The Paw Has Spoken!

The paw has chosen…….winners are announced!

Hi All,

After careful and catly deliberation Wicket is (smugly) happy to announce the winners for the 5  free passes to this Session of USTAMP…..

Debbie Flattum

Patti Leeke

Cheryl Leidich

Debbie Martin


Congratulations Ladies!    Wicket reported no unfair interference or bribes were involved in her choices.   Bribes after the fact however are always welcome!  😀    Yep…she’s a cat!  LOL!

I’ve forwarded your names and emails to Dawn so you should be receiving your invitation links to the session soon.   For those still interested in signing up for the session you can click on the banner to get to Dawn’s homepage for USTAMP with all the information.   Trust me, this is one session you don’t want to miss.    Now to warm up my Big Shot and get cutting……..

Hugs and blessings – Jean

P.S.  Poor Boo wore her self out with her selection duties and had to go back to bed!

Miss Wicket loves pink

More free Passes – UStamp Big Shot Brilliance!! session is about to start!


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Hi All,

Finally back on the boards again after Winter Storms, Power Outages, Health stuff and a life lived with a cat!   More on that later…for now……

To celebrate getting back on the board (courtesy of the very generous Dawn Rapsas), I have 5 free passes to give away to the current USTAMP session – Big Shot Brilliance!! Projects to DIE for!! 2011

If you have a Big Shot or are planning on purchasing one (from me hopefully :D) this session of USTAMP is for you.   Some brilliant designers including some whose names you might recognize from the SU world are lining up in the bull-pen to borrow a baseball analogy.

This session runs from March 18th through April 6th with the PDF’s available for download for several months after the session ends.

Here’s what’s included according to Dawn in her own words:

EVERY Designer Project will include product(s) from the

Stampin’ Up! Big Shot Product Line!!


Did you know that Stampin’ Up! currently has a whopping

137 products in the Big Shot Line??!!


137 Big Shot Products Showcased

40+ Stampin’ Up! Colors Showcased

40+ Unique Color Combo’s with PDF Booklet

40+ Designer Projects with PDF Tutorials

40+ Cards with Hand Stamped/Embellished Envelopes

20 days of World Wide 24/7 Creative FUN!!

New Designer Projects Posted EVERY 12 hours!!

Live Chats, Prizes and a few fun surprises too!!


This is THE Biggest ONLINE Stampin’ Up! Big Shot Event EVER!!


I am honored to share with you the

Brilliant Big Shots

who will be designing for us…

(in alphabetical order)

 NEW Designers for this session:

Jaron Winder

Linda Hansen

*Karen Burniston

Jackie Topa

 *Designer of the Sizzix Pop-up Cake Die and the

Stampin’ Up! Exclusive Pop-up Oh Christmas Tree Die!!


Returning Designers for this session:

Amy Parker

Beth Fesperman

Betty Traciak

Bron Heslop

Caroline Colgan

Chi Nguyen

Danielle Daws

Gilda Fellows

Heather Dean

Ilina Crouse

Jamie Adcock

Jenn Picard

Jessica Luther

Kirsten Brown

Kris Sibolik

Marisol Gutierrez

Miriam Cassell

Paula Dobson

Rachel Yurkanin

Rosemarie Diehl

Rebecca Ingals-Fleet

Tammy Maxvill

Tanya Bell

Tanya Boser

Tracey Old

Twila Davis

So what do you do to join the fun?   

To learn more about signing up or getting more details click the UStamp 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 by 8am (West Coast time – PST)  Saturday and tell me what your favorite Big Shot die(s) or accessory item is.      I’ll announce the winner on Saturday afternoon and pass the info along to Dawn.  Make sure to leave me your email address that you want her to send your linked invite to.

Note: Miss Wicketcat has requested the honor of randomly selecting the names from a bowl so if your winning name appears with a scratch mark or two in a following post you’ll know why!  She finds just a little too sterile and wants in on the blogging gig – personally I think she’s tired of seeing all the older posts with Sandycat’s paw’s all over them – hee,hee – and wants some action of her own.

To start the ball rolling in the favorite die, etc. category here’s mine:

I love them all!!   Okay…seriously I do but if I had to choose one category it would be the Textured Impressions Folders and if I could pick only one it would probably be the Finial Press Folder

I love embossing my 3D Christmas Trees cut from the O Christmas Tree die with Finial Press not to mention the flashing tea light holders I made over the Christmas Holiday.   That Christmas Tree die is possibly my favorite die too!   I love creating forests of paper trees and gifting them always produces smiles on the face of the recipient.    I love Karen Burniston for creating that die if for nothing else (though she writes a hilarious blog too) so you can bet I’m jazzed as all get out that she’s one of the designers for this new USTAMP session!   

My other favorite die is unfortunately retired from Stampin Up (though available elsewhere) – the Birds and Branches Decorative Strip Sizzlit gets used quite a lot in my personal designing.  

Luckily Stampin’ Up is always adding new dies so I know I’ll be seeing more favorites down the line.  Hint: The Summer Mini is just around the corner and has some lovely new Big Shot items!

My thanks once again to Dawn and her generous soul for providing these free passes.   Stampin’ Up Demonstrators are the best family a girl could have – trust me on that.  Since joining Stampin’ Up I’ve found new sisters and the occasional brother in person, online and around the world.   Only one of many great reasons you should consider signing up.   To hear the others please contact me by email (click the email badge in the sidebar) or through my on line Demonstrator Business Website (click the link). 

Hugs and blessings to you all and looking forward to seeing you and your Big Shot at USTAMP!  – Jean

UStamp winners announced….Did you get this email from me today?


Hi All,

Kinda feeling like Ed McMahon today……….here’s why 😀

Did you get this email from me today?  If you did you are one of the 5 winners of the free UStamp Oh My Word! 2011 Edition passes so generously provided by Dawn Rapsas.

Good news to report…. you are a winner of one of the 5 UStamp free passes recently offered on my blog.  I’ve forwarded your name and email to Dawn Rapsas and you should be receiving your invitation link directly from her soon.   If for some reason you don’t hear from her within a day or two please let me know and I’ll follow up.
Thank you again for participating in the drawing and sharing some of your favorite stamps.  Looks like the clear winner was Teeny Tiny Wishes for most utility and wide range of use.  I picked up a few other ideas for sets I’ll have to take another look at too.
Take care and enjoy the UStamp experience.  Trust me…after this…you’ll be hooked!  I know I am!  LOL!
Jean Fitch

If you didn’t receive that email you still have time to join the fun – – well worth the entrance fee.  For more information check out this post here or go directly to the UStamp gateway site here.

Here’s the graphic:

And here are the lucky winners:

Carrie Sampsel
Linda M.
Maurita Wilkerson
TXJenny Wren
Ann Schach

See you online….

Hugs and blessings – Jean

Oh My Word!!! Free UStamp passes are waiting!

Oh My Word……Dawn has done it again!

Once again my fellow demonstrator and Event planner extraordinaire Dawn Rapsas has created another fun online event.  AND…..she’s given me 5 free passes to pass out to 5 lucky winners!

UStamp’s Oh My Word!! Edition 2011 starts Friday, February 11th.

Here’s what you can look forward to if you sign up to join the fun or if you are one of the 5 lucky free pass winners:

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 Occasions Mini Catalog, Sale-a-bration Brochure and IB&C Hostess Products as well as some other seasonal catalog favorites, take Center Stage for this event!!

* 40+ Projects…every single one with at least one word!!

* 40+ unique Color Combos…using every single SU! Color…no color gets left behind

* 40+ co-ordinating cards with co-ordinating stamped/embellished envelopes

* 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 totally cool blinkie for your website/blog

I have to say I found the last event a blast…I even learned to chat…in a room…with key clicks and everything.   I know chatting should come naturally to yours truly who always has something to say right??   Well when key clicks are involved I’m still a beginner.  Sad to say I had to ask how it worked.  Luckily there were lots of understanding pro’s ready to help.   How cool to talk with someone in Japan in real time!!   At least I guess it’s real time…I’m still wrapping my head around the whole time /date line differential…makes it feel a bit like time travel if I stop to think about it.  When you get into current events it gets tricky since something that happens here on a Wednesday happens elsewhere on a Tuesday or Thursday.   Have to ask… does the location of the event determine whose date is used?  Luckily when it comes to stamping…every day is a good day to stamp.


So what do you do to join the fun?   

To learn more about signing up or getting more details click the UStamp 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 by midnight (West Coast time – PST)  Friday and tell me what your favorite word or word stamp set is.   Feel free to tell me what your all time fav is too if you have one…even if its retired.  I’ll announce the winner on Saturday and pass the info along to Dawn.  Make sure to leave me your email address that you want her to send your linked invite to.

At the moment my favorite words are Bliss, Blessed and Blessing!   Luckily the Sale-a-Bration stamp set Bliss fits the bill and the word Blessed can be found in the new Occasions set Blessed Mother.


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

Hope to see you there!

Hugs and Blessings – Jean

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.

Dash to 10,000: The Great Stampin Addicts Gallery Gussy Up and Giveaway!

Hi all,

I’ll leave this pinned to the top of the blog for a bit so scroll on down for new content.

Note:  Yay!  We Made It!!

Received this info in my SA mailbox and thought you all might want to play along.  Stampin’ Addicts is a fairly new and growing online community that is unabashedly Stampin’ Up to the core.   The gallery is growing but could use some help.  Many of you have seen it listed on my Frugal Friday and Tightwad Tuesday posts.  And wouldn’t you know it – the stamp set on offer as a prize will be featured on this Friday’s Frugal Friday post.  Talk about timing and cosmic coincidence!   I’m hoping that means that the winning stamp set is destined for my stamp room – just saying so you know my true intentions here – LoL!  Got go now and get busy posting.  As the saying goes…if you don’t play you can’t win….if you don’t post…you’ll have to buy your own Sweet Seasons set!


Stampin Addicts gallery has smashed through the 8000 upload mark–and now we have our sights on breaking 10,000!

So, to pump everyone up, SA is proud to announce THE GREAT GALLERY GUSSY AND GIVEAWAY!

Upload every creationof yours you can by November 8, and you just may be the lucky winner of Sweet Season, a So Shelli favorite set on page 29 of the IBC.

Sweet Season is the perfect set for all your gift giving, at the holidays and year round! If you don’t have it, you need it. And for those who already have it, it would make a terrific gift for someone on your shopping list, or even a great incentive for your downline and/or customers.

(Hey demos, you could even build a last-minute ‘Gussy Up Your Gifts’ class around Sweet Seasons for those ‘Oh I’m not crafty’ people in your life and prime the pump for Sale-A-Bration!)

For fun ideas on what you can do with this set, check out the Sweet Season gallery.

Are you drooling at the thought of all the wonderful confections you can create with Sweet Season? Well quit drooling and start uploading!

Good luck, stampers and scrappers!

For more details, see our (Official Rules: The SA Great Gallery Gussy Up and Giveaway!)official rules.

Tightwad Tuesday: Featuring the set “Introducing”

Hello my friends… and welcome once again to Tightwad Tuesday where Stamps and wheels under $20 are featured for your enjoyment.   And added to that read on down to the bottom and you’ll find an informal contest with a card as the prize.

For a full listing of frugally priced under $20 stamps and wheels check out my right hand sidebar for  lists from the main catalog and the Holiday mini that you can view and print or download to your very own computer for future reference.

Todays featured set is Introducing.   This set is a reasonably priced set of stamps for creating Invitations and more.  Also available as a My Digital Studio Download file for use with MDS and other graphics based software like Photoshop, Microsoft Word and Microsoft Publisher.

For close ups of the samples I borrowed from SU sources click on the picture.  The one on the right is from New Zealand so disregard the page number reference.

Introducing Sample - Stampin Success     Introducing Sample from NZ spring catalog


Introducing stamp set

Introducing ( #114443, $15.95, pg. 146)        Set of 4 stamps.

Make introductions and invitations with these images, which are versatile enough to use for baby announcements, weddings, birthdays, and more.

MDS version # 118839, Under $2.20       *These and many other images are available as part of the standard install of the My Digital Studio software. If you already have the software, you already have these images.

This set was just a bit tricky to research as all Google searches returned everything but the stamp set itself (after all SU and bloggers alike do a lot of “introducing”).   Good news is that this set is frugally priced so you can create your own samples and projects…and…also included in the new MDS or available as a separate download so you can do dual duty with or without stamps and still be under $20 with both combined.    While SU has and has had many similar sets for creating invitations few are so reasonably priced and yet cover a wide range of possibilities.  Save the Date cards are increasingly popular in our busy lives and Introducing….has lots of possibilities from new kids, new kittens, new spouses as well as activities and more  for cards and scrapbooks, tags and even posters or flyers.  And of course You’re Invited is the heart of the set.   Think of all the many things besides invitations you can use this for…..

You’re Invited….to clean up your room (note for a teenage son perhaps) or on a more positive note….You’re Invited to a driving lesson!

You’re Invited….to join me for some fun and frolic after the kids are asleep (perfect for letting your hubby know you are in the mood :D)

You’re Invited….to acknowledge Jesus as Savior and King (perfect for holiday card or other appropriate moments)

You’re Invited….(fill in the blank)  

Tip: If you are in need of a journaling block of lines you can ink up just the dots on the invitation block by themselves to create a series of lines to keep your writing straight.

Tip: I recently used some acetate and the various Movers and Shapers dies SU sells to create a set of stencils.  It occurred to me that several of the shapes (star, heart, bird, etc) would make a perfect stenciled shadow piece underneath the Save the Date or You’re Invited from today’s featured set.  Using a stamping sponge or sponge dauber and a light touch you can create a unique  shape  image to stamp over.  Depending on the shape you use you could highlight the theme of the invite – Wedding/Engagement (heart), Baptism (bird), Birthday (star), etc.



SCS Gallery: & & – ribbon weaving and an invitation – Halloween invite – Big Shot Baby Carriage invite – childs birthday party


Don’t forget to tune in Friday for another Frugal installment featuring some stamps I think you will find a surprise (surprised me too since I forgot to put them on the list :D).   Just to make it interesting the first person to leave a comment with their correct guess as to what the featured stamp(s) will be will receive a copy of my Cardinal Christmas Card from the recent SAS featured  here).

Until then Happy stamping, hug the ones you love and please, please pray that my scanner can be resurrected – I have so many finished projects to share with you and my scanner refuses to turn on!  Unfortunately a new one isn’t in the budget so I’m praying God will resurrect whatever connection isn’t working so I can continue to use the current one.  I know it sounds optimistic but if you don’t ask you don’t see miracles right??


What my cats have been doing under my stamp table lately (though these cute critters are actor/stand-ins since the pit under my table is too dark for pictures).

Hugs and Blessings – Jean

Blog Candy Winner!

Hi All,

Thanks for your patience in waiting for this post!  Between Internet issues and health issues it’s been a mostly offline week.  Thank goodness I had a couple of posts in the can.  Now I get to play catchup. 

So on with the announcement….

 500 hits blog candy winner selected comment #12 as the winner.

Sandy Fechtenburg, on August 7th, 2009 at 2:41 PM Said:

Jean, congrats on your blog and all the hits! If anybody deserves to have a successful blog it’s you! Thanks for all you do, we really appreciate you and all the great info!
Hugs! Sandy (not your cat!)

Congratulations Sandy and thanks for the lovely comment – my feline Sandy friend is purring up a storm that selected your comment! 😀   I’ve sent you an email requesting your address and will send off your box once I receive your reply.

 And a heartfelt thank you to all of you who left such encouraging and positive comments.   Time now to hit the studio and create some original cards for future posts!

Hugs and Blessings – Jean

Laughter is good for the soul and for the stamp collection :D

Hi All,

Well I found the camera and then had to find some batteries and then discovered I really suck at taking pictures with my 10 year old digital camera.   The folding light booth when I get it built should help but at the moment my stamp studio is over 100 degrees inside so I’m really not that motivated to get my homemade set up made up so for today here is what’s on offer…..another fun RAK …this time from Lydia over at Understand Blue.  If you haven’t found her blog yet you really should.  Wonderful cards, crazy sense of humor and of course cats!  Two very cool cats who get their paws into everything she does (not to mention having their claws thoroughly hooked into her heart).   Lydia’s other blog Project Reanimate is right up my alley.  Remaking and reusing common everyday items to create very cool art.   Particular sly humor attaches to her use of magazines that were once trees being turned into paper tree’s in a forest!  Talk about reanimation!  And her latest take on fairy tales is amazing (see that here).

That same thought process applies to making everyday objects fun and the presentation just as fun.       Lydia's Make me Laugh RAK 001A RAK  I received from Lydia is a perfect case in point.  Lydia has a Make Me Laugh Monday thing going from time to time on her blog.  And the winner generally receives a fun RAK of some kind.  Now many bloggers would just drop the prize in an envelope and that would be that.   Lydia on the other hand makes the process as fun for the mail people as the recipient.   See the tree from Branch Out on the box?  Well Lydia covered 4 sides of the box with this lovely tree and fun smile on top of the box too!    And that’s just the outside.  Inside I found a fun Fresh-Cut Notes card from Stampin’ Up (catalog pg. 168) with a sweet message and also a smile stamp from one of SU’s incentive stamp sets available for demo’s use (one of many fun demo only items available when you join SU).

The box is now proudly sitting on my shelf and I smile evertime I see it.   Has me thinking ahead to Christmas and all those other occasions when I send out packages.  After all stamps aren’t only for cards right??  

Thanks Lydia for the reminder!  And for adding smiles to my day too!

Hugs and blessings to you all – Jean

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