Thursday, April 11, 2013

Stampin' Up! ' s Big Color Refresh

A few days ago, Stampin' Up! announced that there was going to be a change to our current color palette.  As you may have noticed, there are some colors that are trendy and very popular in home decor as well as fashion and textiles.  It is just awesome to be able to craft with a new color favorite!  That is why SU! is freshening up our color choices.  Now that means removing some old and long-time favorites.  These colors of ink pads, refills, card stock and markers will only be available WHILE SUPPLIES LAST.  If one of your fave's is leaving, be sure to get whatever you need right away.  Some reinkers and card stock are already depleted.

Some really great news, however, is that some of the best in-colors from before will be coming back!  Not to mention, four of the five that are due to retire with this catalog are going to be part of our core color collection!!

This is pretty wonderful!!  Don't you agree?  I just loved Pear Pizzazz, Bermuda Bay, Soft Sky, Blushing Bride and Crushed Curry!  So glad to have them back :)  Can't wait to see Smoky Slate!
And, don't forget, we get 5 new In-Colors to play with for 2 full years debuting in our new Stampin' Up! Catalog for 2013-2014 on May 31st!

Happy Stampin'

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Bombs Away!! Newest Clear Photopolymer Stamp Set

Here is a message from Dave B.  One of the catalog designers from Stampin' Up! about our newest Photopolymer Stamp Set, "Bombs Away"

"Before we get down to business, there are a few things you should know about me. First, I am a hopeless cynic. We may be taught that every cloud has a silver lining, but the first time it rains that silver lining is going to get all sorts of tarnished—am I right? (Disclosure: I'm not a professional jeweler, and there's a good chance that that statement is completely false.) Instead, I prefer to look for life's little ironies to keep me amused and content.

Second, when I'm in a group, I tend to sit back and observe, quietly making mental notes. Then, when the opportune moment arrives, I drop a bomb of sarcasm on the unsuspecting folk (hopefully eliciting laughs and not scornful looks). With this preface in mind, I'd like to drop our next photopolymer stamp set on the world—Bombs Away Birthday.

The bomb can work in conjunction with any of the greetings. Stamp it on the front of your card, and the fuse has been lit. Open it up, and the punch line pops.

This particular greeting was inspired by my mom, whose doll collection lines the shelves of the guest bedroom where my wife and I frequently stay—gazing down at us with their hollow eyes while we sleep. But just in case your mom happens to collect souvenir spoons or ceramic roosters, I decided to leave it customizable.

Popular music is one of the great road markers in life. For example, I first realized I was no longer a spring chicken when all my favorite bands were featured in one of those music compilation infomercials. ("Own all the biggest Alt Rock hits of the 90s on two incredible discs!") This led me to come up with an unconventional gift card holder to spotlight a pair of my favorite greetings from the set. 

Head down to your local thrift store to choose from the rows and rows of used cassettes (or maybe you still have a box of them collecting dust in your garage). Obviously the key is to find an album that holds special significance between you and the person you are giving it to.

An iTunes gift card would be perfect for someone whose music tastes are, shall we say, less than current? But the icing on the cake comes when the album art can be re-used in a strategic way. (Can I get a witness, George Michael?)

Most people tend to have a love/hate relationship with birthdays (love when they're young, hate as they get older). Hopefully the Bombs Away Birthday Stamp Set will make you (or someone you know) chuckle while keeping an eye on that increasingly tarnished silver lining. Go get it in the online store now."

Isn't it fun to get a glimpse inside the mind of those who have the creative genius to put these awesome stamp sets in the catalog?!  This set is a great value at only $13.95!  Click on my link in the previous paragraph to order yours today!

Happy Stamping!

Saturday, March 23, 2013

Save 15% on SMASH BOOKS – New THIS & THAT product line from Stampin’UP!

Hurray!!– SMASHBOOKS from Stampin’UP! – Our New Product Line THIS AND THAT will help you capture the everyday in a whole new way.

I am so excited over this new product line!  I love the idea of scrapping things as they are happening!  Our lives are so busy and time is so pressured that setting things aside to make a scrapbook later rarely gets done!  This journal size book and compact supplies give me something easy to carry around to scrap on the go.

With our new THIS & THAT  product line, I get to not only glue things in as fast as they are happening,  but now, I can seize the little snippets of time here and there to capture my thoughts about these things while they are still fresh. I have ordered mine and can't wait to start SMASHING!!

The Bundle is amazing deal and you save 15%  - ORDER TODAY HERE 


Get Ready for some SMASHING Classes and Events!
Host your own SMASH-UP  and your kit is free!


Can't Wait to SMASH with you!!!

Sunday, March 17, 2013

Blog Tour Today

 This month's tour uses the February Best of Love Stamp Set.  I was set on creating something a man would be just as wild about getting as he would be to create and give it. Let me know it you think I have succeeded:)

 The front of this card is a gate fold created with a Marina Mist base, Crumb Cake, Not Quite Navy and Cherry Cobbler Bakers' Twine. 
 I wrapped the bakers' twine around the silver designer buttons to close  it. 
 Here is how it opens. 
Here is the inside:)                                                                                       

 Next stop, Susan Carlson's Blog  Thanks for stopping!


Tuesday, February 19, 2013

My Paper Pumpkin Party - March 22

New Event Announcement

Paper Pumpkin is Stampin' Up!'s new monthly program that delivers a beautiful red box to your door once a month! This box is filled with a surprise project that will include product exclusive to Paper Pumpkin. Sign up for your own Paper Pumpkin by going to by March 10th to get your Welcome Box! This one includes a free gift, just for you! 

Just bring your box, adhesive and a snack to share for this FREE party! We will have prizes for creating "off road" projects with your supplies and share all our fun ideas with each other. You won't want to miss this! RSVP by Thursday, March 21st if you will be attending.

Crafting Joy!

Scrapbook in a Year Club - March 9

New Class Announcement

New to scrapbooking? Want a project to do with someone new to scrapping? Then this club will fit just right!

We begin with an 8x8 scrap album found on page 169 of the Stampin' Up! catalog, and International Bazaar Designer Series Paper found on page 164. 

Each quarter, we will craft a two-page set for past 3 months. By the end of the year, you will have scrapped all the highlights of each month for 2013! 
Great family project to add the pictures and journaling together!

You bring your scissors,adhesives (sticky strip and snail) and a snack to share, Ill provide the cardstock, embellishments and the design for each month. Order your album and paper pack for $40, and every 3 months your club fee is just $25.

Paid registration of $40 is due by Monday, February 25th.

Crafting Joy!

Studio Club Members Only Night - March 1

New Special Event Just for YOU!

Studio Club members! This night is for us:) I have a special project just for you! We are going to play with the Secret Garden Bundle.  This sample was created by a fellow demonstrator, Mary Jo Price Williams.  Isn't it lovely?!  I didn't want to spoil the surprise of what we were making :)  So, be sure to bring your tool kit, a snack to share and your bunny slippers and prepare for some great fun! Please RSVP by Thursday, February 28th. :)

Sunday, February 17, 2013

Best of Birthdays Blog Tour!

We are all so excited to be celebrating Stampin' Up!'s 25th Anniversary!!!  They are offering a stamp set every month that brings some of the best of the category for that month.  January set is "The Best of Birthdays"  Most of these stamps come from beloved, retired stamp sets that were real favorites when they were for sale.  Now, we can purchase this set for a limited time (Till March 2014).  These sets are each priced affordably at $14.95.  The extra special twist that Stampin' Up! has added is that now, if we collect 6 of these "Best of" sets, we earn a FREE STAMP SET ($14.95 value!!)  Collect all 12 and earn 2 FREE sets!   How cool is that?!!

Now for the blog tour!  Each month, we will feature a new set for 25 stops on the blog tour!  That means you will have 25 NEW Ideas to use this set to create!!  Woohoo!  I can't wait to see what everyone created!!

Best of Birthdays - January Set

I chose to make a card that is made using Patio Party Designer Series Paper, the Peekaboo Frames Die, and the Make a Cake Stamp Set in addition to our featured stamp set.  I love how this "you're the icing on the cake" image hides perfectly inside this little frame.   I will have a tutorial on my blog for this card on Monday, if you would like to stop back and see the steps:)

Your next stop on the tour will be made by clicking the blog tour icon below.  Happy touring!

Friday, February 8, 2013

A Big Change is Coming Soon!

This Blog...
       The Studio...
              Email Address...
                  Website Address...

....will all be changing!

Keep your eyes peeled for this big announcement to be coming soon!

In the meantime, check out all the new products and ideas in the new Spring Occasions Mini Catalog!  There's a link on the right :)

Crafting Joy!

Thursday, February 7, 2013

Paper Pumkin - New Monthly Crafting Suprise That Comes Right to Your Door

It's a Magical Paper Escape Every Month!
Sweep away the mundane-your creativity carriage awaits!

I'm Paper Pumpkin . . . 

I come to your door each month (a fully decked-out creativity carriage). I'll help you to escape your life with some paper fun. 

I come in a sweet box, but you'll really love what you find on the inside:
All the stamps, ink, paper, and accessories to create pinable projects. Create stuff like cards, journals, décor, and more!

Paper Pumpkin by Stampin' Up! is a new monthly kit program that anyone (even you) can enjoy! 

Get Started
It's so easy to get started. Simply sign up for the program starting Monday, January 14 by visiting and click Get it. Every month a new, surprise project kit arrives at your doorstep. Just think of the anticipation of creating a fun project to pin, showoff, and share with your friends and family-every month!

The very first Paper Pumpkin will arrive on your doorstep starting in March-if you sign up before March 10.
Of course, you'll want to know more. So here's the nitty gritty:
  • Each month we send you a unique, surprise kit with a project-cards, journals, décor, and more! (We've even color-coordinated, measured, and cut everything for you!)
  • Each kit includes stamps, ink, paper, and accessories-everything but adhesive.
  • Each kit gives you and your customer a 30-minute creativity escape.
  • We will ship your Paper Pumpkin on or around the 15th of the month.  
  • You need to sign up for a kit by the 10th of the month to get that month's kit. If you sign up on the 11th of the month, your first kit will come the next month. (Let's say you sign up on May 10th, we'll send your kit around May 15th. If you sign up on May 11th, we'll send your first kit around June 15th.)
  • A Paper Pumpkin membership is $19.95 per month (and shipping is included!) The commissionable amount is $14.95 for each Paper Pumpkin.  
  • There's no commitment, you can cancel your monthly Paper Pumpkin at anytime. You can also skip a month if you want.
  • Starting in early March, we'll offer a Try-It kit if you'd like to try Paper Pumpkin for one month.
Here's How You Order
Sign up for your monthly Paper Pumpkin starting Monday, January 14 by visiting and click Get it.  Don't forget to choose me as your demonstrator :)

Starting in early March, you can try Paper Pumpkin for one month by visiting our online store.

A Free Gift in Your Very First Kit
The Welcome Kit is the very first Paper Pumpkin you will receive in your first month of membership. The Welcome Kit includes a free gift-a clear acrylic block!

Got Questions?!  Be sure to give me a call (330-780-1003) or drop me an email ( !  Be sure to watch your email for info regarding upcoming Paper Pumpkin Parties!                                                                                                                                                                              

Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Sent With Love Special from Stampin' Up!


This fun new special will  great for personalizing your treat bags and gifts as well as scrapping those memorable vacations and trips!  So many different ideas waiting for you and a great, big discount too!
When you purchase the Sent with Love Stamp Set and Designer Series Paper together, you get 20% off the bundle!!  Now, that's something to celebrate!!!

Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Pizza, Music and Stampin' or Scrappin'

This Friday, February 8th, will be our monthly PMS Night!  This is a fantastic time to work on your projects using things in my studio - stamps, tools, punches and of course, our Big Shot die cutter and dry embossing machine.  We will also be having a special make and take that I have created just for this event, lots of snacks, fellowship and fun!  It is real Girlfriend Time!!!  Hope you will join us to hang out for the evening and get crafty!

Details are:

For those of you who have never attended, we have an optional pizza (from East of Chicago), salad and pop that we all chip in for ( $5 each).

Everyone brings:

* current project that you would like to work on, if you have one. (there are $2.00 shoebox projects in the studio for those who don't have a project and would like to try something new)

* your favorite scissors and adhesive

* a snack to share

* a friend or two to stamp with

I have lots of stamps, tools, punches, inks, etc. for you to use as well as a make and take that I prepare for each of you:) I love to share my passion for stamping and can give you lots of assistance! Please join us for this great event.

When: Friday,February 8th

Time: 6pm-Midnight

Where: Ink Art from the Heart Craft Studio
572 W Tuscarawas Ave
Barberton, OH 44203

Please RSVP by Thursday,February 7th, if coming:)

Monday, February 4, 2013

Lori's All Occasion SAS - March 2nd

New Class Announcement & Sneak Peek

Here's one of the cards we will be creating at this Stamp-A-Stack! Hope you will join us! Details Below:

Lori will be hosting this fun event!  We will be making 12 cards and envelopes(3 each of 4 different designs)  that will be used for your spring special occasions.  This class can be made on the day scheduled or any Open Studio time (Wed through Sat from 2pm - 9pm).  On the event day, there will be door prizes and specials for those who attend!  Bring a friend to stamp with for a really great time. 

Cost is $25.OO.  Paid registration due no later than Monday, February 18th

Bring your favorite scissors and adhesive.  If you need either of those things, they can be ordered at the time of registration.

Contact Lee ( or Lori ( for registration form or information :) 

Crafting Joy!