Sunday, June 25, 2017

We Love Hosts Blog Hop

We Love Our Hosts Blog Tour
 Today I'm participating in a fun Blog Hop...I love being involved in these's great to have a common theme....and everyone works on that theme...and this month is:

We Love (heart) our Hosts

As many of you know, this month (June, 2017) is the month devoted to our Hosts.....and we love each and every one of you and to show our appreciation, Stampin' Up! is offering this fun promotion...but it's over soon...but there is still time to participate.....Here are the details:

Earn an additional $35 with a qualifying workshop!  Woo Hoo!  That's FAB-O in my book!

So for this hop, we are focusing on our brand new Host Sets available in the back of the catalog.  These stamp sets are for those that Host only or place an order of $150 or more!
Now onward and upward to the blog hop!

Here's my Host Stamp Set which I am focusing on today!

I'm focusing on the Tranquil Tulips Stamp set of 22 photopolymer Stamps.
I also combined some more new products including our lovely Wood Textures Designer Series Paper Stack #144177 and our new Wood Crate Framelits #143730

I added some dimension to this card project by using our Stampin' Dimensionals Item # 104430

The background was created using a fun scoring technique using our Simply Scored Scoring Tool Item #122334 scoring in 1/2" increments.  I then did a wash of color by doing the Direct to Paper Technique taking Pool Party Ink, a touch of Old Olive ink and our Whisper White Craft Pad.  Added a little shredded paper to the wood crake and a saying and you are all done!
 Time for some hoppin....


Thursday, June 22, 2017

Why I Do What I Do.....

  Why Do I Do What I Do?
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Thanks for stopping by today...this time of the year always brings me back to thinking about why do I do what I do....I'm often asked that question....and this is the time of the year I always reflect back onto that question.  Why, you ask....this is the month 18 years ago I decided to take the plunge and join the SU's been that long.....
I'm nothing different than you...I have a full time job....have a family (well over the years they have gown into beautiful adults.....and even brought me grandchildren)...have a home to take care of (both inside and out)....and all the day to day goings on.....but...18 years ago...I decided....why not? 
Why not take a chance....join the SU family and see what happens.....
So....never in my wildest dreams would it have amounted to what it is granted, I'm not the top saleswoman in the company, I don't have thousands of stampers in my team....I don't make $1 million dollars a year, but I love it!  It's simply that! 
Stampin' Up! has been with me since 1999 and while many things in my life have let me down....this has never!  I've been through many traumatic personal issues in my life, but SU was always there for me.....people pay thousands of dollars for therapy.....I STAMP!
This leads me to my recent adventure with SU....I received a call last year from someone wanting to place an order...she had moved to this area from not that far away but was looking for a demonstrator to order....what else...our Whisper White products!  I talked to her for a bit...helped her with what she needed and even got her a catalog package together and sent it out.....I also found out that she was a bit more of a stone's throw away from me!  Well we ended up chatting through Facebook, Messaging and such...but never met this person....until yesterday!
Well, I know she won't mind me sharing our little, mind you, I have never met her before but messaged her that I had a special catalog saved for her...and that I would love to drop it off...when life kind of got in the way for a little bit but yesterday we met....
Carole is a wonderful woman...someone that invited me into her home and into her life.....We talked like we were friends forever....chatting about our lives, our love of animals (which she has the sweetest furbabies) and very little about stamping......We even discovered we share the same birthday! amazing this woman is....and after returning home, I knew what I was going to blog about today...not really of stamping....but of my WHY I do what I do....This is just a little sampling of my WHY.....
What is your WHY...your WHY of not joining this fabulous company and fabulous network of people?  My WHY is now...WHY NOT?
So...without making this a novel.....I just wanted to share a little part of my WHY.....and I want to thank each and every one of  you that has impacted my life...
whether you know it or not...YOU HAVE!
So THANK YOU!  Thank you from the bottom of my heart..and ink pads...thank you for coming into my life and thank you for your friendship...I love you all....and wish you all a SUper Stampin' Day!
All my love......Susan, Your Independent Stampin' Up! Demonstrator

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

It's Coloring Time....upcoming Adult Coloring Class!

Another Wednesday...Another Borderline Buddies
Let's take a look and see what Leanna has been up to
I thought I would focus on coloring today....I'm not a huge fan of coloring...but at times, I find it relaxing and rather about you?
Coloring Tools
Let's check out the various ways we can use color in our stamping projects
Aqua Painters
Price: $17.00 
No need for a brush and cup--Aqua Painters hold liquid for easy watercoloring. Use with Watercolor Paper and Classic Stampin' Ink.

* 2 painters: 1 medium brush tip, 1 large brush tip
Blender Pens
Price: $12.00
Combine the flexibility of watercolors with the convenience of markers. These dual-tipped pens are filled with specialized solution to blend ink easily. Use with Watercolor Paper or Shimmery White Cardstock and Classic Stampin' Ink. The tip cleans off with just a stroke or two on scrap paper, so you don't need a different pen for each color.

* 3 pens
* Flexible tip on each end
* Acid free
* Xylene free
* Nontoxic
Sponge Brayers
Price: $8.00
Use for ink techniques.

* 2 handles and 4 sponges
* Sponges: 1-3/4" (4.4 cm) wide
Sponge Daubers
Price: $5.00
Daub touches of Classic Stampin’ Ink on stamps or directly on projects. Fit on fingers for great control.

* 5 daubers
Stampin' Spritzer
Price: $3.00
Make your own color spritzer! Fill this empty bottle with water or rubbing alcohol and any color of Classic Stampin' Ink, then mix and spritz. Great for spritzing large areas.

* 2 bottles
Stamping Sponges
Price: $3.50
Easy way to apply Classic Stampin' Ink for a colored effect. Can be cut into wedges for even more use.

* 3 sponges
* 2-3/4" (7 cm) diameter
Watercolor Pencils
Price: $16.00
High-quality, smooth color pencils. Perfect for watercoloring stamped images. Use with Aqua Painters, Blender Pens, or alone.

* 13 pencils in Stampin’ Up! colors: Basic Black, Basic Gray, Bermuda Bay, Calypso Coral, Daffodil Delight, Early Espresso, Melon Mambo, Old Olive, Pacific Point, Pumpkin Pie, Real Red, Rich Razzleberry, Whisper White
* Acid free
* Lignin free
Which is your favorite?  Be sure to leave it below in the comments.
If you wish to experience even more ways to color and give them all a try, I'm going to be holding an upcoming Adult Color Night...where we can color with one, two or all of the's going to be a relaxing evening that you'll not want to miss. Be sure to check my Events Page soon where I'll be updating classes for the next couple of months.....
Have  a SUper Stampin' Day!
Glimmer Hugs!

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Have A Pocket Full of Sunshine!

Let The Sunshine....Let The Sunshine In!
What happens after a horrible weekend of rain and even T-storms? 
The sunshine!  Yes.....the sun returns!....were you wondering what the big ball shining brightly in the sky is?  I sure was....and I am so needing some Vitamin from the sun!
How About a Pocket Full of Sunshine?
Pocketful of Sunshine Photopolymer Bundle
Pocketful Of Sunshine Photopolymer Bundle 145345
Price: $37.75
Make 3D pockets that can hold die cut imagery or real money or gift cards.

Bundle and save! Buy these two coordinating products and save 10%.

Pocketful of Sunshine Photopolymer Stamp Set
This fun and sassy stamp set is sure to dazzle you as it features a pocket which is the perfect size for giftcards, cash, or other treasures. You'll love this as much as the jingle jangle sound of coins in your pockets!
* Quantity: 20 photopolymer stamps
* Suggested clear blocks (sold separately): a, d, e

Pocket Framelits Dies
Create die-cut accents in seconds with Framelits dies and the Big Shot. Framelits’ open design allows you to place them where you want for precise cutting. Creates a 3D pocket, perfectly sized for money, gift cards, etc.
* 19 dies
* Largest piece: 2-1/2" x 1-3/4" (6.4 x 4.4 cm)
How about a few samples....lovin' the shades....
Be sure to add this bundle to your shopping list.  This little pocket can be filled with lots of little goodies....and it's always nice to fill it with $$$ too! 
Have a SUper Stampin' Day!
Glimmer Hugs!

Monday, June 19, 2017


Good Day my Stampin' Friends and Happy Monday!
Sending out belated Happy Father's Day wishes to all the dads out there!
Yes...I'm a bit late...but heck...better late than never, right?
It was a very busy weekend at my household..I had a ton of outdoor work to get all know..that stuff you keep putting new mulching, trimming, grass cutting....etc.  I have to admit...I'm not a fan at all of doing outside work....but someone's gotta do it!  That pretty much is me!
We are having some rainy stormy weather here in Northeastern PA....the temps have risen...the humidity is here and thus making it very ripe for these storms...some pretty the one last evening...wowsie...I saw it was coming....but phew!  I do like the end result!  :-)
So...I thought it be appropriate that I share the following with you:
Grown with Love Clear-Mount Stamp Set
Grown With Love Clear-Mount Stamp Set 144433
Price: $21.00
Playful images combine easily for a pleasant array of agreeable goodness. You'll use them all year long to bring a little brightness to your day.

Our clear-mount stamps
* Are made of the same premium rubber as our wood-mount stamps.
* Have deeply etched images so you get a superior stamped impression each time.
* Are precut so you don't have to trim.
* Are repositionable; temporarily mount them on clear blocks for stamping, then remove them for storage.
* Save space—you need only one set of blocks for all your clear-mount stamps (blocks sold separately).
* Come packaged in cases with images on the spine for easy storage and quick reference.

Quantity: 6 rubber stamps

Suggested clear blocks (sold separately): b, d
How cute is this set?  I haven't even recognized it when I was going through the new catalog....does that happen to you?  You look through the catalog tons of times....and you hadn't noticed!  This set is one of them!
Here are a few samples using this fun stamp set
There is also a coordinating framelit set to accommodate your stamping using this set...and purchasing the Bundle, saves you 10%!
Garden Grown Framelits Dies
Garden Grown Framelits Dies 143748
Price: $30.00
Create die-cut accents in seconds with Framelits dies and the Big Shot. Framelits’ open design allows you to place them where you want for precise cutting. Coordinates with the Grown With Love Stamp Set.

* 14 dies
* Largest image: 2-3/8" x 2-1/2" (6 x 6.4 cm)
Have a SUper Stamipn' Day!
Glimmer Hugs!

Friday, June 16, 2017

Washi Here...Washi There...Washi Everywhere

Happy Friday!
Today I thought I would focus on Washi Tape....where did this whole Washi thing turn up?
It seems like it was never around (or maybe we just called it clear tape)...and poof...there it is...Seems like Washi Tape is everywhere.....
How do you use Washi Tape?
There are many ways to use can be used on cards, used in planners, it's great for a temporary hold on things...there are so many uses.....
Here's a video I did on Wonderful Washi.....with some really fun ideas to use Washi Tape
Here's some of the brand new Washi Tape that is in our current catalog:
Pick a Pattern Washi Tape
Pick A Pattern Washi Tape 144166
Price: $8.00
What’s to love about washi tape? Everything! The designs and colors. The versatility. The simplicity—just tear, tape, and transform. Go basic and use single strips as accents. Or step it up and combine strips to create custom backgrounds, decorations, and more. It’s an effortless way to add color to your projects.

* 5 rolls: 1/8", 1/4", 3/8", 5/8", 1" widths (3.2mm, 6.4mm, 1 cm, 1.6 cm, 2.5 cm)
* 5 yards (4.6 m) per roll
* Lignin free
* Coordinating colors: Basic Black

Here are a few great fresh ideas
So Go Grab Some Washi and Make It A Washi Day!
Have a SUper Stampin' Day!
Glimmer Hugs!

Thursday, June 15, 2017

Let's Take a Look - Wood Textures Suite!

Wood Textures Suite
Wood Textures
It's all about the texture....don't you think?
This lovely suite is perfect if you love texture and love the look of wood!  I know I do!
This suite can be rustic or it can be's totally up to you and what look you are going for.
This little wood crate is absolutely the cutest!  It's so simple to create....
but you do need to own a Big Shot...
If you do not own a Big Shot, you are missing out on so much!  There are so many things you can do with our die cutting machine...and no worries if the power goes out!  It just takes arm power! :)
Let's take a closer look, shall we?  Be sure to check out the fun video too!
Wood Words Clear-Mount Bundle
Wood Words Clear-Mount Bundle 145316
Price: $46.75
The stamp and die in this bundle combine to create darling mini crates that can be used to hold 3" x 3" cards or a host of little goodies. Stamps are designed to stamp over crate slats like an old time wood crate.

Bundle and save! Buy these two coordinating products and save 10%.

Wood Words Clear-Mount Stamp Set
Rely on these stamps for lots of texture and personality, regardless of your project. It's farmhouse chic and a true creator's dream.
* Quantity: 15 rubber stamps
* Suggested clear blocks (sold separately): a, b, e

Wood Crate Framelits Dies
Create die-cut accents in seconds with Framelits dies and the Big Shot. Framelits’ open design allows you to place them where you want for precise cutting.
* 6 dies.
* Finished box size: 3-1/4" x 1-5/8" x 1-5/8” (8.3 x 4.1 x 4.1 cm)
How about this paper?'s perfect for all your crafting needs and it's perfect in size at 6x6!
Wood Textures Designer Series Paper Stack 144177
Price: $10.00
Bring the look of the outdoors inside with these natural, rustic patterns. Pick a pack of patterned paper! So many designs, so many colors, so many uses. Fronts and backs are similar grains and colors for ideal use in die cutting.

* The smaller size works beautifully on card fronts
* 48 sheets: 4 each of 12 double-sided designs
* 6” x 6”. (15.2 x 15.2 cm)
* Acid-free
* Lignin free
And don't forget the ribbons too!
1/4" Copper Trim
1/4" Copper Trim 144179
Price: $6.00
Loose-weave copper trim with zigzag stitching.

* 5 yards (4.6 m)
* 1/4" (6.4mm) wide

5/8" (1.6 Cm) Burlap Ribbon 141487
Price: $7.00
Ribbon lovers, we’ve got you covered! Ribbon is an easy way to add style to your projects. Tie it, loop it, wrap it, cut it. We have the styles you love in the colors you want.

* Loose-weave burlap
* 5/8" (1.6 cm) wide
* 5 yards (4.6 cm)
* 75% jute, 25% nylon
Head on over to my online store and place your order sure to use the Hostess Code posted on the side of this post too!
Have a SUper Stampin' Day!
Glimmer Hugs!

We Love Hosts Blog Hop

   Today I'm participating in a fun Blog Hop...I love being involved in these's great to have a common theme....and ...