Sunday, September 8, 2013

Stamp of the Month Blog Tour - Magnificent Maple

Welcome to your next stop on the RemARKables Blog Tour.  If you're taking the tour in order, you've arrived via Pam Staples' blog,


I never thought I'd have so much fun and come up with so many ideas for a stamp "set" that only contains ONE stamp.  I had so much fun creating and playing with this one MAGNIFICENT MAPLE leaf that I just couldn't stop...I hope you enjoy my offerings for this month's BLOG HOP.


Here's a picture of all three projects together - I'll be sharing them individually and telling you more about how I came up with the ideas for each.


The first (and simplest) project was a cute little Mini Muslin Bag that was a Make and Take at the Stampin' Up! convention this year. The Mini Muslin Bag is from the Holiday catalog and it's stamped with one simple Magnificent Maple leaf in Pumpkin Pie Ink. The sentiment is one word from the "Thankful" stamp. I used an Early Espresso Stampin' Write Marker - using the brush end of the marker to color the stamp. The bag is finished off with a Crushed Curry Chevron Ribbon.

My absolute favorite project is the little wooden tray that turned into a truly fun fall decoration. I started with a 6" x 6" wooden tray from Oriental Trading Company. It's the only product that isn't from Stampin' Up!

Since it was an unfinished wooden tray, I first used Stampin' Sponges with Early Espresso and Cajun Craze ink to completely cover the wood.  Once the wood was "painted", I cut a piece of "Sweater Weather" DSP to 5-1/2" x 5-1/2" to set on the inside of the tray. Once the paper was stuck to the tray with snail adhesive I sponged a Tea Lace Paper doily with Crushed Curry Ink.  I cut the doily in half and attached them on each side of the DSP inside the tray.

I then stamped "Thankful" stamp with Versamark Ink on the name banner from the "Thankful Tablescape Simply Created Kit."  I sprinkled white embossing powder over the stamped words, heated the embossing powder, then added a little bit of white chalk marker and smeared it with a damp paper towel to provide a chalkboard effect.The name banner was lifted up a bit using Stampin' Dimensionals.

I was not done yet - so the next embellishment was the Naturals Designer buttons that were adhered to the doilies with mini glue dots. To give the buttons a bit more texture, I added Linen Thread bows laced through the holes in the large buttons.  I also added some heat embossed, hand cut acorns stamped using the "Truly Grateful" stamp set.

Layer upon layer, I kept adding more. The "U" which I am so thankful for was cut using the Bigz Alphabet Typeset letter die and the Big Shot machine. It was cut out of red glitter paper and I used Stampin' dimensionals to provide a little bit of a 3D look.

I tied bows using the 5/8" Crochet Trim and attached them directly to the wood using a hot glue gun. The finishing touch is our highlighted Stamp Set of the Month - "Magnificent Maple." I stamped several leaves using Versamark Ink, sprinkled Heat and Stick Powder over it, heated it with the heat embossing gun and then glittered each leaf using a variety of colors: orange, black and gold from the Holiday Catalog as well as Dazzling Diamonds from the annual catalog.

Once the glitter set, I cut out each leaf by hand, layered them on top of each other and then hot glued them onto the wooden frame of the tray. The end result was a great wall decoration that's hanging in my studio as I write this...

My final project using these Magnificent Maple leaves is one I created using the left over leaves that were already full of glitter. The card base is Chocolate Chip Card Stock with a layer of Very Vanilla and a layer of Pool Party Card Stock.

First I used  Pool Party Ink to create the monochromatic look with the Magnificent Maple leaves. I wanted this to appear as a watermark so I used the "Stamping Off" technique to soften the color on the Card Stock.

Using Delicate Details Lace Tape, I created a border down the right side of the front of the card. I then added the glittered leaves layered on top of each other. I also added a border of lace tape and one leaf to the inside of the card to give it a more finished look.

The sentiment comes from "The Best of Greetings" 25th anniversary stamp set. "You're in My Thoughts" is stamped in Chocolate Chip ink on a large oval punched out of Very Vanilla Card Stock. This was attached to a piece of "Sweater Weather DSP using Stampin' Dimensionals. The label was created using the Designer Label punch. The front of the card was completed using Chocolate Chip Candy Dots from the neutral collection.

Thanks for stopping by today and I hope you enjoy the rest of the blog tour.  Everyone of these wonderful ladies has worked hard to create something very special either using our Magnificent Maple Stamp or the Halloween Bash Stamp Set.

Magnificent Maple - Item #131868 $9.95 Wood Only

Your next stop is my friend, Jeannette Swain's blog, - which you can reach by clicking on the blog icon below.  

Have a GREAT Sunday!


Here's a list of all of our tour participants:
Nancy Amato      
Melissa Bolinger  
Jackie Bottomley 
Susan Carlson      
Tamra Davis         
Connie Deibler    
Sherri Eddleblute
Crystal Kondo      
Deb Lehigh          
Anne Matasci       
Robin Merriman   
Audra Monk         
Maria Pane          
Andi Potler          
Michele Reynolds
Vicki Soni              
Pam Staples         
Jeri St. John         - YOU ARE HERE!
Jeannette Swain 
Janet Wakeland  

Sunday, September 1, 2013



This fantastic new product gives YOU the ability to create up to 66 different  envelope sizes.  It's portable, it's lightweight and it's VERY AFFORDABLE at only $19.95. Get yours ordered today to avoid having to wait! You can place your order on my website at OR you can email me with your order.  I've been playing with this for awhile now and have several samples to share.

It's so much fun to use Designer Series Paper and Card Stock to create as many different colors and sizes as the imagination can conceive. I haven't tried a lot of unusual sizes yet, but I'm sure I'll have a reason to create a card that fits an unusual size envelope very soon. Make an appointment to try this great product OR better yet - take advantage of our money-back guarantees to try it yourself!  You won't be disappointed.

The word of the day is FUN!  It's so fun to use this Envelope Punch Board! It literally takes a minute or two and you've got a handmade envelope to go with your handmade card.
This is a MUST for every crafter! Order it today - Item #133774 - ONLY $19.95
Stay tuned for announcements this week - Tuesdays are MDS downloads AND next weekend is our next Blog Hop!  You won't want to miss this fabulous FALL trip through a couple of new stamp sets from our holiday catalog!
Until next time - keep on crafting!
Happy Labor Day weekend - hope you're enjoying some time off work!


Thursday, August 29, 2013


LOVE BUTTERFLIES???  So do I - and look what Stampin' Up! is offering this month...


Butterfly Bundle Special Offer

Dates: August 29-September 30, 2013
Get 15 percent off when you buy this bundled butterfly stamp set and punch!
Bundle Item
Page in Catalog
Retail Price
15% Savings Price
Amount Saved!
Butterfly Bundle (Clear-Mount)
Papillion Potpourri Clear-Mount Stamp Set
Bitty Butterfly Punch
Butterfly Bundle (Wood-Mount) 
Papillion Potpourri Wood-Mount Stamp Set
Bitty Butterfly Punch

New Best of Autumn Stamp Set Available Now

As part of Stampin' Up!'s 25-year anniversary celebration, they are bringing back some of their favorite stamp images from the last quarter century and combining them into 12 sets, which will release-one set per month-during 2013.  Even better, along with some great classic images, each "Best of" set will also include a never-before-seen image!
Some things to remember:
·         All Best of stamp sets will include 3-5 images, including a never-before seen image, and will be priced at $14.95.
·         While Stampin' Up! is releasing just one Best of stamp set per month (with a new theme each month), all of the Best of sets will be available until March 31, 2014.
·         All Best of stamp sets are available in Clear-Mount only.
As a special incentive to collect the Best of stamps, Stampin' Up! is including a collector's card and 25-year proof of purchase sticker with every Best of set.  Collect six stickers, and send it in to redeem a FREE set of your choice valued up to $14.95!  Free sets must be redeemed no later than April 30, 2014.

 Don't forget that the "MY PAPER PUMPKIN" special ends this Saturday, August 31st.  You've still got a little bit more time to take advantage of this incredible sale... all you need to do is

Paper Pumpkin Promotion

Offer Dates: July 18, 2013 -August 31, 2013
Offer Details: Use the promotion code PUMPKINDEAL to join Paper Pumpkin before August 31, 2013, and pay only $10 a month* for the first two months.
*plus tax, where applicable. Shipping included! Just sign on to and use the name Jerri St. John as your demonstrator.  Don't forget to put in the promo code above!

Have a GREAT long weekend and keep watching for more specials from your personal Independent Demonstrator, Jerri St. John!

Saturday, August 17, 2013


Did you know...

That we currently are offering a new set of Photo Polymer Stamps called "Another Thank You" - Take a look and then give these exciting new stamps a try!

This stamp set is Item #133454 and is only $13.95....we all could use another set of "Thank You" stamps - give this one a try...clear mount blocks are needed to use them.

Did you know...

That you only have a few more days to take advantage of the My Paper Pumpkin 50% off deal? This fantastic monthly subscription is on special until August 31st.  You'll receive your first two months for ONLY $10 (INCLUDES SHIPPING.)  These wonderful little Red Boxes include everything you need to complete a 30-minute project except adhesive.  Use this link to join then enter PumpkinDeal in the promo code to receive your discount.

Did you know...

That we are now offering Single Stamps for the holidays? For a limited time only - you can purchase single stamps for your holiday gift tags, cards and other paper crafting projects -Click here for a look! Then visit my website, send me an email, or give me a call!

Did you know that there's always a virtual or long distance option for taking my classes?  ASK ME HOW!!!

Upcoming classes include:

Holiday Stamp-a-Stack... Sunday, August 25th from 2 - 4 p.m.  We'll be making 8 cards and a very special bonus project! In person fee is $20 and must be received by August 20th to reserve your spot. I have 3 spots remaining!  Long distance fee and virtual fee - $30 (includes shipping.)  I'll mail your projects via priority mail along with directions.  You can either complete them yourself OR we can virtually complete them together via Skype or Google Hangouts!   

It's a WRAP!!!  Bags, Boxes & Tags...Saturday, September 21st from 1 - 3 p.m. We'll be making an assortment of gift tags, gift bags and gift boxes for all of your holiday gift giving needs!  You'll have an opportunity to choose from holiday or all occasion projects. Fee is $25 and must be paid by September 10th to ensure delivery of adequate materials. This class is a MUST with the holidays looming - we've got some great ideas for your holiday gift giving needs! Long distance and virtual fee is $40 and includes your shipping via priority mail. 


Fall Stamp Club starts up on Tuesday, August 27th from 6-8:30 p.m. The monthly purchase commitment is $25 and I have only 2 openings remaining. This club is a great way to make new friends and learn new crafting techniques.  Every member has the opportunity to be the host and earn FREE Stampin' Up! products!  Come join us - for more details email me!

Have a great weekend and let me know how I can be of service...

Until Next Time....Happy Crafting!!!



Thursday, August 15, 2013


(Can't show it to you yet!!!)

This fantastic product is available beginning on September 1, 2013. You can pre-order today (ONLY $19.95) and I will throw in a sampler pack of  pre-cut 6" x 6" holiday Designer Series Paper FREE of charge.  The order will go in on September 1st and be back by the 10th. Look at some of these great features:

  • It creates totally customizable envelopes in up to 66 different sizes (not to mention a million different color and pattern options depending on the paper you want to use).
    Even tried and true envelope sizes will only take you moments to create!
  • It's super easy to use. It looks intimidating at first glance, but when you see that all you have to do is measure for the first punch and from there you just turn and score
  • It's small and lightweight; it's super portable and easy to store. It's small and light enough that you could use it while watching a soccer match, at a park, at a friend's for craft night-anywhere.
  • It even has a slick scoring tool as well as a punch that lets you create rounded corners on your envelopes.
  • It's easy to keep it all together; the stylus storage compartment and two punches are designed into the tool so you don't have a bunch of little pieces to keep track of (even the instructions are printed right on the tool so you won't lose them!).
  • The price is terrific-especially for a tool that does so much!
  • It will be in next year's annual catalog, so it's here to stay. 

So - get your order in to me TODAY and take advantage of this wonderful offer!