Occasions Mini – 1 week left

Just a friendly reminder from your local (or long distance!) Stampin’ Up demo! :)

The Occasions mini catalog will be wrapping up and no longer available after April 30th ~ this means just 1 more week to place your order!  You can place your order online in my store or contact me to place it.

occasions mini

If you don’t have an Occasions mini in your hands, never fear … it’s online! :)

If you prefer to view the catalog in it’s entirety, flipping page-by-page and oohing and ahhing over the samples in the book, you can download the PDF here. (or click the image above.)

Would you rather just see the catalog items in the online store?  Click here and click “shop now” to see my own little store.  You will see the “Occasions Mini” on the left, easy peasy for viewing.

Happy shopping! :)


p.s. 2 posts in 1 day!  What has gotten into me!! :)

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Simply Adorned – my new bracelet!

I confess … I am not a big jewelry-type girl.  On occasion, yes, but not in a day-to-day setting.  Especially as a stay-at-home-mom! :)

There are, however, a few casual pieces of jewelry that appeal to me — and a cutie patootie little bracelet is one of them.  So how excited was I to see this in the mini catalog??bracelet-imageThis is the bracelet chain from our Simply Adorned line.  And thanks to my fabulous upline Max for the awesome gift, I was able to get my bracelet and charms this week! :) circle-charmsquare-charmThese little 5/8″ charms come in circle or square (obviously :) ), and right now I have one of each on my bracelet.

My favorite part of all of the Simply Adorned products (yes, we have necklaces and larger charms, too!) is that the inside is all customizable.  You can add in any design you choose!  Love that!

I’ll be changing mine out soon, but I wanted to put something very simple inside for now.


My clear block wanted to make a cameo appearance in this shot. :)

The charms are all double-sided.  Here you can see the other side, and get an idea of the size.


Super simple, super easy, and super fun. :)

For the quick addition to my charms I just used the Tiny Tags stamp set (in clear-mount, my obvious new favorite for lots of reason), my new butterfly embosslit that I’m still loving, and a few little scraps of designer series paper.  This paper was from the Sweet Pea pack.  I love this paper, and I swear it lasts forever. (Okay, a really really long time.)  It’s only available through April (as with a lot of Occasions Mini items!!), so get it quick.

Oh, also a handy little tip — I found that the 1/2″ circle punch is the perfect size for the small circle charm, so there is no cutting involved there.  Phew — I am not good with cutting circles. :)


My baby is pretty sure the bracelet is her new toy.  We may need to have a talk.

Fun, huh?? :)



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Butterfly Wedding

I was wondering today what a black & white wedding card would look like with my fabulous new little butterfly embosslit.  So, well, I had to try it out!  I’ll have to play around with this more, but this is my “tester.”  Don’t mind the messy spots! :)


This next picture is a little out of focus (oopsie!), but you can see a little bit of the heat embossing in the corner and the crystal effects on the butterfly. (The crystal effects was still not even quite dry there.  Have to hurry and get this posted before the baby wakes up! :) )


The stamps I used, for the Mr & Mrs, are from the cute Together Forever set.  And those cute swirls in the corner?  Those are a sneak peek (love a sneak peek!) from the upcoming Summer Mini Catalog! (whoo hoo, the perks of being a demo and getting goodies early!)  The Summer Mini will be available May 1st, and this set is called Elements of Style.  (Love it.)

Thanks for peeking in!  I’d better go get that now-awake baby!

Laura :)

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Two-Step into Spring – sneak peek!

UPDATE: I’m re-posting this, since I’ve edited it to add pictures of the on-sale stamp sets.  Scroll down and take a peek.  :)

A new promotion beginning April 1st gives you the chance to purchase a brand new, sneak peek stamp set, or host a workshop and earn it for FREE!


The Awash with Flowers stamp set is a sneak peek from the 2010-2011 Idea Book & Catalog and will not be available again until the release of the new Idea Book & Catalog in July!  This is a sneaky-peeky just for April!

Host a $350 workshop and receive the brand-new Two-Step Awash with Flowers stamp set FREEEmail me today to book your workshop.


Awash with Flowers

Be the first to add the Awash with Flowers stamp set to your collection!

Item Description Price
117062 Awash with Flowers (wood-mount) $39.95
120549 Awash with Flowers (clear-mount) $27.95

Plus, purchase spring-themed Two-Step Stampin’ sets at 20% off the retail price–no additional purchase necessary!

Item Page Description Discount Price
113824 94 Greenhouse Garden $20.76
113734 98 Fifth Avenue Floral $19.96
111578 101 Flower Fancy $29.56
113258 112 Trendy Trees $14.36

Trendy Trees


Fifth Avenue Floral

Fifth Avenue Floral coordinates beautifully with the Manhattan Flower impressions die (with the Big Shot machine), and we also have these flowers in our vinyl in several colors (seen here.)


Flower Fancy


Greenhouse Garden

This promotion is only for the month of April, so don’t dilly-dally! :)   Click here to view/download a full-color flyer.

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Laura :)

April Card Club

My April card clubs are already over, but I haven’t posted the projects yet.  Here we go! :)

This adorable bunny box is 100%, completely copied from Marie’s creation.  It was darling — I couldn’t stand it.  Must … make … own … bunny!

(She shares complete directions if you’d like to make your own.)


Besides, have I mentioned I’m a punch-a-holic?  Punch art is right up my alley.  I must have a style similar to Marie, because I find myself gravitating to her blog often to ooh and aah.  Luckily for the un-creative like myself there are the creative among us, willing to share ideas. :)

(And yes, I realize that Easter is over, but spring isn’t!  Bunnies are springy!)

For this one we used the Just Buzzin’ By stamp set and did some watercoloring with the watercolor crayons and blender pens. (See the video on my last post.)


It was fun to pull out my color spritzer tool, also — haven’t used that one in a while!  (Can you see the speckles in the background?)  Oh, and you really can’t have honey without crystal effects, can you?

I wish I could say that I came up with this idea for our last card.  I have no idea who really did come up with it 1st … I just know that these are very popular to make right now. :)


See, those tulips are the brilliant part — they are made of the bird’s wing from the bird punch!  And the vase is actually just the ornament punch with the bottom trimmed off.  Brilliant, right? :)

Add a little sponging for dimension, and voila … a cutie patootie tulip card.

Thanks for peeking in! :)


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Watercolor Crayons

I loooove (and have recently rediscovered) these Watercolor Wonder Crayons.  We used these in my card clubs this week, and I hope the girls had as much fun with them as I do. (I do still need to post pictures of our projects — I will!)

Stampin’ Up recently made another awesome video ~ this time all about these crayons and some samples/techniques/cute ideas.  Enjoy! :)

Laura :)

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Color re-do … whoo hoo!

I have been waiting for this for a long time!  Stampin’ Up just announced that they are doing a color renovation, and I am sooooo excited.  I love the Stampin Up color schemes, but let’s face it — several of those colors are simply outdated and unused.  So out with the old, and in with the new (and returning in-colors!) !!!

Introducing … the new Color Collections. :)

new colors

Do you recognize any of your favorite in-colors from the past on there??

Returning In-Colors
Pacific Point
Tangerine Tango
River Rock
Riding Hood Red
Wild Wasabi
Pink Pirouette
Baja Breeze
Current In-Colors that are staying
Rich Razzleberry
Melon Mambo
Soft Suede
5 Brand New Colors!
Daffodil Delight
Cajun Craze
Early Espresso
Cherry Cobbler
Marina Mist
5 New In-Colors
You’ll see these in the brand new annual catalog July 1st!
(Note: If you are very observant, you maybe noticed another new name – Crumb Cake.  This is actually our old favorite, Kraft, simply renamed and added as a core color!)

There are quite a few colors retiring at the end of June, so if you have a favorite on there, stock up now!  I have a feeling these will be selling out pretty fast.

Fond Farewell Colors

fond farewell colorsI am THRILLED with the changes.  Just wait until you see these colors in person — you’ll ooh and aah and maybe even swoon a bit. :)


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