Tuesday, December 18, 2007

New Catalog Open House - Jan.3rd and 4th

I am anxiously awaiting my new copy of the upcoming Spring catalog! I will be holding a new catalog open house on Thurs. evening Jan. 3rd at 7pm and during the day on January 4th!

Stop by to pick up a new copy! Don't forget to book a class for you and your friends for January or February!

Merry Christmas.

Blogger's Challenge - Week #25

Hello all of my stamping friends! These past few weeks have been very busy for me with the upcoming holidays as I am sure it is for you as well. So once again, I have not had time to post a new idea. I am hoping to catch up this week and also catch up on my posts.

Check all of my blogging friends for their ideas too!

Merry Christmas!
Best wishes for a safe and Healthy holiday season.

Wednesday, December 12, 2007

Receive a FREE stamp set from the new catalog in January!

Hold a workshop of $350 or more in January and receive a FREE stamp set from the Preview Brochure! Call me today for available dates. Book parties and virtual parties also count!

Saturday, December 8, 2007

Holiday Gift Tags

These are some great gift tags that I made using scraps of cardstock, my punches and 2 stamp sets.

My inspiration came from a post of tags that Charlotte Brown made. I took it from there and just started playing with my scraps, the sets and the punches! You can check out her site at http://www.charlottesweb.blogspot.com/.

These will be one of the things that are available in my Stamp a Stack this Wed. during the day or Thurs. evening at 7pm! So stop by and stamp some Holiday tags!

Sets: Perfect Presentation (Hostess set) & Season of Joy



More journals and Craft Fair ideas

Below is a journal class that I had for my daughter and her friend. We purchased Canson journals and calendars at the Christmas tree Shop and covered them with the spring Petals and Paisley Designer Paper.

These are great ideas for teens.

Blogger's Challenge - Week #24 - Watercoloring

Hi all,

Sorry I have not had time to work on a watercolor idea this week. So I am passing on this post.

But check out my fellow blogger friends! I sure there are some very inspiring ideas!!


Friday, November 30, 2007

Blogger's Challenge - Week #23 - Different Points of View

This week's challenge is to use one stamp set and make two different items. These are some cards that I made using the Snow Burst stamp set.

The card on top is made with Soft Sky Cardstock, Blue Bayou and white. The snow bursts are stamped with blue bayou on white. I used a brayer to layer the soft sky over the white. I then used glitter to highlight the snow burst on the smaller white piece. The center is embellished with a rhinestone brad.

The second card is made with glossy white cardstock and brilliant blue. I used the snow wheel and snow burst set stamped on the glossy white with versamark. I used a brayer to layer with the blue spectrum pad and then used a pearl from the Pretties kit to embellish the snow burst in the middle.

Make sure to check out my other Blogging friends! I'm sure their ideas are great!

Sunday, November 25, 2007

Join My Stampin' Family!!

So do you want everything in the new catalog? If so, why not look into becoming a Stampin' Up! Demonstrator. You get a discount on everything and have lots of opportunities to earn FREE stamps! I love being a Stampin' Up! demonstrator! Stampin' Up! has great high quality stamp sets and scrapbooking supplies.

I have a great Stampin' Family and would love to have you join my group! I offer customized training to help you get up and running. My group meets on a monthly basis to share ideas and of course stamp! We also have fun weekend retreats!

Join my team and choose an additional stamp set up to $25 in value.
I love the flexibility that my home based business offers! The great thing is that you work as much as you want and fit this into your schedule!

Contact me and join the fun today!

Friday, November 23, 2007

Blogger's Challenge - Week #22 - Inspiration

Happy Thanksgiving all! This week's challenge was to use something in everyday life as inspiration. This was an arrangement that I made yesterday for our Thanksgiving table with Bittersweet. I used our new set - Time well spent to copy the look of the Bittersweet.

Enjoy! Don't forget to check out my fellow blogger's posts also!


Monday, November 19, 2007

Blogger's Challenge - Week #21 - Color Challenge

Sorry that I have been so absent the past couple of weeks. I have been really busy prepping for the holidays and getting items ready for the craft fairs that I have been attending.

This week's blogger's challenge was to use the colors pumpkin, chocolate chip, brocade blue and olive green in a stamped item.
I received my new incentive set Time Well Spent on Friday so I decided that I woud make something with this great set!
I love this new set! Thank you Stampin' Up! Being a demo and receiving free sets to play with is just one of the bonuses! Ask me more about being a demo!
Don't forget to check out my fellow bloggers and see their ideas with this color combination. I know that a few of them have also posted ideas with this great new set!

Mini Holiday Flip Book

This is a mini flip book that I made using the Dashing designer series paper, real red cardstock and old olive.

This would be a great gift for grandparents - use to make a brag book for the holidays.

Card Portfolios

These are some simple card portfolios that I made using the Haute Coutre set. The portfolio holds 8 cards and envelopes. A great idea for a teacher's gift.

More Craft Fair Ideas

These are a couple of boxes that I purchased at Traget. I covered with our Designer Series Paper and took to the craft fairs that I have been attending.

Why are all the craft fairs in Nov. and Dec?

Saturday, November 3, 2007

Craft Fair Items

Tis the season for Craft Fairs!

I have been working lots of hours to prepare for several craft fairs over the next couple of weeks. These are calendars and matching journals that I made to sell. All of my calendars sold out today! So time to make more!

Thanks to Susan Romito for the idea of the large paper clips. I made a few of those and they also sold today.

Blogger's Challenge - Week #19 - Embellishments

This week's challenge is to design an item with embellishments. Anyone that uses Stampin' UP! products knows that there are lots of great embellishments. Embellishments are one of my favorite things about SU as they can dress up any crafting project!

This is a card that was featured in the July Stampin' Success. I used this design for a workshop that I had in July! The pretties kit is great! You can use make the flowers any color to match your project color scheme by coloring the flowers with our great inks!

the card is made with River Rock cardstock, sky blue designer paper and two flowers layered from the Pretties kit. The larger flower is dyed with sky blue ink to match the paper.

Saturday, October 27, 2007

Blogger's Challenge - Week #18 - Designer Paper

Good Morning!

This week's blogger's challenge was to design something using the Designer Series Paper.. I have to admit that I usually buy a few packages of the DSP and then use only one or two sheets. But this fall I have been using all the paper. I love the Apple Cider paper for fall and Thanksgiving related projects. I am on my second package of that. I am on my second package of the Cerise and 3rd package of the Dashing! I have never used so much of one set of designer paper!

So my post this week is with the Cerise Designer paper. One of my customers asked me to make a pocket card design for Christmas. I used the Cerise paper and developed the following 4 designs using the Season of Joy and Big on Christmas stamp sets. The colors are real red, wasabi green and vanilla.

Sunday, October 21, 2007

Walk for Diabetes

What a beautiful day for October 21st! I can't believe this weather! Emily and I participated in a Walk for Diabetes today. It was a perfect day to walk through North Andover and enjoy the fall trees that are at peak color!

They also had Wally the Green Monster there - straight from Fenway Park and last night's game! So of course Emily had to have her picture taken with Wally.

tonight is the last of the seven game series between the Red Sox and the Cleveland Indians. The winner will go to the World Series! Go Sox!!!

Blogger's Challenge - Week #17 - Inspiration

This week's challenge was to use something as inspiration in one of our projects.

My challenge this week was a group effort with the Crafting group at my church. We get together each Thursday to make hand made items for our annual Christmas fair. I saw a tree made using holly leaves worked into a form and decorated for the Holidays.

When I saw this I thought of our great punches. The five star flower and the 3 flower punch. These trees were made using the punches and Anna Griffin paper. We used beads and pins to secure them into a foam cone shaped form. We added tiny birds to the top of the trees.

Friday, October 12, 2007

Blogger's Challenge - Week #16 - Ornament

Happy Friday! This week's challenge is to create an ornament. I wanted to try the ornament that Lisa Somerville posted a couple of weeks ago. I used the Holiday Time designer paper from the Winter mini catalog with the scallop punch. I'm not sure that mine is too symetrical but here it is.

Also below is an ornament that I made a couple of months ago from an Outline Stamp. I love the look of the outline stamps but they do take some time to cut and layer the pieces.

Sunday, October 7, 2007

Blogger's Challenge - Week #15 - Orange & black

Good Morning! I am a little late posting this challenge. Sorry about that.

I just didn't have time during the week and on Friday and then yesterday was 85 here in New England!!! I couldn't believe it so the kids and I went to the beach! The beach was packed - just like a summer day but it is Oct.! I wish that I had my camera with me to take a picture of the beach yesterday. Now we are back to regular Oct. weather. It is still warm but windy and in the 60's.

Anyway, I am rambling. This week's challenge was to make something with orange and black. I used the Creepy Crawly designer paper and designed a latch card. I wish that I had my booglie eyes set but only have the pumpkin for a fall image with me as I am not home. I think that I will put a booglie eyes witch on it when I get home again...

Enjoy and don't forget to check out all the great cards that my stamping sisters have made! The blog links are on the right hand side!

Tuesday, October 2, 2007

More Holiday Ideas

I have been busy playing with the Perfect Presentation set! I think this is my favorite hostess set.

The first set of cards are made with purely pomegranate, wild wasabi, old olive and always artichoke cardstocks. The Wintergreen designer paper, coordinates nicely with the old olive, not quite navy and purley pomegranate inks. I also used the slit punch with brads, the tag and circle punches and pomegranate double stitched ribbon for the embellishments.

This next set of cards is made with The Paper Collection Studio Christmas series of papers and stickers. The solid color cardstocks are the Bazil textured cardstocks. This set of cards is on display at the Scrapbooker's Dream in Tewksbury.
The Christmas trees in the second card are made by layering the corner pieces made with the corner punch and designer paper.

The last set of cards are made with the k*i Christmas papers and the perfect presentation set. The background is made from the shimmery Bazil textured cardstock. I used purley pomegranate, always artichoke and certainly celery inks. This set of cards is on display at the Scrapbooker's Dream in Tewksbury.

Sunday, September 30, 2007

World Card Making Day

World Card Making Day is this Sat. October 6th! Join me for a fun filled night on Wed. Oct. 3rd at 7pm for a special Stamp-a-Stack with some great Holiday Ideas! Or stop by during the Day on Wed. Oct. 3rd or Friday Oct. 5th from 10am to 2pm.

To celebrate World Card Making Day - Stampin' Up! is offering 20% off all Simply Sent Card kits from Oct. 4th to Oct. 8th!

As an added bonus, I have designed these cards using the Simple Delights kit with pomegranete and wasabi papers for the Holidays. I am offering the supplies for 25 cards with this kit for $25 or $35 for the kit and pomegranete and wasabi inks.
Contact me for more infomation: marilyn.sanclemente@comcast.net

Thursday, September 27, 2007

Blogger's Challenge - Week #14 - Spectrum Pad

This week's challenge is to use a spectrum pad. I haven't used these rainbow pads in a while and just happened to have a class using one last week.

This is a card that we made in my class using the new Snow wheel and Snow Burst stamp set. I used the resist technique with versamark on glossy cardstock. Then used a brayer and the blue frost spectrum pad. The center of the snowflake is a pearl from the Pretties kit.

The next card I made using the retired Stars and Swirls set and Lexicon of Love set. This is a birthday invitation for my friend's daughter who is turning 16. I used the versamark pad and resist technique on glossy cardstock.

Sunday, September 23, 2007

I'm Cleaning Out - Retired Stampin' Up! Sets for Sale!

For any of you that have seen my stamping space, you know that it is limited! So I am cleaning out! If you are looking for something and it is not on this list - please ask. I do have other sets that I haven't listed here.

All sets are closely mounted unless otherwise noted. This price does not include shipping. I will combine shipping if you would like multiple sets or items.


  • A Little Love $10
  • All I Have Seen $9
  • All Occassions $10
  • Alphadots & Numbers $20
  • Alpha Shadows $9
  • Alphabet Soup $9
  • Alphabet Stew $12
  • Angelic (missing one piece) $15
  • Around & About $9

  • Blooming with Happiness $12
  • Borders Mini $9
  • Brushstroke Alphabet & Numbers $25
  • Brushstroke Blossoms $9
  • Burst Into Bloom $9
  • Button Bow Accessories $12
  • By Design $12

  • Fabulous Flourishes $12
  • Fabulous Four $9
  • Festive Four $9
  • Flowers for a Friend $15
  • Fresh Flowers $15 with brass template $18
  • Fun Filled $12
  • Good things Grow $15

  • Happy Birthday Greetings $12
  • Holiday Minis $12
  • Holiday Spirit $15 & wheel $17
  • Lexicon of Love $10
  • Little Hellos $15
  • Little Layers II $15
  • Little Layers Plus $15
  • Love Without End $15
  • Love Ya Bunches $12
  • Mini Mates $18
  • Mini Messages $12

  • Nice & narrow $12
  • Oh My Word $15
  • Peace & Love $12
  • Play on Words $15
  • Quick & Cute $12
  • Quick Cards $12
  • Reason to Smile $10

  • Sculpted Style $9
  • Simple Sketches $15
  • Sketch It $20
  • Sketch a Party $15
  • Springtime Stems $12
  • Smorgasborders $10
  • Something to Celebrate $15
  • Stippled Stencils $7
  • Suitable for Framing $12

  • Tags & More $12
  • Toile Blossoms $20
  • Watercolor Garden $15
  • Watercolor Minis $9
  • Wishing you the Best $9
  • Wonderful Weaves $10

    Unmounted Stamp Sets
  • A is for Adorable - $12
  • Alphabet Soup $10
  • Best Blossoms $12
  • Gently Falling $10
  • Happy Harmony $12
  • Tags so Much $12
  • Warmest Regards $12


  • Candy Cane Christmas $3
  • Daisies $3
  • Eash Check $3
  • Hearts & Flowers
  • Ivy Vine $3
  • Only Ornaments $3
  • Penguin Wheel (non SU) $3
  • Pine Bough $3
  • Simply Shells $3
  • Sweet Feet $3
  • Thank You $3

Jumbo Wheels

  • Lilies $4
  • Millinery $4

Designer Paper

  • Many many sheets of Splash Designer Paper - Narrow Stripes, Wide stripes, squares and multi-colored circles (multi-size circles are gone)

Friday, September 21, 2007

Blogger's Challenge - Week #13 - Embossing

For this week's challenge we are to make a card that has an embossed component. I chose a card that I cased from a swap that I received at SU Leadership last Jan. I think this is my favorite embossing effect and looks very elegant.

The effect is acheived by using vanilla ink on vanilla cardstock with clear embossing powder. It took me quite a while to figure out how to get the same effect as the swap card that I received. When I used vanilla embossing powder on vanilla ink - the result was a much whiter embossed tree.

The tree is from the Lovely as a Tree set! A Stampin' Up classic!

Fall Card

I had a class last night on resist techniques. I haven't used that technique in quite a while. I really like the effect that you can acheive with resist.

The card on the left is a card that one of my sidelines made and brought to our group meeting this week. As most of you know, Doodle This is one my favorite new sets! I Cased that card and used a leaf design for the fall from the With Gratitude set for the resist class.

Wednesday, September 19, 2007

What's in a Name??

I thought that this would be a fun game to play today.
Sheryl tagged me so I am tagging other fellow bloggers. See below!

1. YOUR ROCK STAR NAME: (first pet, current car) Misty Camry
2. YOUR GANGSTA NAME: (favorite ice cream, favorite cookie) Mint, Peanut Butter
3. YOUR FLY "GUY/GIRL" NAME: (first initial first name, first 3 letters last name) MSan
4. YOUR DETECTIVE NAME: (favorite color, favorite animal) Blue Cat
5. YOUR SOAP OPERA NAME: (middle name, city where you were born) Christine Buffalo
6. YOUR STAR WARS NAME: (first 3 letters last name,first 2 letters first name) SanMa
7. SUPERHERO NAME: (2nd favorite color, favorite drink and add"the") The Purple Margarita
8. NASCAR NAME: (first names of your grandfathers) James Philo
9.STRIPPER NAME: (favorite perfume, favorite candy) Chanel Reeces
10. WITNESS PROTECTION NAME: (mother's and father's middle names) Ball Albert

OK, now my turn to tag a few people. Hope you got a chuckle from my new names!

Mary Jo

Sunday, September 16, 2007

Blogger's Challenge - Week #12 - Inspiration

This week's blogger's challenge was to find something in our daily lives that inspires us - either in color combination or layout or symetry of the object.

I went around and around on what to use and finally settled on my chair that I use every day. It is funny how things around us are taken for granted and we never actually stop to look at the astetics of the item.

This is a Hitchcock chair that we inherited when cleaning out a Great Aunt's house. I have always loved the detail of the painting on the back of the chair and thought that I would use that for my inspiration.

So I created this card using the Apple Cider designer papers and the Give Thanks Fall set. I didn't have a stamp with a bowl of frit so used the pail of apples instead. Enjoy!

Thursday, September 6, 2007

Blogger's Challenge - Week #11

This week's challenge was to copy the layout of the card in the Holiday mini catalog on page 12.

I found this one fun to do and used the new Simply Scrappin' Hostess Kit for this challenge. The difficult part for me was not using my stamps but using the pre-adhesive die cuts that come in the kit in place of stamped images!

I do love the new In color line and how well everything coordinates! Here are a couple of variations on the star card in the holiday mini catalog on pg. 12.


Sunday, September 2, 2007

Thanksgiving Dinner

This is a sample menu and place cards that I made with the Applie Cider paper from the Holiday Mini catalog. This would be great for a Holiday table!

Holiday Rehearsal Dinner

This invitation was designed for a rehearsal dinner that was held at the Cape Cod Museum of Fine Arts.
We used Anna Griffin designer paper to make the envelope. The invitation is made with mellow moss and rose red cardstock. The invitation is printed on very vanilla.

Fall Card Set

This was a funeral program that we designed using Lovely as a Tree set.
The matching card was made with Mellow Moss Cardstock and Really rust.

Halloween Wedding Invitation

This was my favorite wedding invitation. This couple was planning their wedding for Halloween. They were looking for a custom Halloween design.

The black and purple textured cardstocks were purchased at Michaels. Web Wishes was used to stamp the spider web on the black textured cardstock with silver embossing powder.

The actual invitation was printed on vellum and layered over the purple textured cardstock.

Burgandy weddding invite with a Mulberry wrap

This is a beautiful invitation that was designed for a fall wedding.
This invitation is printed on vellum and embossed. It is mounted on very vanilla cardstock and a square burgandy background. It is finished off with a burgandy mulberry wrap and a seal printed on very vanilla.
Over the years we have made this invitation in burgandy, silver and white.

Wedding Announcements - Fall Leaves

These are various items that I have made over the past couple of years for Yours Truly in Chelmsford. If you are looking for invitations for any event then stop by Yours Truly in Chelmsford, MA! They have everything from traditional invitations or will work with you to design a custom card.

These are a couple of examples that were designed for fall weddings using the leaves from simple sketches and the botanicals stamp sets.

Both use elegant eggplant Cardstock as the base, very vanilla with vellum layered on top. The vellum is printed on the computer and embossed with clear embossing powder. The leaves are stamped in more mustard, old olive, close to cocoa and summer sun inks on the vanilla cardstock below the vellum.

Saturday, September 1, 2007

Baby Announcements

I have had several people ask about baby announcements over the last couple of days. These are a couple of prototypes that were designed for my nephew Adam last year! My sister-in-law choose the card on the bottom left. THe card was made with the I'm Here stamp set and the rattle rather than the onesie. Splash designer paper was used for these cards.

Blogger's Challenge - Week #10

This was a fun challenge! I absolutely love the Apple Cider designer paper in the Holiday mini catalog!!

This week's challenge was to copy the pull out card made with the cute train set on page 92 of the catalog. I thought that I would use a halloween theme for the season.
This card is made with the following supplies:
Wild Wasabi Cardstock
Apple Cider designer paper
Elegant Eggplant
Pumpkin Pie
Sahara Sand
I used the Booglie Eyes Halloween set with the watercolor pencils. The 1 3/8" square punch and hodgepodge hardware for the embellishments! I love this card!

Monday, August 27, 2007

Blogger's Challenge - Week #9 -Get Punchy

This week's blogger's challenge is to use punches in a different way. This is a halloween box that I made using the small and large tag punch and the Booglie Eyes set.

Below is a punch cheat sheet that I made using ideas from Splitcoaststampers.

Scallop Punch Ideas

I love the new scallop punch!! This is one of my favorite accessories in the new catalog!

My stamping friend Terri Cappobianco designed this card using the scallop punch with the new wasabi and pomegranite colors.

I Cased the layout and made a Holiday version using metallic silver cardstock and navy ink. One is 3" x 9" and one is 3" x 6". I used the snowflake spot stamp set and the new Snow wheel that will be available in the winter mini catalog on September 1st.

One Page Wonder Holiday Surprise

These are 14 Holiday cards that are made with one sheet of double sided designer paper and 3 colors of coordinating cardstock.

I am teaching this class next Tuesday the 4th in my stamping studio!
I love the new double sided papers!
This set of cards are made with the Dashing Deisgner Paper, Certainly Celery, River Rock and Old Olive cardstocks. I used the new hostess set Perfect Presentation and Hung up on the Holidays to create the stamped images.

Sunday, August 19, 2007

Blogger's Challenge - Week #8

The Bloggers Challenge this week was to use something in our world as inspiration for a card.

I of course had to do soemthing more difficult as I took the design and made it card size while still keeping the look of a quilt.

I used the design from my favorite quilt as an inspiration and made a card using the new Apple Cider papers that will be available September 1st as part of the Holiday collection! These papers would make great Thanksgiving favors or placecards!

See the photo below of my quilt.

Variations on a Theme

These are some cards that were made over the weekend. My sister was visiting and designed the With Gratitude card on the right.

I of course, then had to CASE it and make a couple of small modifications! Thanks for the inpsiration Marcy!

Cardstock: So Saffron, Always Artichoke, Very Vanilla, (Sahara sand, Close to Cocoa on the two cards on the left)

With Gratitude Stamp Set stamped with always artichoke ink. I used a blender pen on the bottom card to watercolor over the leaf and add a few other fall colors.

Wednesday, August 15, 2007

Blogger's Challenge - Week #7

Sorry this week's post is late... We had a family reunion over the weekend and I am still recovering my house!

Week #7 Challenge - Something altered

I chose our great new Chipboard frames from the Ginormous Chipboard Selection and some of our new Stampin' Up! colors. The picture is all of the SanClemente kids in the next generation!

I sponged the frame using the new soft sky ink. The frame is stamped using Doodle This and Blue Bayou ink. The picture is mounted behind the sky blue designer paper with an oval cut in the middle. This is outlined with another oval cut from our Not Quite Navy paper. I like the way the blues coordinate! I punched flowers and layered with a rhinestone brad in the middle and added chipboard hearts to the frame!
Check out my friends in the Blogger's Challenge group to see their inspiring ideas! Enjoy!

Friday, August 3, 2007

Holiday ideas

These samples are a card that I have made for a Holiday card swap that I am in. Enjoy!

On the blue card - I stamped the new taffeta ribbon with navy snowflakes.

Blogger's Challenge

Good Morning! I have joined a group of fellow stampers in a blogger's challenge. We each make a card with a given design and post it each week! This week's challenge is the card format on page 165 of the new catalog! Enjoy