Stampin’ Addicts Sale-a-Bration Blog Hop is coming…..

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Hi All,

Stampin’ Addicts Sale-a-Bration 2011 Blog Hop is almost here.   Starting Friday and continuing through Sunday these crafty ladies are going to inspire us with their creations on a 21 stop tour featuring items from the SAB mini as well as some of the free catalog sets also available.

Here’s the proposed lineup as it stands now:

Stampin’ Addicts – SAB 2011 Blog Hop

1. Rhonda (rhondag) — So Happy for You
2. Jennifer (SunflowerStamper) — Punch Bunch
3. Twila (tjdstampsalot) — Ice Cream Parlor DSP & Quick Accents
4. Joyce (bronocomom) — Digital Content CD
5. Sarah (willsygirl) — Sweet Summer
6. Kim (s1itcher46) — Bliss
7. Heidi (hlw966) — Homemade
8. Barbara (cre8tivestamper) — For You Flower
9. Lisa (genesis) — Tiny Teacup
10. Adriana (escape2stamp) — Always Elegant
11. Krystal (skdeleeuw) — Wellness Wishes
12. Yapha — Bear Hugs
13. Carmen — Extreme Skateboard
14. Holly P. (HollyLogic) — Forest Friends
15. Jennifer (jentimko) — Funky Four
16. Holly K. (catrules) — Ornate Blossom
17. Cindy (CindyE) — A Flower for All Seasons
18. Tanya (tanya27) — Itty Bitty Bits
19. Sara (lilyinkpad) — Tart & Tangy
20. Kandi (kandicejo) — Fine Flourish
21. Cheryl (lovetostampandscrap) — Thank You Kindly

For last minute changes or updates you can check this link –


Sale-a-Bration is underway!!!

For more information or to schedule a workshop or catalog party contact me by clicking on the email link in the sidebar!

Whoo hoo…UStamp winners announced!

Hi All,

Here it is Wednesday already and the  5 UStamp winners have been selected courtesy of 


Assuming I’ve done the counting correctly the UStamp winners are:

  2 – Debbie Flattum

10 – Mary Lecuyer

12 – Holly/Rubber Redneck

13 – Lori Ingebritson

14 – Ruth Snyder

(highlighted names have links to the winners very fun blogs)

Congratulations….If you ladies don’t hear from me today please email me with your preferred email address so I can pass the info along to Dawn and she’ll get your invites out to you PDQ.  There are still plenty of projects to see and daily chats with prizes and contests and more to jump in on.

Thank you Dawn once again for sharing the passes.   And thank you one and all for participating in the draw.  For more details about what UStamp is all about or to sign up for the session check out this link or click on the banner at the top of the post.

See you in the chat room ladies!

Hugs and blessings – Jean

UStamp free passes…How Cool is That!!


Hi All,

Under the heading….How Cool is That….yesterday I opened my email and found an invitation from SU Demonstrator Dawn Rapsas to share 5 free passes to her latest UStamp online community event with my readers!!  Wow!  I was jumping for joy.  

Ustamp is a Stampin’ Up! based event/place/dream(?)  – the ultimate online Stamp Camp really – with multiple designers, projects posted daily, swaps to participate in (if you want to), Project video’s and PDF’s, chat room, gallery and more.   The event is under way with daily postings that started December 31st and Jan 19th will be the last day of new posting  but the event site will remain in place for you to come back to time and time again.    This is one in a line of events with more scheduled for the future.   If you’ve been around the SU stamping world you’ll hopefully have heard of this exciting community site.

Here is what you can expect when you join UStamp for the year end blowout event…

* 40+ Projects

* 40+ unique Color Combos

* 40+ co-ordinating cards with co-ordinating envelope

* ALL 40+ Projects include downloadable PDF with Photo’s

* Designer hosted chats with LOTS of prizes

* Open Chat Room 24×7

* Gallery to share your re-creations

* A NEW SURPRISE for 2011…you gotta be in the event to find out what it is!!

* A totally cool blinkie for your website/blog


So far what I’ve seen is awesome so jump in and join the fun!

And Oops!  I almost forgot to mention these UStamp sessions are open to anyone interested in Stampin’ Up! inspiration and products.  Any demonstrator, customer or SU curiosity seeker is welcome!


So what do you do to join the fun?    To learn more about signing up or getting more details click the banner image to go to the gateway site.   To compete for the 5 free passes Dawn so graciously gifted me with, leave me a comment on this post and tell me what your favorite style of stamping is or a favorite technique…And…since this edition of UStamp is focusing on Stampin’ UP’s 12×12 papers plus featuring additional  product from the Occasions, Sale-a-Bration and Idea Book & Catalogs…please tell me which is your favorite 12×12 paper in any of the mini’s or main catalog.   Feel free to tell me what your all time fav is too if you have one…even if its retired.

Got that?

1) style of stamping or technique (cards, scrapbooking, collage, 3D, digital, Big Shot, etc or a favorite technique) – not entirely sure Big Shot is a style of stamping but for someone like me who just has to have it involved in almost every project I’m thinking that qualifies!  LOL!

2) favorite 12×12 paper (cardstock, DSP or whatever – if its 12×12 it qualifies)


Many, many thanks Dawn for sharing this opportunity..I’m looking forward to being part of the …AND Friends and jumping in on the stamping and papercrafting excitement. 

Entries for free passes will be accepted until Tuesday Midnight Pacific Time.  Drawing will be held and Announced Wednesday morning.    Normally I’d give you a few more days but I want to leave you time to get in on the live action chats and giveaways.  You really don’t want to miss a day.  While the projects and video’s etc will remain accessible the live fun, contests, drawings, etc. will end Jan. 19th.

Looking forward to seeing you online at UStamp…the ultimate SU Stamp Camp!   

Hugs and Blessings – Jean

P.S.  I’d love it if you stopped by my page there to say hi and leave a friend request.

Tool Time Tips: Sanding Block…a true Paper Technicians tool!

Hi All,

Don’t you just love that term Paper Technician?   Makes me and my fellow crafters sound like engineering types or something.  Could make for an interesting line on a resume too…what do you think?

And with a title like that I feel I should be doing Tim the Tool man Taylors –  More Power…ARghhh, Arghhh…ARghhh….

Kinda how I feel about my Big Shot too…but I digress…..


Ah…the lowly sanding block.  One of the more frugally priced tools in the catalog and often overlooked.   Love these little guys and for more than curing a rough nail when an emery board isn’t in sight.

Of course they’re perfect for just what you’d think – sanding rough edges on paper or creating rough surfaces on the paper – otherwise known as distressing.  And before the advent of our new distressing kit the only tool in my SU catalog for making chipboard and DSP die cuts play nice together (i.e. smoothly). 😀

Product Details:

Sanding Blocks – # 103301, $3.50

Quantity:  2 per package
Use to distress paper and card stock and to smooth chipboard before covering with ink or along the edges after paper and chipboard have been joined  together.

 Use with a forward and backward motion. 


Sanding blocks are great for smoothing rough edges that result from tearing perforated paper and if your sanding blocks get dirty, simply wash them under running water.   They can also be used to scuff up new rubber stamps so the ink adheres better to them.



Tip:  As mentioned above the blocks can be used to lightly condition your new stamp images – especially the bold ones with lots of flat spaces that often don’t take the ink as well as you would like.   For best results spray stamp with stamp cleaner and rub with a cloth or use your Stampin’ Scrubber vigorously…this will remove any residue from the manufacturing process.  Then lightly stroke the sanding block across the image to lightly rough up the rubber.  Scrub the stamp once again to get rid of any detritus from the sanding process.  Then ink and stamp.  If you compare the first non conditioned image with the new conditioned image you’ll see quite a difference.  You might also want to apply Versamark ink before inking with your selected color of ink the first few times you use the stamp.  The more viscous (but clear) Versamark will grab and hold onto more of the classic ink as well as adding to the conditioning process of the stamp.   


Other uses for the blocks:

Distressing hodgepodge hardware especially the brads leads to a different more vintage look.  Sanding over a stamped heat embossed image can be cool too, especially with the metallic embossing.    Even sanding over an old photograph can be interesting.   Makes new stuff look old when you add scratches to it.  Probably why the Sanded background stamp seems to be so popular.   Cutting metal Flashing with a Big Shot is pretty popular right now and you can sand those flashing pieces too for an interesting look. 

Here’s Links to a few more techniques and tips:  – distressed pastels – sanded embossed window sheets – sanded glass glitter – conditioning with a block – DSP and  block – distressing paper, brads, etc.


My apologies for the odd spacing and lettering on the post.  WordPress is acting quirky tonight and not it’s usual compliant self.  Silly beast keeps stopping to save every 28 seconds too!  ARGHHHHH!

Hope that gives you a quick overview to an overlooked tool and some fun techniques to try out once you have some blocks of your own.   Of course if you need some I’d be happy to take your order – lol!

Hugs and blessings – Jean

Occasions mini is Live and available for order!

Hi All,

Trying hard not to use all capitals here!!!    The Occasions mini is now live and I’m ready and waiting to take your orders or chat about what you see and what you want to create.   

Click here to download your very own digital copy:

And click here to download the matching supplies list for all the great new sample projects:

Next…call me or email me your order!  I have a few specials to offer for the month of January so give me ring or drop me a line and lets talk.  😀

This mini is the best yet…yeah I know I tend to say that about each new mini but seriously folks its packed with lots of creative fun!  Check it out!  And don’t forget to check out the Stampin’ Addicts Blog Hop from last weekend that showcased many of these new products.   I’ve appended a list at the end of the post.

Hugs and blessings – Jean

Stampin’ Addicts 2011 Occasions Mini Blog Tour

Blog Hop Order:

1.      ** Sarah (willsygirl) — XOXO

Tutorials to follow

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3. Yapha — Take a Spin 

4. ** Cheryl (lovetostampandscrap) — Build a Blossom and the Blossom Petals Punch

5. Allison (alliohran) — Thanks for Caring

tutorial link to come

6. Rhonda (rhondag) — Springtime Vintage DSP and Baby Blossoms – – hop post – closer look

7. Holly P. (HollyLogic) – Petal Cone Die –  tutorials coming

8. Joyce (bronocomom) — Springtime Vintage fabric

9. Lisa (genesis) — Easter Blossoms – details next week

10. Barbara (cre8tivestamper) — Bring on the Cake Set & Build-a-cupcake punch – details to come

11. Carmen — Create a Cupcake – tutorial coming for the pop up card

12. Mary (MaryR) — Botanical Gazette DSP and You’re A Gem

13. Holly K. (Cat Rules) – Nature Walk 

14. Cindy (CindyE) — Clearly For You

15. Jennifer (SunflowerStamper) — Bold Blossom

16. Twila (tjdstampsalot) — Eat Chocolate 

17. Jennifer (jentimko) — Say It Simply, Framed Tulips Impressions Folder, Beveled Windowpanes  more details next week

18. Sara (lilyinkpad) — In Stitches wheel & Sweet Stitches DSP

19. Kim (s1itcher46) — Sew Suite – more details next week

20. Kandi (kandicejo) — Button, Button

21. Tanya (tanya27) — Sew Suite Accessories

22. Betty (kittystamp) — Sweet Stitches rub-ons

23. Heidi (hlw966) — Plane & Simple – details next week

24. Debra (WebDeb) – Be My Valentine – details next week

25. Krystal (skdeleeuw) — Mother of Mine

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