Relax…there’s still 4 more days of the Online Extravaganza

Has the start to the holiday rush got you flat on your back?


Or are you still looking for a few good deals?


Either way…you are in luck. 



Stampin’ Up’s Online Extravaganza has 4 more days to go!

So relax, kick back and let your paws walk the mouse through Stampin’ Up’s Online Extravaganza.   And while you’re there don’t forget to check out the clearance rack for more outrageous deals (up to 60% in fact).  

Here’s the listing of what’s on sale – Online Extravaganza flyer


And in the meantime…here’s a sneak peak of what I’m working on for another post.   Wouldn’t this be cute done up with the fabric now on sale?

Okay…back to the cute cats:

Hugs and blessings – Jean

It’s officially the holidays…have you punched something yet?

Today I have a quick punch tip/trick for you.  And knowing that the holidays are stressful for so many I thought I’d offer you an alternative style of punching to soothe and inspire you.   As a crafting enthusiast social worker friend of mine says…punch paper…not people. ☺

Here’s a PDF flyer with the above information on it.  One for you and one to share with a friend.  Or if you are a demonstrator you can print and share with customers.

Lace Ribbon Border Punch Trick Flyer  – PDF flyer with 2 copies per page

Okay, bad joke in the title I know, but I couldn’t resist, especially since I had a punch trick to share with you.   And it is Black Friday after all with all the pushing and shoving to get the best deal.    The crowds and bad behavior was one more reason I stayed home and shopped online in my jammies with Stampin’ Up’s Online Extravaganza!    I also played with the bits and pieces from the picture above.  Don’t you love it when you can get one punch to work with another to create something wonderful.  I love my new little blossoms/snowflakes from the center of the Lace Ribbon Border punch.   I can see my next experiment will be to play with the open spaces the flowers left behind.


Lately I’ve been getting fascinated with Redwork all over again.  If that’s not something you are familiar with there is a  summary here that I found using Google.   Whether in embroidery or quilt form its a fun, nostalgic crafting idea.   So of course I had to create a paper version – probably the first of many – LOL.   When I first learned the basics of redwork embroidery my Mom insisted on the KISS principle.  Keep it simple, unembellished and the only deviation she herself made was to use an ivory or vanilla background instead of the more traditional white.   Easier on the eyes and less glare I guess.   Whatever the reason that’s my prefered background too as you can see – ignore the brown matting if you can…that’s the only way I can get my scanner to show a vanilla background.   Although now I come to think of it.  I could have used just a vanilla layer on a Cherry Cobbler base…hm…note to self…try that variation tomorrow.

This card also included another experiment for me.  Heat embossing with a new embossing powder.  Stampin’ Up in the new catalog came out with a new Cherry Cobbler embossing powder that was a perfect accompaniment to my redwork inspired design.   I wish my scanner had picked up the shine of this awesome new option.    Can you tell I’m in love with all things Cherry Cobbler?  Yep, my all time favorite of the additions to the color family from last year.  And of course the perfect color for Fall and Christmas and probably Valentines too!  Really…I’ll find a way to even make it work for Easter!    And if you like the look of the “Noel” image you can find that in the Many Merry Messages stamp set that’s currently on sale for 50% off during the Online Extravaganza that ends November 30th.  

In case you’re wondering where the little tree came from.   No Stampin’ Up doesn’t have a new punch.   They do however have a new die.   The Stocking Accents die from the Holiday mini has a number of fun accent pieces you can use with the new Stocking die or all by themselves.   Lately I’ve been cutting them out of felt and creating fun ornaments but that’s a post for another day.



 Stamps:  Many Merry Messages (on sale for 50% off during the Online Extravaganza)

 Ink:  Versamark

Paper: Very Vanilla & Cherry Cobbler Cardstock

Other:  Lace Ribbon Border Punch, 3/4″ Circle Punch, Big Shot, Stocking Accents Die, Cherry Cobbler Embossing Powder, Heat Tool.


Stocking Accents Die #124099 $17.95 Many Merry Messages #116586 $17.48 while on saleMany Merry Messages #116586 $17.48 while on sale


Many Merry Messages #116586 $17.48 while on sale

If you decide to stay home and shop with Stampin’ Up you can click my shop online button in the sidebar or any of the highlighted Online Extravaganza text.  The sale runs until November 30th and you can order online through my website, email me your order or host your own workshop to take advantage of the savings.   There are glimmer brads and ribbon I was itching to add to my card on sale but of course that wouldn’t have been in keeping with the simplicity of redwork design.   Ah well…another day…another set of rules will allow me to play with sparkle and shine.   How about you…have you punched anything today?

Hugs and blessings – Jean

Happy Thanksgiving!

May you be blessed,

And be a blessing

 at this time of Thanksgiving….


Thanksgiving, a time of year to pause and reflect and remember the blessings of the year.   This year I’ll be sharing time and a meal with a friend and her family and thanking God for the gift of friendship and so much more.  

Another friend passed along this video of the song ThankfulSeemed appropriate today.



Here’s the lyrics in case you’d like to sing along:



Somedays we forget
To look around us
Somedays we can’t see
The joy that surrounds us
So caught up inside ourselves
We take when we should give.So for tonight we pray for
What we know can be.
And on this day we hope for
What we still can’t see.
It’s up to us to be the change
And even though we all can still do more
There’s so much to be thankful for.

Look beyond ourselves
There’s so much sorrow
It’s way too late to say
I’ll cry tomorrow
Each of us must find our truth
It’s so long overdue

So for tonight we pray for
What we know can be
And every day we hope for
What we still can’t see
It’s up to us to be the change
And even though we all can still do more
There’s so much to be thankful for.

Even with our differences
There is a place we’re all connected
Each of us can find each other’s light

So for tonight we pray for
What we know can be
And on this day we hope for
What we still can’t see
It’s up to us to be the change
And even though this world needs so much more

There’s so much to be thankful for


Hugs and blessings today and always – Jean

My Digital Studio: Glimmered Projects Tutorial

Happy Day Before Thanksgiving my friends!   I don’t know about you but I can almost taste the turkey, the cranberries, the stuffing and the garden produce I’m sure my friends will be filling their table with.   My lovely sideline (and friend) Linda and her Mom invited me to join their family for a feast!  And if last years dinner was anything to go by… a feast it will be!  Wicketcat of course has her nose out of joint because she wasn’t invited.   Good thing too.  Linda has two active pups and a cat of her own that attempt to rule the roost at her house.    Maybe if I bring Wicket home some scraps she’ll forgive me?

Several of my friends told me yesterday that they were in the midst of storms that were adding snow, ice, frost and all things white and glittery to their week.   Given all the glitter Mother Nature is tossing about I thought I’d toss a little of my own and share a tutorial on MDS glimmer tricks!  

No permanent snow yet in my neck of the woods but the winds are doing a little tossing of their own.  Last night it sounded like a freight train was running just outside my door…very odd circumstance given my usual very quiet valley up in the hills.

Here’s a tutorial (of sorts) for the My Digital Studio Glimmer projects I posted previously and based on several of these ads. 

You can see the project pictures  here.   Mostly this tutorial is a pictorial reminder sheet of the basic steps.  It also assumes a certain level of knowledge about the basics of MDS.   Let me know if you have questions and of course comments are always welcome.     At the end of the pictures I’ve put a link to a PDF version of this tutorial that you are welcome to download, share and use. 

MDS – Glimmer Paper Recycled Ad Trick – PDF version of the Tutorial

Have fun with the project if you decide to attempt it.    You can grab the jpgs of the ads I used in my original post on the subject here by right clicking and saving them to your own computer.  Then import as photos into any MDS project type and get glimmering!

And don’t forget to check out the Online Extravaganza still going on.  The deals are just waiting for you!    You can check them out and/or place an order here.

Hugs and blessings and as always one of the things I am thankful for are my lovely blog readers.   Share the sparkle!   – Jean

Glimmer paper…when you don’t have it in My Digital Studio…you have to make your own!

Hi all,

Are you as in love with Stampin’ Up Glimmer Paper as I am?   Especially the Silver variety in the Holiday mini?   I’m hooked, addicted, desperately seeking glimmer…oh yeah…

Hi…my name is Jean…and I’m a Glimmerhead!

So, what’s a girl to do when her favorite paper doesn’t have a digital equivalent.  Especially when she’s also an MDS addict?   Why make her own of course.  Say what?   Nope, I’m not a programming whiz or anything…but I am an ace recycler.   Have been for years…only now I’ve gone digital with that talent.

To start with…Stampin’ Up has this thing called the Online Extravaganza. 

You may have heard about it?   LOL!   If you haven’t and you inhabit Stampin’ Up cyber space zones you really need to have something checked.  Practically every demo’s blog has a banner.   See where I’m going with this yet?  Let me make it a little bigger….

Do you see the sparkle yet…or should I say the glimmer?   How about on this one:

Can you guess yet?   Okay…I’ll stop teasing.   After inquiring and finding out that Stampin Up does not yet offer a digital glimmer and that the ads were created with non MDS software (oh the horror!) inspiration struck and struck hard.

See glimmer…want glimmer…..STEAL GLIMMER….Ta Da!!    My criminal…um…recycling talents came to the fore and I created these quicky bits just to see if the idea had merit.

First  a card front.

And since the inside is mostly white it doesn’t show up that well on a blog so I skipped it.  Shows up just fine when you print it of course.

Then a small wedding present tag.

Well it’s supposed to be a small tag but I couldn’t figure out how to down size the background in my gleeful and larcenous state.  Still learning my way around the program.

And finally a sheet of Christmas Tags all ready for the whacker!

So what do you think.   Was the experiment successful?   It’s much shimmery and glimmery in My Digital Studio of Course.   I really wish you could see my screen and all the sparkle.

  Might have to have a couple printed up by Stampin’ Up’s professional print service for a true test.  

And I’ll have to see if I can do a print screen by print screen of the process to give you a better idea.    Basically I imported the jpg (the old right click and save works every time)   from the file saved to my computer into MDS then covered the ad part with a punch and used the color matching option to find an appropriate color in another part of the original jpg.  Then dropped on a few layers of whatever and voila…recycled art!  I’m thinking that with a steady hand and few more punches or other ink layers I can do a true fill and still preserve the ornament image.   But that’s an experiment for another day.

What did I learn.    First…I still have a lot to learn about my new software.   Second…learning is fun, stimulating and occasionally leads to head slaps and colorful vocabulary…can we all say SAVE as you go along and don’t be too quick to click okay when a delete screen comes up – I clicked while watching an exciting cop show in another open window.    Note to self…forget TV while attempting new things.    Third…this was so fulfilling and outrageously fun once I figured out the basics.    Oh…and blue tones work best with silver glimmer…or colors that contain blue tones (of the right hue).   Real Red and Cherry Cobbler are amazing with Marina Mist.   Both are new colors since the Color Renovation.   And both of course are perfect with glimmer paper.  Probably why SU combined all three in the original ad (actually I think they used Real Red but Cherry Cobbler works too).

So….from this:

To this:

Not bad for an evenings work.   Oh..and did you read the ads besides looking at their glimmer borders.   There are still lots of great deals going until November 30th.   Don’t miss out.   The two 24 hour specials are gone but there are lots of terrific MDS downloads to play with and stamps to stamp with and ….  well…you get the “picture”…right?

To place an order click here or on my sidebars link to my online store.   If you have more questions about today’s post leave me a comment or drop me an email.  I’ll be happy to explain further.   And don’t forget to try your hand at recycling…an ad (and its glimmer) is a terrible thing to waste. {grin}

Hugs and blessings – Jean

P.S.  My new Simply Score is on it’s way and should be here next week …the downloads I bought at the same time today were delivered to my desktop in seconds!  Better still…there is always free shipping on digital downloads!    Whether you spend 95¢ or $95 there is never any shipping on digital downloads and never a minimum purchase requirement.

Hidden Gems in the Online Extravaganza

The sale is live … some deals end tonight at 11:59!

Time to get shopping!!

To see what all the deals are check out this easy to read PDF:

Online Extravaganza flyer 

All the specials and deals in one easy format!

Hi all,

Sitting here in my jammies drinking Cocoa and planning my own Extravaganza order.   Wow are there some hidden gems in there!   A few confusing things too that I thought I should point out so you won’t be surprised when you order.

First off…the two special items on sale only for 24 hours!   Whoo Hoo…my two favorite tools so you know they are topping my list.

Simply ScoreCookie Stamps  available at 20% off – makes it the perfect time to grab these lovelies!

Now Only $23.96 order #122334

Only $13.56 order # 125152

Don’t forget these two items go back to regular pricing at 11:59pm MT.   

For more information:

Simply Scored Flyer – Flyer lists the features and benefits of this cool new tool

Cookie Press Chocolates – Instructions & Pictures  – Cookie stamps aren’t just for Cookies!

Take your love of stamping into the kitchen! Create fun and tasty stamped cookies for any occasion. The silicone stamps fit over the bottom of wooden handle then you press into the dough—it’s that easy! Perfect for kids! Food-safe, easy-to-clean and dishwasher safe. Each set includes 3 silicone stamps, 1 handle, and 2  cookie recipes.

They work as a paper mold as well.  Stay tuned for more posts as I play with my own set!

Need more convincing?


 Another WOW Deal:

If you are into digital crafting or think you’d like to give it a try Stampin’ Up has an offer too good to pass up.

Purchase My Digital Studio Express Version and get one of three bundles worth up to $40 for free!   Basically that’s the same as 50% off the regular 2 disk version since one of the bundle choices is the booster pack that adds back in all the files found in the two disk version and stripped from the Express version. 

Here’s a flyer detailing the free bundles:

Online_Extravaganza_2011_Bundles – MDS bundle free with express version

This downloadable version comes with the full software and fresh, minimal digital content using Stampin’ Up!’s artwork, designs, and colors! Windows and Mac compatible.

My Digital Studio Express includes over $50 worth of content:

  • 12 Designer Series paper patterns
  • One 9-piece stamp brush set
  • 81 embellishments
  • 26 punches
  • Five designer templates (24-page 11″ x 8-1/2″ photobook, 7″ x 5″ postcard, 5″ x 7″ postcard, 4-1/4″ x 5-1/2″ greeting card, 4″ x 9-1/4″ trifold card)

If you order the software you’ll need to do so online through my online store  so that you can access the download links as soon as you pay for the program.   As part of the order process you’ll be prompted to input your choice of bundle the flyer shows the bundle order number at the top of the page showing the pictured contents.

The rest of the offerings run the gamut from Big Shot to digital downloads to accessories to stamps!

Just in time for Christmas and Valentines the Glimmer Brad bundle will add shine to your projects and lighten the load on your wallet!    And the fabrics…with 50-60% off you can’t go wrong planning holiday projects.  Check yesterdays post for ideas on using it.

The stamps…wow…the stamps.   Not only are some old favorites included but there is even a brand new set…The Occasions Alphabet…Have you seen this beauty.  It covers every event and occasion you could possibly need with text as well as letters.   And now…its 50% off!   I love when the alphabets go on sale.

Now 50% off your choice of clear mount or wood!


Other classic stamp sets like Winter Post and Many, Merry Messages are also on that 50% off list.

The Big Shot is well represented with the Candy Wrapper die…perfect for making your own crackers (tubes with hidden surprises and noise makers popular in Europe) as well as other gifty items and stocking stuffers.   There is also a Happy Birthday strip die.   For my uplines Birthday I cranked one of these out dusted it with dots of dazzling diamonds and rhinestones and attached it to some bamboo skewers to top her birthday cake.  A fun 5 minute project with lots of dazzle and shine.  And….

Did you see that my beloved Letterpress Plates are also 50% off?   To see what you can do with these lovelies check out my post here and here.

So much good product and I’ve only touched on a few.   Grab the flyer, visit my online store and grab some goodness for yourself.   Hee, hee…not promising there won’t be any backorders after I place my own order!   Which reminds me…while this is an online extravaganza…all but the digital products can also be ordered at workshops or emailed to me for regular ordering through November 30th.    

What do you bet Santa will be shopping the Extravaganza too.   If you think he needs help I’ll be happy to provide gift certificates and Wish Lists for his many helpers.  You can email me at  for details and samples.

Time to get back to my cocoa as Jack Frost is nipping at my nose as I sit here typing.  Winter is in the air for sure…can snow be far behind?

Hugs and blessings and happy savings during the Extravaganza! – Jean


Online Extravaganza…Fabric anyone?

Have you heard yet about the ….

One of the special deals is on select designer fabrics.   How big a deal?   Well does this give you any idea….

At 60% off select designer fabric sets here’s the break down:

Each fabric packet (think fat quarters only bigger) contains 3 pieces or fat quarters of 27″ x 18″ for $9.95

Less 60% that $9.95 becomes $3.98!   Now can you see why I’m jumping for joy!  That’s 1458 square inches of very cool fabric for $3.98!

And if you are a demo or join my team during the sale…are you ready for this… you get another 20% off that 60% off!  So your fabric would run you $3.18!    And…you’ll be getting that extra 20% off everything you order from the various catalogs the entire time you are a demo!   Not too many companies give their sales force discounts on top of discounts let me tell you – but Stampin’ Up does!

So now my fellow frugalistas…you have your fabric (at this price why wouldn’t you try it).  What are you going to do with it?   You just knew I was leading up to this didn’t you…hee,hee.

Whether you sew or you don’t there are any number of wonderful things to do with fabric.   And if you have a Big Shot and our steel rule dies you have even more options since you can use our wonderful fabric adhesive sheets to create your very own designer iron on fabric appliques.   Die cut with the multipurpose adhesive sheets (peel and press – no ironing needed) you can create fabric die cut stickers for cards and scrapbooks or any altered object.



Here’s one of my favorites as shared by Fran:

Fabric Teddy Bear – Fran Trischetta Tutorial

Here are links to just a few more including Stampin’ Up’s exclusive fabric project booklets:


Stampin Up Fabric Resources:  – Occasions 2011 Fabric ideas project booklet


Other fabric ideas: – Shelli’s teddy bears – see the other attached tutorial – variation on the bears with a circle scallop die – fabric lollies – creating no sew fabric appliques with a Big Shot – of course you’ll want to use the SU fabrics and you can also use our fabric adhesive sheets  😀 – tea towel apron video – no sew fabric coasters – fabric flowers video – quilted Christmas ornament – fabric projects from the SU Convention


Of course there are many, many more ideas for our Stampin’ Up fabrics.    If you have a favorite drop me a line or insert the link into a comment and I’ll be happy to add to the list.

And don’t forget…Fabric is just one of the many Extravaganza deals this week.    Check back for more tips on using other sale products.   And even though it’s called the Online Extravaganza…you can still add these specials to any kind of order.   Of course ordering online is quick and easy and if you use my Online Store you can get Hostess Rewards for qualifying orders as well as the best prices and shipping terms.   Click here to get shopping!

Hugs and blessings – Jean

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