Monday, March 24, 2008

New blog format

Good Morning,

I have been working on a new blog format and have setup a new blog. Check it out at I will keep this blog active for a few months so you all can reference past posts and ideas.


Friday, March 21, 2008

Blogger's Challenge

Hi all,

This week's challenge was to make a card using chocolate chip, sky blue, blue bayou and real red cardstocks.

I used the canvas background stamp, real red designer paper and the chocolate satin ribbon to enhance the card.
The stamp set is For Father.


Always Card - cased from Mary Jo

Good Morning,

I had a friend stop by today and I was playing with some of my new sets. So she joined me and we had fun casing a few ideas that I have seen recently. I saw this card by Mary Jo Price-Williams and loved it but didn't have the same stamp set.

So I used the Always stamp set and the same Berry bliss designer paper. This is what I came up with! Just goes to show that you don't always need the exact same stamp set!

Saturday, March 15, 2008

Join Me for a Day of Paper Crafting Fun - April 6th SCRAPATHON

Join me for a day of
Paper Crafting fun on April 6th!

I am participating in an all day Scrapathon to help riase money for Child Health Services. There will be fun, food, freebies, raffles and of course, 12 full hours of dedicated time for scrapping and stamping.

The Derryfield Country Club
625 Mammoth Rd, Manchester NH
on Sunday, April 6th
From 9:00am to 9:00pm

$35 per entrant.
Funds raised will benefit Child Health Services,
providing health care, nutrition and social services
to underprivileged children. I will also donate
10% of all sales (including pre-orders) to
Child Health Services.

To Register online,
If you can't attend the day but would like to support
Child Health Services, you can make a donation at

For more information, please call or email me.

I hope to see you there!


Friday, March 14, 2008

Mother's Day Idea - Bloomin' Beautiful

I cased this card format and color scheme from one of my stamping buddies, Janet Hindman. I did change it to make it a double slider card that I think would be great for a mother's day card!

Stamp set is Bloomin' Beautiful, artichoke cardstock and the Holiday Harmony designer paper.

Always save your scraps!!! You can use those leftover holiday papers for other types of cards too!

Blogger's Challenge

Happy Friday again!

Here are some ideas that I worked on this week. First is my blogger's challenge cards.

Our challenge this week is to make birthday themed cards. No specific layout. Since I was out of birthday cards, I thought that I would make a few. So here is an assortment of birthday cards made using the Birthday Whimsey stamp set.
I used groovy gauva as the background for one, so saffron for the second and wild wasabi for the third.

This next card is a case of the card on page 21 of the catalog. I substituted Riot of Petals for the hostess set From the Garden. Riot of Petals is stamped with groovy gauva ink and layered onto so saffron and groovy gauva cardstock. I used a piece of ginger blossom paper and gold brads along the bottom with rose grosgrain ribbon.

Friday, March 7, 2008

Blogger's Challenge

Happy Friday!!

This week's challenge is to make a shaped card. I borrowed a really neat design that I saw on another discussion group and then found out the design was by our own member Lauren Meader!!! So thank you Lauren!! I love this card! There is a great tutorial on her blog. I love this group!! I am really challenged to think out of the box! I get so many great ideas from my stamping friends.
I used pretty in pink cardstock with a couple of different designer papers on mine. The spring fling designer paper and berry bliss. The card is made using the scallop and circle punches. How clever!!
Have a great weekend,

Thursday, March 6, 2008

Quick & Easy Summer Card Kit!!

Quick & Easy Summer Cards
Using Rub Ons
*Die-Cut Blooms (From Occasions Mini Collection) ($8.95)
*Summer Picnic Designer Series Paper (From Occasions Mini Collection) ($9.95)
*Love & Happiness Rub-Ons (Sale-a-Bration or another set from the mini or catalog - $9.95)
*40 Sheets Kraft Cardstock ($7.50 – enough for 80 cards)
*40 Kraft Envelopes ($6.50)
* Bashful Blue Striped Grosgrain Ribbon (10 yards) ($7.95)
* Real Red Striped Grosgrain Ribbon (10 yards) ($7.95)
* Old Olive 5/8” Grosgrain Ribbon (15 yards) ($7.95)
* Complete Instructions for 24 card layouts (priceless!)

OTHER ITEMS NEEDED: Paper Cutter, Scissors, Adhesive, Dimensionals

The Die-Cut Blooms contains 4 sheets, each a different color (Real Red, Old Olive, Pumpkin Pie, Bashful Blue)

The instructions included with this kit show you 6 different card designs with 4 samples for each design. That is 24 examples! You can mix and match the different colors of rub-ons, blooms, and designer series papers to make many many cards. You will have lot’s of blooms, cardstock, paper, and ribbon left to use for other projects!

Saturday, March 1, 2008

Blogger Challenge

This week's challenge was to copy the layout of the card on pg. 44 of the catalog. I used the new set Pretty Amazing and the Ginger Blossom paper. The flower is stamped with gauva and embossed with irredescant ice to give it some sparkle.

Have a great weekend!


Friday, February 29, 2008

Happy Leap Day! - One Day Stampin' Sale

Happy Leap Day to all!

To celebrate this day that only comes around every 4 years, I am offering Free Shipping for anyone placing an order today only! Don't forget that this is
Sale-a-bration and for each $50 you spend you receive one of these sets for FREE!

You can see the
catalog on-line here.

My Job is a Party - What is your Job Like???

If you have ever thought about becoming a demo - now is the time to try it! During Sale-A-Bration, anyone who joins as a demonstrator can choose any additional stamp set—a value of up to $47.95—from the Spring-Summer 2008 Collection! Plus, new demonstrator recruits get 20% off the Demonstrator Starter Kit—over $350 of Stampin’ Up! products and business supplies for only $159! Call me today and I can sign you up online!

Have a great weekend and Happy Stampin'!


Saturday, February 23, 2008

Blogger's Challenge

This week's blogger's challenge was to combine the colors purely pomegranet, brilliant blue and old olive together. I used the new set She's All That from the new mini catalog. The set will be available March1st! I used Seeing spots to make the background.

I am working with variation of this for the upcoming Kids' Birthday swap! Stay tuned for other ideas with this cute kid.

Have a great weekend!


Friday, February 15, 2008

Blogger's Challenge

This week's bloggers challenge is to copy the layout of the birthday card on page 42 of the catalog.

I used the new set Bloomin' Beautiful from the upcoming Occasions mini catalog. This set will be available on March 1st! I also used Trimtastic to create the trim on the bottom of the pretty in pink I used the so saffron designer paper for the square in the background of the scallop. Sherbert ribbon is used on the side of the decorative square.

I can't wait to see what my fellow bloggers have come up with!!

Have a great weekend!


Spring Fling samples

These are some samples that I made playing with the new Spring Fling designer paper. I love the combination of colors and think this paper will be perfect for spring Easter cards.

The Card on the left is made with the new set Boho Backgrounds. The design is stamped several times in multiple colors and then layered using the circle punches. I used sticky strip on the pink stripes and then adhered beads to the tape. A nice 3D effect for the background of the card.

The card on the back right is made with A Little Birdie Told Me.

The bottom card is a folding card with a belly band. The flower from Time Well Spent is used to embellish the belly band.

Thursday, February 7, 2008

Blogger's Challenge

this week I am actually posting on time!! The challenge this week is to use the following colors: old olive, rose red, taken with teal and pumpkin together. I thought what an odd combination but when I pulled the colors out I really like them together. That's what is great about this group. It pushes you out of your box...

I used the new Boho Background set. I love the circle and the way that it fits into the scallop punch. And of course how you can layer the pieces of it with different colors! I can't wait to see what everyone else did too!
I couldn't resist this picture. This is my neice and nephew. It is great being an Aunt. I get to play with them and give them back! Emily took the picture when she was babysitting them this week. Hannah is 4 1/2 and Adam is 20 months.

Have a great weekend!

Tuesday, February 5, 2008

Sale-a-bration is Here!!

Yeah!!! The best Sale of the Year!! Sale-a-Bration

What a great way to earn FREE product!

Recieve a free Sale-a-bration set when you spend $50. There's no limit - for every $50 you spend, you can select a free Sale-a-Bration set!

When you host a workshop of at least $300, you'll receive a free Sale-a-bration set in addition to your regualr hostess benefits! You'll receive a second Sale-a-bration set when your net workshop sales reach $600. Get a third set for workshop sales of $900 or more!

Sign up to be a Stampin' Up! dmonstrator during Sale-a-braion and select any set (up to $47.95) from the current Spring-Summer Catalog! and During Sale-a-bration it's easier than ever to join my Stampin' Up! family. Between now and March 17th, you can purchase the starter kit for just $159 (that is $330 worth of stamping product). That's 20% off the regular price!

Contact me today for more information!

Embrace Life Card Kit

Embrace Life Card Kit

Do you love having cardstock pre-cut for you? Then this is for you!

Stay tuned to the Monthly Card Kit Program to receive crisp, new ideas that are sure to inspire your creativity. This month’s card kit items are listed below, and the price of the Card Kit is $15. This kit includes all of the consumable supplies you will need to create 15 cards using the new Embrace life Stamp set and Ginger Blossom Designer Paper. In addition, you’ll receive detailed, step by step instructions on how to complete each of the card designs.

Already have the inkpads and stamp set needed to make the cards in this kit? Just buy the Card Kit! Don’t have some (or any) of these items? See the “Add-on Products” list to pick out and order what you need to complete the cards. Just want the Card Kit to make your own designs? Go for it!

The Card Kit ($15) Includes:
* 15 Pieces of 5 ½“ x 8 1/2” in guava, river rock and natural cardstock for card bases
* 15 Pieces of 2 ½” squares with coordinating colors in appropriate size for layering
* Strips of really rust cardstock for layering
* 9 – gold Brads
* 15 Whisper White Medium Envelopes
* Step by Step Instructions to complete 3 different card designs using the kit pieces

Add-on Products (does not include shipping & tax):
* Embrace Life Stamp Set $23.95 (does not include shipping and handling)

* Ginger Blossom Designer Paper $9.95

* Groovy Gauva Ink Pad ($5.25)
* Ruby Red Ink Pad ($5.25)
* Basic Black Ink Pad ($5.25)
* Aqua painter $16.95 (for two)

Contact me today to order your Card Kit and see how quick and easy card making can be right in the comforts of your home!

Sunday, February 3, 2008

Blogger Challenge

This week's challenge was to copy the card layout from the front of the Sale-a-bration flyer.

I used the new Always set and Fall Flowers Designer paper
on cameo coral cardstock.

Check out my fellow bloggers to see their creations!


Lynn's Challenge - scrapbook pages

So Saturday a few of us local demos got together for a fun afternoon of stamping/scrapping. Lynn - my fabulous upline challenged us all to make a 12x12 scrapbook page to swap. So here is everyone's pages! Thanks Lynn for pushing us. It was a great day!

This is Lynn's page. She used the folding technique that Mary Jo Price Williams showed on her blog last week to make the flower in the top left corner. Check out Mary Jo's blog here!

This is Dawn Burke's page. Made with Time Well Spent set - level 3 hostess set from the new catalog.

This page is Deanna's using the Berry Bliss designer paper.

Michele made the school page using the East Coast Prep designer paper.

And last but not least, I used the Priceless stamp set and Bali Breeze Designer paper.

We had quite a fun day!

Wednesday, January 30, 2008

Playing with new sets

So I am finally sitting down and playing with some of my new sets. I love this background stamp! This is the card that I sent in for the new set swap.

This is the Riot of Petals background stamp. It is stamped in gold ink and embossed on sky blue cardstock. I bleached the petals of the flowers and the stems. I used a celery marker to color in the stems. I then added a 3D butterfly using the butterfly from the priceless set.

The sky blue is layered onto blush blossom and blue bayou for the card base. I also did one in pretty in pink and used the bleach. I really liked that one too.

Sale-a-bration is almost here!

Yeah!!! Sale-a-bration is almost here!!! Feb. 1st starts the best sale of the year!! For every $50 in merchandise that you purchase, you get a FREE stamp set.
This is Friendship Blooms from this year's SAB selection!

Exploding Box

These are really neat and actually not that hard to make. Stop by my class on Wed. Feb. 13th to learn how to make these! I will also be demoing these at my Cape workshop on the 8th.

Emily filled one with candy and gave it away last week at a Yankee swap with some friends.

Uses 3 sheets of 12x12 cardstock and two sheets of designer paper. For this one, I used the Cerise paper.
1. Score the first piece of 12x12 at 4" on each side so you have a grid pattern. Cut out the corner squares.
2. Cut the second sheet to 10.5 x 10.5". Score the piece at 3.5" on each side. Cut out the corner squares.
3. Cut the third sheet to 9x9". Score the piece at 3" on each side. Cut out the corner squares.
4. Cut a fourth piece of Cardstock to 7.5x7.5". Score the piece at 2.5" on each side. Cut out the corner squares.
5. Fold each piece on the score lines. Starting with largest piece, layer the four pieces together and attach.
6. Use Designer paper to decorate outside and inside of box. Also great for pictures as a gift scrapbook.
7. Cut a piece of cardstock 6.5x6.5" for the lid. Score at 1.25" on each side. Make two slits on two parallel sides and fold flap in to make a lid.
Voila! You have your box!

Sunday, January 27, 2008

Blogger's Challenge

This week's Blogger's Challenge was to copy the card layout on the bottom of page 141 of the new catalog. I actually made this card twice using two different orientations and color schemes.

I needed a couple of birthday cards so I played around with this layout.
The first card is with the new Sale-a-bration set Merci. The second card is using the Sale-a-bration rub-ons and the Tagger's Dream stamp set. Also the new flower punch and a scrap of designer paper. Always save your scraps!!

Tuesday, January 22, 2008

Blogger's Challenge

So I know this is really late... This week's challenge was to use blue bayou, real red and river rock colors together. So the cardstock is blue bayou and real red. I used the river rock ribbon to tie the card together!

The stamp set is the new Merci Sale-a-bration set (will be available in February!).

Stay tuned for more Sale-a-bration ideas!

Check out my other fellow bloggers in my side bar and all of their great ideas!


More New Ideas!

These next cards were made with the new Berry Bliss designer paper. The card in the center is a card that my friend Elizabeth Blais made last year. I have always liked the layout and idea of showcasing the designer papers! So here is another version with some of the new paper!

Cardstocks are Close to Cocoa, Pretty in Pink with Regal Rose grosgrain ribbon. I used pomegranete ink with the Doodle This stamp set! I know this isn't a new set but I still like it!

New Catalog Favorite Set

So where does the time go??? I think each morning as the kids get on the bus at 7am that I have the whole day and before I know it the day has gone by and it is 2:30 and I have all the kids activities...

Anyway - last week I sat down and played with some of those new sets that I purchased. I love the new Embrace Life set and the Ginger Blossom paper!!! So far, this is my favorite!

This card uses the Natural Ivory Cardstock, ruby red cardstock and inks to match the Ginger blossom designer paper. The flower is stamped in black and watercolored with ruby red ink and an aqua painter.

This next card also uses the Natural Ivory cardstock, ruby red and groovy gauva. I used the spotlight technique to highlight the colored rose.

Sunday, January 13, 2008

January Class Schedule

*** Upcoming Class Calendar ****

*(Date change)Wed. Jan. 16th - 7pm - Embossing - I will cover the basics of dry embossing (creating a raised image) on your cards or scrapbook pages

Sat. Jan. 26th - 1pm to 4pm - Scrapbook in a Day - I do need to preorder items for this class so please register by Jan. 17th. I will need to know what theme you would like to work on and the color of scrapbook that you would like.

Thurs. Jan. 31st - 7pm - Stamp a Stack of Valentines

Wed. Feb. 13th - 7pm
- Shaker Cards and inserts

Thurs. Feb. 28th - 7pm

Open Stamp and Scrap days
These are days that I set aside for you. I am available to help you with any projects that you are working on. Stop by to make a stack of cards or borrow ideas from my baskets for inspiration. Cost is $7 plus the cost of supplies.

Wed. Jan. 16th - 10am to 2pm
Wed. Jan 23rd - 10am to 2pm
Friday Jan. 25th - 10am to 2pm
Wed. Jan. 30th - 10am to 2pm

Saturday, January 12, 2008

Blogger's Challenge - Week #29

Our challenge this week was to copy the card layout for the Save the Date card on page 37 of the new catalog. This means that we use the layout but can change the stamp set and color scheme.

I chose to use the new stamp set Kind Thoughts on page 119 of the new catalog. I did use the same colors except I substituted always artichoke for old olive. I really like this new set!

Stamp set: Kind Thoughts
Cardstock: Vanilla, Always Artichoke, Natural Ivory, Sky Blue
Inks: Close to Cocoa, Blue Bayou
Ribbons: vanilla taffeta, brown satin

Check out my friends cards by clicking on the sidebar list of fellow Bloggers!

Tuesday, January 8, 2008

Scrapbook in a Day

Saturday January 26th - 1pm to 4pm
Complete a memory album in a day!

The holidays are over, the pictures ready to be developed, but
what are you going to do with them now? If you have ever felt that
you'd like to learn how to scrapbook, but you felt overwhelmed
and didn't know how to start ...
~ This class is for you! ~

Or maybe you love scrapbooking, but just can't seem to
find the time these days, or need some new inspiration ...

~ This class is also for you! ~

At this scrapbooking class, you will complete enough pages
to fill one of Stampin' Up!'s 6x6 brag books! (12x12 books
are also available) All pages will be pre-designed,
ready for you to assemble and add your photos.
Don't miss out on this great opportunity
to scrapbook your holiday photos! Be ready to
have your friends impressed
with how quickly you finished scrapbooking
Christmas or another theme!

This class includes a 6x6 linen brag book, 1/2 of a
Simply Scrappin' Kit, and all other accessories needed
to complete your Christmas album or another theme.
(You may choose a different Simply Scrappin' Kit, but bear
in mind that there will be some adaptation needed to
match pre-designed layouts.) You can choose between a
natural (off-white), moss or red linen album.
Please indicate which size album and
color you would like when you register for this class.
You may bring your photographs to crop and
add to your pages, but you are not required to do so.

Class Cost:
6x6 book
- $35 for a linen scrapbook and 1/2 a simply scrappin'
Kit - (add $5 for a leather album)
12x12 book - $55 for a linen scrapbook and a full simply scrappin' kit
Please indicate album color and theme - simply scrappin' kits
are on pages 172 to 175 of the new catalog

The class will take place on Saturday, January 26th,
from 1 - 4 p.m. Registration starts today and will end on
January 17th so that your products will be here in
time for the class. Seats are limited and
I do need to pre-order the supplies so don't delay!

~ Come and play! ~

Monday, January 7, 2008

January Card Kit of the Month

It’s a New Year with Card Kits of the Month! January 2008

My New Year's resolution is to offer a card kit each month for my customers. So... here goes!

Do you love having cardstock pre-cut for you? Then this is for you! With the Monthly Card Kit Program you will receive crisp, new ideas that are sure to inspire your creativity. This month’s card kit items are listed below, and the price of the Card Kit is $15.

This kit includes all of the consumable supplies you will need to create 12 cards. Shown is just 1 example of a card you can make with your kit. Purchase the kit, and receive 3 additional full color samples for “alternative” cards you can make with the contents of your kit! In addition, you’ll receive detailed, step by step instructions on how to complete each of the 4 card designs.

Already have the inkpads and stamp set needed to make the cards in this kit? Just buy the Card Kit! Don’t have some (or any) of these items? See the “Add-on Products” list to pick out and order what you need to complete the cards. Just want the Card Kit to make your own designs? Go for it!

Orders for the Card Kits must be received by January 15th. You will receive your kits by the end of the month.

This month there are TWO Special Offers! Purchase the Card Kit and receive the Coordinating Set Happy Heart Day at 10% off! Or, purchase the complete Stampin' Up! special “Valentine’s Day Bundle” and receive a FREE package of Real Red Wide Grosgrain Ribbon in addition to 10% off the coordinating stamp set!

The Card Kit ($15) Includes:
* 12 Pieces of 5 ½“ x 8 1/2” Close to Cocoa Cardstock
* 12 Pieces of 5 ½” x 2 ½” Certainly Celery Cardstock
* 12 Pieces of 2 ½” x 2 ¾” Confetti White Cardstock
* 12 Pieces of 3” x 2 ¾” Regal Rose Cardstock
* 12 – 14” Pieces of Regal Rose Wide Grosgrain Ribbon
* 24 – Silver Brads
* 12 – Confetti White Medium Envelopes
* Step by Step Instructions to complete 4 different card designs using the kit pieces

Add-on Products (does not include shipping & tax):
Happy Heart Day Stamp Set ($20.95)$18.75 with purchase of the Card Kit

* Certainly Celery Ink Pad ($5.25)
* Close to Cocoa Classic Ink Pad ($5.25)
* Regal Rose Classic Ink Pad ($5.25)
* Basic Gray Classic Ink Pad ($5.25)
* Basic Black Ink Pad ($5.25)
* White Gel Pen ($3.95)

Valentine’s Day Bundle Special Offer: Stampin’ Up! is offering the following items in a Special Bundle during January:
* Happy Heart Day Stamp Set
* Real Red 5/8” Grosgrain Ribbon
* Regal Rose 5/8” Grosgrain Ribbon
* Medium Cellophane Bags
The already discounted price of this kit is just $33.40 (marked down from $41.35) – but with the purchase of the Card Kit, it’s yours for just $30.00! (does not include shipping & tax)

Other Optional Purchases:
* 1/16” Hole Punch: to create entry holes for the Brads
* Stampin’ Dimensionals: for raising images for a 3-D effect
* Aqua Painters: for water coloring in the images

Please Note: I am glad to ship kits directly to you! If the kit needs to be shipped, there will be an extra $3 shipping charge.

Contact me today to order your Card Kit and see how quick and easy card making can be right in the comforts of your home!

Marilyn SanClemente

Thank you to Aly Schilling from the Stamper's Express group for the layout and outlines!

Friday, January 4, 2008

Blogger's Challenge - Week #28- Pink & Brown

Wow, I have finally recovered from the holidays and am getting back into the swing of things. I feel like I lost a month in December! I don't know where the month went. So I know that I have missed a couple of challenges. My New Year's resolution is to post twice a week. Hopefully I can keep that goal.

This week's challenge is to make a card using Brown & Pink cardstock. I finished this card last week and sent it in for the new Catalog swap and it just happens to be brown & pink! So here is my card for this week. I used the Happy Heart Day stamp set, close to cocoa and pretty in pink cardstock and the close to cocoa designer paper.

The flowers have glitter on them but it is hard to see in the picture. I used watercolor crayons to color the images.

So today - I had my new catalog open house and was playing with the new set Happy Heart Day. Several people stopped by to pick up the new catalog! Kim stopped by with her two daughters; Julianna (4) and Hailey (2).
Julianna is a natural. She picked up the stamps and showed me how to make a card! She had obviously done this at pre-school. I told her that today's challenge is to make a card using pink & brown. This is Julianna's card.

Julianna used crayons to color her images. She loves the Happy Heart Day set!

Below is the card that her mother Kim, made. I am sorry that this came out a little fuzzy.

Have a great weekend!

Wednesday, January 2, 2008

The New Catalog is Here!!

Happy New Year!!

Yeah!!! We can begin ordering today from the new Catalog!

I will be holding a New Catalog Open House Thurs. evening from 7pm to ?? and all day on Friday from 10am to 4pm. I am also here over the weekend if you can't make these days! So stop by and pick up your copy of the new catalog!

Qualifying orders in January will receive a stamp set from the preview brochure for FREE! I still have a couple of open dates for January!