October is National Breast Cancer Awareness month…Have you gone pink yet?

Hi All,

Hard to believe another October is here and almost gone already.   The Supreme Court is back in session (time to watch that grand old movie “First Monday in October” again),  Halloween is looming and we’ve been celebrating National Breast Cancer Awareness month all month long!   Not that Breast Cancer isn’t something to be thinking about every month right ladies?   Ah,ah,ah…you guys too should be concerned, for yourselves and for the women in your life.   Monthly breast exams are no longer just a female thing!

Stampin’ Up!  with their wide array of colors, embellishments and stamps that all work “Pink” give you unlimited possibilities to share your support for Breast Cancer Awareness and those affected by the disease in your life.

If you would like a flyer of the following grid and information click for my SCRIBD files here (PDF) or here (Word version)- or this will get you the PDF here  Pink Grid Flyer.  Fellow Demonstrators – Please feel free to share, alter and use as needed though I wouldn’t object to a wee bit of credit or a link to my blog (LOL!).

October’s National Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Inspire, Create & Share with Pretty in Pink to Spread Awareness

cardstock 2 sizes1 2classic ink stamp pad 3classic ink refill
4Stampin Write Marker 5 6Craft Ink Refill
7Ribbon - quarter inch grosgrain 8 9Ribbon - Taffeta
10 11glitter - Supernova Fine Stampin' Glitter (includes pink) Ribbon 1/8" Taffeta12
13Decor Element - Manhattan Flower 14 15Decor Element - Upsy Daisy
16Jumbo stampin' around cartridge 17Ribbon of Hope - Single Stamp 18Decor Element - Love,Faith,Hope, Life


Pretty in Pink Products

  1. Cardstock – 8-1/2 x 11 & 12 x 12 pkgs.

  2. Classic Ink Stamp Pad  

  3. Classic Ink Refill

  4. Stampin’ Write Marker

  5. 5/8” Grosgrain Ribbon

  6. Craft Ink Refill – use with new uninked Craft Pad (Holiday Mini item)

  7. 1/4″ Grosgrain Ribbon

  8. 1-1/4” Wide Striped Grosgrain Ribbon

  9. 3/8” Taffeta Ribbon

 10. Simply Adorned Charm – pink the insert

 11. Supernova Fine Stampin’ Glitter (inc. pink)

 12. 1/8” Taffeta Ribbon (white borders)

 13. Décor Element – Manhattan Flower

 14. Simply Sent Sweet Hello Kit – includes pink ribbon rosette flowers to attach to card

 15. Décor Element – Upsy Daisy

 16. Jumbo Stampin’ Around Cartridge (blank) – ink with the classic or craft pink reinker of your choice

 17. Ribbon of Hope – Single Stamp

 18. Décor Element – Faith, Hope, Love & Life


Many of these products are also available in other light or “ dark pink” colors: Rose Red, Melon Mambo and the lighter newly returned Pink Pirouette or Blushing Bride!


There are more Pretty in Pink Décor items and Stencil images for inking in the new Definitely Decorative Catalog.  More wonderful stamps too in the full catalog.


Décor Elements can be broken up into smaller pieces for small projects and applied to mugs, tiles, votive candle holders, plates, laptops, pictures. Many other imaginative uses as well – apply to walls, mirrors, windows, Cars or other large surfaces.


Tip:  Besides the Ribbon of Hope stamp several other stamp sets are also perfect for inspiring Think Pink projects.  Inspired by Nature’s text stamp Live With Passion is the perfect text for Breast Cancer Projects and is available in several languages.   Just Believes text stamp “Some things have to be believed to be seen” has many applications as well.  Particularly in our search for a cure and our fundraising efforts to bring it to fruition.  Cottage Garden is another terrific stamp with flowers, butterfly and a great text “Love life & it will Love you back”.  All great stamp sets for creating Think Pink Projects.


Think Pink – Breast Cancer Awareness Stamp Project and Event ideas:




http://igotstamps.com/?p=2629 – a bouquet that lasts forever

http://fastamper.blogspot.com/2010/06/relay-for-life-update.html – Ribbon of Hope


http://kimevans.typepad.com/stamping_with_kim/2010/08/catching-up.html – Breast Cancer Awareness Journal

http://www.littlemissscrapalicious.com/2009/10/pals-paper-arts-14.html – Pink Punch Owl

http://www.littlemissscrapalicious.com/2009/07/stampin-out-breast-cancer-fundraiser.html – Going pink scrap page




http://southerncaliforniastamper.blogspot.com/2010/10/praying-for-you-anita.html – check out the inked pink ribbon behind the text




http://www.maryrindal.com/2010/10/pink-out-afterthoughts.html – afterthoughts


http://totallyawake4-stampin.blogspot.com/2010/09/marvelous-magnets.html – magnets

http://totallyawake4-stampin.blogspot.com/2010/09/bookmarks.html – bookmarks

http://totallyawake4-stampin.blogspot.com/2010/09/trick-or-treat.html – Fancy Favor boxes – did you know Halloween comes in Pink? 😀

http://totallyawake4-stampin.blogspot.com/2010/09/five-more-cards-for-run-for-cure.html – cards




http://www.maryrindal.com/2010/10/pink-out-afterthoughts.html – afterthoughts 



http://totallyawake4-stampin.blogspot.com/2010/09/marvelous-magnets.html – magnets

http://totallyawake4-stampin.blogspot.com/2010/09/bookmarks.html – bookmarks

http://totallyawake4-stampin.blogspot.com/2010/09/trick-or-treat.html – Fancy Favor boxes – did you know Halloween comes in Pink? 😀

http://totallyawake4-stampin.blogspot.com/2010/09/five-more-cards-for-run-for-cure.html – cards



In addition to the stamping info, here are a few links to resources and information about Breast Cancer and what you can do to help find a cure or find answers to questions for yourself or others you know affected by the disease.  


In last years post here there are even more links and general info as well as some stamping links for Ribbon of Hope projects.

Information sources:


  http://breastcancercare.org/resources.php – List of online resources


Breast Cancer Awareness Image Sources for blogs, letters, emails etc.:






And two last notes….


During the rest of October, anyone placing an order of $50 or more on my website that includes a product from my Think Pink flyer will be rewarded with free shipping.  I’ll also donate some Think Pink cards to a local Cancer Charity for any sized order placed in my online store.  


 I considered writing the whole post in hot pink but decided it was a bit too hard on the eyes even if it would be appropriate for the subject matter.  Hopefully the special deal will reward you for reading through it – LOL!


And lastly… here’s a fun video I also shared last year:


The smiles and the dancing and the hope are catching…aren’t they!

Hugs and Blessings – Jean


Frugal Friday checks out Stampin’ Up’s “Artistic Etchings”…One stamp set two very different looks!

Hi All,

Welcome back to Frugal Friday.  Today I’m looking at a favorite set of mine that definitely fits the frugal bill in both price and utility.   To see a full list of frugally priced under $20 stamp sets and wheels check out the lists in my Scribd files or the links in the right hand side bar.  There is a list for the Idea Book & Catalog and a separate one for the Holiday Mini.

I’m a big fan of the new Vintage trend that Artistic Etchings represents.  Lots of possibilities for out of the box thinking and creating.  And when it comes to frugal stamping that versatility is a key factor.  When one stamp set that is moderately priced to begin with can be used in multiple ways for multiple occasions you know you have a winner.

Tip: When looking at new stamp sets I try to find at least 5 different ways to use a set.  If I can accomplish that goal then I know I’ve found a “keeper”.   I also make a point of creating projects (or at least sketching them out) with every stamp in the set when I get it so I can discover the utility of each image.

 Here are two very different looks created by my friend and Stampin’ Up partner Cheryl for some of our recent events.

First up: 

From our September Stamp Camp. Ignore the Kraft looking sheet in the background – I used that for contrast so the Very Vanilla Cardstock would show up on my scanner.

Stamps:  Artistic Etchings, En Francais,  Perfect Punches

Card Stock: Very Vanilla, Basic Black

Ink: Basic Black, Crumb Cake, Cherry Cobbler

Punches:  1 3/8”x 5/8” Oval Punch, 1 ¾”x 7/8” Oval Punch

Other: Big Shot, Vintage Wallpaper Embossing Folder, Sponge Daubers (for Crumb Cake ink), dimensionals

While the Thanks image looks like its a combination of stamps or Designer paper it’s really the one image from Perfect punches that creates the awesome background and text all in one image!   A little judicious antiquing with Crumb Cake (AKA – Kraft) ink adds to the dimensionality of the image.   Note:  The circle medallion image was stamped before the texturing with the embossing folder.   Some stampers at the Camp also included other images from the set (Crown, key, etc. some in Marina Mist) that added to the collage feel of the card.  They also had a choice of Embossing folders for different textures.

Note:  If you are looking for other ornament ideas the Crown and the “bar pin” image fit perfectly inside the Ornament punch shape and even the circle medallion looks pretty cool.   If you used an ornament punch shaped stencil you could create a fabulous background paper of scattered ornaments across the page with many of the images from this set.   The key even fits sideways!


And Second a very different look:

Artistic Etchings as a Christmas Ornament!   This particular card is a CASE of Ann Clemmer’s very inventive card – you can see her blog here.  Even though it’s quite simple it still packs a great deal of punch and was a favorite at this months Christmas Stamp a Stack.

Stamps: Artistic Etchings, Lovely as a Tree,  A Cardinal Christmas (greeting)

Ink: Riding Hood Red, Versamark, White StazOn

Papers:  Riding Hood Red, Cherry Cobbler, Sahara Sand,

Other: Modern Label Punch, 1-3/4″ Circle Punch, Silver Embossing Powder, Embossing Buddy, Heat Tool, Dimensionals, Scissors




Artistic Etchings

Clear Mount: #120573,  $14.95

Wood Mount: #118517,  $18.95

An old-world cathedral, a street café in the shadow of the Eiffel Tower, the stately decorum of a royal palace—these are the types of images invoked by our Artistic Etchings set. Add its vintage look and feel to your cards and scrapbook pages to set a romantic, nostalgic mood. Available both in wood-mount and clear-mount.

Set Quantity: 6

Combines wonderfully with textured embossing folders like Vintage Wallpaper and Finial Press and many more.   I’ve even thought that the round medallion would work to approximate a Mandala (Buddhist mystic wheel image), a Sioux shield maybe placed behind the Buffalo from the In Wilderness stamp set.  The longer lacy image reminds me of one of my Grandmothers favorite pins.   And of course all the images will work alone or together to create wonderful One Sheet Wonders or background papers.

From simple to complex the possibilities are endless.


SCS Gallery: http://www.splitcoaststampers.com/gallery/showgallery.php?si=%22Artistic+Etchings%22&x=29&y=13

Stampin’ Addicts Gallery: http://www.stampinaddicts.com/gallery/showgallery.php?cat=3384





http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qp7fWHLH3zc – Video

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=28PpwnJtNpw&feature=mfu_in_order&playnext=1&videos=fKSsF7_J3aA  – video



http://www.iteachstamping.com/2010/09/using-stampin-ups-artistic-etchings-in-a-different-way.html  – Video for another type of Ornament card











I hope you’ve enjoyed this look at a favorite stamp set.   Kudos to those original stampers who first saw an ornament in a crown and circle image.  I love the creativity of my sister Demo’s.

Hugs and Blessings – Jean

Quick Tip: Embossing Folders and Chipboard


Note added later:  I’ve discovered a very freaky thing.  The computer world and my blog seem to be playing tricks.  One time I log on the pictures show the correct embossed and debossed images.  The next hour the images appear to be the reverse of what they are marked.  Not sure how its doing that.  When I scanned the images something similar happened.   The initial picture looked correct as to what parts of the design were raised and what impressed into the paper.  Then when I would open them up in a viewer the design areas were reversed!  However when I first posted them on the blog they showed up as they should.  Now they are alternating.  Anyone know what’s up with that??

Hi All,

Turns out embossing folders and chipboard are the perfect ingredients for a new playtime!  What inspired that…besides my insatiable need to play with my Big Shot?

I was scanning the various forums on Stampin’ Connection the other day and came across a question from fellow (probably that should be sister – lol) demo Carol Markley (hi Carol!).  What’s Stampin’ Connection you ask?  A very cool online community sponsored by Stampin’ Up and available to Stampin Up Demonstrators only.  Another great perk when you join the team!

Question by Carol Markley:

Patty’s Stamping spot shows a convention demonstration using the lattice embossing folder with chipboard.  I have tried several different “sandwiches” and they are all either too thin or too thick.  Anyone have success with this?


Quick answer to Carols question…Yep!  

I played with that concept this morning.  And in case you’re interested, here’s what I came up with.

Chipboard #1 - Embossed


Chipboard #2 - Debossed

Each Big Shot seems to take sandwiches somewhat differently and of course it also depends on the chipboard used. I didn’t have any of our SU Longboard Chipboard on hand so I used a cereal carton for my “chipboard” – the poor woman’s version don’t you know – LOL!

Here’s the sandwich that worked for my Big Shot machine (from the bottom of the stack up):

Multipurpose platform set to Tab 1
cutting plate
Vintage Wallpaper folder (I don’t have the lattice one yet) with chipboard inserted
Cutting Plate

I did this twice and the first time it went through quite easy and impressed well. The second time it was stiffer going through and when I examined the piece I think that was because there was a a slight bit of extra paper adhering to a glued spot of the box top I’d grabbed to play with. Though it still embossed okay it was a good reminder to check my piece carefully for flaws.

Since the SU chipboard is thicker I would suggest using the bottom no tab setting and then adding cardstock shims until the sandwich feels right for your machine.   While the machines have a 3 year warranty (yay!  SU and Sizzix) you really don’t want to break yours …so play carefully my friends.

I also played with brayering ink on the folder and trying both embossing and debossing depending on which side of the folder was inked. Very cool effect.  Thanks for getting me thinking along these lines  Carol.

Oh and in case you’re wondering.  Embossing is what happens when you have a raised image and Debossing is when you have a recessed image.   It’s pretty much all about which side of the paper you use when you are using an embossing folder – something you can get away with as long as there is no text to show up in reverse.  If text is involved than an embossing folder does just that…embosses.    The new Letterpress plates from the Holiday mini are a great debossing tool when you want text as well as image impressed into the paper.


Now, after this playtime,  I have an idea for creating storage folders for my embossing folders. Cut a card sized piece of cereal box (5-1/2″ x 8-1/2″) score halfway and emboss the front and back just like I would a card front and back using the folder to be stored! Then attach a Round tab punch piece with the folder name on it and Voila! A very cool storage device that will sit nicely in a box or basket. Might have to play with the folder sizing and maybe make it a wee bit bigger.    Once I get one completed I’ll post a picture.

That’s it for today.   Hope you enjoyed this quick tip and a fun new way to use the Big Shot.

Hugs and Blessings – Jean

Binary delight….10l10l10-10:10

 ETA: This post was supposed to go out this morning at 10:10 but whether it’s the computer or the blog service that can’t tell time it’s still sitting in the queue (appropriate I guess in some weird manner).  Luckily I can tell the date and caught it’s absence.  Fortunately its still 10/10/10 all the way up until midnight!   And adding to the hilarity and loss of hair (I really have to stop pulling it out!) and total computer likelihood when I went to fix and get this posted WordPress ate the post!!   Had to start over from scratch.   ARGHHH….knew I should have written it in binary!

Getting Comfortable With Binary

Hi All,

Just a quickie post to celebrate a fun day.

Something fun (possibly silly) this way comes…Today’s date reads 10/10/10 – now is that a computer programmers dream or what!  Those binary bits in that order won’t recur for another hundred years and even then it will only be the last 2 digits of the year that make that date. 

I had considered writing the post in binary but then realized only the computers of the net or a few programmers would be able to read it!  

Can’t quite decide on the appropriate greeting either, should it be Happy Digital Day or  Bright Binary Day or what…with only on/off, yes/no, 1/0 as the appropriate structure I’m having a hard time getting in the proper constrained spirit.   Yes I know programming has its creative sides but some days it feels as if dealing with computers is like dealing with a two year old!  It knows what it wants and really could care less what I want.  Not mind you that a two year old is known for order or discipline – LOL!

So Happy Digital Binary Day!

Or in binary:





Too bad computers hadn’t been invented in 10/10/1010 (so we could have had the original celebration)  but then neither had indoor plumbing or much of anything else we consider a necessity today.  Funny thing too is that it falls on a Sunday!  Do you thing that means God is a programmer at heart?  Could be – LOL! 

I bet a computer could tell me what day of the week the original fell on if I could only find the right file.  Wouldn’t it be cool if that day was also a Sunday?  Probably depends on the calendar in use at the time. 

If I had the set this would be the perfect day to do a Lots of Bots card with the binary bits stamp image.  Perfect day to watch that Star Trek Next Generation episode about the Binars (culture and language built on binary) as well.  Hmm….now where are my DVD’s……

Whatever you choose to do today to celebrate I hope it’s a wonderful day.   

Hugs and blessings…now go do something digital or turn yourself on and off in true binary fashion! – Jean

Frugal Friday introduces Bingo…Stampin’ Up style!

Hi all,

Looking for something fun for family and friends Holiday gatherings?   Don’t want to break the bank?  Create your very own Bingo game that will last you year after year.   And while you’re at it turn it into a family project.   Granted only the Bingo Card Background stamp  meets my usual definition of frugal since it’s under $20 but hey….its the holidays…and the coordinating stamp set Jolly Bingo Bits has many more uses than just creating Bingo Cards.  You could actually create all your holiday tags, Simply Adorned inserts, even Holiday Cards to send out all with this one set and a little imagination.    And if you check the links below you’ll see a few other games besides Bingo that can be created with these darlings.   And if that isn’t reason enough…how about this.   You get 24 stamps in the  Jolly Bingo Bits set!    At just slightly over a dollar a stamp you really can’t find a better deal than that.   If you’re a Stampin’ Up demonstrator or into sales of any kind you could even break up this fun set into its individual images and give them out as gifts.  Heck even non demos’ could use these as fun stocking stuffers!

At a recent Holiday mini Open House & Stamp Camp Event my partners Cheryl, Linda and myself (and of course our customers) had a chance to play Stampin’ Up’s own version of Bingo using the cards (and of course prizes) we created ourselves.   You too can join in the fun and start a new holiday tradition.  Check out our card and one of the prizes.  Anybody else notice we gave out Halloween themed prizes for a Christmas Bingo?  Don’t worry Linda had the Christmas ones covered – I was just feeling in a spooky kind of mood when I created these and was showing off Halloween cards at the event too!

Supplies Lists:

Bingo Card:

Stamps:  Bingo Card (background Stamp),  Jolly Bingo Bits

Ink: Concord Crush, Marina Mist, Soft Suede, More Mustard and various others

Paper:  Whisper White

Treat Holder:

Quick and simple.  Run the paper through the Big Shot with the Two tags die, use the Crop a Dile to hole punch a second corresponding  hole to thread the tinsel through.  Decorate with stamps, insert the chocolate and tie the wired tinsel.  Of course our 1/8″ ribbon works wonderfully for this as well.  Quick and easy.  I made over thirty in less than an hour.

Stamps: Extreme Elements, Tiny Tags (Boo stamp)

Ink: Cajun Craze, Daffodil Delight, Soft Suede

Paper:  Naturals Ivory

Other: Crop-a-Dile, Big Shot, Two Tags Die, Silver Tinsel Trim (Holiday Mini), and of course…Hershey’s Chocoloate!

Of course given the size of the Bingo squares many of our other smaller stamps will work so you can create your own Bingo cards for any season or celebration.  And like any traditional Bingo, numbers in the squares will work too!

For our game the stamp pieces did double duty.  We dumped them all in a bowl and called them as we drew them one by one from the bowl.  Since there are 24 images to match the 24 spaces ( the 25th one is marked as free) you don’t even have to call out the Bingo headings as is usual.  Just describe the image (that part got a little on the silly side as you can imagine with yours truly doing the calling!) and the game goes quite quickly.  Even little kids can get that one right.  One tip – don’t stamp each card identically or else be prepared for as many first bingos as you have players!  LOL!     Trust me it could happen!

We also inserted the cards into Stampin’ Up’s large cello bags (pg. 170 in the catalog) and used dry erase markers to mark each image as it was called.   One quick wipe at the end of the game and we were ready to start again.

Special Note:  Stampin’ Up recently announced that the two  stamp sets from the 2010 Holiday Mini Linda  used to create these cards will be carried over to the 2011-2012 catalog due out next July.  Yay!  We can play again and again!

One caveat to the carryover…Bingo Card and Jolly Bingo Bits are currently available in the Holiday Mini.  And once the mini sales period ends you’ll have to wait until July to purchase.   So if you’re thinking about a Valentines or Easter Version don’t forget to order from my Stampin’ Up Website before January (of course you can always call or email me with your order as well!).

Tip:  And of course I can’t let you go without pointing out that the Jolly Bingo Bits are the perfect stamps for creating Holiday “Inchies”.  What’s an Inchie you ask?   Any image stamped onto a 1″ square is an Inchie!  And yes before you ask a 2″ stamped square is a Twinchie!   Both are perfect for creating some fun and quick cards.  Make up your Inchies in advance then just drop them onto a card or tag and you’re good to go.

Tip: The Bingo Card stamp can also be used to create faux postage squares or blocks of squares.  And they are the perfect size for our Simply Adorned Jewelry inserts.

Bingo Card – Background Stamp

#120851,  $17.95

Size of stamped image approx. 4-1/2″ x 5-3/4″

Inside square measurement approx. 7/8″ x 7/8″ (just under 1 inch square)

Stamp your way to some serious bingo fun with this functional background stamp. Combine it with our Jolly Bingo Bits set to create an unforgettable Christmas family game time, or use it with any variety of stamp images to create a whole lot of bingo fun for any occasion. Available in wood-mount only.

Set Quantity: 1


Jolly Bingo Bits 

Clear Mount – #121187, $ 26.95

Wood Mount – 120857, $37.95

With enough images to count down the days until December 25th, our Jolly Bingo Bits set not only provides darling bingo pieces for the holiday season, but can be used in countless ways to spread cheer and love across all your Christmas projects. Be sure to use them with our Bingo Card background stamp for a heartwarming good time at this year’s Christmas family party. Available both in wood-mount and clear-mount.

Set Quantity: 24

Perfect also for creating Christmas Countdown Calendars too!


Fun links showing you what else people are doing with this  Background stamp and its coordinating set of images:



http://heartsdelightcards.blogspot.com/2010/08/holiday-mini-hop.html – Merry Match Game

Tutorial for Merry Match Game Box –http://heartsdelightcards.blogspot.com/2010/08/merry-match-game-box-instructions.html










Hope you’ve enjoyed this Holiday edition of Frugal Friday!

Hugs and Blessings – Jean

P.S. Did you know today would have been John Lennon’s 70th Birthday!  Wow – Beatles as Senior Citizens – shocks the mind.   Not to mention aging my coolness factor considerably – LOL!

Remembering Janice…and the card she inspired

Hi All,  

Yesterday and for quite a few days the last few months I’ve been remembering my friend Janice.  Saturday at our World Card Making Day Stamp Camp we took a moment to remember Janice and I created a card for all of us to send to her husband David as well as writing a short tribute.  Thought I would share with you too.  All but the colors and paper are retired.  Sorry the image isn’t better or more true to life.  My scanner is imitating a doorstop at the moment and my camera gave up the ghost long ago, so only have this quickie photo Cheryl was good enough to take in a pinch at the event.  

Remembering Janice

Remembering Janice

Janice Stone was a long time member of our group of local stampers who recently lost her battle with Cancer.  Throughout her long fight, she continued to stamp and found great solace in that craft.  A true Artisan, her heart and soul were in every drop of ink or embellishment she applied to paper.  She delighted in passing on that love of the craft (among other crafts) to her grandkids and sharing the fruit of her work with all around her.  I was privileged to spend time talking and stamping with Janice as she worked her way through this difficult time.  And I was awed by her spirit.  Rarely did she give in to depression or disability when joining in our group events and the joy she found in spending time here she said made the other days so much better.  She planned her cancer treatments so that she could count on having a good day to come stamp with all of us.  

Sadly, Janice died a few months ago on July 27th of this year in the presence of family and with a smile on her face as she went to meet her Lord.  

Thanks Janice for sharing your stamping bounty with us.  – Jean  


One of the last requests Janice had, was that we assist her husband David in disposing of her stamp collection and other crafting essentials.  Much of it went at a garage sale, some was set aside for the youngsters, but the cream of the crop Janice wanted to see in loving hands that would appreciate, value and use the tools.  

Linda, Cheryl and I are all involved in seeing her last stamping wishes carried out and seeing the funds go to her husband David to help cover some of Janice’s last expenses and any charitable bequests.   We managed to sell quite a bit at our recent event and some have gone in other venues.  I’ll be posting the remaining retired Stampin’ Up materials (stamps, punches etc)  here on my blog in the next day or so so please check back and help us finish fulfilling Janice’s request.  

Thanks for letting me share my admiration for Janice with a wider world.  She was a very self effacing lady who never put herself forward except in her art.   She did however find a place in the hearts of all who knew her.  


Here’s the details for the card above.  I only wish I had some of Janice’s wonderful samples to show you.  I did feel her very much present though as I created this piece and I’m sure there is more than a bit of her in this small tribute.

Stamps: Words of Wisdom (retired)

Ink: Bravo Burgundy, Rose Red, Dusty Durango (retired), More Mustard 

Paper: Very Vanilla, Bravo Burgundy, Soft Suede 

Accessories: Big Shot, Birds and Branches Sizzlit Decorative Strip die (retired from SU though still available from Sizzix), stamping sponges 

The birds and layer piece were cut from Bravo Burgundy.  The branches from Soft Suede.  The sponging of ink was done from the outside in – in the same color sequence as I’ve noted the inks in the above list – overlapping as I went.  The background coloring actually looks quite different in real life than in the picture.  The camera seemed to peer right through the layers and lost the glow and patina of the original.  This design is inspired in part by a piece I saw by Tammy Doll on our demonstrator site’s Stampin Connection Showcase.  Though her project I  isn’t there you can see her blog here – http://www.stampinup.net/esuite/home/tammydoll/blog 

Thanks for looking in and joining me in remembering Janice. 

Hugs and blessings – Jean

Stampin’ Up’s Clearance Rack Blitz: Killer Sale…up to 80% off



The Clearance Rack Blitz is on!

(click on the picture to go to my site then click Shop now and select Clearance Rack for the best prices)

The Stampin’ Up Elves have been busy and want to help you get started on your Christmas Creations early so they’ve searched the warehouse for the product that got forgot and flooded the Clearance rack with amazing deals to set you on your way.

From October 5–18, Stampin’ Up is adding over two hundred more discontinued items–some at up to 80 percent off–to the Clearance Rack portion of the online store.

Things to know about the Clearance Rack Blitz:

  • Orders for Clearance Rack items should be placed through my Online Store.
  • Qualifying orders are eligible for hostess benefits/Stampin’ Rewards.
  • While the Blitz last from October 5–18, some items, depending on availability, may be made available in the Clearance Rack in the future. 
  • Note:  Some items though are only available in tiny quantities so don’t wait to order.
  • All discontinued items are available only while supplies last.
  • All sales of discontinued items are final.

Paper, ink, Big Shot dies, embellishments and more at ridiculous prices and guaranteed to be out the door in the blink of an eye.

I’m available for consultations if you need help placing your order or deciding which items will suit you and your projects best.

Happy Shopping and aren’t you glad the Elves brought Christmas a wee bit early……..

Blessings – Jean

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