Message in a Bottle & More

It’s a rainy day here in Georgia so I thought it would be a great day to share some wonderful cards with you – so why not relax and enjoy? This first card uses the Message in a Bottle stamp set (143707) which is part of the Last Chance List – this group of products will no longer be available after May 31st. So if there is something that you have on your wish list you’ll want to check it HERE.

And how about this card made with the retiring Grown with Love stamp set (143684/144433).

And this one done with our Host Set, Background Bits (144026/144029)

Looking for a great guy set? Here is a card made with one of my favorite sets, Guy Greetings (138825/138828/137178) and the Work of Art stamp set (134111/134114).

I’ll be sad to see this Butterfly Thinlits Die (137360) go as you can see it makes a lovely card all by its self.

and how about this card made with the Wild About Flower stamp set (138728) – don’t you love the soft clouds sponged in the background?

A fun card perfect for all ages, the Birthday Delivery stamp set (143660), Framelits and Birthday Memories Designer Series Paper (144118)

And the In This World stamp set (141496/142652) done with the spotlight technique.

The Lots of Love stamp set (143799) was used to create this soft and lovely card.

And here are a couple of fun cards using our retiring Designer Series Paper, Foil Frenzy (144125). This first one uses the Coffee Cafe stamp set (143677) and its coordinating Coffee Cups Thinlits Dies (143745)

And here is a fun set, You’ve Got Style (143895/143898) filled with quirky images and sentiments too.

And finally a card that uses our Beautiful You stamp set (143004/143637) and our retiring Naturally Eclectic Designer Series Paper (144185).

Stop back by tomorrow when I’ll be sharing some cards using the sneak peek bundle from the NEW 2018 Annual Catalog.

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Stylized Birthday

Today’s card is a fun one – And it uses one of my favorite stamps Stylized Birthday. I worked on this particular card recently at the DIY Weekend I attended. (You can read more about that event here.)

I love the bold graphic images mixed with the wonderful font for the birthday greeting. How about you?

There is a lot going on right now with Stampin’ Up! and it has been a rather crazy week here for us with the awful weather that has rolled through the southeast – we’ve been lucky here in my area, just high winds today now. So as I’m getting ready for On Stage I thought I’d give you a few quick reminders now about what is coming up as we transition to our new 2017 Annual Catalog.

A Few Quick reminders for you:
  • April 8th – Demonstrators attending On Stage (My team and I are headed to Savannah, yippee!), will see the new 2017-18 catalog first!
  • April 10th – At 1 pm MST, demonstrators are allowed to share sneak peeks of the new catalog items they saw while at On Stage and the catalog will be online for demonstrators only.
  • April 10th – At 1 pm MST the retiring list of stamp sets and accessories from the 2016-17 Annual Catalog and previous publications will be posted.  I will post  that list on my blog and also email it directly to you as soon as I can.  Please remember that retiring items are always available while supplies last, so be ready and be quick!
  • April 10th – May 31st Retiring products available while supplies last.
  • May 31st – Last day to order from the 2016-17 Annual Catalog
  • June 1st – BEST! DAY! EVER! First day for customers to order from the all new and wonderful 2017-18 Annual Catalog
As I am sure you can guess, being the first to see this new catalog or any of our new products is a VERY EXCITING and a BIG PERK that my team and I enjoy very much – after all who wouldn’t want to be first?!  If you feel this is a good time to join Stampin’ Up! and my team, The Blue Mountain Stampers, you too can be first in line for all the newest cool stuff!
Join in the next few days and you’ll get to share the On Stage excitement with us on April 14th at my special team event!!!
Stop back by tomorrow when I’ll be sharing one of the swaps I made for On Stage this weekend.


Stamp Set: Stylized Birthday (141828), Celebrate Today (137138), and Work of Art (134111/134114)

Inks: Night of Navy (126970), Crushed Curry (131173) and Smoky Slate Classic Ink (131179)

Paper: Night of Navy (100867), Crushed Curry (131199) and Whisper White Card stock (100730)

Accessories: Balloon Framelits Dies (137362)


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Helping Me Grow

Check out these two very different cards made with the Helping Me Grow stamp set (140764). This set contains some beautiful floral images and great sentiments too.

Helping Me Grow SC Occasions Swap 2016 (1)

This first card is done in Watermelon Wonder and  uses the beautiful Birthday Bouquet Designer Series Paper (140557). Irene used the Work of Art stamp set (134111/134114) to create the swoosh of color  on the flowers – pretty cool, right? The Fluttering Embossing Folder (139304) added some texture to the background. And the Bitty Butterfly Punch (129406 – part of the Weekly Deals) was layered on top of the Mint Macaron Elegant Butterfly piece (127526).

This second card uses an embossed resist technique and is much softer feeling even thought the Tempting Turquoise is part of the Brights Collection.

Helping Me Grow SC Occasions Swap 2016 (3)

Janie Embossed the flowers in White Embossing Powder and then sponged Mint Macaron, Pacific Point and Tempting Turquoise. The sentiment comes from the Wetlands stamp set (126695/126697) and is placed on a 2″ Circle that is layered on our  2 3/8″ Circle Punch. A quick and easy way to create a focal point. Can you see the tiny pearls she used to dot the i’s? A little touch of elegance.

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Just 6 days to Valentine’s Day – are you ready?

Can you believe Valentine’s Day is just 6 days from today? I frosted some sugar cookies I made on Sunday to get me in the spirit. Of course, to save me from too much temptation I sent a batch back to college with my daughter!

If you need some last minute inspiration for your Valentine I’ve got some great swaps to share with you today!

These first three project use the Hey, Valentine stamp set (137135/138570) from the Occasions Catalog and they are very different.

Hey Valentine (1) Hey Valentine (2)

This 3d is made using our Mini Treat Bag Thinlit Die (137547) and can you guess what I filled it with?

Hey Valentine Mini Treat Bag

I found these cute little Reeces  Cups, when you open them they actually have a love note on the cup! How cool is that? You won’t believe how much this little treat bag holds.

Valentine Peanut Butter cup image

And these next cards use our Sweetheart Punch (133786) that is currently on our Weekly Deals – but hurry if you want this punch at a great deal they offer ends tonight at Midnight!

You plus Me

In addition to the Sweetheart Punch this first card uses the You Plus Me stamp set (137133/138594) and the Stacked with Love Designer Series Paper stack (137779). And great news if you love them both you can order them in a money saving bundle (138879/138880).

And this fun card has a pop up heart

Groovy Love

It uses the fun Groovy Love stamp set (134243/134246), you’ll find this fun set in the 2014 Annual Catalog and is great for all kinds of occasions.

Groovy Love Close up

And this next card not only uses the Sweetheart Punch but the NEW Bow Builder Punch (137414) and the Kinda Eclectic stamp set (135347/135350) .

Kinda Eclectic

And my final card that I’ll be sharing with you uses the latest Paper Pumpkin kit from January along with the Work of Art set (134111/134114). Paper Pumpkin comes with great exclusive stamp sets that can be used on your alternate projects like this one along with the fun project that comes in the kit.

Work of Art

Great cards right? Leave me a comment and let me know which is your favorite.

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4th of July Work of Art

Were celebrating the 4th with a good old fashioned family cookout here in Clarkesville and it looks like the weather will be perfect for it. I’m really looking forward to seeing everyone again and getting to meet new family members too. Some we haven’t seen in years, along with marriages and babies. What fun.

And since it is the fourth of July I thought it would be fun to do a little something for the kids. So I’ve put together this fun bucket of items for each family.

Work of Art 4th of July Bucket (2)

And created this cute little tag that I attached to it with our Metallic Silver Baker’s Twine (132142) that is part of our Weekly Deals this week.

What do you think? Cute? I’m hoping these will be a hit with everyone since it contains a little something fun for all ages that can be used all day and even until the fireworks!

Work of Art 4th of July Bucket (1)

What’s inside? Well I’ve got some bubbles, a beach ball for the pool, bug boxes for catching the fire flies, glow sticks, sparklers, poppers, and other goodies for the evening.

I’ve got the one done – now just to put the others together. LOL Larry’s got a big family!

Home improvements – oh my!

Today I thought I would also share with you what I’ve been doing lately with my free time. I think I’ve shared with you I’ve had the home improvement bug this spring, my love of painting trim….. and so the projects continued.

Larry and I have “discussed” painting the stairs for years, or should I say I have. He just didn’t think it was necessary and I thought it would be a big help to protect the pressboard and make cleaning easier too.

Well on June 3rd I decided I’d jump in. I’ve never painted stairs so I was a bit intimidated, but after reading up on it I figured what the heck – it couldn’t be that hard, right?

I tried stain first at the suggestion of my sister, unfortunately it didn’t cover up all the spots that had been created from spills over the years. And apparently my brain wasn’t functioning well either, because I didn’t think of solid color stain that the gal at Home Depot had recommended before I started to kilz. Oh, well. I guess paint was meant to be.

So here is the first picture I took – Seems I always forget to take the before photo – caulked, Kilzed, and first coat of trim.

Stairs (2)

I know it looks a little strange with only part of the stairs done to this point, but I figured I wanted to see how it went. And I wanted to get the color on the tread to see how I liked the color we chose to go with the wood landing. LOL – Like I’d have a choice once I started.

The biggest challenge was making the stairs usable since my guys are always up and down them and of course my classroom is downstairs too. I sure didn’t want to go long without getting to stamp!

Stairs (3)

So I learned if I started first thing in the morning they’d be dry enough for everyone to go up and down when they got home and the trash and dirt from their shoes would not stick. (It seemed to rain a lot so going around wasn’t really an option Johnathan wanted to deal with.)  I also did every other step and added the green paper to keep things clean.

Here is the finished project now after I finished all the touch ups and door trim this week. Yea!

Stairs (4)

Painting the stairs really brightened up the space and I really love the look. They are so easy to clean now!

However, I am still thinking about stamping on the risers. I’ve had this great two step stamp set I’ve always wanted to use for that, but for now I’ve got other things on my list I want to do first.

Stairs (1)

Everyone who has been to my classroom before noticed the new look immediately and made my day by commenting about how great they looked. Thanks guys!

Funny thing is my husband, Larry asked me what took me so long to paint the stairs! (He’s a hoot.) They don’t squeak any more which is the part he loves. Of course that means my “alarm system” for the kids is gone since I always knew when someone was coming up the stairs. I’m not sure what made them stop creaking and squeaking, but I’m glad my husband likes the end result too. Now I’ve just got to get him to put trim up where the concrete and sheet rock meets. That little space drives me nuts. After all who knows what can live in that space – eek!


Stamp Set: Work of Art (134111/134114),  Fabulous Four (134171/134174), and Something to Say (134177/134180)

Inks: Pacific Point (126951), Real Red (126949), Melallic Silver Encore Ink (132142), and VersaMark (102283)

Paper: Pacific Point (111350), Real Red (102482), Basic Black (121045), and Whisper White (100730)

Accessories: Silver Baker’s Twine (132976),  1/8″ Handheld Circle Punch (134365), Black Embossing Powder (109133), and Heat Tool (129053) 

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Work of Art 2014 Catalog Sneak Peek

Last week I showed you one of the graduation cards that I made for the weekend’s graduation party. Would you like to see the small graduation gift that I put together for one of the twins to go with their cards? I always like tuck a check into the card, but wanted to include something special too and think this little gift was a hit.

Work of Art In Color Graduation Card Set (6)

For this set I used the Work of Art stamp set (134111/134114) which I received during the Catalog Premier last month and used the NEW 2014 -2016 In Colors that I got in my box (squeal of delight!).

I made a set of 10 Note Cards & Envelopes (131527), 2 each of Blackberry Bliss, Hello Honey, Lost Lagoon, Mossy Meadow, and Tangelo Twist. Aren’t the colors yummy?

Moonlight note pad and pen (3)

I also covered a pad of paper, extra large binder clip, and pen to coordinate for them using the NEW Moonlight Designer Series Paper Stack (133701). I tucked everything, including a book of stamps into a little pouch that I had laying around and tied it up with some Summer Starfruit 1 1/4″ Striped Grosgrain Ribbon (132980) from the Occasions Catalog which ends June 1st and a little piece of Whisper White Baker’s Twine (124262).


Want to see the more about this project? Why not stop by my Facebook page, Stamp with Jini, where I’ll be sharing individual photos. And while you’re there why not Like my page too so you can see additional projects as they post too?

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