“Pin-spired” and a Cute New Stamp Set

New Catalog Update! 

I have officially mailed out the NEW 2014-2015 Stampin UP catalogs to all who have requested one here on the blog or otherwise.

  I mailed them all out on Monday, so if you have not received yours by today, please email me!  Over the years I’ve learned about 5% never make it.

Those of you I’m seeing this week, you will get yours in person.


In the wee hours, if I find the Ipad on my nightstand, I might visit Pinterest.  If I’m feeling unorganized, there’s a million ways to solve any problem.  If I’m feeling plump that day,  I may look for healthy recipes.  If I’m feeling lonely, I look at boston terrier puppies….Pinterest is the fix for just about mood 🙂

Sometimes I look through the stamping and papercrafting, save a few for inspiration.


Sadly, this one had no name or watermark on it, as it often happens on Pinterest.   I loved the color combo of Chocolate Chip, Cherry Cobbler and So Saffron.  We don’t have the eyelets or that stamp anymore, but I made my own version of it.

Here’s my “PIN-spired” version:


I used the stamp set in the Occasions catalog called So Very Grateful, which will not be carrying over into the new catty so if you want it, get it before June 1st.

so very grateful

16.95 Clear Mount, # 133053

  Pansy Punch for the flower, Bird Builder punch for the leaves.  We have a super cool new DSP coming out in the new catty called Typeset – thin newsprinty paper that will be SO useful for lots of projects.

Thank you for the inspiration, wherever you are!


We have a new Photopolymer Stamp Set, Limited Availability which means while supplies last:

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Super cute, I bought one.  Cake measures 1″ wide x 1-3/4″ tall to give you an idea of size or you can print the flyer HERE for true size.

27 stamps, 13.95 Photopolymer


Here are this week’s weekly deals from Stampin’ UP:

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To see them full size, go HERE.

Go Stamp Something!


2 New Photopolymer Sets & Weekly Deals

Stampin’ Up introduced 2 new photo-polymer stamp sets today. (those are the see-through clear stamps that come on a sheet with no case)  They are both on trend with their hand drawn, doodled style.  To see the flyer to print their true size (both on one sheet), click HERE

pp cute pieSweetie Pie, Set of 12 for 13.95  # 136849

(I do hope they come out with the rest of their bodies soon:)

PP framesSweetie Pie Frames Set of 14 for $13.95   # 137121

and on to this Week’s Weekly Deals! Some good ones this week, too…

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To see them individually, go HERE .  Once there, click on each item for description and item number.   Of course here are m 2 cents on this week’s deals.  The circles dies are a good deal but you get more circles with our Circles Collection Framelits instead.  If you are wanting to cut fabric or metals or thicker craft materials, then these dies are the way to go.

The Dress form Pop -n Cuts will need the base to pop into. See page 188, for 39.95.  You will also need extended cutting plates for your Big Shot to cut it all.

Love the 2 embossing folders and the Set of 2 mini folders on sale this week.  The mini set of 2  measure 4-1/2″ x 2-7/8″ each and the oval coordinates with the Extra-Large oval punch we still sell.

The Peek-a-boo die is a great deal, too.  I still use mine and it can’t go out of style. It creates windows and doors, perfect for Advent calendars, etc.  Uses standard cutting plates.

Off to work on this week’s Stamping School videos.  I have NO idea what to create this week and being on vacation has gotten me off my stamping mojo.  Send me some artsy vibes!


Countless Sayings

Here’s another Photopolymer stamp set for us from Stampin’ Up!   I sure do love these type of stamps for their stickiness and no inked edges on my projects.  There are 2 under the same name, Countless Sayings #1 and Countless Sayings #2 so be careful when ordering to get the one(s) you want.

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To print the flyer which will give you actual sizes, click HERE

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This is the 2nd set, my favorite of the two:

photopolymer Countless sayings

By the way, if you need a Stampin’ Up gift certificate, I’ll mail you one in a cute gift card holder!

Also on the Stamping School side, we have our printable gift certificates with a bar code so your recipient can redeem their membership whenever they like!  Did you know we just hit 800 videos archived in Stamping School?  All Stampin’ Up with recipes and measurements for every project.

Go Stamp Something!


Video: MyTest Run With NEW Photopolymer Stamps

Hi stamping friends!
Some of you may have heard about the new  photopolymer stamps that Stampin’ Up announced last week.  I was waiting until I tried them before promoting them, even though I was pretty sure SU wouldn’t release a product that wasn’t great quality.  These new type of stamp set offerings will be a trial basis just to see how our audience likes them.  I did a little research on Photopolymer stamps compared to silicone/clear stamps.  Silicone is a much cheaper product to make and the ink tends to repel more.  The Photopolymer uses an expensive resin and produces a higher resolution image.  The photopolymer is designed for a better ink transfer to your paper.


This is the first trial set, called “DESIGNER TYPESET”  Item # 132956.  It has 57 pieces for $13.95.    It has a little alphabet set, numbers, banners, arrows and a nice quote bubble.  SU said they are coming out with a few other designs, so I’m looking forward to seeing some other cute or artsy designs.  This one might be handy with the tiny alphabet letters for words on cards and scrapbooks.

They arrive in a clear envelope that has the hanging hole tag, which is nice for me since I’d like to hang them for easy access.  The package is  4″x6″ and the stamps are sandwiched between 2 sheets of heavier acetate or window sheet material.  (those are my rulers in the picture above, just showing the size)

Some things I noticed right away (My unsolicited review so far)

1. A bit Smelly, like spray paint.  Have to see if that goes away in time out of package.

2.  They stamp nicely!  Good, clear lines, deeply etched stamp.   See my pic below with all the ink in the middle of the quote on the stamp?  No matter how hard I pushed on the stamp to paper, it never inked the middle.  whoa…that’s really awesome.

3.  They were super sticky, no moving around on the block and no stickers, so that’s a plus.

4.  They did clean up well but left a stain on the stamp.   I inked it again in yellow ink and it was perfectly yellow with no brown ink transfer.

5.  Stampin’ Up says they are “age tested” and won’t yellow or cloud up over time

6.  They also said they use “FDA, Food Safe Material”  Hmmmm…..?  Interesting.

7.  They are cut close to the image – no stamped edge marks so far!


Here is my quick, out of the box video, looking at them for the first time.  I’m sure I’ll be experimenting more with them and see how they hold up long term vs rubber.   Stamping School members, I’ll try to get a video up next week with a project for these!

If you decide to give them a try, let me know what you think!   Linda