Sale-a-bration Saturday Free Event

Today’s post is a quick one since I want to spend some time in my studio stamping – after all you want to see some new projects and video tutorials, right?

So here’s the latest news I wanted to share with you – along with a quick recap of all the great news from Leadership.

I’ll be holding a FREE Sale-a-bration Saturday Event to kick off Sale-a-bration and you’re all invited to come! It will be a lot of fun, so why not bring a new friend to introduce to stamping?

2014 SAB FREE Event-baner

My events like this are a great way to share your love of paper crafting with friends who may not already know about stamping. And it’s a great way to spend some girl time together having fun, right?

Click HERE to see my flyer with details

Click HERE to see my Calendar of Events

Paper Pumpkin News

paper pumpkin promotion header image

Our Paper Pumpkin will be getting a make over starting with this February’s Kit.  The Paper Pumpkin Kit will be including 8 cards instead of the 4 in the past – so there will be a lot more in the box so it will be a  better value than ever too!

And for those of you who like our Photopolymer Stamps you’re in for a treat – some of our kits will include Photopolymer stamps – so now you’ll get both our clear mount rubber stamps and photopolymer stamps! How cool is that?

And if you are a brand new subscriber you’ll received the Welcome Kit (shown above) with a set of FREE Markers during this special offer  (this offer ends on February 10th, 20141).

Click HERE to sign up today!

If you’ve subscribed before and want to rejoin just Click HERE and sign in to update your account.

Remember, you can cancel or change your Paper Pumpkin subscription at any time.


Leadership 2014 FREE Convention

Anyone who joins my TEAM  now thru Stampin’ Up!’s upcoming convention registration can go to Convention for FREE!

Join during Sale-a-Bration, January 28th – March 31st, for only  $99 and get to choose $150 in merchandise to create your kit! That is an extra $25 in product, just for joining and shipping is free. Click HERE for more information on joining my TEAM. Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions at or would like to talk to me about this opportunity.

New Blendabilities coming soon

Whoo hoo! Stampin’ Up! will be introducing a new line of markers, Blendabilities – these markers should be available before the end of the first quarter (March 31st). Each set of markers will include 3 alcohol based markers that will come in a light, medium, and dark tone.

Blendabilities  (1)

In addition to the colors shown, there will be a skin tone color along with an “oops” marker. These markers will NOT replace our Stampin’ Write Markers; they are Alcohol based markers.

Stampin’ Up! will also be introducing a black stamp pad that works with our alcohol based markers.

I’ll be announcing more information about a Blendabilities Club as soon as I get more information. You can put your name on the Blendabilities Club list now to hold your spot – since I expect spots to fill up quickly.

NEW Personalized Photopolymer Circle Stamps

Coming January 28th these new Photopolymer “Circle” stamps will be perfect for personalizing for special events such as weddings, showers, and to use as gifts. You’re going to love these stamps for address labels too – I can’t wait for you to see them!

Photopolymer Stamp Changes

Also, announced Stampin’ Up! will start making the photopolymer stamps in the Kanab Utah plant beginning mid year. And just like all our other stamps they will begin to package them in clear mount cases – whoo hoo! Even better, they’ll be scented so they’ll smell good too. (That’s right – I know you’re thinking how we all love to sniff that StazOn pad when we open it!) LOL

Hopefully I’ve not missed anything, but don’t worry I’ll be posting the information on my blog and in my Newsletters as we get closer to the launch dates of these new products.

Click here to order your Stampin’ Up! Products online 24/7! (US only)

Hostess code 4V3FQSB9

Clearance Rack (while supplies last)

Weekly Deals (Special ends January 27, 2014 at 11:50 p.m. (MT)

Paper Pumpkin Special (Free 2012-2014 In Color Markers when you join now through February 10th, 2014)

Peaceful Petals – Leadership Shoebox Swap

Today’s project is the second of my Swaps that I designed for last Wednesday’s Shoebox Swap at Leadership in Houston. I really liked the way this turned out and although I had originally planned on using Core’dinations Card Stock for the Scallops embossed layer I like the way this looked too. (If you haven’t tried our Core’dinations paper yet – check out this week’s Deal of the Week you’ll find our Neutrals collection.)

Peaceful Petals Leadership 2014

The ovals were from my Christmas Cards and since I had about 75 of these lying around and I figured it would be a great way to use them up. I don’t know about you but I tend not to throw anything away since I might find a use for them and have tried really hard this year to not have anything sit around for too long. My husband is already questioning all those left over rubber pieces, tag board from the DSP, and toilet paper rolls in my craft room – LOL.

The Peaceful Petals stamp set from the Occasions Catalog comes with some lovely line images that are great for water coloring. It also contains a couple of sentiments, which makes it a wonderful set to choose when you’re a newer stamper, since it can be used for all occasion cards and thank yous – something I’m always in need of, how about you?


Stamp Set: Peaceful Petals (133104/133107)

Ink: Pumpkin Pie (126945), Pink Pirouette (126956), Rich Razzleberry (126950), Jet Black StazOn (101406)

Cardstock: Watercolor Paper (122959), Pink Pirouette (111351), Rich Razzleberry (115316), and Midnight Muse (126843)

Accessories:  Scallops Texture Embossing Folder (132971), Ovals Collection Framelits (129381), Midnight Muse 3/8” Satin Stitched Ribbon (126847), Blender Pen (102845) or Aqua Painter (103954)

Click here to order your Stampin’ Up! Products online 24/7! (US only)

Hostess code 4V3FQSB9

Leadership Bags

One of the great things about Leadership or any Stampin’ Up! event is they way they pamper their Demonstrators. So I was so tickled this year when I checked in and receive my first Leadership bag made in our new color, Smoky Slate – and it’s stamped with a trendy chevron design. (I’m not sure that you can see the chevron design well in the picture.)

2014 Leadership bag (2)

And how cool is the inside – stylish and lined beautifully with our Arrows pattern from the Arrows Textured Impressions Embossing Folder from the Ocassions Catalog. Even the event is noted on the tag so I can always remember when I got the bag years from now.

2014 Leadership bag (1)

Have you ever thought about joining the Stampin’ Up! family? Would you love become part of a TEAM who is active and has fun together? Why not check out my Blue Mountain Stampers’ page and learn more about becoming a Demonstrator by clicking HERE.

And Stampin’ Up! has made this a great time to join – Ask me about the Convention bonus happening right now.
Leadership 2014 FREE Convention

Stop by tomorrow and I’ll share some of the cards I made during my Shoebox Swap while at Leadership.

Clearance Rack Blitz (while supplies last)

Weekly Deals (Special ends January 20, 2014 at 11:50 p.m. (MT) 

Weekly Deals Jan 14 2014

Leadership Shoebox Swap – Life in the Forest

Here is my first shoebox swap from Leadership in Houston. I love the way this card turned out and the little animals in the Life in the Forest set. I think this would make a great card for anyone who loves animals, but especially for those guys in my life. What do you think?

Life in the Forest  Leadership 2014

This card was simple and quick to make. All I did was stamp my images in Jet Black StazOn and then water color the images using my Classic Ink Pads. After they dried I punched them out using my 1″ Square Punch and mounted them onto Early Espresso pieces that I punched out with my Postage Square Punch. Don’t you love how easy and quick punches make things?

The little piece of Island Indigo Chevron Ribbon gave a bit more texture and I thought the quirky little sayings in the Sassy Salutations set fit these cute little images just right and conveyed the whimsical feeling I was going for.


Stamp Set: Life in the Forest (133848/133851) and Sassy Salutations (132070/126707)

Ink: Jet Black StazOn (101406), Cajun Craze (126965), Smoky Slate (131179), Marina Mist (126962), and Early Espresso (126974)

Cardstock: Marina Mist (119682), Early Espresso (119686), Wild Wasabi (108641), and Very Vanilla (101650)

Accessories:  Blender Pen (102845) or Aqua Painter (103954), Island Indigo ¾” Chevron Ribbon (131511), 1″ Square Punch (124094), Postage Stamp Punch (122344)

Click here to order your Stampin’ Up! Products online 24/7! (US only)

Hostess code 4V3FQSB9


Weekly Deals Jan 14 2014

Click here to order your Stampin’ Up! Products online 24/7! (US only)

Hostess code 4V3FQSB9

Clearance Rack Blitz (while supplies last)

Weekly Deals (Special ends January 20, 2014 at 11:50 p.m. (MT)

Farewell to Leadership 2014

The last day of Leadership 2014 in Houston came to a close Saturday afternoon – and it arrived too early for this stamper. I’ve truly enjoyed the time spent here in Houston learning new things, spending time with my roomie, and getting to know some of my fellow Demonstrators better. I’ve met folks from across the country and Canada – and we all speak the same language – the love of stamping. What fun!

The day flew by quickly –  morning session was filled with a laughter as we participated in our “game show”.

Leadership 2014 Houston  game show (3)

Brian Pilling was just too funny as he “hosted” the show, and of course Bonnie Thurber, whom was on the contestant panel,  was a hoot as the game became “competitive” trying to win for our teams. And who can forget Cori Hancock with her gigantic decorated mug! LOL

Leadership 2014 Houston game show panel

On to a special plated lunch one last time – how pampered I’ve felt these last few days. Stampin’ Up! makes these events extra special ones for us. Where else can you do what to love and pampered so?

Leadership 2014 Houston luncheon

A last spin through the samples and wonderful projects on display.

Leadership 2014 Houston display boards (2)

The last general session included a final message from Shelli along with a surprise announcement of a NEW product we’ll be able to share with you soon – squeal and delight rippled through the crowd – (so stay tuned for more information coming your way soon.)

Leadership 2014 Houston game show

More projects that Shelli shared with all of us using the Sale-a-Bration Banner Blast Stamp Set (133551/133554).

Leadership 2014 Houston (2)

and Language of Love (133704/133077) from the Occasions Catalog
Leadership 2014 Houston display boards (1)

And a final farewell in closing along with more Prize Patrols and all attendee give aways. Whoo Hoo!!
Leadership 2014 Houston Prize Patrol

Does this sound fun and interesting to you? Does it sound like something you’d enjoy and  like to do? Would you like to join in the fun and become a Demonstrator? I’d love to speak with you about joining my team – so why not contact me today. If you would like to learn more about my TEAM, the Blue Mountain Stampers Click HERE.

As we filtered out of the George R. Brown Convention Center I was tired but inspired and energized after a wonderful few days, but the day wasn’t done – since we still had the night to enjoy each other’s company and share time together before heading home on Sunday morning. (Pajama party anyone?)

Stop back by – Starting tomorrow I’ll be sharing some of the swaps I made to share and some that I received.

Click here to order your Stampin’ Up! Products online 24/7! (US only)

Hostess code 4V3FQSB9

Clearance Rack Blitz (while supplies last)

Weekly Deals (Special ends January 13, 2014 at 11:50 p.m. (MT)

Leadership – Day 3

Today started with a presentation from an inspirational speaker, Pat Pearson who gave a wonderful presentation to our group.

Leadership 2014 Pat Pearson

I enjoyed the classes and participating in some of our fun and engaging booths in the Gathering Place and of course enjoyed the ever growing projects displayed on the display boards and visiting with other Demonstrators from across North America.

Leadership 2014 Houston display boards

I took part in our Paper Pumpkin Challenge – where I designed a card in under 10 minutes using stamps from our past Paper Pumpkin kits and new products from our Occasions Catalog.

Leadership 2014 Houston Paper Pumpkin Challenge (3)

Leadership 2014 Houston Paper Pumpkin Challenge (2)

Whew, that was a lot of fun, stamping and creating with the others at my table. I can’t wait to see all the wonderful cards everyone made tomorrow. Here’s mine – so what do you think?

Leadership 2014 Houston Paper Pumpkin Challenge (1)

Lunch was made extra special with a lovely plated meal
Leadership 2014 Houston Lunch (3)
– and a wonderful dessert.
Leadership 2014 Houston Lunch (1)

And more time to learn about and try some of our newer products like the Undefined Kit. I had a blast carving this stamp for my daughter – I’d forgotten just how much fun this was to do. After all it’s been a long time since Middle School art class – LOL.
Leadership 2014 Houston Undefined

And to end a wonderful day of learning and playing together, after dinner we met to stamp together. Here is my table of friends that included – Carol, Sara, Rosemarie and Kathleen.
Leadership 2014 Houston Make n Takes (2)

Yes, those are our goodie bags of supplies – yippie! And here is one of the projects we were able to work on during the event. Do you recognize this image from the Occasions Catalog? Curious about the finished card? I’ll try and post a finished photo soon.
Leadership 2014 Houston Make n Takes (1)

And of course the night wouldn’t have been complete without Leadership giveaways and prize patrol! Here is my lucky friend Marni, who got this great bundle of products.
Leadership 2014 Houston Prize Patrol Marni

How great is that, right? Lucky girl – maybe it’ll be my turn tomorrow.

Click here to order your Stampin’ Up! Products online 24/7! (US only)

Hostess code 4V3FQSB9

Clearance Rack Blitz (while supplies last)

Weekly Deals (Special ends January 13, 2014 at 11:50 p.m. (MT)

Leadership – Day 2

Leadership 2014 Houston  (5)

And so the fun begins! As almost a thousand of us converge onto the George R Brown Convention Center. General Session is about to begin and my stamping buds Kathleen and Marni wait with me to go in to find our seats.

Leadership 2014 Houston  (2)

Shelli Gardner, our CEO and Cofounder greets us with a message an a challenge for the conference. Along with some exciting new product news! I can’t wait for you to see the new fantastic line being introduced this spring.

Leadership 2014 Houston  General Session

Wonderful Displays to see

Leadership 2014 Houston  displays (4)

and display boards too.

Leadership 2014 Houston  displays (3)

A beautiful setting using the Celebration Basics – making a lovely, quick and easy event for anyone.
Leadership 2014 Houston  displays (2)

Party favors – so simple when you use our Kraft Gift Boxes

Leadership 2014 Houston  displays (1)

Kathleen and I joined in to make a difference with the Stampin’ Up! service project. Our goal to assemble 500 birthday kits that will be delivered to the Children’s Memorial Hermann Hospital here in Houston.
Leadership 2014 Houston  Service Project

After a wonderful day of sharing and learning new things I enjoyed a dinner out with new friends

Leadership Dinner Quartto

at the Quartto Restaurant in the Four Seasons Hotel where I had the evenings special – a lovely presentation.
quartto 5 season hotel restraunt special of the night (1)

Then off to the hotel to get ready for the next day – stop by tomorrow and I’ll share more of Leadership 2014 with you.

Click here to order your Stampin’ Up! Products online 24/7! (US only)

Hostess code 4V3FQSB9

Clearance Rack Blitz (while supplies last)

Weekly Deals (Special ends January 13, 2014 at 11:50 p.m. (MT)


Leadership Day 1 – Shoebox Swap

Today was shoebox day- yippie! After a trip to downtown on Houston’s mass transit system I arrived at the Embassy Hotel for Sherrie’s Shoebox Swap.

shoebox sign

I did this event last year and had such a great time stamping with my fellow demonstrators. I chose to do it again this year and wasn’t disappointed. I’ve got some wonderful cards that I can’t wait to share with you when I get home.

Here I am working on my swaps – the weather has been crazy so there were some demonstrators who had problems getting into Houston, so it was a slightly smaller group than expected.

Shoebox AM

The upside was that it was a more intimate setting, so we were able to spend more time together getting to know each other and make new friends.

Shoebox Kathleen PM

Here is a photo of my roomie, Kathleen and some of the other girls during the afternoon session.

After we spent the day stamping, we enjoyed a lovely dinner at McCormick & Schmick’s Seafood Restaurant on Fannin Street, where I had a delicious meal of stuffed shrimp with my friends.

McCormick & Schmick's

Here is a group photo of Marni, Kathleen, myself and Susan.

Leadership dinner  McCormick & Schmicks Seafood

It was such an enjoyable and relaxing day and a perfect way to start off Leadership 2014. I can’t wait until tomorrow!

Remember if you need me or have a questions feel free to send me an email – I’ll be checking it daily while I’m in Houston.

Click here to order your Stampin’ Up! Products online 24/7! (US only)

Hostess code 4V3FQSB9

Clearance Rack Blitz (while supplies last)

Weekly Deals (Special ends January 13, 2014 at 11:50 p.m. (MT)

  Weekly Deals Jan 7 2014 image

Leadership Survival Kit

Well Leadership is just one more day away and I’m here in Houston ready to go. I flew in yesterday and spent the day with my sister and husband before heading out the door early this morning. Today starts the festivities and yippie today is a full day of Shoebox Swaps and Stamping!

I’m so excited to be at Leadership this year and the fact that I made it out of Atlanta without any weather problems. (It was a nippy 9 degrees out with a pretty hefty wind, but it could have been much worse.) I spoke to quite of few delayed flyers from this past weekend’s weather.

Well today’s project is one that I made for my roomie, Kathleen. I wanted to make something special from my friend and came up with this little survival kit for her using the Retro Fresh Designer Series Paper from the NEW Occasions Catalog. I just love the bold patterns and colors you find in this package of paper.

Leadership Survival Kit (1)

My little survival kit includes some of the essentials I thought anyone would need, notice the chocolate, which of course is definitely essential to any event!

Here are some of the items that I included. First a notepad and pen for jotting down great tips and project ideas.

Leadership Survival Kit pad & pen

A little package of Kleenex.

Leadership Survival Kit kleenex

A pack of gum to keep us fresh and smiling.

Leadership Survival Kit gum

Post it Notes because who can’t use them – right? Just take a look at my catalog – LOL.

Leadership Survival Kit post it note

Hand sanitizer because we’re doing a lot with our hands. Chap stick because we’re talking and sharing a lot.
Leadership Survival Kit chap stick & hand sanitizer

A clip to hold all those extra things that are loose in our new Leadership bags and finally tags for the Leadership bag which will all look alike when we’re all together during the next few days.

Leadership Survival Kit name tags


Stamp Set: Notable Alphabet (132047)
Inks: Soft Suede (126978)
Paper: Retro Fresh Designer Series Paper (132993), Tangerine Tango, So Saffron, Baked Brown Sugar, Coastal Cabana, Very Vanilla
Accessories: 1 ¼” Circle Punch, 1 3/8″ Circle Punch, Decorative Label Punch, Bracket Label Punch, Full Wood Mount Stamp Cases, Soft Suede 3/8″ Taffeta Ribbon, and Basic Rhinestones Jewel Accents
Click here to order your Stampin’ Up! Products online 24/7! (US only)

Hostess code 4V3FQSB9

Clearance Rack Blitz (while supplies last)

Weekly Deals (Special ends January 13, 2014 at 11:50 p.m. (MT)