Monday, April 29, 2013

Bloomin' Bouquet Project Kit

Mother's Day. Teacher appreciation. Just because. Say thank you with this no-maintenance bouquet. There's no watering, no weeding-just enjoying. This easy-to-assemble kit comes complete with the petals, stems, and buttons to create the flowers, as well as four different tags to make this the perfect gift for any occasion. All you need is some paper, ribbon or a vase to add the finishing touches to the bouquet. 

Ordering information:
Item 134542 $12.95 Available starting April 29, while supplies last.
Kit contents:
  • 2 sheets of preprinted and precut flowers on 12" X 12" cardstock; makes 13 flowers using Pool Party, Gumball Green, Calypso Coral, Daffodil Delight, and Rich Razzleberry
  • 13 Vintage Faceted Buttons
  • 13 green floral wire stems
Adhesive not included. (Glue gun recommended.)
Bloomin' Bouquet Video Technique

Sunday, April 28, 2013

Golf Birthday

Masculine Birthday cards always seem harder to come up with than ones for women.  Here is one if you have a golfer in your life.  My stepfather is on the golf course a few times a week so this was quite appropriate.

Supplies Used:
Stamp Sets:  Itty Bitty Banners C 126257
Ink:  Jet Black Stazon 101406
Card Stock:  Wild Wasabi 108641, Basic Black 121045, Whisper White 100730, Crumb Cake 120953
Accessories: Square Lattice Embossing Folder 119976, Cloudy Day Embossing Folder 127022, Petite Pennants Punch 122361, 3/4" Circle Punch 119873, 1 3/8" Circle Punch 119860

Saturday, April 27, 2013

Enchilada Pasta Casserole

Here is my latest kitchen creation.  All 5 of us loved it, which is always a major victory!  It has just a little bit of spice since the kids don't like things that are overly spicy.  This comes together fairly quickly which is always a good thing with our busy schedule this time of year.

Enchilada Pasta Casserole:


1 lb. Ground Beef
1/2 teas. Chili Powder
1 cup Frozen Corn
8 oz. Block Cream Cheese
1/2 cup Sour Cream
1 can (10 oz.) Red Enchilada Sauce
2 cups Shredded Cheddar
1 can (4 oz.) Diced Green Chiles
12 oz. Egg Noodles

Preheat oven to 350 degrees
Cook egg noodles according to the package directions
Brown ground beef in a large skillet until no longer pink
Add in chili powder and frozen corn, stir to combine and thaw corn.
Add in cream cheese and stir until its melted
Once cream cheese is melted add in sour cream, red enchilada sauce, 1 cup of shredded cheddar, and green chiles.
Stir until combined really well.
Add in cooked egg noodles and stir until the pasta is coated with the mixture.
Transfer mixture to a 9 x 13 pan and top with remaining cheddar cheese
Bake for 15- 20 mins

I made this with egg noodles but this would probably work with other pastas as well.

Have a great day!

Monday, April 22, 2013

Sympathy Card

Stay tuned for Wednesday April 24th when the Stampin' Up retirement list will be posted!!! I have to work that day but will get the list out as soon as I can.  In the meantime here is a sample of a sympathy card I recently made to mail to a customer and friend.

Supplies Used:
Stamp Sets: Flowering Flourishes  C 126367, Petite Pairs C 122497
Ink: Early Espresso 126974
Card Stock:  Early Espresso 119686, Very Vanilla 101650
Accessories: 1 1/4" Scallop Circle Punch 127811, 1 3/8" Circle Punch, Pearl Basic Jewels 119247

Saturday, April 20, 2013

Cauliflower Casserole

For Easter I made a Cauliflower Gratin that did not turn out so well in my opinion.  However I knew what I wanted it to taste like so I started playing around with some ingredients and came up with this recipe which I loved!

1 large head of cauliflower
1 1/2 cups grated cheddar cheese
1 1/2 cups grated gruyere cheese
8 oz. block of cream cheese, softened
1/2 cup of heavy cream

Preheat oven to 350 degrees
Steam cauliflower until tender
While the cauliflower is steaming, mix together 1 cup of each cheese, the cream cheese and heavy cream.
When the cauliflower is done mix together with cheese mixture in a 9 x 13 pan
Top with remaining cheese
Bake for 20-25 mins

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

More Spring

Here is another sample of using one of the stamps from Spring Sampler, it has so many cute stamps in it.  I combined it with one of the stamps from Ciao, Baby and they fit together nicely.  The new petite punches are my favorites from the Spring Catalog and SAB.  So glad they put the Petite Curly Label Punch for sale after SAB was over.  It's a great opportunity to buy the punch if it wasn't one of the items you picked during the sale.  I also love the bright color combo in this card!

Stamp Sets: Spring Sampler C 125512,  Ciao Baby C 129648
Ink:  Melon Mambo 126948
Card Stock:  Daffodil Delight 119683, Melon Mambo 115320, Pacific Point 111350,  Whisper White 100730
Accessories: Chevron Embossing Folder 127749, 7/8" Scallop Circle Punch 129404, 1 1/4 " Scallop Circle Punch 127811, Petite Curly Label Punch 129405, 1/4" Stitched Grosgrain Ribbon in Daffodil Delight 126872

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

The Dolled-Up Birthday Kit

We're excited to introduce our second Submit a Project kit--the Dolled-Up Birthday Kit--voted on by you via our Facebook page. This gorgeous birthday card was created by Chris Gilmore, a manager from Coshocton, Ohio. Congratulations, Chris!
The Dolled-Up Birthday kit includes the following:
  • Dolled-Up Birthday Clear-Mount Stamp (1)
  • 8-1/2" x 5-1/2" Crumb Cake Cardstock (6 pieces)
  • 2" x 4-1/4" Very Vanilla Cardstock (6 pieces)
  • Very Vanilla Medium Envelopes (6)
  • Tea Lace Paper Doilies (6)
  • Dress Up die-cuts (6)
  • Soft Suede Classic Stampin' Spot (1)
  • Vanilla 5/8" Flower Trim (6 pieces)
  • Sponge Dauber (1)
Get everything you need to make six cards for only $15.95 (item 133913)!*

Sunday, April 14, 2013


One of the more fun items from the Spring Catalog is the Pinwheel Sizzlits Die.  It also has a cute stamp set that coordinates with it: Wishes Your Way C 129156, page 33 of the Spring Catalog.  Here is one of the samples I made using it:

Supplies Used:
Card Stock:  Real Red 102482, Pumpkin Pie 105117, Daffodil Delight 119683, Whisper White, 100730, Polka Dot Parade DSP 126902
Accessories: Pinwheel Sizzlets Die 129411, Cloudy Day Embossing Folder 127022, Mini Silver Brads 122941

Have a great Sunday Everyone!

Saturday, April 13, 2013

Wood Mount Stamp Packaging Change

Introducing our new wood-mount stamp set packaging!

These new cases are similar to our clear-mount boxes and fit perfectly on the shelf right next to them. They also have the images and stamp set name on the spine to make your search for the right set even easier.

Starting May 31 all wood-mount sets will come in this new packaging (sneak peek sets will also be in the new boxes during the preorder). And empty cases will be available with the launch of the new catalog. That means you can transfer all your old sets to these new boxes! There will even be a template for you to create your own label for your old stamp sets (available May 31). A pack of four half-size cases (3-3/4" x 5-1/2") will sell for $4.95 and a pack of four full-size cases (7-1/2" x 5-1/2") will be $6.95.

Get ready for all the exciting new products in the catalog--especially the new wood-mount boxes!

Friday, April 12, 2013

Petite Curly Label Punch

The Petite Curly Label that was available during SAB is now available for purchase!!

Thursday, April 11, 2013

Secret Garden

Another  one of my favorite sets from the spring catalog is the Secret Garden set.  It's one of the sets we will be working with in the May 3rd class.  While I will leave the actual projects we will be doing a surprise until the class here is a sample of this very versatile set.

Stamp Sets:    Secret Garden C 129144, Sassy Salutations C 126707
Ink: Daffodil Delight 126944, Melon Mambo 126948, Pumpkin Pie 126945
Card Stock: Daffodil Delight 119683, Whisper White 100730, Polka Dot Parade DSP 126902
Accessories: Secret Garden Framelits Dies 129372

The Secret Garden Stamp Set and Framelits Dies are also available as a bundle set for a 15% savings.  Item # 131099 C, 131100 W                                                                                  

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Photopolymer Stamps

Introducing Stampin' Up's Photopolymer Stamps:

We've searched long and hard for just the right material to be able to introduce completely clear stamping. And we've found it. We're excited to announce that we now have wood-mount, clear-mount AND photopolymer stamps! The new photopolymer will be an addition to our stamp line and will appeal to all types of stampers. Our top-quality photopolymer has just enough give to create a perfectly stamped image every time and with the introduction of our firm-foam pads, let's just say they're meant for each other! Photopolymer stamps will also be unique, fun designs that will inspire you and provide more versatile options you may not see in our traditional wood- and clear-mount stamp options. 

What makes them so great?
  • They're entirely transparent for perfect placement every time! 
  • They are durable. The photopolymer material is designed to last. 
  • Can you say sticky? (Don't worry; in a good way.) These stamps stick amazingly well to our clear blocks.
  • They're age tested. They won't yellow or cloud up over time. 
  • We could go on, but we'll let you try them for yourself.
They are clearly a great choice.

Want to learn more?  Try watching this youtube video:

Using Photopolymer Stamps

We currently have 2 different sets available:

 Designer Typeset, Item #132956 $13.95

 Bombs Away Birthday,  Item # 133411  $13.95

Both sets are available for sale through my online store - Just click on the shop now button!

Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Color Refresh

Do you dream in color? We do!

Announcing Stampin' Up's  Color Refresh! We love color and we know that you do too. Color is fundamental to who we are and what we offer. It's important for us to stay up-to-date with color trends so we are thrilled to share our updated line of colors, and hope you will be as excited as we are by the new possibilities!
Why now? In 2010 we did a big color renovation and shared our plans for smaller color refreshes every three to five years to keep our colors on trend. Well it has been three years and we are excited to announce that the upcoming 2013-2014 annual catalog will include 10 new colors (most of which are returning In Colors from previous years)! We are welcoming back some of your favorites, moving some colors around, and introducing one brand-new color, so take a look!

Retiring/discontinued color products (i.e. ink, paper, ribbon, accessories, etc.) will be available only while supplies last. This means that some products will not be available through the retired list period.

Sunday, April 7, 2013

Sausage, Bean and Pasta Soup

We love soup in this house and this recipe I found on Pinterest has quickly become a favorite.  I double the original recipe and add a few tweaks but the original can be found here:
Sausage, Bean and Pasta Soup

Here is my version:

Sausage, Bean and Pasta Soup

2 15oz. cans of cannellini beans, drained
2 lbs ground sausage
1 onion diced
3 carrots diced
6 Tbls olive oil
4 garlic cloves put through a garlic press
2 14.5 oz cans of diced tomatoes
12 cups of chicken broth
2 teas. thyme
1 teas. salt
2 boxes ditalini pasta

In a large pot, brown the sausage.  When no longer pink, remove from pot and set aside.  Add olive oil into same pot then add in onions, carrots and garlic and let them cook together for 3-4 mins.  Add in tomatoes, chicken broth, thyme, salt, beans and sausage. Simmer for about 45 mins then add in pasta.  Cook until pasta is done, about 15 mins.

We served it with freshly grated parmesan cheese on top.

This makes a really big batch of soup but we all went back for seconds and will have it to bring to work for lunches this week.

Saturday, April 6, 2013

Happy Bday

The Spring Sampler stamp set in the Spring Catalog is just adorable!  We had fun playing with it in last night's class.  This is one of the projects we made with it:

Supplies Used: 
Stamp Sets: Spring Sampler C 125512, Bring on the Cake C 121958

Ink: StazOn Jet Black 101406
Card Stock: Basic Black 121045, Daffodil Delight 119683, Crumb Cake120953
Accessories: Honeycomb Folder 129378, 1 1/4"  Scallop Punch 127811, 1" Circle Punch 119868, 3/4" Circle Punch 119873

Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Oh Whale!

April 2, 2013

One of my favorite stamp sets from the Spring Stampin' Up Catalog is Oh, Whale!   It has an adorable Clearlits Die and coordinating Designer Series Paper.  I found this layout on my new favorite site Pinterest and just changed up the colors to suit my liking.

 I love that we can color in the Rhinestone Basic Jewels with Sharpies to make them any color we need! 

Supplies used:

Stamp Set:  Oh Whale!Clear 129132
Ink: Melon Mambo 126948, Pacific Point 126951
Card Stock:  Baja Breeze 111352, Pacific Point 111350, Whisper White 124302, Sunshine & Sprinkles DSP 126922
Accessories:  Cloudy Day Folder 127022, Perfect Polka Dots Folder 117335, Happy Whale Clearlits Die 129403, Word Window Punch 119857, Modern Label Punch 119849, Rhinestone Basic Jewels 119246