Mystery Hostess…for Stampin’ Up!

Mystery Hostess…order products you love…and be eligible to win $25 more product FREE

Place an online order through my Stampin’ Up! website
use the HOSTESS CODE, and your orders will go towards the online workshop order…AND…put your name in the hat to win the Hostess Benefits of the order!

If you are placing an order for less than $150, then use Hostess Code P4ZJQPTZ.

If you are placing order for more than $150, then DON’T use a Hostess Code – you’ll automatically receive your own Hostess Benefits on your order.

What are Hostess Benefits? You could end up with $25 in free Stampin’ Up! product of your choice!

Once you complete your order online, the order will ship directly to you.

There are a lot of retiring and discounted products to choose from – now’s the perfect time to place an order AND possibly win some free product.

Happy Shopping!


Retiring Products from Stampin’ Up! in 2013

Dates: April 24-June 3, 2013 (select items available while supplies last)

Hundreds of stamps and accessories from the 2012-2013 catalogs are retiring, and this is your chance to get them before they’re gone. Many products are only available while supplies last, so be sure to get your orders in early! (And remember some items having amazing discounts!)

Check out the list of RETIRING STAMPS, and the list of RETIRING ACCESSORIES.

Things to Remember:

  • Orders can be placed online here.
  • Retiring accessories are only available while supplies last.
  • If you’re placing an order for less than $150 and want to participate in my Mystery Hostess Show, use Hostess Code P4ZJQPTZ (for instructions, see my Mystery Hostess post)
  • Order deadlines:
    • Phone: Monday, June 3, 2013; 6:50 PM (MT) / 5:50 PM (PST)
    • OEX: Monday, June 3, 2013; 11:50 PM (MT) / 10:50 PM (PST)

Happy Shopping!

27 days to go — are you ready?

My Digital Studio…getting you ready for — Mother’s Day!
Sunday, May 12th.  Are you ready?

If you’re not, we have some wonderful My Digital Studio options for you — a swatch book to create your very own personalized cookbook for your mom…or mum.  Also some great card templates to show some love to those special moms in your life.

And for any grads…we have some great sentiments for those, too.

*Because I Love You Swatchbook Template – 134373 – Price: $12.95
*For Mom Greeting Card Templates – 133476 – Price: $2.95
*Pure Gumption Stamp Brush Set – 134535 – Price: $3.95

Check ’em out

FREE Shipping on Stampin’ UP! orders for THREE days through…

Monday, April 8th, 10:50 PM PST…can you believe it! Starts Saturday, April 6th, 11:00 PM PST.

This is a NEW promotion for Stampin’ UP!  FREE Shipping on EVERYTHING (excluding expedited orders)!  There are no minimums or limits.

FREE Stampin' Up Shipping

–Stampin’ UP! just announced the new COLOR REFRESH…you could stock up on your colorful favorites before they retire.

–Stampin’ UP! just launched a new This and That product line that is super cool for documenting on-the-go.

–Now’s your chance to purchase & play with the new Photopolymer stamps.

–You know those products you’ve been wanting to order, but have been adding to your wish list — now’s the time to add them to your shopping cart!

Shop directly from my ONLINE STORE and enjoy FREE SHIPPING for THREE DAYS only — so don’t wait!

Free shipping starts:
o Saturday, April 6, 2013; 12:00 AM (MT)…or Friday, April 5, 2013; 11:00 PM PST

Submit orders by:
o Phone: Monday, April 8, 2013; 6:50 PM (MT)…or 5:50 PM PST
o OEX or online: Monday, April 8, 2013; 11:50 PM (MT)…or 10:50 PM PST

Let me know if you have questions, or how I can help you.

Stampin’ Up! Color Refresh!

SU! Color Refresh 2013

Stampin' Up! Color Refresh 2013

Announcing our 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!

Beginning on April 4, 2013, all 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.

And also announced today, free shipping is going on April 6-8, 2013, which would be a great time for you to get your favorites before they are gone! (Free shipping is for North America only.)

Watercolor Pencils and Watercolor Wonder Crayons

Due to unforeseen problems with the supplier for Watercolor Wonder Crayons and Watercolor Pencils, Stampin’ Up! decided to discontinue these two products.

Watercolor Pencils (item 101879) and Watercolor Wonder Crayons Brights Collection (item 119804), which have been on the Backorder Report for about a week, will no longer be available, effective immediately.

Now for the good news! We still have the remaining collections of the Watercolor Wonder Crayons available to order.

Subtles (item 119802)
Neutrals (item 119805)
Regals (item 119803)

Collections are only available while supplies last. Shop my ONLINE STORE to get ’em before they’re gone!

We’re moving…help me clear out my stash!

We’re moving! I’ve gone through my inventory – and I have too much. Many stamps that just have not received enough love – they need new homes. I have until January 30th – help me clear these out !

Please leave a comment or email me with your zip code at whatsheloves [at] yahoo [dot] com. Prices are listed, but I’m open to your best offer. I’ll ship via most economical way possible, including Delivery Confirmation ($.85 extra), between USPS First Class or Priority; please let me know if you have a preference.

**I accept PayPal only
**Prices do not include shipping
**I’ll charge actual shipping costs
**All items from smoke-free home

Thanks for helping me bring more love to some beautiful red, rubber!
Martha Stewart and Fiskars tools are listed towards the end.

Unity Kit of the Month sets can be purchased as a set, or stamp by stamp, but only if individual stamps are listed. I will add to my list as I find more that needs adopting.

A Girl and Her Adventures: Melody Ross (NIP) $15
Sunny Happy Skies: Bella Blvd $12
Love Builds a Home $5
Quote Bundle Pack $15
Time for Travel $12
Comfy Cozy $12
Sending My Love $8
Donna Poppy background: Donna Downey (NIP) $12
Scalloped Border $4
Bella Blvd. Mr. Frosty (1/4″ wm) $4
Liz Hicks Alpha (NIP) $27
So & So Loves $5

Kits of the Month
Aug 2008 KOM “Remember Happiness” (all below for $5)
–tall flower $1
–butterfly with heart wings $1
–large & small flowery flourish $3
–double cups of java with heart-shaped cream $2

Sept 2008 KOM “Friendship. Love. Miracles.” (all below for $5)
–heart-trees trio $2
–mini tree with falling leaf $1
–snowflake with flourishes $1
–autumn splendor sentiment $1
–row of 5 tiny trees $2

June 2009 KOM “Perfect in Every Way”
–blossoming branch (#12) $1
–clothesline (#3) $2

Sept 2009 KOM “Go Ahead…Wish”
–cup of coffee/tea $2 SOLD

Feb 2010 KOM “Nothing But Blue Skies”
–bird singing on branch $2 (I have 2 of these to sell)

March 2010 KOM “Rockin’ It Unity Style” (all below for $4)
–thinking of you bubble $2
–ladybug $1
–butterfly $1
–sunflowers & fence $2

April 2010 KOM “Together We Bloom”
–hummingbird $2
–one of a kind $1

May 2010 KOM “…A Little Happy” (all below for $4)
–promise winged heart $2
–parachute “H” $1
–life is not measured by… text in frame $1
–outdoor nature scene $2

July 2010 KOM “Happily Ever After” (all below for $3)
–apples trio $2
–fleur/brocade $1
–triple blossom flower embedded in “friend” text $1
–flower silhouette in square flower background $1

Aug 2010 KOM “All You Need” (all below for $5)
–cherries $1
–bird background $2
–trees trio $2
–flowered bird silhouette $2

Sept 2010 KOM “When I Am With You”
–house scene $2

Oct 2010 KOM “Take Time to Laugh” (all below for $4)
–Happy Holidays frame $2 SOLD
–crossword bird $2
–dotted apple $2
–sweet cherry square $1 (I have 2 of these to sell)

Nov 2010 KOM “Picture Perfect”
–flower $2
–heart trio $2
–happy birthday sentiment/image $2 SOLD

Dec 2010 KOM “Just Be You” (all below for $16)
–leaning tree flower with scallop circle blossom $2
–mushroom ladybug scene $2
–snow days happy days sentiment $2
–rain boots in the rain $2
–heart and patchwork bee $2
–heart telephone $1
–enjoy teacup $3
–snowman $3
–heart ladybug $2
–flower trio frame $2

Feb 2011 “The Best is Yet to Come” (all below for $5 )
–ribbon & bow frame $3
–flower & vine flourish edge $1
–rainbow heart $2
–patchwork LOVE $2
–bicycle with balloons & balloons make every birthday better sentiment $3 SOLD

March 2011 KOM “Just You” (all below for $14)
–winged heart $2
–believe you can fly $2
–you’re so / loving / kind / generous $4
–ice cream cone trio / hope your day is sweet $4
–heart in dotted background $2
–butterfly frame $2
–tall dried flower $2

May 2011 KOM “Think Happy Thoughts” (all below for $10)
–dress on hanger $2 SOLD
–solid circle with 5-petal flower $1
–Fathers and Sons sentiment $3
–my heart sings $3
–plaid frame corner $2
–dotted circle daisy frame $2 SOLD
–textured poppy trio $3
–double daisy, single heart $1

June 2011 KOM “All Smiles” (all below for $4)
–ice cream cone stack $2
–dragonfly trio $2
–so sweet watermelon $2

July 2011 KOM “Better Together” (all below for $6)
–sun & farm scene $2
–Sorry for your loss sentiment $1
–ice cream cone $2
–polka-dotted pot & what’s cookin’ sentiment $3
–happy lives here house $1

August 2011 KOM “What I Know” – (all below for $18 )
–Movie Night / Popcorn trio $3
–Alpha strip $2
–Recipe banner / Dotted apron / from the kitchen of $4
–Potted Flowers trio $2
–happy, fun, lucky arrows $2
–5 Things About You $1
–You are Amazing $2
–Anniversary Wishes $2
–You Are Amazing $2
–Soda Bottle trio / 25-cent Refreshing $3

Sept 2011 KOM “All Seasons” (NIP) (Full KOM $26.00)

Oct 2011 KOM “Faith, Hope, Love…Live by it” (all below for $5)
–stars & butterflies $2
–pair of leafy vine & flowers $1
–lightbulb $2
–you’re the light of my life sentiment $1
–sprouting flowers with 5 blossoms $1

Nov 2011 KOM “Take Your Time”
–row of houses $2 SOLD
–cardinals and berries $1
–true friend listens frame $1
–cup of steamin’ love $2 SOLD

Feb 2012 KOM “Lucky to Have You” (all below for $16)
–shamrock & stitching border $1
–Good Times sentiment $1
–Tulip flower border $1
–umbrella with raindrops & this too shall pass sentiment $3
–raindrops background $3
–Celtic border $1
–spring is in the air sentiment $1
–May spring bring her blessings sentiment $2
–sunflower & fence scene $2
–hanger image & you never leave me hanging sentiment $3
–ladybug frame $2
–have a nice journey sentiment $1
–seriously missing you sentiment $2

Itty Bitty’s
Peace & Joy (NIP) $4
Out of This World (NIP) I have 2 of these to sell $4 each
Bitty Flower Background (NIP) $4
Direction of your Heart (NIP) $4 SOLD

Ippity by Unity
How You Doin’ $12 SOLD

Stampin’ Up!
Array of Sunshine (Hostess) $8 SOLD
Bliss (Sale-A-Bration) $10

Ink Pads
Blushing Bride Classic Stampin’ pad $3
Pink Pirouette Classic Stampin’ pad $3
Rose Red Classic Stampin’ pad $3
Riding Hood Red Classic Stampin’ pad $3
Peach Parfait Classic Stampin’ pad $3
Pumpkin Pie Classic Stampin’ pad $3
More Mustard Classic Stampin’ pad $3
Pear Pizzazz Classic Stampin’ pad $3
Old Olive Classic Stampin’ pad $3
Marina Mist Classic Stampin’ pad $3
Concord Crush Classic Stampin’ pad $3
Elegant Eggplant Classic Stampin’ pad $3
Crumb Cake Classic Stampin’ pad $3
Chocolate Chip Classic Stampin’ pad $3
Early Espresso Classic Stampin’ pad $3
Basic Gray Classic Stampin’ pad $3

Cornish Heritage Farms
Critter Singles – (full set of all stamps below for $8 )
Tulips $2
Cosmo Turtle $2
George & Esther Lovebirds $2
Chloe the deer $2
Penguin (I only have the penguin from the image for sale) $2
Owl with birthday hat (I only have the owl with birthday hat from the image for sale) $2
Owl in nest (I only have the owl in the nest from the image for sale) $2

Our Craft Lounge
Love Notes $12.50

Hero Arts
Large Artsy Circles (wm) $6

Fassi Jewel $6

Hibiscus Flower Flourish 99186 (wm) $6
Daisy Flower Flourish 99184 (wm) $6
Stamping Gear Oval Stamping Cog (NIP) $4.50
Stamping Gear Round Stamping Cog & Stamping Gear Paddle (I only have the cog and paddle from the image to sell) $4.50

Stamp Pads
ColorBox Pigment Gold (NIP) $4
ColorBox Pigment Evergreen (NIP) $4
ColorBox Pigment Treasure (lightly used) $3
ColorBox Metalextra Platinum (NIP) $6
VersaMark Dazzle Frost (gently used) $4.50

Other Tools
Martha Stewart Scoring Board $8
Scor-Bug (use with Scor-Pal to created dotted embossed lines) $4
Fiskars Shape Cutter Starter Kit (includes self-healing cutting mat, cutter, 4 templates: frames, shapes, bubbles, flowers) $24
Fiskars Shape Cutter Shape Template (Circles, Ovals, and Rectangles) $7
Scotch Pink Advanced Tape Glider (empty, and with 2 refills) $12 SOLD
Fiskars Paper Trimmer with 12” swing-out arm (plus 2 replacement cutting blades AND 2 replacement scoring blades $15

Marvy Uchida Scalloped Heart Giga Punch $10
Marvy Uchida Tag LV-SJCP Giga Punch $5
Fiskars ¼” Star Hand Punch (w/ yellow rubberized grip instead of lavender as pictured) $3

Provo Craft
Cuttlebug “Birds and Swirls” Embossing folder $3
Cuttlebug “Floral Fantasy” Embossing folder $3
Cuttlebug “Divine Swirl” Embossing folder $3
Cuttlebug “Stylized Flowers” Embossing folder $3
Cuttlebug “Victoria” Embossing folder $3
Cuttlebug “Spots and Dots” Embossing folder $3





Glass half-full.  Positivity.  Optimism.  Whatever you wanna call it — I have it, and usually in reserve.  When I was a younger a friend would tease me by saying that even if I found myself in a hole in the ground, I would find a way to see the bright side.  This is why it has taken so long for me to admit to myself that I am struggling with depression.  I am still able to see good all around me, in every day, I just have much less motivation and energy to take it all in.  The good news: I’m surrounded by loved ones, I’m taking advantage of resources, and I know I just need to give myself the grace and patience to work my way through, and I WILL work my way through.

One of those “good” things around me came (as often is the case) unexpectedly in the form of a personal trainer at my gym.  [Along with above said perspective, I also can’t help but smile at most who cross my path — it just seems like the proper way to greet people.]  So, I enter the gym for my workout, and due to a snaffoo with my membership card, need assistance.  I, of course, smile at the person at the desk.  He helps me and I enter.  Moments later while selecting a playlist, the same front desk person approaches my treadmill.  He starts asking questions, and getting “that feeling” I start peppering more and more of my answers with mention of my husband.  He gets the hint and moves on to talk about training — yes, he’s a Personal Trainer.  Ironically, though, while trying to encourage me about working out and my fitness routine, this trainer also encouraged my spirit.  He reminded me about another benefit of challenge.  In the midst of facing challenge we have the choice to give up and give into it, OR to do what only we can, and take one step at a time to push through it.  Once we do, we have the victory, the confidence, the triumph of knowing we have overcome.  As much as I hate to admit it, some of the most painful and heartbreaking challenges I have faced have been the same ones to give me the strength and tools to be where I am today.

Challenges don’t always have to be vicious and mean.  Sometimes they can be disguised in the masquerade of simple and fun, yet still with enough pull to help us grow.

My card today honors three (and then some) challenges in the world of cardmaking.  First, is the layout, from “The Stampers’ Sampler Take Ten” issue from winter 2011.  Secondly, the colors were inspired by an Ippity Challenge: IHHTC3.  Thirdly, the theme was inspired by a Unity Stamp Company Challenge: Fashion Forward.  In addition to these formal challenges, I also wanted to try out a new-to-me product: Smooch Spritz in Vanilla Shimmer, as well as the technique of using my scissors to distress paper.  So, voila — I bring you my triumphant victory card over these challenges, with the additional reminder, “With the right accessories, you can do anything”.

Card created to meet requirements of three challenges

stamps: Unity Stamp Co.: Treasure To Me, Undeniably You, Jan 2011 KOM To the Moon and Back

ink: ColorBox: pink, aqua, canary, lime

accessories: Papertrey Ink CS, Smooch Spritz Vanilla Shimmer, Recollections Rhinestone Stickers

[As an ironic aside to this post, my blogging platform and/or server have decided to put up an unexpected roadblock, so the simple act of writing a post, uploading an image, and publishing has become a 2-day process of troubleshooting.  However, as you can see, I (with the help of forums and support tickets) have triumphantly slayed another dragon!]