Happy birthday to me!

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Happy Friday, everyone!

Yesterday was my birthday, and I got a few of my girlfriends together, and we had dinner at Maggiano’s!

I wanted to make a little decor as well as some little favors for my guests. Partly, I wanted to thank them for coming, and partly, any excuse to have something to make, right?! 🙂

My original idea was to use my new Hamburger Box Die, purchased specifically for this occasion. I watched Stampin’ Up!’s YouTube video on how to use it, made 2 (one with some DSP, and the other with the new Thick Whisper White cardstock), and I was SO not happy! I went to my team’s Facebook page bemoaning this, and the ladies provided me with some tips as well as a link to someone else’s blog who describes her first experience that sounds like EXACTLY what was going through my head, with an added, “I’m almost 36 years old, will I EVER learn to glue withOUT getting it ALL over my fingers?!” to my inner dialogue LOL BUT she powered through and found a couple of tricks… I will try again, but I wanted to get my favors done, so I just reached for my Gift Box Punch Board (the first time I’d used it!).

I grabbed some Shimmery White cardstock, followed the instructions on the Punch Board for how big to cut it (I used 8″ x 8″ squares to make the largest box that can be made from a sheet of 8-1/2″ x 11″ cardstock), where to place, score, and punch! I watched the quick SU! video for this one, too 🙂 Very useful!

I used the new Cotton Paper (hope they come out with more colors of this!!) and the Bouquet die to create the flowers! The nice thing about the Cotton Paper is that you can die cut MANY at a time! Each of these flowers uses 5 of each of the petals, so I just cut some squares big enough for each petal, and cut all 5 at once (so 10 petals, 1 pass through the Big Shot!)!  I even cut out all 8 centers (2 of the starburst-like centers in each color) all at once! Some glue dots and hot glue were used to assemble these flowers before adding them to the belly band (1-1/2″ x 12″) that can be slid on and off the box.

I also used some of the Bermuda Bay Striped Grosgrain ribbon and Sequin Trim (I have a Bermuda Bay problem!) to add to some little Milk jars I found at “the M Store” (the straws that match perfectly also came from there!) I had wanted to take a picture of it all on the table, but that did not work out for a variety of reasons, chiefly my plan to get there before my friends to set up didn’t happen because the nail place wouldn’t let me leave! I finally left AMA (ha!), wearing those little flip flop things through the mall to the restaurant!!

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You may be wondering what was inside them?! I made little Post-It-Note holders using some retired DSP (it’s pretty– it’s metallic gold; doesn’t show that in the picture) 🙂 (There are a lot of instructions out there for the construction, but to give credit where credit’s due, these are the ones I found and followed.)


I also had my friend Eva bring some Arbonne samples of their Ultra-hydrating Hand Creme; and she also brought some Seasource Detox Spa Renewing Body Gelee– which she says is a moisturizer, but it works great for sunburn AND (if you’re like me, this excites me!) great to put on pesky mosquito bites!! I could have gotten some little smelly lotions somewhere else, but I wanted to give them something high-quality and useful!!

Thank you for celebrating my birthday with me!! 🙂

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Why June is the best month…


June is one of the best months. Summer vacation has started, the actual first day of Summer comes, pools open, and best of all– it’s my birthday month!! (This Thursday, in fact! 🙂 )

This year, however, Stampin’ Up! has made June an even better month!!

When you join Stampin’ Up! in June, you will receive 2 FREE stamp sets OF YOUR CHOICE, in addition to your Starter Kit!  For only $99, you get to choose $125 worth of Stampin’ Up! product OF YOUR CHOICE. (The $125 value does not include the value of your free sets!! You could really cash in and easily get another $80-$100 in product FOR FREE!).  And, you will also receive a business kit which includes catalogs, order forms, etc. for FREE. All of this ships directly to you, so you can begin stamping as soon as possible.

PLUS, June recruits are the last “class” of recruits to receive the benefit of an EXTRA 10% off their first demonstrator order within the first 45 days. So, 30% off total AND your 45 days will run into the Holiday catalog pre-order period (so the first to see AND play with the new stuff AND at a discount), if you choose to wait 🙂

You can be a “Happy Shopper” and enjoy receiving your Stampin’ Up! merchandise at a discount, you can choose to sell to others and build a business, or some combination of the two.  Being a demonstrator is a great way to get paid for having fun, and it comes with amazing benefits. You can do as little or as much as you want, depending on how much you want to get involved. (You could also split the starter kit, the discounted order, and each take a free stamp set if you grab a friend!)

Visit my website for all the details!

What You Get:
  • Product Discounts
  • Exclusive Rewards
  • Early access to new products
What You Earn:
  • Free Products
  • Exciting Trips
  • Oh, and money!
What You Do:
  • Create with beautiful products
  • Share creative fun with friends
  • Inspire others and be inspired
I would love to welcome you to my Inky LadyBugs Team!  You’ll also be part of a larger team known as the RemARKable Stampers; we have virtual team meetings every month– SO. MUCH. FUN! Be sure to join in June!  Let me know if you have any questions.
I’ll be back later this week with a post of some projects I’m working on this week! 🙂

Mondays: You’ve Got This!

What an appropriate stamp set name for a Monday!!

I have made it my goal to actually play with all my goodies within a week of receipt! And so, when a coworker’s birthday popped up last week, I decided to make her a journal (CASEd from one of the Stampin’ Up! Artisans) using the new You’ve Got This stamp set! (Note that the large journal I use here is retired 😦 We still have small ones!)

First off, I had to figure out what color she used to stamp the hatched background on the Kraft journal, so I grabbed a swatch of our Kraft cardstock and tried a few colors, letting it dry. The winner: Crumb Cake! I let it dry for awhile, then stamped and embossed the flower so I could practice with my Blender Pens. Having this also helped me eye where I needed to place the stamp. I really don’t want to mess up and have a wasted journal!


After that, I closed my eyes and went for it on the journal… okay… I didn’t really close my eyes, but sometimes, you just have to jump in and do it! I guess I didn’t wait long enough for the Crumb Cake to dry because I wound up with some stray embossing powder, but I actually didn’t mind the effect… so, I was okay giving it to someone 🙂 Added a strip of dry embossed Mint Macaron and some ribbon. I even added a few buttons to some twine! Sometimes those “little” things you just don’t think about can make all the difference.


I tied a little bow with the Gold Metallic Baker’s Twine, which in turn inspired my little birthday card! I knew I didn’t need to go “all out” on the card since the masterpiece was the journal, so I just made a little matching 3 x 3 card. Super quick and easy, even with using the envelope liner die (I turned the die catty-corner on the envelope paper so that my lines were a diagonal)! I grabbed the birthday sentiment from Butterfly Basics.


I hope you’ve enjoyed this little peak into my weekend (I have more to share)!

And here is a little video on coloring with blender pens, produced by Stampin’ Up!

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June RemARKable Blog Tour – Going Places

Hello! Thank you for joining us on our RemARKable Blog Tour for June! You probably landed here from Anne‘s blog, but if you get lost, all of our links are at the bottom!

This month’s theme is “Going Places.” I can only imagine the variety of interpretations you’ve seen thus far! 🙂

Normally, I like to do 3 projects for the blog hop, but work got really crazy this week, and I was staying til 6pm every night, so I was only able to get one more done (I already had one done 🙂 at least I was that much ahead already!). Plus, my second one used a lot of Big Shottin’, so I’m going to let that count extra 😉

So, first up, is a pretty literally take on the theme… When my DBF was local and travelling for work, I liked to make him a card and write a little note inside that he was only supposed to read at some point after he arrived at his destination (literally anywhere from NY or FL to Japan, and all in between!). So, I made a card with this idea in mind, using both new products and new-to-me products!  I used two of the new In Colors, Tip Top Taupe (anyone else wind up often typo-ing Top Top Taupe first? No? Just me? LOL) and Mint Macaron. I stamped the background with the World Map stamp set and then took some more Tip Top Taupe and sponged around it, giving it a little more aged look. The Mint Macaron suitcase I fussy cut and placed on my circles before stamping “Miss You” using the Crazy About You set (a MUST have in the sentiment arsenal!). Then, I just took a bit of the new dotted lace trim and made a knot.


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Next up is a not-so-literal interpretation of the them! When I heard the theme name, “Going Places,” it made me think of the Dr. Seuss book, “Oh, the Places You’ll Go!” So….. Ta Da!! A Seuss-inspired card! 🙂 This would be great for a kid earning an achievement. I stared and stared at the images in a Google image search:


until it hit me– the Circle Card Thinlit Die! I probably should have put Dimensionals between each layer, but…. I didn’t. Oh well… Maybe I’ll go back and do that! I used my trusty Circle Framelits to create my colored circles, and topped it off with a Candy Dot! The inside uses the Balloons framelits, the new Sprinkles on Top stamp set, and some Crushed Curry baker’s twine for the hot air balloon. The sentiment came from the new-to-me Bravo set. I’ve decided that we need more circle punches. I have some “contraband” punches I acquired for a project I did awhile back requiring some “eighths” punches (3/8″, 5/8″ etc) but I didn’t want to use those… but I would like having the “eighths increments” not just the “quarters” 🙂

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I hope you’ve enjoyed the projects I have for you tonight! 🙂 Hop on over to Audra to see what she’s come up with!

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Nancy Amato
Melissa Bolinger
Tamra Davis
Anne Matasci
Heather Mathieson – YOU ARE HERE
Audra Monk
Maria Pane
Michele Reynolds
Pam Staples
Janet Wakeland

I’ve Got a [Cucumber] Crush!


Happy Friday!!

As I mentioned in yesterday’s post, I thought that Cucumber Crush was going to be my least favorite of the most recent In Colors. Turns out, it’s one of my favorites! It’s just so danged bright and cheery! 🙂

I’m usually more of a “Bermuda Bay” girl when it comes to my greens (yes, I realize that’s pretty much a blue LOL) and don’t use a lot of green other than for flower leaves. Anyone else like that?

However, when I was playing with a few new items over the long Memorial Day weekend, I fell in love with Cucumber Crush!

I’m not sure how your crafting process is, but when I need to come up with something original, it happens one of two ways. I sit and stare at my table with the stamp set I want to use and see if something comes to me. I may even stamp an image or two and sit and play with it until my lightbulb moment comes! OR, if I’m lucky, I will get a “vision” in my head (no, no peyote here LOL). Sometimes it’s an entire project (like one I’ll share with you next week, that I consider my “piece de resistance” for that crafting binge weekend I had!) or sometimes it’s just a sneak peek (sort of like a focus in on one piece of a card or project, and the rest is still all blurry).

When coming up with today’s card, I first started with simply knowing that I wanted to create a card with a big bow using the new lace ribbon (have I mentioned that I just love this ribbon?! it’s SO soft!!). That’s it. No other plans for the card. No color scheme, no stamp set, nothing.

Then, as I was away from my craft table, I started to “see” zebra print in Cucumber Crush! Then, I knew just the stamp set! Returning Favorite, Groovy Love! 🙂

I stamped and punched out a few of the hearts (don’t you just LOVE coordinating punches?!) and just sat there, moving them around, playing with them, with the spool of ribbon right next to me. I even grabbed my Hello Life (SOOO happy this carried over from the Occasions catalog!! It is a great stand-alone set, or it has a great Project Kit it coordinates with– still need to get my hands on that one!) to make a border. Not-so-slowly, this card came together! I originally pronounced it done before I added the sentiment, but for some reason, I just wasn’t feeling the white space between the hearts and the ribbon. White space CAN be good, but I just popped the little sentiment (perfectly-sized, even!) from Groovy Love in that space. And it was good! 🙂

So, without further ado… here it is:


I actually can’t wait to make a larger zebra print in Cucumber Crush using the new background stamp, It’s Wild! Whatcha think?!

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A Meeting of the In Colors

Yesterday was the first official day of the new catalog! Very exciting day in geeky-Stampin’-Up! world! HAHA Now that the dust has settled, I wanted to share with you some projects I made over Memorial Day weekend…

I call this particular group of cards, “A Meeting of the In Colors.”

Each year, SU’s brilliant researchers and artists come up with 5 new, trendy colors we get to love only for 2 years. It’s the highlight of every catalog reveal for me because I LOVE color! Because there’s overlap, it means we have 10 colors in the collection at any given time!

Right now, there are the 5 from the 2014-2016 In Color collection:

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and the 5 from the 2015-2017 collection:

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I have to be honest that I wasn’t “sold” on the latest ones at first blush, but after sticking with the presentation of them from the South Pacific convention and now that I’ve seen them in person for myself, I’m In! Love! Even with the one I thought would be my least favorite, Cucumber Crush (I’ll share an entirely Cucumber Crush card tomorrow)… I originally started this project with only the Blackberry Bliss (’14-’16) and Watermelon Wonder (’15-’17). As I was working with my design, I thought to myself… let me pick 1 from each collection and pair them together! So, here is what I came up with:

Blackberry Bliss (’14-’16) and Watermelon Wonder (’15-’17)

incolor5Hello Honey (’14-’16) and Cucumber Crush (’15-’17)


Lost Lagoon (’14-’16) and Tip Top Taupe (’15-’17)


Mossy Meadow (’14-’16) and Delightful Dijon (’15-’17)


Tangelo Twist (’14-’16) and Mint Macaron (’15-’17)

incolor2smP.S. I absolutely LOVE the Lace Trim!! It’s SO soft… I just love touching it! 🙂

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