Craftin' Caro: January 2012

Tuesday, January 31, 2012


Add some Hugs & Kisses!

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Make Hugs & Kisses a part of your loving home with the three-piece Hugs & Kisses Décor Elements from Stampin’ Up!

To give you an idea of the sizing of these pieces, the The Circle of Love is 4-1/2" diameter.

I can see myself stalking the dollar store for inexpensive pieces that could be dolled up using these...plates, mugs, picture many ideas!

Please note that the set is available in both Real Red and White.

If you'd like to see more in our Vinyl Art collection, please visit my Online Store HERE!

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Monday, January 30, 2012


Last Chance at January FREE tutorial!

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There's still a little bit of time for you to get the fabulous January tutorial sent to your inbox!

How do you get your mitts on this 32 page document with colour photos and complete instructions? It's super easy.

Just place an order OF ANY SIZE through my Online Store and then I'll forward you the documents needed to learn how to recreate these beautiful projects.



MDS Mondays: Beau Chateau line

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Today's offerings will give you beautiful vintage looks in easy-to-use digital formats!

First up, Beau Chateau Embellishments. Use these elegant tags, notes, and accents for a quick way to add digital texture, dimension, or journaling to any project.

The 41-pieces digital set coordinates with the traditional Beau Château Side Notes, with additional digital pieces for more colour options.

Coordinating colours include Basic Black, Marina Mist, Soft Suede, and Very Vanilla.

Next I bring you the Beau Chateau Designer Series Paper download.

Give an elegant, antique look with these 12 Designer Series Paper patterns from the Beau Chateau line.

Coordinating colours include Marina Mist, Pink Pirouette, Soft Suede, and Very Vanilla.

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Sunday, January 29, 2012


SAB product of the day: Everyday Enchantment paper

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Today's SAB offering is the Everyday Enchantment Designer Series Paper pack!

Receive 12 sheets: 2 each of 6 double-sided designs. 12" x 12". Acid and lignin free. Coordinating colours are: Lucky Limeade, Pool Party, Peach Parfait, Calypso Coral, Poppy Parade, Very Vanilla, and Soft Suede.

You can receive this paper pack for FREE with any $60 product order placed at my Online store (click here for all the details about Sale-A-Bration)



"Just for You" Tea Cup friend card

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Whatever your tea preference, this delightful, vintage-inspired ten-piece set has a cup just for you.

I think it's the perfect set to use as a special valentine for that extra-special friend you treasure...


Saturday, January 28, 2012


VIDEO: Dresden Designs with a new die!

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Our Designer Fabrics and the new Dresden Designs Bigz L Die are a perfect match!

You can easily create Dresden flower designs for quilts, throw pillows, or other home décor projects with it. But it’s for more than quilting — use it in papercrafting to frame photos on pages and more!

It features two petal sizes—use together for endless possibilities and is ideal for cutting multiple layers of fabric or card stock at once (use with Extended Cutting Pads.) Large petal is approximately 3-1/4" x 7-5/8"; small petal is approximately 2-3/4" x 6-1/8".

Be sure to check out this wonderful video with the always amazing Holly Linford to see some great ideas on how to use it!

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Friday, January 27, 2012


SAB product of the day: Fresh Vintage set!

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Here is one of this years exclusive Sale-A-Bration offerings:the Fresh Vintage Stamp Set!

This set of 5 cordinates beautifully with the Postage Stamp Punch and is available in both wood mount and clear.

You can receive this stamp set for FREE with any $60 product order placed at my Online store (click here for all the details about Sale-A-Bration)



Always 3-D gift for Valentine's...or anytime!

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We're continuing on with our "Countdown to Valentine" series with another great giftable idea - and this one is easy, to boot.

Use the Always Elegant Stamp Set and our beautiful Designer Fabric to create elegant 3-D projects like this.

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Thursday, January 26, 2012


VIDEO: Designer Rosette die

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Earlier today, I posted the Love Scrapbook page that used the large Designer Rosette die as part of the background.

With this new die, you will be able to create the paper rosettes you love in no time, since it and your Big Shot do the cutting and scoring for you.

It features two designer edges for different rosette styles and cuts rosettes up to 10" diameter (spacing between each fold is 1/2").

Here is Emily Montoya from the Stampin' Up! Home Office showing you EXACTLY how to use your Big Shot machine to make them!


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Start Designing With My Digital Studio . . . FREE!

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Using the "My Digital Studio Express" software has never been easier!

As was announced at our Leadership conference last week, Stampin' Up! will begin offering a 30-day My Digital Studio Express trial version starting February 1, that you can take advantage of.

With the FREE trial, you'll get:

It's simple; just add the free My Digital Studio Express trial (item 129600) to your online shopping cart from my SU store, and then download and install it.

Watch for more information to be posted on February 1 but if you are curious about MDS in the meantime, here's a video for you!

Find more videos like this on My Digital Studio

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Love Scrapbook page

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Want to wish a certain special couple love and laughter forever-after? "Love and Laughter" is an eight-piece set with everything you need to create elegant engagement and wedding cards, gift tags, and scrapbook pages.

You could also use it to design a special memory book for the bride and groom--so they can remember their special day forever!

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Wednesday, January 25, 2012


VIDEO: A Stamp room makeover, SU style!

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Tamzin Cochrane was the winner of the stamp space makeover at Stampin' Up!'s Convention last year, and what a makeover it turned out to be!

Hold onto your hat while you watch this whirlwind of creativity (AKA the Gardners) transform Tamzin's stamp space into a place of inspiration...



"S" bookmark gift

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One thing you have to hand it to Stampin' Up! is that their products are ridiculously versatile.

For instance, the Simply Adorned line is not JUST for jewelry-making.

You can bring instant sophistication to the look and feel of your projects by adding a charm, like in this beautiful bookmark.

The locket-style charm with hinge lets you insert custom artwork or photos for a look that's all your own.

I'm thinking that my very own "S" would love something like this, being the bookworm that she is!

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Tuesday, January 24, 2012


Sale-A-Bration - our biggest sale of the year!

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There are 3 ways you can take advantage of Stampin' Up!'s biggest sale of the year, running from January 24-March 30, 2012.


Click HERE to see the entire SAB mini catalogue to learn what FREE products you can earn with every $60 in product you order through me (excluding taxes and shipping).

This year's offerings include exclusive stamp sets and accessories, digital content CD's, Designer Fabric, buttons and even Embossing Folders! Now, more than ever, there's really something for everyone.

So go ONLINE to my Stampin' Up! store and order whatever your little heart desires. Yes, you CAN order from the Clearance Rack and Occasions Mini catalogue as well as the regular catty...

Just add your SAB rewards at check-out and you'll be a happy stamper when the Man in Brown delivers your goodies straight to your door :)


When you host a workshop during Sale-A-Bration, you'll get our regular hostess benefits PLUS our special Sale-A-Bration hostess benefits and and exclusive tote!

View the special chart to see all you can earn when you host a qualifying workshop during this time period.


Choose from our 2 different Starter Kits and join during Sale-A-Bration for just $150!

You'll receive product and business supplies valued at over $425 PLUS you'll also get a free pack of Designer Series Paper (excludes Specialty Designer Series Paper) or a digital download every month for the rest of the year!

Simply place a demonstrator order each month and you'll be able to choose a qualifying paper or digital download...for free.




Valentine card for a friend

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For this sample, you'll notice a unique look to the card’s heart by highlighting individual letters in different colours of ink and paper-pieced them together — so colourful!

Now, you'll also see that the 1/8" skinny Red tafetta ribbon was stapled on the card. I have found in the past few years that staples have a polarizing effect on stampers: you either love the look or you hate it.

One thing you CAN do with staples is colour them -- yup, grab that funky neat Sharpie marker in the uber-cool colour you love and colour the top of the staples themselves. Pretty neat effect!


Monday, January 23, 2012


MDS Mondays: Sweetest Ever Valentine

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Bear with me if it's all about loooooveeeee these days, folks.

'Tis the season and all that jazz, plus it's my job to keep you, Faithful Stampers, in the know and ready to stay on top of your seasonal projects, yes? Of course YES!

And so, todays entry is the Sweetest Ever Valentine's Designer Template Digital Download, something designed specifically for creating fast and easy gift treats.

The download includes:
* 2-page 8-1/2" x 11" décor designer template
* 18-piece stamp brush set
* 8 embellishments

-Lollipops: Guess Whoo Loves you
-Mini chocolates: happy {heart} day
-Cello bag topper: Happy Sweet Valentine's Day
-Candybar wrapper: Affection Facts

Many of the images are included as stamp brushes, allowing for customization of colours or for your use on coordinating cards or other projects.

Coordinating colours: Cherry Cobbler, Close to Cocoa, Regal Rose, Whisper White

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Sunday, January 22, 2012


"Love You" card

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Treat someone you love to a handcrafted valentine made using this romance-inspired fifteen-piece stamp set, P.S. I Love You.

I especially love the decadent, chocolate-dipped strawberry -- looks almost as scrumptious as the real thing! This set coordinates with the Full Heart, Modern Label, 1" Circle, and 1-3/8" Circle Punches.

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Saturday, January 21, 2012


"Old Friends" Teacup gift

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Create timeless treasures and gifts for a special friend using a beautiful antique cup and saucer, delivered in a beautiful container.

Our Timeless Treasures stamp set and products from our Beau Château Suite combine to create an unforgettable gift.

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Friday, January 20, 2012


Stitched hearts card

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In this sample card, stitched tiny punched hearts are mounted to the front of this project for a look that's completely new and different.

You'll find that if you are handy with a sewing machine, stitching is a fast and easy way to take any project to a whole new level!


Thursday, January 19, 2012


"To Gnome You is to Love You"

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Celebrate the fun and fantastic world of gnomes! These diminutive woodland folk will light up your cards, scrapbook pages, and projects with their special charm. This magical twelve-piece set lets you mix and match to create your own tiny tableaux.

Perfect for party invitations, tags, gardening themes, and even Christmas projects! It coordinates with the Gnomenclature Stamp Set.

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