Monday, June 20, 2011

Coming Soon ... UStamp with Dawn and Friends I ♥ the Holidays!! 2011

* Get a HUGE jump on your Holiday Crafting!! Featuring FAB projects for Halloween, Thanksgiving and Christmas!!

* 40+ projects shared in 20 days!!

* Downloadable PDF Tutorial for EVERY project!!

* Live Chats!!

* Prizes!!

* Member Gallery to share YOUR creative genius!!

* So much more!!

If you've never participated in a UStamp event, then you are TOTALLY missing out as evidenced by our recent blog hop which you can still access.  Head on over to our first stop at Dawn Rapsas' blog here

UStamp with Dawn and Friends will run from August 12 through August 31!!!! 

Sunday, June 19, 2011

Happy Father's Day!

I wish I could say I have a beautiful card to show you today, but sadly I don't.  I didn't even manage to get a card made for my two favorite dads today (my husband and my father).  We will be moving back to the US from Okinawa, Japan in 52 days!  To say the least, things have been a bit crazy in my house for the past several days.  Unfortunately, my posting will be sporadic over the next two month or so.  I will try very hard to post several times a week, but can't make any guarantees.  I certainly hope you're patient with me and that you stick around to see what's go come once we get settled! 

And as my title says ... Happy Father's Day to all you wonderful dads out there!

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

The Great My Digital Studio Express Giveaway


Stampin' Up! is giving away 100 copies of My Digital Studio Express on their Facebook Fan Page.  That's a $39.95 value!  Head on over there and enter!!!  Sweepstakes ends on June 23 at 11:59 p.m. MDT.  You never know, you may be the lucky winner!

Monday, June 13, 2011

New UStamp Free Pass Winner

Would you believe that my free pass winner was already picked by not one, but two other designers from the fabulous UStamp Blog Hop Team????  How crazy is that? 

I used to pick a new winner and guess what?  The same person's number came up!  So, I scrambled the numbers again and our new lucky winner is:

I love your card, I haven't done any quilting yet either but would love to try both.

By Yvonne

Yvonne, please contact me by email to let me know if you have NOT won free pass from another one of our designers and if you have already paid for the upcoming holiday event!

Thank You and A Winner!!!

WOW!  The UStamp with Dawn and Friends Blog Hop was super successful!!  You can still access all the project Tutorials for FREE by joining us HERE.

So now to "important" part, I get to give away a FREE PASS to the next round of UStamp with Dawn and Friends! Thank you for all the wonderful comments on my Grecian Square Quilt Card.  It was so nice to read each and everyone of them.  You all are wonderful!

I used to choose my winner and the number that came up was Comment 21:

love this, the quilting is awesome
By Jess
Congratulations Jess!  You will be emailed an invite (on opening day) to the next round which opens on August 12th.

UStamp with Dawn and Friends World Showcase Blog Hop!!!

Welcome to the UStamp with Dawn and Friends!! World Showcase Blog Hop. Glad you decided to join us.  There are 24 stops for you to make along the way. This is stop #8. You'll have from Friday, June 10 through Monday, June 13 to visit all the blogs and check out all the yummy creative goodness!
If you have been following the Blog Hop from the beginning, you have just been wowed by Kris's Love Shadow Box.  Isn't it just gorgeous??

If you are just joining the Blog Hop, no problem as you can start at any point. All the Designer's Blogs are linked together so you will be able to see ALL the super projects we have for you.

For my project I chose to do a quilted card.

My mother-in-law makes the most amazing quilts.  Since I am not a quilter (or even a sewer for that matter), I figured why not do the next best thing and make a "paper" quilt!  There are so many amazing quilt patterns out there on the Internet -- the possibilities are endless.  Just change up your pattern and your colors and you will have a completely different look.

As a Special Thank You for stopping by my blog I am giving away BLOG CANDY!! Please leave a comment about my project to be entered for a chance to win a FREE PASS to the next UStamp with Dawn and Friends!! session - I ♥ the Holidays!!  I will randomly select a winner to be announced on Monday, so please check back to see if you are the lucky recipient.  If you have already joined I ♥ the Holidays!! for the Special Party Pricing and you are selected as the winner, you will get a FREE Pass to the NEXT event after I ♥ the Holidays!! which will launch in the Fall.

AND now for the really cool part!! You will NOT want to miss out in THIS!!
By clicking this really cute blinkie...yeah...go ahead and click it!!...
you will be taken to
Of course it's ***FREE*** to join and there you will find the tutorials for all the blog hop projects,
PLUS live chats, challenges and more prizes!!
You will even have an opportunity to be considered for a spot as a Guest Designer!!

Yes!! It is all FREE, so tell all your friends and join the fun with UStamp with Dawn and Friends!!

AND last but certainly not least, please hop on over to NEXT BLOG where you will find Tammy with an absolutely beautiful card set and holder.

Thanks again for stopping by!!

Sunday, June 12, 2011

June Stamp Club

I had the pleasure of meeting with my Stamp Club ladies tonight.  We always have such a great time chatting and stamping!  Tonight Jeanine was our hostess and she made the MOST amazing tamales and homemade ice cream sandwiches.  YUMMY!!!  Thanks Jeanine! 

I taught the ladies how to make the never-ending card that I featured in this post for UStamp and I also shared with them the wax paper resist technique and made a card with it. 

Melon Mambo Card Stock (15320)
Glossy White Card Stock (102599)
Whisper White Card Stock (100730)
Regal Rose Classic Stampin' Pad (105211)
Old Olive Classic Stampin' Pad (102277)
Melon Mambo Classic Stampin' Pad (115656)
Bold Blossom Stamp Set (Wood - 123232; Clear Mount - 122232)
Blossom Bouquet Triple Layer Punch (122464)
1-3/4" x 7/8" Oval Large (119855)
Scallop Oval Extra-Large (119856)
Pretty In Pink 1/4" Grosgrain Ribbon (109032)
Basic Jewels Rhinestones (119246)
SNAIL Adhesive (104332)
Stampin' Dimensionals (104430)

Non-Stampin' Up!
Wax Paper

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Swaps Rock!!

One of the many great things about UStamp is the swaps!  There is usually a Friend to Friend swap where we are paired up with another individual (typically from another country) and we each create a card and a small 3D item for one another.  There is also a group swap (I think it was 6+1) where we create 7 of the same cards and mail them all to our Swap Skipper who in turns swaps out the cards for 6 different cards and mails them back. 

I was lucky enough to be paired with Sharna Russell from New Zealand.  Be sure to visit her fantastic blog! 

Sharna made me the cutest swaps using the now retired Eat Chocolate Stamp set.  I love the card she made and the little tin is adorable and was filled with the most DELICIOUS chocolates!  She also sent me some other AMAZING sweets from NZ that my kids promptly devoured!  Thank you so much Sharna!

Friday, June 3, 2011

Exciting Announcement!!!

I am super excited to be able to share with you information about the next FABULOUS UStamp event! 

June 10 - 13:  FREE World Showcase Blog Hop

* The FABULOUS UStamp with Dawn and Friends!! Design Team will have awesome projects for you to enjoy at their blogs on the Worlds Showcase Blog Hop.

* Every project will include a link for a downloadable PDF tutorial.

* Every Designer will have BLOG Candy at their blogs and YOU could be a winner!!

*We will have FUN Creative Challenges where you can share your projects

* Talent Search...would you like to be considered for a Guest Designer spot for the UStamp with Dawn & Friends!! Design Team??  Get your MoJo going because details will be announced June 10th.


Wednesday, June 1, 2011

The Last Chance Lists Are Here!!!

It's that time again! The end of the Stampin' Up! catalog year is upon us. On July 1 we will have a super exciting brand new catalog! I am providing links to the Last Chance lists for stamp sets and Definitely Decorative items that will no longer be available as of July 1, 2011.  While it is not anticipated that Stampin' Up! will run out of these items, it is important to note that they are AVAILABLE WHILE SUPPLIES LAST! 

Last Chance Stamps

Last Chance Definitely Decorative

To view the retiring accessories, please visit my Stampin' Up! website store.  These are available while supplies last (and they will go quickly), so if you have your eye on something, act fast and make your purchase!

Remember, if you have a qualifying order of $150.00 or more you will receive hostess benefits ONLY if you order directly through me or through my Stampin' Up! website. Please let me know if you have any questions!

National Scrapbooking Month Blog Candy Winner

Hi Everyone!

I hope everyone is doing well. Now that it is June 1 everywhere (for those of us in Okinawa, it's been June for SEVERAL hours), I drew a winner for a FREE copy of My Digital Studio software. I placed the names of everyone who ordered in a list randomizer at and our winner is ...


Congratulations Lynn! Give me a shout to arrange receipt of your new software!