Saturday, December 1, 2012

December Stamp to the Max Blog Hop

Its gift time!  That's right folks....Christmas is this month.  That is insane right?  Join us on a cute little hop that will show you some great gifts that you can give to your friends and loved ones without spending a fortune and braving crowds. 

I have a wreath to show you today.  Now that you have seen the picture.... take a guess at how much you think that wreath cost to make.  I will tell you at the end of the post and you WILL be surprised. 

Supplies Needed:
  • 2 packs of Stampin' Up fabric (I used Deck the Halls)
  • 1 metal wreath form from a local hobby and craft store (mine was only $2.99)
  • 1 pair of scissors
Unfold your fabric and snip about a half in into the fabric along the long side of each rectangle about 3/4" to 1" apart.  There is no exact science to it.  Just snip the strips however wide you want them. Once you have each of the 3 different patterns snipped, all you have to do is tear...with your bare hands...down each snip you made.  You would be surprised at how easily it rips actually.  Then cut each ripped strip in half.  All that is left is to tie them on to your wreath form.  SUPER easy!  And, the kicker is that it only cost me $5! I used the $0.99 fabric on the clearance rack so it was so inexpensive.  You can do it with any fabric we have, so if you want to spend on a couple dollars more you could do it for any season in any color we have.  :)

Now, hop along to the next blog and check out what Lisa has for you to make. 

1. Maxine Conrad
2. Martha Haddock  You are here.
3. Lisa Fennewald
4. Stephanie Bradley

Happy Stamping!


Thursday, November 1, 2012

Stamp to the Max Blog Hop

Welcome to my little skip, hop, and jump of our team blog hop.  You have probably seen all the great projects before me...if you haven't, you should go check them out because they are great!

Have you ever told yourself, "I can't scrapbook.  I don't have time or the creativity to do it."  I have just the answer for you.  My Digital Studio makes scrapbooking so easy.  The page I have here for you today literally took minutes.  The hardest part was finding the pictures to put in.  MDS2+ gives you so many options that are included, but with the 50% Digital Kits special going on right is too easy!  I used the Be of Good Cheer Digital Kit (item #130970) which is only $3.98 right now.  It comes with lots of paper, embellishments, stamps, and this great template page. 

You can start with a template (a predone scrapbook page, just add pictures) like I did or you can create your own.  I added a little bit to the template page because I thought it was slightly plain for my liking. 
We have also lowered our professional print pricing...permanently! So printing is even cheaper and easier now.  So, think about making a book for a family member.  They will think you spent hours, but all you have to do is drag and drop the pictures in place.  :)  It will be our little secret.  Shhhh!

Now, hop along to the next team member and enjoy the show!  Don't forget to order any MDS Digital Kits at 50% off right now in my online store.  They are only discounted for the hurry.  And don't forget to download your FREE MDS downloads to celebrate Digital Scrapbooking day (a week long event for us). Don't have MDS2 yet?  Try the FREE 30 day trial while you are at it. 

1. Maxine Conrad
2. Edie Bunting
3. Laura Widdison
4. Stephanie Bradley
5. Martha Haddock ( you are here)
6. Christina Mansker
7. Jill St. Angelo
8. Elizabeth Harris
9. Lisa Fennewald

Happy Digital Stamping!


Monday, October 8, 2012

Wonderfall Cafe

I was very sad last year when Stampin' Up! announced they were retiring the Leaves Die from their collection.  I used it a lot last year and I felt like they didn't have a good replacement for it....UNTIL NOW! I just had to wait until the Holiday Catalog to see it.  I actually like the Autumn Accents Die better than the other one because the leaves look more natual on this one.  Plus, who doesn't love a die that has a matching stamp set? 

Wonderfall is a great fall stamp set and can be used for lots of things.  Here is the trick to getting them to work together.  Use the die and cut your cardstock FIRST.  Then, ink up your stamp and lay the leaf over the top of the inked up stamp and gently push down.  Lift up the paper from the stamp and voila! A perfectly stamped and die cut leaf. 

I added my leaves with some Comort Cafe DSP.  They aren't traditional fall colors for the most part, but I really like them.

You can order any of the products you see on this sample on my website or give me a call and I can place an order for you.  Don't forget that this month if you order the Ornament Keepsakes stamp set along with Candlelight Christmas DSP you get a Festive Piercing Pack for free!  Check out the details on my website or in the post I did about it earlier.

Happy Stamping!


Saturday, October 6, 2012

Chevron Blossoms

I made this card a while ago and I just love it.  I have yet to send it out because I just can't bear to part with it yet.  Its just one of those cards that makes you smile.  :)  I know, I should pass on that great feeling to someone else. 

It is quick and simple.  The colors are bright and fun and although it is fall right now...I still like the bright colors.  I did make the card while it was sunny and warm, so give me a break. 

It is simply Whisper White cardstock for the base, Daffodil Delight with the Chevron Embossing Folder, and the Polka Dot Parade DSP in Real Red with the Blossom Punch.  Tie some of the Gumball Gree stitched ribbon around and voila!  A perfect card.  The sentiment is from teeny tiny wishes and can be substituted for anything you like. 

Happy Stamping!


Friday, October 5, 2012

Merry Christmas from Stampin' Up!

I know it is a little early for some of you, but did you know that Christmas is only 13 weeks away?  Scary right?  I am wrapping Christmas gifts and prepping for my son's birthday that is the week of the big holiday too.  Stampin' Up! decided that now was a great time to get an early start on your shopping and get some good deals too.  :)

During the month of October, when you purchase the Ornament Keepsakes Stamp Set and the Candlelight Christmas DSP you will get a FREE Festive Paper Piercing Pack.  There are lots of options on how to do this and I will list them below for you. Remember, if you purchase the bundles in the Holiday catalog you save 15% and get the freebie on top of that.

There are some points to remember:
  •  You have to use the item #s below in order to get the Free Piercing Pack.
  • You have to place you order with me or online by Oct 31st at 11:50pm.
  • There are no limits!  For every  bundle you order, you will get a free piercing pack.
Retail Value
Special Price
Christmas Gift Pack (wood-mount)
Includes Ornament Keepsakes Set (wood-mount), Candlelight Christmas Specialty Designer Series Paper, Festive Paper-Piercing Pack
132261Christmas Gift Pack (clear-mount)
Includes Ornament Keepsakes Set (clear-mount), Candlelight Christmas Specialty Designer Series Paper, Festive Paper-Piercing Pack
132262Christmas Gift Pack (wood-mount bundle)
Includes Ornament Keepsakes Bundle (wood-mount), Candlelight Christmas Specialty Designer Series Paper, and Festive Paper-Piercing Pack
132263Christmas Gift Pack (clear-mount bundle)
Includes Ornament Keepsakes Bundle (clear-mount), Candlelight Christmas Specialty Designer Series Paper,
and Festive Paper-Piercing Pack

Monday, October 1, 2012

Stamp to the Max October Blog Hop

Hey there!  Welcome to this month's blog hop.  You might have come by my blog from Max's blog, maybe not and that's okay with me.  Welcome to my little space of the internet.  This month the theme was for Thank You cards and Thanksgiving related items.  I have been hard at work on some other projects, but I do have a quick card to show you today. 

The stamp set that I used is called Wonderfall.  It is the ultimate fall set, because lets face it....Fall is WONDERFUL!!  It is by far my favorite time of the year.  Here in Cache Valley Utah we have the most beautiful leaves in all the canyons around us.  I can't wait for the leaves on our tree lined street in the city to change as well.  There is just something about driving down a street with brightly colored leaves all over it.

Don't you just love the colors used in this card?  The DSP is from the Orchard Harvest DSP and is the perfect accent to the leaves in the stamp set.  All the supplies used here today can be purchased on my website or directly from me.  Check out the promotions page on my website for an all new promo in October for some great freebies.  :)

Now go and hop on over to Lisa's little space on the net and enjoy some more samples. 

Supplies Used:
  • Early Espresso Ink
  • More Mustard Ink
  • Wonderfall Stamp Set
  • Teeny Tiny Wishes Stamp Set
  • Early Espresso Cardstock
  • Orchard Harvest DSP
  • Very Vanilla Cardstock
  • Autumn Accents Die and Big Shot
  • Scallop Oval Punch
  • Large Oval Punch
  • Corner Rounder Punch
Happy Stamping!

Saturday, September 1, 2012

Stamp to the Max September Blog Hop

Hey there!  Welcome back this month.  Wow, was August a crazy month for everyone else?  It was insane for me. I can't believe my poor blog got neglected for so long.  Sorry about that. 

You probably hopped on over here from Max's blog.  Didn't you just love that Halloween card?  I have some more for you too!  I have been working with Halloween stuff a lot this month and have some good stuff to show you. 

The card I am choosing for today is one that shows off a little of the new halloween themed DSP called Howlstooth and Scaringbone.  Don't think these patterns are just for halloween though.  They are very nice and basic patterns that could be used year round. 

Banners are all the rage right now.  This card uses a few different peices of the dsp in varying lengths and widths.  Pretty easy to do really.  The staple at the top really makes the cuteness factor pop.  I also used the Chevron Embossing folder along the bottom to give more dimension to the card.  I don't know how I lived without that folder.  It is my go to right now. 

I am sad to say that the card that I chose to show you doesn't have my favorite stamp from the set on it.  But, you can see the whole lot of the images below.  That mummy stamp is my best friend.  He is so cute!  Add a Googlie Eye to him and he just makes me swoon with Halloween glee!

If you love Stampin' Up! and you love Halloween, now is the perfect time to join my team.  From now until September 16th you can join for $99 and you get to pick $125 worth of any product.  You also get a business bundle.  But, the kicker is that you get this awesome project kit for free along with it.  Call or email me today to help get you started with something fun and enjoyable. 

Thanks for stopping by.  You can keep hopping along to Laura next.

Sharon Loring

Maxine Conrad

Martha Haddock (you are here)

Laura Widdison

Jill St. Angelo

Elizabeth Harris

Christina Mansker

Happy Stamping!


Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Stamp to the Max Holiday Catalog Blog Hop

Aren't you guys excited?!?!  Today is the first day you can order from the new Holiday Catalog.  Notice I didn't say Holiday "mini" Catalog?  That's right... the new catalogs are bigger and last longer and there is nothing mini about them.  Woo Hoo!

Welcome to the hop.  You are going to enjoy a sampling of what the new Holiday Catalog has to offer.  I am showing you some awesome cards using the Perfectly Preserved Stamp Set and Matching Cannery Framelits.  It is probably one of my absolutely most favorite things in the catalog. 

This cute little mason jar is worth buying the stamp set alone.  I envision so many possibilities for him.  If you are a canner...or just love the country vintage look, you need this set. 

The first card I have for you uses the Orchard Harvest DSP as some background patterns.  There is no hand cutting involved in this card! It is all done with framelits.  Add a little Baker's Twine to finish it off and you have yourself a card for all occasions.

The second card I have for you is using the same stamp set, paper, and framelits.  But, do you spy the new embossing folder?  Wood grain is back baby! Plus, the new embossing folders are slightly bigger for the same price...bonus!  This card is perfect for those back to school situations.  Wouldn't your child's teacher just love to get a card knowing that you are thinking of them when school starts?  Teaching is one hard job...I know this.

Well, I hope you liked my projects.  If you did and you would like to see more like is how.  These projects are from the exclusive Training to the Max monthly tutorial for August.  This isn't even half of what you get in the tutorial.  :)  If you would like to purchase the tutorial for you personal use, or be part of Max's business coaching program you can go to the Training to the Max website and check it out.  It is well worth you money.  :)

Now you are off to the next blog on the hop.  Have a great day and stop by again soon.

Blog Hop Participants:
Christina Mansker - 
Elizabeth Harris -
Martha Haddock - (you are here)
Maxine Conrad -

Happy Stamping!


Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Convention 2012 Wrap Up

I have been gone for a while.  I was with family for a while and then at Stampin' Up! Annual Convention for a week.  I am headed out again for another family vacation tomorrow, but I thought I would get in a quick post about how awesome convention was. 

The theme this year was I Am...  I am lots of things, but here is a list of what I learned at this years convention:

  • I am a Leader - or not a bad leader thanks to Brian Pilling
  • I am Having Fun - along with Shannon West
  • I am a Pattern Mixing Pro - thanks to Carrie Cudney (and Jen Campbell)
  • I am Doing Business My Way - with the support of Bonnie Thurber
  • I am Savvy - according to Donna Griffith
  • I am Earning the Incentive Trip - at least trying with the help of Karen Hauley
  • I am Reaching Out - with encouragement from Emily Montoya
  • I am in the Hispanic Market - with support from Sandra Manwill
  • I am Starting Out - and revamping with ideas from Emily Montoya
  • I am Making Money - with the help from Pam Morgan
  • I am Open for Business - thanks to Carrie Cudney

We did some great make & take projects.  The pictures you see are those.  We got lots of free stuff!  My sister asked me, "How much do you think you got for free?"  I did a rough total and believe me, it was well worth the price I paid to register... 9 stamp sets, 3 packs of DSP, ribbon, rhinestones, dahlias, brads, adhesive, super cute bag, catalogs, training, motivation, 3 packs of fabric, projects to make and take home, ideas out the wazoo, and friendships galore!

If you want to join me next year for the 25th Anniversary of Stampin' Up! you had better get going.  There is a fabulous promotion in August if you sign up.  In addition to the great deal on the starter kit for $99 you also get a fun halloween project kit.  We saw it together at convention and I loved it.  Its a Spooktacular Promo!  ;)

Get pumped for some ideas for holiday cards coming up.  I am working on Fall and Winter projects right now. 

Happy Stamping!


Monday, July 2, 2012

Stamp to the Max July Blog Hop

Welcome to the Stamp to the Max July Blog Hop!  I am so happy you are joining us.  Even though the new catalog came out June 1st, we decided that since it was a new year with Stampin' Up! that we would start off this month with a blog hop having to do with products from the new catalog.  We have all had a chance to order from it now and it is fun to see what different people are choosing for their must haves on the first orders of the year.

The card I am showing you today is a fun and summery (yes, I just made that word part of the English language).  It uses the Betsy's Blossoms stamp set and the Floral District DSP.  I knew that I wanted to use a different color combo than normal for the Floral District DSP so I whipped out my handy dandy Color Coach after I had picked the DSP sheet I wanted to use.  I looked up Daffodil Delight to see what it suggested.  The Color Coach actually suggests using Old Olive and Night of Navy....but I wanted a little more bright and some new colors.  I went with similar counter parts and used Gumball Green and Midnight Muse.  Those are two of the new In Colors for this year and they are great!

Notice that I stamped the bird image twice and then cut out the wings and layered them for a multicolor dimensional look.  I also added a rhinstone to its eye for some bling.  I used some of the new Stitched ribbon in Midnight Muse for the final touch.

Are you wondering what I used for the cute little circle behind the bird?  That is the new Delicate Doilies Sizzlit die.  It makes the 3 cutest doilies you have ever seen.  The one I used is the middle size and I covered up all the punched out pieces with the Whisper White circle only letting the outer edge show.  Also notice the cute edge on the bottom?  That is part of the new Finishing Touches Edgelits Dies.

All supplies can be found in my online store 24/7.  And right now if you place a $50 order (before tax and shipping) you can get the Reason to Smile stamp set for just $5!  It is a great two step stamp set that I will show you samples for this week.  The order number for the clear mount set is 131275 or in wood it is 131274.  This is only available during the month of July.

I hope you enjoyed the project for today. You are now hopping on over to Kim's blog where I know you will not be disappointed! She is amazing. 

Martha Haddock - (you are here)
Elizabeth Harris -

Supplies Used:
  • Ink: Midnight Muse (#126860), Daffodil Delight (#126944), Gumball Green (#126861)
  • Stamps: Betsys Blossoms (clear #126006, wood #126004), Friendly Phrases (clear #126151, wood #126149)
  • Paper: Whisper White (#100730), Gumball Green (#126840), Midnight Muse (#126843), Floral District DSP (#126919)
  • Accessories: Midnight Muse Stitched Ribbon (#126847), Rhinestones (#119246)
  • Tools: Big Shot (#113439), Delicate Doilies Sizzlit (#126999), Finishing Touches Edgelits Die (#127010), 1 3/4" Circle Punch (#119850), Paper Snips (#103579), Dimensionals (#104430), SNAIL (#104332), Color Coach (#120148)

Happy Stamping!


Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Just Playing Around

I have been having a good time playing with some new supplies that I got.  The friday challenge from Max was a good start and then I just kept going.  I am excited to see that challenge get up and running and plan on me doing that each week. 

The card I am showing you today is fairly simple and was really fast to make.  It shows off two of the new In Colors: Midnight Muse and Summer Starfruit.  Using the Mixed Bunch stamp set for the flower and the Distressed Dots background stamp it came together quite well.

The new firm foam ink pads are amazing for background stamps.  They ink up so nicely now.  I was hesitant to purchase the big stamps with the old pads because it was so hard to ink a huge stamp like that.  If you have ever used VersaMark Ink before....the new pads are just like that! Kind of sticky and puts ink on the stamp in a smooth motion rather than having to tap tap tap all the time in the same place for consistent coverage.  Plus, the new Stampin' Scrub makes it easier than ever to clean the large stamps too.  :) 

I used a little bit of Sticky Strip behind the ribbon to make it stay in place on the card.  The sentiment is from Teeny Tiny Wishes.  To get the depth on the flower I curled the petals of the bottom flower down using my bone folder and the petals of the top flower up also using my bone folder.

All products are available in my online store 24/7 and you will get the best deal possible by going directly to my website or contacting me to place your order directly.  Either way works great!

Supplies Used:
  • Ink: Midnight Muse (#126860), Summer Starfruit (#126991)
  • Stamps: Mixed Bunch (clear #125537, wood #125535), Distressed Dots (#122815), Teeny Tiny Wishes (clear #127802, wood #115370)
  • Paper: Whisper White (#100730)
  • Accessories: Summer Starfruit Stitched Ribbon (#126846)
  • Tools: Dimensionals (#104430), Glue Dots (#103683), Sticky Strip (#104294), Bone Folder (#102300), Blossom Punch (#125603), 3/4" Circle Punch (#119873)

Happy Stamping!


Monday, June 18, 2012

SttM Friday Challenge

Today I am showing you the card I made for the Stamp to the Max Friday Challenge.  You can find all the entries for the challenge on Max's blog on Mondays.  Seeing as it is Monday and not Friday....yes, I am late.  ;) 

Every Friday Max will post a picture on her blog for us to get some inspiration off of.  The minute I saw this picture of the lovely jello triffle I thought of the Make a Cake stamp set.  I have had it for a little bit now, but haven't pulled it out to use it yet.  This was the perfect excuse!

The layers in the triffle were just calling me to make a layered cake.  I paired the stamp set with the Patio Party DSP and coordinating colors for this little gem.  I am really liking the new In Color Stitched ribbon.  It is easy to tie and that makes me happy.

All the supplies can be purchased in my online store 24/7.  To save money you can join my team for $99.  You get to choose $125 worth of great Stampin' Up! goodies, get a business bundle on top of that, and through the end of June you can get an extra $45 in Patio Party Bundle goodies too!  All of that with Free Shipping. Let me know if you have questions.

Supplies Used:
Stamps: Make a Cake (clear #126742, wood #126740), Itty Bitty Banners (clear #126257, wood #126255)
Ink: Baja Breeze Marker (#119700), Midnight Muse Marker (#126856), Summer Starfruit (#126856), Primrose Petals Marker (#126856)
Paper: Baja Breeze (#111352), Summer Starfuit (#126839), Whisper White (#100730), Patio Party DSP (#126916)
Accessories: Midnight Muse Stitched Ribbon (#126847), Rhinstones (#119246)
Tools: Itty Bitty Shapes Punch Pack (#118309), Glue Dots (#103683), Dimensionals (#104430), SNAIL (#104332)

Happy Stamping!


Thursday, June 7, 2012

Season Frame Art Kit

Today's project is one that I have had in my head for months and I finally got my hands on the Season of Friendship stamp set to make it.  Unfortunately, the stamp set is retired, but you can still get the kit to have a wonderful piece of art work in you home that people will comment on every time they come.  I can say that because I have one hanging in my front room and people always comment on how beautiful it is. 

The kit comes finished and all you have to do is put it in a frame.  Its a standard frame that I picked up from a local craft and frame shop.  I paid less than $10 for mine.  I am sure you could get one on sale for even less.  I can't ship these frames since they are an awkward size for a box.

The kit is $8 with $2 shipping and is ready to go.  You can pay with Paypal via the link and I will get it right out to you.  Don't miss out on a chance to have this great piece in your home today!

Happy Stamping!


Friday, June 1, 2012

Stamp to the MAX Blog Hop

Welcome to our Stamp to the MAX Blog Hop.  I hope that you are inspired by the new products that we are all showing you.  You probably just came from Max's blog.  I am stop #2 for the hop. 

I am so excited for the new Stampin' Up! Catalog!  I can hardly contain myself.  This blog hop is designed to showcase some of the great new things that you can get in the catalog starting TODAY!

I have a trio of card to show you using the Patio Party DSP.  I love the color combination for this paper.  It uses 3 of the new In Colors which are Midnight Muse, Summer Starfruit, and Primrose petals, and combines them with one of my all time favorite colors Baja Breeze.  The nuetral tone in this DSP is Whisper White. 

The first card uses one of my favorite sheets with a small butterfly print on it.  Add the popular Beautiful Wings embosslit and you have a winner!  The scallop on the bottom of the DSP is the Scallop Edge Border Punch.

Next up you have a great card with Midnight muse as the base and Summer Starfruit with the Scallop Edge Border Punch again.  The DSP is a sheet with fun banners all across it.  You might notice some new Whisper White stitched ribbon.  It is MUCH easier to tie than the regular grosgrain ribbon that retired from the last catalog.  You will also notice a new stamp set and framelits to go with it.  The sentiment is from a cute new set called Itty Bitty Banners and has a set of framelits to cut them out for you called Bitty Banners of course!

Last, but not least, is a card using the colors of the DSP.  Notice how nicely the In Colors coordinate with Baja Breeze?  Love it!  I used the ric rac portion of the Tasteful Trim Die.  The flower is made by punching 2 Whisper White flowers using the Blossom Punch that carried over from the last mini catalog!  WOO HOO, since that was one of my favorites. Then layered a piece of DSP over a Summer Starfruit circle for the center.  To give it some depth, I sniped each petal of the flowers a couple times and ruffled them. 

There, didn't you just love that introduction to the Patio Party Suite?  Now you are off to hop on over to stop #3 which is Kim.  She always out does all of us, so I am sure you will be delighted.  Thanks for stopping by and remember that all supplies are available via my online store HERE

If you would like to join my team and get an extra $50 in bonus goodies this month only, let me know!  I can help you out with that.  You get to pick $125 worth of stamping goodies, you also get a $65 bundle of business supplies if you want to make some money, you get to be a part of the most awesome team every, AND an extra $50 in Patio Party goodies!

Blog Hop Participants:
#1  Maxine Conrad -
#2  Martha Haddock -
#4  Stephanie Bradley -
#5  Elizabeth Harris -
#6  Christina Mansker -
#7  Edie Bunting -

Happy Stamping 


Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Kind Thanks

This is another one of the samples from the 2012 Leadership Retreat with Stampin' Up!  I am happy to say that all but the Blushing Bride card base and the sentiment is sticking around for at least another year.  :) 

Blushing Bride was never one of my favorite pinks, but it coordinates with the Twitterpated DSP and so I used some of my stash with that.  Sadly, I am not hurt to see it retire this year.  I am sad that Pear Pizzazz is retiring....and that was part of the same In Color group as this pink.

This card uses some of the Tea Stain ink spot to make it a little more vintage on the edges.  Plus, I curled the edges so that it looked like the DSP was coming away from the card base like vintage photos do. 

Don't forget to make an easy banner end using one of the square punches.  The pennants are made from the Pennant Builder Punch.  Add some Baker's Twine in Lucky Limeade and a few staples from your average stapler and whalah!  Perfect card right?

Supplies Used:
  • Stamps: Thank You Kindly (wood #111700)
  • Ink: Poppy Parade, Tea Stain (#118762)
  • Paper: Blushing Bride, Very Vanilla (#101650), Lucky Limeade (#122926), Baja Breeze (#111352), Daffodil Delight (#119683), Twitterpated DSP (#125406)
  • Accessories: Lukcy Limeade Baker's Twine (#125572), staples
  • Tools: Sponge (#101610), Pennant Builder Punch (#122361), SNAIL (#104332), 1" Square Punch (#124094)
All Supplies can be purchased in my online store 24/7 HERE.  If you would like to join my team you can do that easily online by clicking on the "join the fun" link on my online store.

Happy Stamping!


Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Mixed Bunch Leadership Sample

The card you see today is another Leadership sample that I created from Max's bag of goodies.  There is A LOT going on with this card, but I really like the way it turned out. 

It uses Lucky Limeade, Poppy Parade, Daffodil Delight, and Rich Razzleberry.  The stamp set is Mixed Bunch and the matching Blossom Punch.  You can figure out the layers on your own...the problem is that the Rich Razzleberry and Poppy Parade flowers are from the same Blossom Builder Kit that is now retired.  I should have shown these samples last month!  lol  So improvise if you are trying to recreate this card.  The big label at the back is the shape of one of the labels from the chipboard medley kit.  I really wish they had that as a single die.  You have to trace around the chipboard and then cut it out. 

I am not going to list a bunch of supplies like normal because some of them are retired or retiring and already sold out.  So use this card as a layout card to recreate from.  :)

Happy Stamping!


Monday, May 14, 2012

Summer Smooches Birthday

This card is one that I made and gave to my cute downline for her birthday.  I am in love with the new Summer Smooches DSP.  The promotion in April allowed me to get some before the debut in the new catalog for June.  So, have no fear, you can get this paper when the new catalog starts June 1st.

I think the reason I like the paper so much is that it is bright and fun.  It does well for both male and female.  The flowers are made with the Mixed Bunches stamp set and the Blossom Punch.  I like the idea of a clean card and using Whisper White as a base, but it looks a littel too plain sometimes.  So, I added a second sheet of Whisper White with some dimensionals for some added effect. 

All supplies for this card can be purchased on my website here. You can order everything except the paper now.  The paper will be available again June 1st.

Supplies Used:
  • Stamps: Friendly Phrases (clear #126151, wood #126149), Mixed Bunches (clear #125537, wood #125535)
  • Paper: Summer Smooches DSP, Whisper White (#100730), Daffodil Delight (#119683), Lucky Limeade (#122926)
  • Ink: Real Red (#103133), Daffodil Delight (#119667)
  • Accessories: In Color Brads (#122940), Island Indigo Baker's Twine (#125575)
  • Tools: Blossom Punch (#125603), Bird Builder Punch (#117191), 1" Circle Punch (#119868)
Happy Stamping!


Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Mixed Bunch Loveliness

I have been working on some samples from the Stampin' Up! Leadership retreat for my upline Max.  She had that opportunity to go, but hasn't been able to get to her make and take bag yet.  Thats okay with me!  That means that I get to do them and enjoy the time crafting...and we both reap the rewards from it.  :)

This card is made with the Mixed Bunches stamp set that was in the Occasion Mini Catalog this year.  Lucky for is carrying over to the new catalog that will release on June 1st.  BUT, you can still order the stamp set and matching punch now before that catalog goes live.  Woo Hoo!

I love the bright colors and fun-ness of this card.  The original design had a little rectangular sentiment on it that said Thank You.  I didn't put it on there because I feel like this card could be used for a whole lot more and you can always add a sentiment right before you send it to fit your occasion.

The cute little ric rac peice was made using the Scallop Edge Punch.  I punched a peice out and then flipped the peice over to punch the other side off setting the scallops.  Cute right?!  The flower is also the Blossom Punch that matches the set and I just took some snips and cut into each petal to give it more flair.  The top flower with the yellow on it is, sadly, not available anymore but you could use another flower punch to get the same effect.

All supplies can be purchased via my online store at Here.

Supplies Used:
Stamps: Mixed Bunch (Clear #125537, Wood #125535)
Ink: Daffodil Delight (#119667), Poppy Parade (#119782), Wild Wasabi (#109014)
Paper: Daffodil Delight (#119683), Poppy Parade (sold out and retired), Whisper White (#100730), Wild Wasabi (#124303)
Accessories: Blossom Builders Kit (retired)
Tools: Scallop Edge Punch (#119882), Blossom Punch (#125603), Paper Snips (#103579), SNAIL (#104332), Dimensionals (#104430)

Happy Stamping!

New Starter Kit

I was so happy to see that Stampin' Up! announced a new starter kit available to crafters.  It is 100% customizable now and you can pick anything you want from any current catalog to go in the kit. 

Here's the skinny on the deal:
  • Pick $125 worth of any current product you want.
  • Get $65 in business materials for free on top of your product choices.
  • Free Shipping!
  • Demonstrator discount on future purchases.
  • A great Hobby.
  • A Fabulous business opportunity if you so choose.
  • Sneak Peeks at upcoming Stampin' Up! product.
  • Pre Order upcoming product before the public.
  • New friends galore!
  • Expert training and advice on crafting and business skills.
  • No commitments at all!
  • No drop fees.
  • Access to ideas for all types of crafting not open to the public.

You get all of that for only $99...with the free shipping!  Sign up today using the online form at my website.  Just click on the "Join the Fun" tab at the top right.  The password to get in in "stampinmartha".

Let me know if you have questions or concerns.  I love what I do and I just want to share what I love with you!  Join the fun now!!

Happy Stamping!

Saturday, May 5, 2012

"Family" Frame Art Kit

Sorry it has been a couple weeks you guys.  I was on a fabulous vacation with my family.  The hubby had a business trip and the little guy and I decided to tag along since it was in sunny (party cloudy while we were there) California.  While he had to conduct some training for work in Ontario, the little man and I went to stay with my sister and her family for 10 days.  We did get some family time with hubby at the begining and end though.  Disneyland, the beach, shopping, and a visit to Las Vegas both coming and going was great for us. 

On to my project though...

You are going to love this! It is patterned after one that my upline/friend Max did.  I changed the paper and colors to fit more of my style.  I have kits ready to go for this project and you can purchase them via the Paypal link in this post.  The kit comes ready to assemble for $25 for the kit portion only, or $35 if you want me to include the same shadow box frame.  The shipping is only $3 which covers the supplies I have to purchase to wrap and ship them.

I used the Mocha Morning DSP from Stampin' Up! and the beautiful accent colors you see are Pear Pizzazz and Baja Breeze with some Very Vanilla mixed in.  I am loving the mixture of colors.

I picked up this shadow box frame at a local craft store and it is perfect.  You will not be able to get the kit under a regular frame unless you pull the glass out.  It really does have that much texture and dimension to it.  But the shadow box is awesome!


The kits are while supplies last and I will update this post when they are gone.  So hurry and get to clicking on the button to pay!
Happy Stamping!