

* if there are retiring dies, punches or stamps on your Wish List,
   just be aware that "its now or never".
  You might be lucky to find it later at a garage sale,  but there are certainly no guarantees.

When to order is the big question

** Some people are already stocking up:
The demo site this morning says that Raspberry Ripple re-inker is already sold out!

** But if you wait until Monday you can get FREE SHIPPING

The big news from Stampin'UP! is that they're offering
FREE SHIPPING on all orders for 1 week
Monday April 21 - Friday April 25

Either way - if you do decide to place an order by April 25th I'd appreciate you using this Hostess Code. Your use of the codes is what allows me to offer my Customer Rewards . . . Thank-you.  
use code: NWWTDMJ7

How can you see the Retirement List?

The list will be posted on the SU website on Monday. I'll also be emailing it to everyone on my mailing list. Are you on my mailing list? Sign-up Here to keep up with all the latest SU happenings as well as class updates and project photos.

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

New "Deal of the Week" has 2 Big Shot Accessories

Getting a deal is always great . . . 
and even more so when its a deal on one of my favorite tools!

Each week on Tuesdays Stampin'UP! offers a new set of items for sale. 
This week's sale items includes 2 accessories for the Big Shot.
Stampin'UP! Deal of the Week

The Adorning Accents Edgelits dies ( item #125595) add an easy, elegant touch to your projects.

Did you notice the matching curves?
**The cut line was made with a die:
    the Adorning Accents Edgelits dies ( item #125595) on sale this week for only $7.46
**The textured line was made with the matching embossing folder:
    the Adorning Accents Embossing Folders (item #125601)

Stampin'UP! is well known for coordinating products and this is one example. Click the link to see the full post on this card and some tips for how to ensure the embossed line and cut line are perfectly aligned.

If you are placing an On-Line order this month please use the April Hostess Code: NWWTDMJ7

And remember - you earn Customer Rewards Points for orders over $25.
My way of saying "Thanks for your Business"

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Dress Framelit Favors

The Senior Center in Monona is having a Fashion Show in May. I was honored to be asked to help design the Table Favors. Of course the first thing I thought of was our cute Dress Framelits Dies.

The Dress Framelit set has 3 basic shapes.
The dress on the right worked best for having a fold at the shoulders.
To cut the dress with the fold in the shoulder I folded the Designer Paper in half and made sure the fold line was inside the cut line of the framelit.

The decorations to the dress were simple:
  • A belt - made of ribbon with a bow
  • A shoulder "corsage" - made with a small punched scallop circle with a rhinestone in the center.
BTW: the small scallop punch is
On Sale through Monday
Its part of the Itty Bitty Punch pack,
normally $16.95, on sale this week for only $12.71
You can see all the Weekly Deals here.


And here's a ribbon tip:  I measured and cut the short strips for the belt itself and attached them with glue dots. But for the bow I found I needed about a 4" piece to comfortably tie the bow (at least with my fingers), but then the tails were too long and I was wasting a lot of ribbon cutting them down to size.  To avoid the waste I tied the knot while the ribbon was still on the spool and cut the knot off the spool.

The candies were easy to attach.  Just put a little strip of double sticky tape on the inside bottom "hem" of each dress and use the dress like a "tweezers" to pick up the candy. The dress is now directly attached to the sides of the candy and the candy is what lets it stand up. Voila!  
I'm happy to help YOU design something special for YOUR event too 
Do you have any special occasions coming up?
Wedding? - - Shower? - - Graduation Party? - - other?
Stampin'UP! has lots of product for making all sorts of cute favors, table decorations and invitations. Email or call 608-220-3450 to discuss how I can help you.

If you are placing an On-Line order this month please use the April Hostess Code: NWWTDMJ7

And remember - you earn Customer Rewards Points for orders over $25.
My way of saying "Thanks for your Business"

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Punch Art Leaf from a Circle Punch

Circle punches have so many uses.  

The 2 large circles on this card were made 
with Stampin'UP!'s 2-1/2" circle punch.

Using circles for background layers is so quick and easy. You don't have to measure anything, just punch and put the card together.

The leaves were also made with a circle punch.
In fact, this card was our
Technique of the Month for March.
  • We punched a 1" circle
  • Then, we put the circle piece we'd just cut BACK into the punch to trim off part of the edge. That's how you get the "football" shape for the leaf.
  • You can make any width: wide or narrow
  • The technique works with oval punches too.
If you like learning new techniques and if you're local to the Madison Area, then check out my class listings. I teach daytime classes at 4 area community centers: Verona, Monona, and Oregon. And will be starting a new group in Fitchburg this month.

I'm also available for private classes.  Contact me to reserve a time for your group.

Thanks for stopping by, I hope you've been inspired

  • Special Savings: Deal of the Week  . . . Click here to see The Deal of the Week 
    - New items post each Tuesday

Monday, March 31, 2014

Sympathy Card made with Secret Garden Stamps and Framelits

I got this beautiful sympathy card from a fellow demonstrator - Lori Verdon. She did several things that make this card ideal for a sympathy card: the line of images flowing from corner to corner  - and - the single flower stamped in a lighter color.

Sympathy card made with Stampin'UP!'s Secret Garden stamp set

Lori chose perfect colors for a sympathy card, Crumb Cake and Early Espresso. This neutral palette sets an appropriate tone for the occasion. These gorgeous flower images are from a stamp set called Secret Garden. But the choice of neutral colors allows the focus to be on the sentiment.
Stampin'UP!'s Secret Garden  stamp set

Did you notice the raised flower? One thing I so appreciate about Stampin'UP! is the matched sets of stamps and dies. Lori could have "fussy cut" the flowers. But why bother when there's a set of matching framelits to make life easy! 

Here are a couple of other projects made with the Secret Garden stamps and Framelits.
Card made with StampinUP's Secret Garden stamps and framelit dies
This flower looks so delicate when stamped in white on pink paper. 
And what a time-saver to be able to die cut the image instead of fussy cutting!

Do you agree that those die cut leaves look great even without stamping an image.

Scrapbook baby page made with StampinUP's Secret Garden Stamps and framelit dies

The Secret Garden Stamp set - wood mount or clear mount 
are available from my on-line store.
Order yours today and qualify for Customer Rewards Points.

Thanks for stopping by, I hope you've been inspired

  • Special Savings: Deal of the Week  . . . Click here to see The Deal of the Week 
    - New items post each Tuesday