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Friday, December 4, 2009

Shelle Gardner On NBC

Yesterday I told you that Shelle Gardner the Co. Founder of Stampin' Up! would be on NBC today and she was, it was short but sweet and if you missed it, here is a link for you

Two Of My Favorite Stamp Sets Will Retire January 4th...

Whenever stamp retirements are announced I'm sad, it's like losing the ability to share a good friend. Here are just two of my favorites that will retire from the dormant list on January 4, 2010.

For a full list of sets that will retire January 4, 2010, please see my post from yesterday or email me for more details.

Have a fabulous weekend!

Images © 1990-2010 Stampin' Up!

Images © 1990-2010 Stampin' Up!

Images © 1990-2010 Stampin' Up!

Images © 1990-2010 Stampin' Up!

My Digital Studio - Lots Of Information For You

For More Information On My Digital Studio
click HERE

Products & Pricing
My Digital Studio has everything you like about Stampin' Up!--in digital! Whether you're creating cards, calendars, photo albums, or multimedia projects, this powerful and easy-to-use digital crafting software gives you the tools, along with thousands of exclusive Stampin' Up! images you need to create in style!
Digital Downloads
My Digital Studio comes with thousands of digital images of exclusive Stampin' Up! stamps, Designer Series papers, colors, and accessories. But what if you just want the images to use with another design application? Not a problem! All of our digital images are available for individual purchase and download from my online store, and are compatible with most design packages. We also regularly add to the collection of available images so you always have a something new, no matter what the season.
Professional Printing
With the My Digital Studio software, you have the option to have your work professionally printed and delivered straight to your door! Professionally printed projects are ideal for layering with traditional Stampin' Up! products to make unique, multidimensional hybrid projects.
Features and Benefits
Exclusive Stampin' Up! Content
Stampin' Up! artwork and accessories available in a digital format.
Stampin' Up! colors allow for perfect coordination when embellishing professional print projects with traditional embellishments. Add depth and dimension when you combine digital with handcrafted.
With My Digital Studio, your favorite images and colors need not retire--you can keep using them for years to come!
My Digital Studio starts with nearly 2,000 unique elements--stamps, embellishments, templates, kits, punches, Designer Series papers, card stock, borders, and more.
Intuitive design for easy navigation and project creation.
Plenty to do for more advanced users including
Customizable stamps and embellishments
Photo, background, accent, and page editing
Multimedia features including music, videos, and links
Automatic photo fill for effortless design.
Program is on 2 DVDs, making downloading quick and simple.
The program is stored on your computer, not on the web, so you can take it with you.
PC and Mac compatible.
Training and quick start materials available to help you learn more.
Use My Digital Studio as a design tool--create projects digitally before crafting it in paper, or create flyers to print or e-mail to customers.
Digital Downloads
Download new embellishments, stamps, kits, and templates to My Digital Studio on a regular basis. Digital downloads are also compatible with other design tools.
Digital downloads feature exclusive Stampin' Up! artwork and colors.
Embellishments are true to size, making it easier to combine digital projects with paper crafting.
Professional print service available--print your photo albums, calendars, and cards. Professional printing for individual pages will be available soon.
Stampin' Up!'s professional print services ensure that printed colors match with our paper products. Because personal printers and other print services use different settings, their prints may not match Stampin' Up!'s exclusive colors within acceptable tolerances. Stampin' Up! has worked to make sure that our professional print services match our colors perfectly!
Don't limit yourself to print projects! You can also create digital projects like DVDs, interactive albums, and e-cards.
With My Digital Studio, you can print your projects from your home printer (depending on your printer's settings, printed colors may not match Stampin' Up!'s exclusive colors).
Stampin' Up!'s professional print services use only the highest quality products--papers, album covers (linen, leather, and photo covers).
My Digital Studio is competitively priced at $79.95.

Thursday, December 3, 2009

IMPORTANT!!! Dormant List Stamps Retiring....

Dormant Stamp Sets Discontinued on January 4, 2010December 2, 2009

Oh my!! I can't believe I'm posting AGAIN today, but I wanted to keep you in the loop with this announcemtn....

As promised, many of the stamp sets currently on our dormant list have been available for a year and now it is time to say goodbye. The following stamp sets will be discontinued on

January 4, 2010.

Back Woods
Beautiful Baby
Birthday Wish
Branch Out
Central Park
Classic Sketches
Classy & Fabulous
Flowers in Silhouette
Font of You
For the Bride
Friend by Definition
Fun Flowers
Garden Greetings
Glad Friends
Grand Soiree
Hit the Road
Lexicon of Leaves
Man's Best Friend
Ocean Commotion
Playful Petals
Polka Dot
Putt Putt
Quilt Quips
Really Retro
Sip by Sip
Sweet Stems
That's Funny
Wonderful Watercolors
Para la novia
Acuarelas Maravillosas

If any of these stamp sets are on your wish list, please make sure to purchase them before they are gone for good!
For images, please email me and I will send you a list of which publications these sets were in.

Shelli Gardner to Appear on NBC's TODAY Show!

Shelli Gardner to Appear on NBC's TODAY Show!

Shelli Gardner will appear on NBC's TODAY Show on Friday, December 4, 2009!
While we do not know the exact time, we do know she will be on during the fourth hour (the 10 AM hour on the East Coast). Please note: In some markets the fourth hour of the TODAY Show is not shown directly after the first three hours; we recommend you check your local listings by visiting

Updated information about Shelli's appearance on the TODAY Show and Stampin' Up!'s Making a Difference program is now available on the Customer Web Site and the Online Store.
(remember though, to order, go back to my personal Oline Store to receive preferred pricing on product and shipping click Here and go to SHOP NOW)
TODAY Show's Holiday Toy & Gift Drive:
At Stampin' Up!, we believe in making a difference in the lives of others--whether they're our demonstrators, our employees, the people who use our products, or children in need of a way to express their creativity.Since 2005, Stampin' Up! has been honored to participate in the TODAY Show's Annual Holiday Toy & Gift Drive. This year, Stampin' Up! will be donating over $150,000 worth of stamping and paper crafting products to the following organizations:
Child S.H.A.R.E.
A Place Called Home
Alliance for Children's Rights
Children's Hospital
El Concilio Del Condado de Ventura
St. Joseph Center
Yolo Wayfarer Center Christian Mission
Metro Atlanta Task Force on the Homeless
ARC of Bergen and Passaic Counties
Women in Need
Albuquerque Health Care for the Homeless
Housing Works
All Children's House Family Center
Cathedral Community Cares
Catholic Big Brothers and Sisters
Dominican Women's Development Center
Girls' Vacation Fund (Girls' Quest)
Partnership with Children
Project Sunshine
Little Flower Children's Services of New York
Domestic Violence Intervention Services
Texas Head Start Association
First Place School
Friendship Project

Shelli was invited to appear on the TODAY Show in recognition of Stampin’ Up!’s charitable giving over the past few years.

A Message From Stampin' Up!

Holiday ShippingDecember 2, 2009

We recommend that you place your holiday orders by Tuesday, December 15, 2009, by 7:00 PM (all times MT) to receive your orders before Christmas.

Delivery times will vary depending on where you live; if your personal experience indicates that it takes longer for packages to reach you, you will want to allow a little extra time for shipping during the holidays.

All orders we receive by December 15 will be picked, packaged, and delivered to our courier in plenty of time to arrive by December 24. But as you know, we cannot control delivery times; holiday mail volumes are high, and our delivery services encourage customers to ship as early as possible to avoid disappointment.

Lovely As A Tree 2009

It happens every year - I just can't resist using my all time favorite stamp set - Lovely As A Tree.

This year I combined Old Olive with our delicious new in color Rich Razzleberry and of course an old time favorite at this time of year, Silver.

To create the tree, I simply inked it with Old Olive classic ink and then with a Chocolate Chip Stampin' Write Marker, I penned in areas that I wanted to have the chocolate color.

The greeting came from yet another old time favorite Sincere Salutations.

I'm not sure if you can tell, but I went over a few areas of the tree and the ground with my two way glue pen and then added my favorite Dazzling Diamonds glitter - Well, you must have a little bling at Christmas mustn't you?

Images © 1990-2010 Stampin' Up!

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Sooo Many Exciting Things Are On Their Way Take One...

With Soooo many exciting things coming in the new year, I thought I'd give you an update:
If you'd like to receive more detailed information on any of the upcoming things, please feel free to send me an email

I'll be posting information here and on my web page too, so be sure to visit often!

January 5, 2010
Clear mount stamps will be arriving with our fabulous new Occasions Mini
Don't panic, the wood mounts are staying too.
There's a long post on December 1st that should answer all your questions.

I know you love the Sweet Treat Cups because you've been ordering them like crazy, now you'll be able to add to your creativity with heart shaped treat cups starting January 5, 2010

This new insert for your home decorating will blow you away - yes, there are even chalk board style Definitely Decorative items.

January 5-March 31, 2010
It's better than ever - including a punch that will be available for purchase later in the year and if you run out of FREE Sale-A-Bration items to choose from you'll be able to choose from select sets that are in our current Idea Book.

Why not ask for a Stampin' Up! Gift Certificate for Christmas and you'll have $'s to spend during Sale-A-Bration that will go even further because of all the FREE things you can order.

January 5 - April 30, 2010

On January 5, when Stampin’ Up! posts these new publications to the Customer Web Site, you will be able to view online versions of these publications on my web site and blog.

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

New Clear-Mount Stamps by Stampin' Up!

This is probably my longest post EVER! It's important though to make sure all the information you need is available.....
Images © 1990-2010 Stampin' Up!

Over the past few years, there has been enormous demand from demonstrators and customers alike for a line of repositionable clear-mount stamps. Well, you asked for it, and now you have it! Starting with stamps in the 2010 Occasions Mini Catalog and the 2010 Sale-A-Bration Brochure, Stampin′ Up! now offers our exclusive stamp art in both traditional wood-mount, and the new clear-mount option.
Our new clear-mount stamps are the result of extensive research with the intent to maintain the very best image quality in the stamping industry, while at the same time offering the ease-of-use and storability inherent in repositionable clear-mount stamps.
Clear-Mount Features Nine different sizes of clear blocks available individually or as a discounted bundle.

Blocks have ergonomic grooves on all four sides for easy grip and traditional wood-mount feel.
Stamps and blocks are durable and easy to clean with your Stampin’ Scrub and Stampin' Mist.
Optional image labels on stamp backs let you decide if you want to see the image through the block or not.
Tight die-cutting for easy image positioning.
Large clear blocks can be used to create collages or spell words with alphabet sets.
Stamps store easily in standard, DVD-type cases with artwork on front and spine, making organization easy.

Making Clear-Mount Work for You
One of the most exciting things about our new clear-mount stamps is that now you have a choice. We (not to mention thousands of demonstrators and customers) love our wood-mount stamps, and they are not going away. As we present clear-mount stamps, we find that people have strong preferences either way, but now with clear-mount stamps, we can make sure everyone gets just what they want.
Clear-mount stamps are ideal for crafters with limited storage space.

It is easy to arrange several stamps on one clear block for a collage look.

Wood mount stamps are an excellent choice for stampers with limited time. You don't have to constantly reapply your stamp to the block, just grab the stamp you need, and you are set to go!
One option is not better than the other; it all comes down to your personal preference.
If you exclusively use photopolymer stamps on acrylic blocks. Now you have the repositionable clear-mount stamps you love, along with clearly superior Stampin' Up! image quality and durability.
Clear-mount stamps also create a fantastic opportunity for you to reconnect with past guests. Call your friends and let them know about these exciting new products in the Occasions Mini Catalog and tell them you’re having a Stampin’ Up! workshop soon.

Sale-A-Bration is one of the most anticipated Stampin’ Up! events of the year and Sale-A-Bration products this year will be offered in both the clear-mount and wood-mount option.
Book a your Sale-A-Bration workshop now to enjoy the great Sale-A-Bration hostess benefits, and to introduce your friends to the new clear-mount option.
Clear-Mount Frequently Asked Questions:

Q: Why have we decided to offer clear-mount stamps?
A: We have long known of the demand for repositionable clear-mount stamps from both demonstrators and customers. The problem has been how to offer these features without sacrificing the quality of our product. It took us a while, but we did it! With these new repositionable rubber stamps and clear blocks, you get the same superior image quality and durability you are accustomed to, along with the ease-of-use and storability inherent in repositionable stamps.
Q: How is clear-mount stamping different from wood-mount stamping?
A: Clear-mount and wood-mount stamps are both made with the same quality rubber and foam. You will not see any difference in your stamped images with the clear-mount stamps. The clear-mount blocks have grooves on all four sides; the grooves in the block will feel the same in your hand as a wood-mount stamp. Your stamping experience will be the same with either format. The difference lies mainly in their features and benefits. Clear-mount stamps require less storage space, and you can place multiple images on the same block. Also the image on the back of the stamp can aid you in stamp positioning.
Q: Is Stampin’ Up! eventually going to stop carrying wood-mount stamps?
A: We have no plans to discontinue our wood-mount stamps. The benefit of offering stamps in both formats is that you will be able to choose the medium that works best for you.
Q: Are the stamps completely clear, so the whole stamp is see-through? A: No. The blocks are completely clear, but the stamps use our same high-quality rubber and foam. There is, however, an image label for the back of the stamp (between the block and the foam) that will help you position the stamp on the paper.
Q: Are there plans for acrylic (photopolymer) stamps in the future?
A: No. Photopolymer would have been an easy solution for repositionable clear-mount stamps, but it is prone to stretching, tearing, and discoloration, and cannot produce the kind of crisp, finely detailed images Stampin′ Up! stamps are known for. Our commitment to offering the very best products in the crafting market simply would not allow us to offer an inferior product like photopolymer.
Q: Is the clear-mount rubber different from the wood-mount rubber?
A: The rubber on the clear-mount stamps is identical to the rubber used on the wood-mount stamps.
Q: Is the clear-mount foam different?
A: The density of the clear-mount foam is the same as the wood-mount foam. However, the foam on the clear-mount stamps has adhesive on one side (to adhere it to the rubber) and a cling coating on the other side to adhere it to the block. There is also a slight color difference to help you tell them apart. The wood-mount foam color is Going Gray, and the clear-mount foam color is Sahara Sand.
Q: Will all stamps be available in a clear-mount option?
A: Most of the new stamps in future catalogs will be available in both wood-mount and clear-mount options. However, the à la carte stamps and Build-A-Bear Workshop stamps will only be available in wood-mount.
Q: How do you store clear-mount stamps?
A: Clear-mount stamps come in a DVD-sized storage case, and can be housed in any storage system designed to hold DVDs. The artwork on the storage label is shown at 100% on the cover, and thumbnail size on the spine. The back of the case is clear, allowing you to see the actual stamps from the back of the case.
Q: Will larger stamp sets (alphabets) come in larger cases?
A: Stamp sets that are too large for one storage case will be packaged in multiple storage cases and will be labeled 1 of 2, 2 of 2, etc.
Q: Can I get extra storage containers or labels?
A: You can purchase a four-pack of clear-mount storage cases (item 119115). Extra labels are not available for purchase.
Q: Do I need to use the labels on my clear-mount stamps?
A: The labels are designed as a tool, and you can use them or not, as it suits your preference. The stamps are designed to cling to your blocks with or without the label.
Q: How do I apply the labels?
A: Applying the stamp labels is quite simple, and you will find detailed instructions located on the back side of the storage case label. The most important thing to remember is to leave the label on the sheet until you apply it to the stamp. If you remove the label first and then to try to apply it to the stamp, you will be unsuccessful.
Q: Are the labels removable?
A: The labels are not removable. It could damage the foam if you try to remove the label once it has been applied.
Q: Does the cling ever wear away?
A: The cling is a static cling and will not wear out. However, you do need to keep both your blocks and stamps clean in order for the cling to function properly.
Q: Why isn’t my clear-mount stamp sticking to the acrylic block?
A: Both the stamps and the blocks need to be clean for the cling to function properly. Clean both your blocks and stamps with Stampin’ Mist and try again. Also, if you have applied labels to your stamps, you need to press the stamp to the block with a moderate amount of pressure for a few moments in order for it to cling.
Q: How do I clean clear-mount stamps?
A: You simply use your Stampin’ Scrub and a few sprays of Stampin’ Mist. Use your Stampin’ Mist sparingly--if you get your Stampin’ Scrub too wet, the excess liquid can cause your stamp to come off the block, and may also result in some cosmetic damage.
Q: How do I clean the acrylic blocks?
A: Acrylic blocks need to stay clean in order to work well. Stampin’ Mist and Stampin’ Scrub will clean StazOn, Classic Ink, Craft Ink, VersaMark, and metallic ink stains from your blocks. Avoid using StazOn cleaner, as it leaves a slightly oily residue that inhibits the functionality of the cling.
Q: How many sizes of blocks are available?
A: The blocks come in nine different sizes, and have grooves on all four sides. Each block is labeled with “Stampin’ Up!” on one edge and the block letter on the opposite edge. You can buy the blocks individually, or can purchase the entire set as a discount bundle for 10 percent off the price of the combined blocks.
Q: Can I convert my current unmounted stamps to clear-mount stamps?
A: We do not recommend converting your wood-mount stamps to clear-mount stamps. The foam on the wood-mount stamp was not designed to be cling foam, and it is possible that you could damage your stamp if you try to alter it.
Q: Can I use my clear-mount stamps on wood blocks?
A: No. The static cling is designed to work on the clear-mount blocks, and will not work on the wood blocks. Q: I prefer traditional wood-mount sets, so why should I invest in clear-mount? A: We know most demonstrators and customers will prefer one system over the other. As a demonstrator, I will try to take at least one set of each type to all my workshops/events. You will then be able to see and feel both the clear-mount and the wood-mount stamps and decide for yourself which option best fits your stamping style.
Q: Will I still need to use my Stamp-a-ma-jig?
A: While the labels on the clear-mount stamps are closely aligned with the rubber, it is not exact. We recommend using the Stamp-a-ma-jig if your project requires exact alignment.

Monday, November 30, 2009

"Green" Magical Chistmas Dust

Hi there,

I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving! We were in sunny Florida and brrrrr, it feels chilly back here in Michigan, but that's just the way it should feel as we head towards Christmas.

Waaaaaay back in the summer my husband decided to be extravagant and bought a case of those pre-mixed coffee drinks. I knew then that I just couldn't stand for them to go in the trash and so we saved them and decided to "go green" with one of our versions of Christmas dust and here it is.

It was great fun using a combination of "My Digital Studio" and stamping!

I've been asked to make these fun jars for all kinds of children around our area to sprinkle on Christmas Eve - I can't wait to hear if Santa and his Reindeer found their way!

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(not for human consumption)

Sunday, November 29, 2009

It's Almost Over.......

This HUGE SALE only has a few more hours to go - save a bundle on your Holiday shopping and give the most unique gift you've given in years!

Visit my website and check out three great ways to save when you select the SHOP NOW button click HERE!