Flowering Flourishes

As promised here is the first of the two Make n Takes that we made at my Luau Catalog Launch Event past month. This card uses our NEW stamp set Flowering Flourishes. When I saw this stamp set, I just fell in love with it. I could quickly see all the different ways I could use these three stamps that are included in the Flowering Flourishes set. I think it is a Flowering Flourishes is a really versatile stamp set to have on hand that you’ll find tons of uses for!

So far, I think that the NEW In Color Primrose Petals is probably my favorite of the group of In Colors this year. When I combined it with our NEW embossing folder, Delicate Designs and the Large Scallop Edgelit I thought the card had a very vintage feel – how about you? Leave me a comment and let me know what you think.

This Flowering Flourishes card was such a big hit with everyone at the Luau that I’ve decided to use it as my swap for this month’s SINK meeting too. I’m hoping my fellow demos will like the card as much as I do.                    Stamp Set: Flowering Flourishes and Sweet Essentials

CS: Whisper White and Primrose Petals

Ink: Primrose Petals

Accessories: Primrose Petals 3/8″ Stitched Satin Ribbon, Basic Pearls, Big Shot Delicate Designs Folders, and Large Scallop Edgelits

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Luau Catalog Launch – Door Prize Winner!

I hope everyone had a wonderful 4th of July. We enjoyed ours here with the traditional food, party and fireworks. I know I haven’t posted in a while but I’ve had a lot of stuff going on with family – but I’m back now.

I wanted to share with you today some pictures of the Luau Catalog Launch event. We had a lot of fun trying out some of the new products found in the NEW 2012-2013 Catalog during the event while doing the two FREE make n’ takes and getting to see some of the new products and samples in person.

Everyone who attended received a little gift from me – a Catalog Survival kit. I made the kits using our NEW In Color, Summer Starfruit and the Comfort Café Designer Series Paper – I just love the designs in this package of DSP!

For those of you who weren’t able to make it, over the next few days, I’ll be sharing those make n’ take cards with you.

If you haven’t gotten the NEW 2012-2013 Catalog yet and want one why not drop me an email or give me a call and I’ll be happy to tell you how you can get your own NEW 2012-2013 Catalog along with your own Catalog Survival Kit as my gift to you.

Here is a photo of the table of “goodies”. I always have so much fun making special goodies for my fellow stampers. My recipe for the Maui Artichoke and Crab dip was a huge hit – So much so, everyone who tried it wanted the recipe and suggested that I share it with you here on my blog.

The recipe is quick and easy to make and was wonderful warm or cold, although I have to say family liked it better warm. It does make a huge batch and I knew I wouldn’t use it all in one day so I actually cut out the center of the bread to fit a serving dish in which I could just set the dip after I warmed it. This dip kept well in the frig too; it didn’t last long enough for me to try and freeze some.

King’s Hawaiian Maui Artichoke and Crab Dip

2 16 oz. loaves King’s Hawaiian Bread

3 8 oz. pkg. Cream Cheese, softened

1 c. Mayonnaise

1/3 c. Dijon Mustard

¾ tsp. Cayenne Pepper

1 tsp. Garlic Powder

2 14 oz. cans Artichoke Hearts, drained & chopped

12 oz. cooked Crab Meat, fresh or frozen, (imitation may be used)

8 oz. Cheddar Cheese, shredded

Carefully hollow out one of the loaves to within 1 inch of sides and bottom. Cube the remaining loaf and bread that was removed into 1-inch chunks. Mix cream cheese, mayonnaise, mustard, cayenne pepper, and garlic powder, until smooth. Fold in artichoke hearts and crab. Gently warm seafood mixture in microwave or stovetop, remove from heat. Reserving a ½ cup cheese for garnishing, mix remaining cheese into mixture. Pour warm dip into hollowed bread loaf. Garnish with remaining cheese. Arrange bread cubes around loaf when ready to serve. Serve warm or cold.

Makes 1 quart

Preparation time; 20 minutes

I know you have waiting patiently to learn who won the Grand Drawing Prize of over $75 in product on display at the Luau Catalog Launch event. So I won’t keep you in suspense any longer. Drum Roll please…………Congratulations to Jill whose name was drawn after the event and won this little pail full of wonderful Stampin’ Up! products.

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Mark your catalogs –

Stampin’ Up! has recently posted these two up dates.

Due to an unexpected cost increase from our supplier, the cost for the 2-Way Glue Pen will increase from $3.50 as listed in the current annual catalog to $4.50. This price increase will be applied starting June 27, 2012.

We apologize for this inconvenience.


The Fancy Flower Punch (item 118073) is unavailable until further notice. We recently received a shipment that did not meet in-house quality testing. We are working on a solution with our supplier and will keep you informed with any new information.

If you have any questions please feel free to let me know.


You’re Invited to my Luau Catalog Launch Party

Drop in anytime on
Saturday, June 23rd at 1 p.m. until 3 p.m.
Sunday, June 24th at 2 p.m. until 4 p.m.

Click HERE for all the details

Just call me, email me
to RSVP now to hold your spot
that way I’ll have enough supplies
for your free Make n’ Takes

Posted at Jun 15, 2012 06:00 AM     |     Comments [0]

Layered Labels

Here is a card that I made recently using the NEW Layered Labels stamp set and the Comfort Café Designer Series Paper from the 2012-2013 Catalog. I’ve used the embedded embossing technique to add texture and make it look “quilted”.

Have you had a chance to see all the new goodies yet in the NEW 2012-2013 Catalog? Some wonderful new products have just been introduced and this card shows you a number of the NEW items. The Layered Labels stamp set coordinates with our NEW Apothecary Accents Framelits. I just love how easy it is to use the Framelits don’t you? You stamp first and just line up the frame over the image the way you want. The combinations are endless. I’m so glad that Stampin’ Up! has introduced several new Framelits and Edgelits in the NEW 2012-2013 Catalog!


Getting together with my stamping friends is soo… much fun and so I’m sorry to say I won’t be able to join them this month. I did however make this swap to share for when they get together today. My husband, Larry is being sweet enough to take them for me while I’m gone so I’ll look forward to seeing what they have made when I return home from my visit with my sister. I’ll try and share some of them when I can.


Stamp Set: Layered Labels

Inks: Cajun Craze and Midnight Muse

Paper: Comfort Café Designer Series Paper, Cajun Craze and Midnight Muse

Accessories: Big Shot, Apothecary Accents Framelits, Square Lattice Folder and Postage Stamp Punch


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Getting Organized with the New 2012-2013 Catalog

Did you notice that the new 2012-2013 Catalog doesn’t have an Accessory Index? This is something that I use all the time since I have CRS. That simply means I can’t remember stuff according to my kids. It’s a running joke in our house since my teenagers seem to have it too. I notice it a lot when I mention the chores they haven’t done – seems they can’t remember me telling them to do them. Sound familiar?


Anyhow…. If you’re like me and use the index for a handy reference so you don’t have to remember what page things are on – here is a handy PDF that you can print and add to your catalog to make things easier.


Click HERE to print your copy
of my Accessories Index



Your Invited!


You’re Invited

Drop in anytime on
Saturday, June 23rd at 1 p.m. until 3 p.m.
Sunday, June 24th at 2 p.m. until 4 p.m.

Click HERE for all the details

Just call me, email me
to RSVP now to hold your spot
that way I’ll have enough supplies
for your free Make n’ Takes


It’s Here! The 2012-2013 Catalog

Want the new 2012-2013 Catalog? I have them in my possession at this time and I can’t wait for you to see it. You’re going to love it! Let me know and I can have one ready for you to pick up or I’ll be happy to mail you one. Just give me a call to get yours today!

Click HERE to see the 2012-2013 Catalog now!



Saying Goodbye to an Old Favorite – Inspired by Nature

Lately it seems I’m always in need of a sympathy card and here is a lovely card I made using the Inspired by Nature stamp set.  I love the way this card turned out and so I’ve used it repeatedly this year to send family and friends when we lost someone. You can click HERE to see more.

Inspired by NatureAnd finally here is a card from Linda Barns that I received in a swap that uses another of my favorite sets – Flight of the Butterfly. As you can see the images from the Inspired by Nature is really easy to use with a lot of different sets – so I’ll be sad to see this go. Flight of the Butterfly

Remember, when you place an order with me during the month of May you’ll not only get those special items you want but you’ll also be one of the first to get your NEW 2012-2013 Catalogs from me. Click HERE for more details.

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Betsy’s Blossoms

I think you’re going to love the new stamp set Betsy’s Blossoms and you can order it on June 1st when the NEW 2012-2013 Catalog goes live. It’s such a great set and has such bold images. You’re going to love how easy it is to stamp using our NEW Firm Foam Ink Pads when using bolder images– and the NEW In Colors are great!

Here is a card that I made recently using Betsy’s Blossoms and used during my TEAM meeting earlier this week.

Betsy's Blossoms


Stamp Set: Betsy’s Blossoms

Inks: Midnight Muse, Primrose Petals, Daffodil Delight and Pool Party

Paper: Floral District Designer Series Paper, and Whisper White

Accessories: ¼” Daffodil Delight Stitched Grosgrain Ribbon, In Color Stampin’ Write Markers and Paper Snips


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