FDR Memorial

The FDR Memorial is my favorite memorial in DC. It's kind of hidden away near the Tidal Basin and a lot of people don't know it's there. So if you are ever in DC check it out. Here are a few of the pictures I took while there. There wasn't much stamping to be done on this page, but that's OK. I used Soft Sky and Wild Wasabi textured cardstock. I stamped my title in Soft Sky using Short Order Alphabet on Whisper White. I added my pieces of Wild Wasabi, put my title down, added a little Wild Wasabi double stitched ribbon, adhered my pictures and I was done! This page will go next to the previous page in my book.


Toot, Toot!!!

That's my horn. I'm tooting it because another one of my cards is on the Stamper's Showcase on the demo side of the Stampin' Up! website. This is the second time in the last week I'm up there. I love it! For this card I used Garden Whimsy. I stamped the big butterfly in So Saffron then rock'n'rolled it in Ruby Red. I stamped it on a piece of Whisper White and layered it on a piece of Ruby Red. I used my So Swirly jumbo wheel inked up in Old Olive and rolled it across a piece of Old Olive cardstock. I wrapped some Old Olive polytwill ribbon around it and adhered it to my So Saffron card. I added my butterfly with Stampin' Dimensionals and finished it off with a sentiment from Short & Sweet in Ruby Red punched out with my Word Window punch. I didn't win the contest, but it sure is nice to see my creations on the website!



I got some more Decor Elements today. This is the small Happiness. I put it on a board that I painted black. If you are looking for boards like this for your small Decor Elements head on over to my store and see what I've got. This board has a routed edge, painted flat black, and I added a hanger on the back. Right now it's hanging in my living room for photography purposes, but I think I'm going to put it in my stamping studio because it reflects my mood when I'm down there. I like it!


Cherry Blossoms

Here are the rest of the pictures from the Cherry Blossom Festival. Since I had so many pictures and I had already done one with a title I went crazy with pictures on this one. I cropped and printed my pictures to 3 1/4" x 3 1/4". I glued them all down on a piece of Wild Wasabi Textured cardstock. I then punched some photo corners in Soft Sky and added them to a few pictures. Then I stamped the flowers from Classic Backgrounds in Wild Wasabi on Wild Wasabi. I punched it out with my 3/4" circle punch and added it to a Build-a-brad. I then adhered the brad to a 5-petal flower punched from Soft Sky. I adhered it to my page with Stampin' Dimensionals. Not much stamping on this one, but I didn't really think it needed it.


I'm going to stamp today....

This week has been crazy busy. I've had a bajillion home parties to attend and work and I donated my hair to Locks of Love (and had to celebrate afterward). Today I will stamp, though.



I updated the retired accessories list with the items that are no longer available. I'll try to update it every day so you can see what's available if you still haven't placed your order.

Oh, and I wanted to let you know that SU! will allow online ordering later in the fall. I'll post more when I know more!

July Scrapbook Class

Here are the pages from July's scrapbook class. We did a summer them and with the Life's a Breeze stamp set. We used Creamy Caramel, Gable Green, Tempting Turquoise, Summer Sun, and Very Vanilla. We stamped some of the small elements from Life's a Breeze in our assorted colors and punched them out with the 1 1/4" Circle Punch. We then layered them on scallop circles. They were adhered to strips of Very Vanilla that we used the corner rounder on. We stamped our title with Big Deal Alphabet. For "fun" we cut it out with the Colluzzle Oval template. We also cut out the tube that we stamped with the Oval Colluzzle and layered it on the next larger size oval. We then "hooked" it to our photo mat with some Twill Tape and HodgePodge Hardware. We stapled a piece of Tempting Turquoise 1/4" grosgrain ribbon to one of our photo mats on page 2. This was the first time we used photo mats that were smaller than those for a 4 x 6 picture. I hope my scrappers like them and use different size photos in future layouts.


Retired Accessories List

Here's the retired accessories list. These items are first come, first serve while supplies last. Get your order in as soon as you can! As you can see some items are already sold out!

Item Number

Page #
Product Description

Accents & Elements Build A Flower

Not Available

Accents & Elements Lucky Star

110719 177 Accents & Elements Messenger

Acrylic Graph & Grid


Card Stock 12 X 12 In Color


Card Stock 8-1/2 X 11 Blue Bayou

108643 163 Card Stock 8-1/2 X 11 Groovy Guava
108637 163 Card Stock 8-1/2 X 11 In Color
108640 163 Card Stock 8-1/2 X 11 River Rock
108639 163 Card Stock 8-1/2 X 11 Soft Sky
108641 163 Card Stock 8-1/2 X 11 Wild Wasabi Not Available
108644 163 Card Stock 8-1/2 X 11 Purely Pomegranate Not Available
103975 166 Card Stock Brushed Copper Not Available
108694 163 Card Stock Textured 12 X 12 In Color
107312 167 Cards & Envelopes Gift Whisper White
107292 167 Cards & Envelopes Greeting Whisper White
109116 167 Notes & Envelopes Long Notes
109118 167 Notes & Envelopes Love Notes
109117 167 Notes & Envelopes Pocket Notes* Not Available
110729 167 Notes & Envelopes Scallop Notes
109119 167 Notes & Envelopes Gift Notes
109018 163 Classic Stampin' Ink Blue Bayou Not Available
109019 163 Classic Stampin' Ink Groovy Guava
109017 163 Classic Stampin' Ink Purely Pomegranate Not Available
109016 163 Classic Stampin' Ink River Rock Not Available
109015 163 Classic Stampin' Ink Soft Sky
109020 163 Classic Stampin' Ink Wild Wasabi Not Available
109013 163 Classic Stampin' Pad Blue Bayou Not Available
109012 163 Classic Stampin' Pad Groovy Guava
109011 163 Classic Stampin' Pad Purely Pomegranate
109010 163 Classic Stampin' Pad River Rock
109009 163 Classic Stampin' Pad Soft Sky
109014 163 Classic Stampin' Pad Wild Wasabi
110751 171 Designer Series Paper Azure*
110696 169 Designer Series Paper Bali Breeze
110749 169 Designer Series Paper Berry Bliss
109154 169 Designer Series Paper Cutie Pie
110699 168 Designer Series Paper East Coast Prep* Not Available
109160 170 Designer Series Paper Fall Flowers Not Available
109159 169 Designer Series Paper Flowers For You*
110697 169 Designer Series Paper Ginger Blossom Not Available
110479 168 Designer Series Paper Jersey Shore*
109151 170 Designer Series Paper Le Jardin
110748 170 Designer Series Paper Notebook*
110750 171 Designer Series Paper Olive Press
109153 170 Designer Series Paper Porcelain Prints* Not Available
109175 171 Designer Series Paper Prints Almost Amethyst* Not Available
109177 171 Designer Series Paper Prints Always Artichoke
109173 171 Designer Series Paper Prints Blue Bayou Not Available
109174 171 Designer Series Paper Prints Brilliant Blue
109178 171 Designer Series Paper Prints Certainly Celery
109169 171 Designer Series Paper Prints Close to Cocoa* Not Available
109168 171 Designer Series Paper Prints Groovy Guava* Not Available
109171 171 Designer Series Paper Prints Lovely Lilac
109172 171 Designer Series Paper Prints More Mustard Not Available
109176 171 Designer Series Paper Prints Old Olive
109170 171 Designer Series Paper Prints Pumpkin Pie Not Available
109164 171 Designer Series Paper Prints River Rock*
109167 171 Designer Series Paper Prints Rose Red
109166 171 Designer Series Paper Prints So Saffron
109165 171 Designer Series Paper Prints Soft Sky Not Available
109163 171 Designer Series Paper Prints Tempting Turquoise Not Available
110698 168 Designer Series Paper Spring Break
110273 169 Designer Series Paper Spring Fling* Not Available
110271 170 Designer Series Paper Spring Silhouettes
110272 170 Designer Series Paper Western Sky Not Available
107299 167 Envelope Confetti Cream Medium
105320 189 Eyelets Basic Not Available
100375 189 Eyelets Bold Brights Not Available
100381 189 Eyelets Earth Elements Not Available
107233 189 Eyelets Fresh Favorites I
107234 189 Eyelets Fresh Favorites II
105316 189 Eyelets Rich Regals
100378 189 Eyelets Soft Subtles Not Available
105515 188 Hodgepodge Hardware Pewter Not Available
105531 188 Hodgepodge Hardware Antique Brass Not Available
105532 188 Hodgepodge Hardware Aged Copper Not Available
101120 183 Metallic Art Pencils
107307 179 On Board Accents
109181 178 On Board Blossoms & Basic
109179 178 On Board Ginormous Pieces
107306 179 On Board Simon Lower
102678 166 Mulberry Paper White Not Available
109227 181 Punch Box Three For You Not Available
102686 180 Punch Handheld Rectangle
100271 183 Pure Color Pencils
109060 191 Ribbon Double-Stitched Blue Bayou Not Available
109063 191 Ribbon Double-Stitched Groovy Guava Not Available
109061 191 Ribbon Double-Stitched Purely Pomegranate Not Available
109062 191 Ribbon Double-Stitched River Rock*
109059 191 Ribbon Double-Stitched Soft Sky Not Available
109058 191 Ribbon Double-Stitched Wild Wasabi Not Available
109189 190 Ribbon Originals Beachfront*
109187 190 Ribbon Originals District*
109188 190 Ribbon Originals Fairy Tale
109185 190 Ribbon Originals Jersey*
109184 190 Ribbon Originals Sherbert
109186 190 Ribbon Originals Theater
110716 191 Ribbon Striped Grosgrain Wild Wasabi*
110281 182 Rub-Ons Cherished Memories* Not Available
110284 182 Rub-Ons Eastern Elegance*
110285 182 Rub-Ons Urban West*
110557 174 Simply Scrappin' Boho Blend
109610 174 Simply Scrappin' Confetti Not Available
110572 172 Simply Scrappin' Crew Kids Boy
110567 173 Simply Scrappin' Crew Kids Girl
109597 175 Simply Scrappin' Home Again
110562 174 Simply Scrappin' Rose Cottage
109648 173 Simply Scrappin' Special Delivery Boy
109627 173 Simply Scrappin' Special Delivery Girl Not Available
110587 175 Simply Scrappin' Summer Days
110577 175 Simply Scrappin' Tie The Knot
111184 15 Simply Sent Friendly Notes
109228 16 Simply Sent Simple Delights Not Available
109229 16 Simply Sent Three Thoughts Not Available
106662 197 Stampin'Around Wheel Daisy Field
107561 197 Stampin'Around Wheel Garden Annuals
109681 197 Stampin'Around Wheel Good Dog
109678 197 Stampin'Around Wheel Kisses
107482 197 Stampin'Around Wheel Lily Pad Not Available
109680 197 Stampin'Around Wheel Meow
109677 197 Stampin'Around Wheel Mistletoe Not Available
106610 196 Jumbo Stampin' Around Wheel Basics Outline
107467 196 Jumbo Stampin' Around Wheel Birthday
109571 196 Jumbo Stampin' Around Wheel Dilly Dally Baby
109570 196 Jumbo Stampin' Around Wheel Dilly Dally Friends
109569 196 Jumbo Stampin' Around Wheel Dilly Dally Party
108423 196 Jumbo Stampin' Around Wheel Leaves A La Carte Not Available
107468 196 Jumbo Stampin' Around Wheel Nature Hike
108980 196 Jumbo Stampin' Around Wheel Petals
107464 196 Jumbo Stampin' Around Wheel Rough Texture Not Available
111261 196 Jumbo Stampin' Around Wheel Spunky Spots
109554 193 Stampin' Color Index Labels Not Available
106694 194 Stampin' Kids Markers
101399 185 Stipple Brushes Not Available


183 Zig Painty


Got Wood?

If you are looking for a solution for your Decor Elements head on over to my store and check out the boards I have for them. I only have a few sizes right now, but like SU! with the Decor Elements I am starting small. Unfinished boards will ship in 2-3 days, while painted boards will take a little longer. I hope you like them!

Discounted Retiring Accessories

Just this morning I have learned that select retiring accessories will be discounted while supplies last starting Monday. So if you want anything off of this list I suggest you get it soon. To see the items click on the picture -------->


Wow Birthday Circles

Here's another card with the new Wow Flowers stamp set. This one used the circle with happy birthday on it. I stamped it in Chocolate Chip and Certainly Celery and punched it out with my 1" circle punch. I layered Chocolate Chip and Certainly Celery circles of different sizes. I used my new Scallop Border Punch along the edge of my Certainly Celery card base. On some of the circles I added them to my card using Stampin' Dimensionals. I added some retired 1/4" Chocolate Chip grosgrain ribbon and I was done. This one came together really quickly and I love how it turned out.


Quick Wow Flowers

This is another sneak peek stamp set called Wow Flowers. I also used the new Scallop Border Punch on this one. It's just a quick and simple card to try out my new stamp set. I started with a Taken with Teal card base, added a strip of Rose Red that had been punched with the Scallop Border punch. I stamped 3 Rose Red flowers and my Thank You in Taken with Teal. I adhered this strip of Whisper White cardstock and another border of scalloped Rose Red.

I hope you're enjoying the sneak peeks! More to come!


Want More Monkey?

This is my pieced monkey. I stamped him on Very Vanilla, then again on a piece of (retired) Linen DSP. I cut out a few sections of the Linen monkey and glued them to my Very Vanilla monkey. I then stamped the flower in his hand and colored it and his mouth with my ink and blender pens. I mounted my monkey on Real Red and added it to my Close to Cocoa card over a strip and piece of Certainly Celery ribbon. I stamped my sentiment in the bottom corner and admired my cute little monkey. I love him!!!


Sock Monkey is Here!!!!!

Here he is!!!!! Isn't he cute???? I'm in love!!! I stamped him with Jet Black StazOn on Very Vanilla. I colored him in with Stampin' Pastels (Chocolate Chip, Creamy Caramel and Pretty in Pink). I then stamped the bananas in Jet Black StazOn on a scrap of Very Vanilla and colored them with my Barely Banana pastels and cut them out. I adhered them both to my main image. I then stamped a bunch of bananas on my Barely Banana piece, although I don't think you can see that in the picture and layered my main image on top. I added a Chocolate Chip Round Tab and a Very Vanilla 1" circle that I stamped my sentiment on with Creamy Caramel. I took a strip of Chocolate Chip, stamped a banana on it, and adhered it to my Creamy Caramel card base and added my main image.

I was talking to my husband on the phone while making this card and he was laughing at me because I said "I love the Sock Monkey" at least 4 times during the conversation. But really, I love the Sock Monkey!

Oh, the Humanity!!!

I'm sitting at the VW dealer waiting for them to figure out what is wrong with my car and my box of new SU! goodies is sitting on the porch. Doesn't it figure on the days that I am home Mr. Brown doesn't show up until 6:00, but the days I'm not he shows up around lunch time??? I'm ready to play!!!


Cherry Blossom Festival

Yesterday was great. My friend Michele came over with her daughter and the 3 of us scrapbooked. Here are two of the pages I did. These are some pictures of hubby and I in DC during the Cherry Blossom Festival in April. I used So Saffron and Pretty in Pink as my colors to play off the yellow of my coat and the pink in the trees. I also used some retired Designer Series Paper that I can't recall the name of. I used Short Order Alphabet and Rough Edges Alphabet for my title. I also used Polka Dots & Petals to accent my titles. I added some Very Vanilla 1/4" grosgrain ribbon and some swirly paperclips from my Antique Brass HodgePodge Hardware.

I must say that I love having a larger photo printer so I can print my pictures in different sizes to fit my scrapbook layouts. I've printed a bunch more photos so be looking for some more scrapbook pages soon.

But tomorrow be looking for something with sneak peek items as they are schedule to be delivered tomorrow!!! I hope Mr. Brown shows up before 6:00 so I have all day to play!!!



I did a little scrapbooking!! And not for class either!! For my personal scrapbook!! These pictures of the hubby and me eating our DiRusso's sausage sandwiches at his hometown's annual festival. I pulled the colors from the pictures. I used a Garden Green base with Blush Blossom and Bashful Blue accents. We went to the festival on the 4th of July, so I went with a star theme. I stamped my title in Garden Green with Short Order Alphabet. I then stamped a Blush Blossom star from Classic Backgrounds in the bottom corner. I journaled using my Garden Green Stampin' Write marker. The journaling reads "Every summer we have to head down to Tuscora Park during the First Town Days Festival to get a DiRusso's Sausage sandwich. John likes his with onions and peppers. Heather does not." I stamped some Blush Blossom stars across the journaling and added a larger star next to it. I then added a Bashful Blue Round Tab and wrote the date on it. I then punched out some small and large stars to add to my page. I took a piece of On Board chip board and inked it up with my Very Vanilla craft ink. I added a Bashful Blue large star that has a small star punched out of the middle.

This page got hubby's approval!


Wild Color Inspiration

I had a chance to play with Kristina Werner's Color Inspiration Challenge today. I really like this color combo. It took me a while to decide on a stamp set that would work with this combo and Wild About You was the winner. (I really need some new rubber) So, anyway, I stamped the giraffe in Really Rust, the penguin in Close to Cocoa, and the alligator in Certainly Celery. I used one of the circles from Polka Dots & Petals to create a background on a piece of Really Rust. I added a piece of Certainly Celery 1/4" grosgrain ribbon and adhered it to my Chocolate Chip card. I then added the piece with the animals. I stamped my sentiment in Chocolate Chip and punched it out with my Large Oval punch, adhered it to a 1 1/4" Close to Cocoa circle and added it to my card with a Stampin' Dimensional. I hope you like it!


Square Tree

This is a stamp set that hasn't seen ink a long time. I wanted to do something with squares, so I thought this was the perfect set since the image fits in a square. So I punched out some 1 1/4" squares in Whisper White, Apricot Appeal, and Soft Sky and arranged them on the upper portion of my Wild Wasabi card. I cut a 2x2 square and stamped the image from A Tree for All Seasons with Jet Black StazOn. I then colored it in with my ink (Wild Wasabi, Creamy Caramel, and Apricot Appeal) pads and blender pens. I adhered it to the center of my squares with Stampin' Dimensionals. I then stamped my sentiment from Short & Sweet in the bottom corner in Wild Wasabi.

Now I'm just patiently waiting for my new stuff to arrive!!! It'll be here Monday! I can't wait!


Baby Crazy

It seems like everyone is pregnant right now. I have so many friends and co-workers who are expecting so when I sat down to make a card or two last night I went with a baby theme. Usually when I use Wild About You I go with the giraffe, but lately I've been thinking how cute the alligator is. He's just so happy! So I stamped my alligator in Wild Wasabi on Whisper White and mounted him on Wild Wasabi. He was mounted with Stampin' Dimensionals on a piece of Soft Sky and a piece of Whisper White stamped with Polka Dot in Soft Sky. Before adhering those pieces I wrapped some Wild Wasabi stitched ribbon around them. I then stamped my sentiment in Soft Sky on Whisper White and punched it out with my small oval punch. I then mounted it on a piece of Soft Sky that was punched out with the large oval punch. I mounted it to my card with Stampin' Dimensionals. It was so nice to do stome stamping just for fun last night after a busy few weeks of classes.


Happy Independence Day!!!

These are the scrapbook pages we made at my June scrapbook class. I wanted to wait to share them with you until the 4th of July. They were so quick and easy to put together. We inked up our chipboard stars with Whisper White craft ink and set them aside to dry while we put the pages together. We tied the ribbon around our fingers to make a knot, then adhered the ends around the back of our Whisper White cardstock then snipped the loop of the ribbon to create our bow. The page title was stamped in Brilliant Blue with Short Order Alphabet. We also added a small piece of Brilliant Blue to page two for some journaling or maybe as a place to add the date. The fun part was stamping all the stars from Classic Backgrounds in Real Red and Brilliant Blue and punching them out with the Large Star punch. We also punched some small stars out to add in between. Everyone lined their stars up a little differently and a few people layered their stars, which looked really cute.


Hodgepodge Hardware

Just in case you aren't receiving my newsletter (email me if you want to be added to the distribution list) I wanted to let you know that the Hodgepodge Hardware that is in the Spring/Summer Collection is 25% off while supplies last. The Pewter, Antique Brass, and Aged Copper finishes are retiring, so they are discounting them until they are gone. Be sure to get your HPH order in soon.


Decor Elements Brochure

Head on over to the SU! website to check out the Decor Elements brochure. I hope you love this product line as much as I do. I love everything in the brochure now and I can't wait to see what else they come up with. Click on the picture to view the brochure!