Stampin' Up! - New items in the Clearance Rack!


There are new discounts to be had! Stampin' Up! has added items to our Clearance Rack. There are papers, embellishments, markers and even a few stamp sets being offered. Simply click the banner image below to be directed to the online store. You will need to click on an item to see the discounted price. Enjoy!

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Stampin' Up! Pop of Paradise birthday card


Looking for inspiration? Freshly Made Sketches posted a new sketch challenge and this one has all kinds of room for fun. Be sure to visit the site (linked above) to see the design team cards - always a treat and inspiring in different ways.

For this sketch, the two accent pieces (hearts) plus a piece of Pool Party card stock I had on my desk got me inspired and thinking of palm trees and long summer days.  😎

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The birthday greeting is from our Beautiful You stamp set. I thought it was perfect for this elegant and gorgeous flamingo! (Side note: I almost drew eyelashes on the flamingo just for fun…)

Products that brought imagination to life:

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Moon Baby, challenge


Morning thoughts…  I love card sketches for inspiration. I have a Pinterest board dedicated to them because I know they can kick-start a card project like nobody's business. However - color challenges? They're definitely a challenge. And Definitely out of my comfort zone. Then this popped up in a feed:

"I think it's important as a filmmaker, as any person working in the arts, that you've got to try new stuff and challenge yourself and take chances." 
Darren Aronofsky

Huh. I don't know who Darren is, but a person can see the opportunity for growth in that statement, right? So, what's the worst that could happen… another card in the recycling bin? Color - challenge accepted!, so I may have cheated by using so much white. But a girl has to start somewhere, right? 😬

The color challenge used as a guide today is the current challenge by Fab Friday. Just click on the color image to be directed to their site to see their samples and to link your own project.

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Aside from coordinating card stock and ink in the challenge colors, here are the key products used today:

Woot! I was a Fab Fave!


I'm so excited!! My Super Mom card was chosen as a favorite at Fab Friday. How cool is that?!

This card uses our Everyday Hero from the 2017 Occasions Catalog. Less exciting is the fact that this stamp set is going bye-bye with the end of this catalog in May. (Sad… I know.) So if you want to make your own Super people or use that awesome skyline, you'll want to get it while you can.

In the meantime, if you'd like to play along with Fab Friday and their sketch or color challenges, be sure to visit their site and play along. Visit the Fab site.

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Stampin' Up! Retirement List


It's time to usher out some products and make way for some new! Below, you will find some information regarding the "retirement" process and a link to the page detailing the items that are going. PLEASE note that In-Color items are usually gone within a day or two. If you want re-inkers for your ink pads or markers, I recommend you order them today. (Not being dramatic… they really go that fast.)

Main Information:
  • Promotion dates: April 10–May 31, 2017 beginning at 1:00 PM (MT).
  • Retiring items are eligible for Stampin’ Rewards with qualifying orders. (Rewards begin at $150US)

Order Information: 
  • All retiring items will be discontinued after May 31.
  • All retiring accessories and tools are available while supplies last.
  • Due to high demand for retiring stamp sets, we’ll keep producing retiring stamp sets until May 22. After May 22, all retiring stamp sets will be available while supplies last.
  • Select discounts may vary by market depending on inventory levels. 
  • Discounts will be applied to select retiring items only (as noted)

Paper Pumpkin - are you subscribed?


TUESDAY is cut-off day for Paper Pumpkin! What do I mean by this? Well, the 10th of the month is the last day of the month to register if you want to receive this month's kit. It's also the last day of the month to log in and opt out if you want to skip a month!

Before you decide, let me also remind you that this month's kit is a special one - designed by CEO Sara Douglass. Our kits always come with a stamp set, at least one ink spot and all of the supplies needed to create a set of projects. While no one is saying what exactly is in this kit, we have been told that every April kit will also include a free gift! 

Any occasion greeting with Tiddly Inks


hey there!
It's spring break at the Benitez household and we are all SO glad. Between crazy amounts of school work and lots of delayed flights, I think know we are all ready for some down time! And, of course, to me down time translates to time in the craft room!

Aren't they cute? (click on the image to enlarge it)

I had so much fun coloring this download from Tiddly Inks. I'm still learning to use Copic markers but I already love the vibrant colors you can get plus the way they blend. (Yes, I do feel like a kid! lol) It was so much fun, I tried it again. This time trying to make the little girl blond.

The photo looks more red than it does in real life, but it'll do :)

Ah, well… back to laundry. It may be spring break, but we still need clean sheets!

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Stampin'Up! Current Products
 Card One:

Card Two:

Mom - an Everyday Hero


My hubby and I have two great teenage boys. Sometimes I wish they were still little where a little fall when they were learning to walk meant brushing off their bum and encouraging them to keep going. Nowadays, the lessons in life are a little harder but the desire to help is still there. And sometimes we need to find creative ways to let them know.

Project Notes:

  • The cityscape and "super mom" are from Everyday Hero (linked below), currently available through our Occasions Catalog. There are other images in this set which allow you to make a super "guy", change the cape (if you want one) and personalize it all further. 
  • I was tempted to leave the cape off because I kept hearing Edna Mode in my head saying that capes are no longer used, "Dahling". Apparently, theyre a hazard. (Did I lose you? You'll want to watch the animated movie The Incredibles. 😄
  • The sentiment is from our Bella & Friends stamp set (also linked below).
  • Layout is based on a sketch by FabFriday. 

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