Monthly Archive: April 2014

FREE Stampin’ Up! Catalog


Monday night,  Stampin’ Up! Demonstrators had the privilege of attending the first ever Stampin’ Up! Catalog Premiere event in theaters across the United States and Canada.  I was one of the lucky ones who attended the event in Kansas City!  Can you pick me out in the photo below?


It was so much fun to see previews and demonstrations of several upcoming products.  And no one left the theater empty handed – we all received a brand spankin’ new stamp set along with the star of the evening – hot off the press – the 2014/2015 Annual Stampin’ Up! Catalog!

Here’s how I’ve spent several hours since:


How can you get your hands on a catalog?

Demonstrators can order catalogs on May 1st.  I will be shipping them out as soon as I receive them.  If  you’re a Plaid Poodle Preferred Customer you will automatically receive a FREE 2014/2015 Annual Catalog (shipping included) by June 2.  You are a Plaid Poodle Preferred Customerif  you’ve placed an order with me during the last 12 months.  No need to contact me unless you don’t receive your catalog by June 2nd.  If you are not a preferred customer of mine and would like a FREE Catalog I just ask that you pay the Priority Mail Shipping Fee.  Use the sign-up box below to request your FREE 2014/2015 Stampin’ Up! Catalog then click on the Buy Now button to pay for shipping .  Once your  shipping fee is received we’ll ship your catalog to you ASAP! (US orders only please.)


$5.60 2014/2015 Stampin’ Up! Catalog

Dress Up 4 You!

Today’s post features two cards using items from the Stampin’ Up! Retiring Lists.  I hate to see them go but know that room is being made in the catalog for some new spectacular things I won’t be able to live without!  I’m attending a special premiere of the brand new catalog tonight – one of the perks of being a Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator and I can’t wait!  The new catalog will go live on June 2nd.  In just a few days I will be ordering them and getting them ready to mail out.  Check out my blog post tomorrow to find out how you can reserve a copy for yourself!


We made this card in April’s Stampin’ Style Class.  The class featured girly girl cards just right for all the upcoming Spring occasions – birthdays, wedding showers and Mother’s Day to name a few.  If you live in the Kansas City area and are interested in attending a class check out the Events link on my Stampin’ Up! website HERE.


Stamps:  Remembering Your Birthday 131347 (W) 131350 (C)

Cardstock:  Whisper White 100730, Melon Mambo 115320,  Brights Designer Series Paper Stacks 130134

Accessories:  Dress Up Framelits (retiring) 130101, Hung Up Cute Clips (retiring) 129389, Big Shot Die-Cutting Machine 113439, Glue Dots 103683




I received this cute card at a recent SWAP and once again the creator’s name got separated from the card so I apologize to the gal who made this card.  If you’re reading this please let me know so that I can give proper credit because it is a beautiful card!


Stamps:  Tiny Tags (sorry, not longer available) 118592

Ink:  Sahara Sand 126976

Cardstock:  Sahara Sand 121043, Soft Sky 131203, Whisper White 100730

Accessories:  Lattice Bigz Die (retiring) 115958, Hearts Collection Framelits 125599, Linen Thread 104199, Big Shot Die-Cutting Machine 113439, Stampin’ Dimensionals 104430


To check out the updated Stampin’ Up! Retiring Items Lists Click on the Links Below:

Retiring Stamps List

Retiring Accessories List


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Oh, Happy Day!


I received this adorable card at a card swap recently and think it is so cute!  There was not a name attached to it so I apologize to the lovely lady who created it but kudos to you!  I love the color combination and especially like the new Hardwood stamp from the Occasions Catalog.  I liked it so much I included it in my order this week.  You bet I’m taking advantage of FREE SHIPPING!!!

I know I’ve been harping about FREE SHIPPING all week long but it is such a great deal that doesn’t come around often – or ever!  I just don’t want  you to miss out.

FREE SHIPPING goes away tonight, Friday, April 25th at 11:50 Mountain Time.

last day of free shipping


Stamps:  Hardwood 133032 (W) 133035 (C), Starburst Sayings 133182 (W) 133185 (C)

Ink:  Basic Gray 126981,

Cardstock:  Whisper White 100730, Basic Gray 121044, Island Indigo122923

Accessories:  Starburst Framelits Dies 132967, 3/4″ Island Indigo Chevron Ribbon 131151, VersaMark 102283, White Stampin’ Emboss Powder 109132

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New Weekly Deals, FREE Shipping, Retiring Products and Paper Pumpkin News!


Enjoy FREE shipping on any orders placed between Monday, April 21 through Friday, April 25 (deadline is 11:50 PM Mountain Time on April 25th.  Stock up because there is no minimum order.  FREE shipping is timed perfectly to coincide with the release of the Stampin’ Up! Retiring Lists.  Retiring products (both stamps and accessories) are only available while supplies last.  Order your favorites before 11:50 PM Mountain Friday to take advantage of the FREE shipping!

Retiring Stampin’ Up! Product Lists


  • Retiring Stamps (available April 21 through June 2, or while supplies last.)


  • Retiring Accessories (available April 21 through June 2, or while supplies last.)


Weekly Deals April 22

Woot, woot!  I honestly thought with the FREE shipping this week we might not see any Weekly Deals but Stampin’ Up! never disappoints!  Shop for this week’s Weekly Deals HERE!  And remember – FREE Shipping!

My Paper Pumpkin just gets better and better!  This month’s kit is delightful!  Check out this video to see all the goodies.   Starting today, April 23, you can order pre-paid subscriptions to My Paper Pumpkin in the length of your choice (1, 3, 6 or 12 months).  When you order you will be given a redemption code to redeem on


Don’t forget to check out the New Arrivals and the Clearance Rack as well.  Everything is eligible for FREE Shipping – no minimums.  Order as much or as often as you would like between April 21 and April 25 because, you know, FREE Shipping!!!!

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All Occasion Card Video Tutorial

Today’s video tutorial features items from the Retiring Products Lists.  The products are available while supplies last only.  If there is something you’ve had on your wish list, now is a perfect time to go for it because Stampin’ Up! is offering FREE shipping through Friday, April 25th.  CLICK HERE FOR ALL THE DETAILS!


The Secret Garden Stamp set with coordinating Framelits are so versatile!  A few blog posts ago I used the stamps and Framelits to create an Easter card.  See it here.  I liked it so much that I used the same layout but changed up the sentiment for these three cards.  A breeze to create and now I have several on hand for any occasion that may arise!


Here is a video showing how easy this kind of card is to create.  Enjoy and let me know what you think!




Card Base:  Whisper White  8-1/2 x 5 1/2 scored at 4-1/4

Layers:  Designer Series Paper Stack 1 x 4-14, Rich Razzleberry 3 x 4, Whisper White 2-3/4 x 3-3/4

Sentiment:  Scraps of Whisper White and Rich Razzleberry


Stamps:  Secret Garden 131940 (W) 129144 (C), Delightful Dozen 128547 (W) 122652 (C), Too Kind 130447 (W) 130450 (C), Hey There Friend Sentiment from My Paper Pumpkin kit – Subscribe HERE.

Ink:  Rich Razzleberry 126950, Daffodil Delight 126944, Old Olive 126953

Accessories:  Secret Garden Framelits 129372, Basic Jewel Rhinestones 119246, Extra Large Oval Punch 119859, Stampin’ Dimensionals 104430



Retiring Products List AND Free Shipping!

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OM-Gee Stampin’ Up! keeps the good news coming!  Last week’s announcement about Project Life had me doing somersaults and now an entire week to save on shipping!  Even better, the FREE shipping  coincides with the release of the Retiring Products List!  A perfect opportunity to order your favorites right away!

Don’t hesitate . . .  All items on the Retired Lists are while supplies last and FREE shipping ends Friday, April 25th!

ps  I didn’t literally do somersaults but in my heart I did – that counts doesn’t it?


Click here to download the Retiring Stamps List.

Click here to download the Retiring Accessories List.

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Happy Easter Everyone!

Easter is my favorite holiday and I wanted to stop by and wish you all a very blessed Easter!  I will be spending the morning in church celebrating the reason for my faith and hope – Jesus!  Then it’s off to brunch with family.  And, oh boy has the Easter Bunny been busy filling baskets with all sorts of goodies and treats!  That little rabbit even had time to create this cute gift set to present to someone special at brunch today.  Don’t you love how that floppy eared fellow coordinated everything!?



Blossom Petals Gift Bag


This gift bag is inspired by one my awesome up-line Angie created.  I changed it up a bit and used the Blossom Petals XL Punch to create the flower.  The punch is on sale for 60% off while supplies last. It can be found in The Clearance Rack HERE.

Sign up for my mailing list to receive the PDF project instruction sheet for this gift bag.

126982 Pool Party

130134 Brights Designer Series Paper Stacks
100730 Whisper White

121006 3/8” Glimmer Brads Brights
121808 Blossom Petals XL Punch (Clearance Rack)
103683 Glue Dots
129399 Tea Lace Doilies
104294 Sticky Strip
122334 Simply Scored Scoring Tool
104430 Dimensionals
102300 Bone Folder
119882 Scallop Edge Border Punch


Weekly Deals Good Thru April 21!

Weekly Deals

Venetian Romance DSP Venetian Romance Designer Series Paper Item # 130144
Regular Price: $10.95
Discounted Price: $8.21



Needlepoint Border Textured Impressions

Needlepoint Border Textured Impressions Embossing Folders Item # 129383
Regular Price: $7.95 US
Discounted Price: $5.96 US



Adorning Accents Edgelits
Adorning Accents Edgelits Die Item # 125595
Regular Price: $9.95
Discounted Price: $7.46



Night of Navy Night Of Navy 1/4″ Stitched Grosgrain Ribbon Item # 126874
Regular Price: $4.95
Discounted Price: $3.71



Natural Chevron Ribbon Natural 5/8″ Cheron Ribbon Item # 132982
Regular Price: $6.95
Discounted Price: $5.21



Anywhere Glue Sticks
Anywhere Glue Sticks Item # 104045
Regular Price: $3.95
Discounted Price: $2.96



Outer Space Stampin Around Jumbo Wheel

Outer Space Stampin’ Around Jumbo Wheel Item # 126938
Regular Price: $8.50
Discounted Price: $6.38




Floral District Photobook Template


Floral District Photobook Template – Digital Download Item # 127211
Regular Price: $17.95
Discounted Price: $10.77





Secret Garden Easter Card

Do you look forward to getting the mail?  Doesn’t it make your day to receive a greeting via snail mail?  In the age of email and instant messaging it doesn’t happen very often but when it does happen it puts a smile on my face and I cannot wait to rip that baby open!

Easter is almost here but I wanted to get a card out to someone to let them know I’m thinking about them.  This card was a snap to make and could be used for a lot of different occasions by just changing up the sentiment.


Supplies Used:

Stamp Set:  Secret Garden 128547 (W) 129144 (C), Delightful Dozen 128547 (W) 122652 (C)

Paper:  Melon Mambo 115320, Whisper White 100730,  Brights Designer Series Paper Pack 130134

Ink:  Melon Mambo 126948, Pistachio Pudding 131177

Accessories:  Jewels Basic Rhinestone 119246, Secret Garden Framelits 129372, Blushing Bride 3/4-inch Chevron Ribbon 130013, Dazzling Diamonds 102023

Project Life is Coming To Stampin’ Up!

Shut the front door!  Stampin’ Up! just revealed a HUGE secret they’ve been keeping and I couldn’t be more thrilled to share the news!

I am so so so excited to let you know that Stampin’ Up! has partnered with the amazing Becky Higgins to bring you the real deal—authentic Project Life products, now in exclusive Stampin’ Up! colors and designs. If you’ve somehow missed the Project Life craze and are wondering what it’s all about, it’s a super simple, totally affordable way to get your photos into albums: you just slip your photos into Photo Pocket Pages and add designed cards. It’s a back-to-basics approach to documenting your life. In a nutshell, it’s all about spending more time making memories and less time scrapbooking them.

You’ll be able to order a selection of Project Life products starting May 1! And with the launch of our new annual catalog on June 2, you’ll be able to buy from our complete line of Project Life products.

Can’t wait that long? Stampin’ Up! demonstrators will be able to order the limited selection starting April 21. So if you’ve been thinking about becoming a demonstrator sign up now and you can order the products early too!  Click HERE to join my team.

Here are the items you’ll be able to purchase on May 1:

Project Life PhotosProject Life Product List

Stampin’ Up! Easter Basket Video Tutorial


We made these cute little Easter baskets in my March Seasonal Style Class and I wanted to share with everyone how easy and simple they are to create!

The cutting dimensions for the card stock are:

Crisp Cantaloupe:  10-1/4″ x 3-1/4″ and 9″ x 5/8″, Pistachio Pudding:  3-3/8″ x 2″ and 3″ x 1/2″, Watercolor Wonder Designer Series Paper:  3-1/8″ x 1-3/4″ and 9″ x 1/2″, Whisper White:  2-1/8″ x 3/4″

The scoring dimensions for the basket are:

Score the 10-1/4″ x 3-1/4″ piece of Crisp Cantaloup cardstock in portrait mode (long side) at 1-inch.  Turn the paper one quarter turn (now in landscape mode) and score at 1-inch, 4-5/8 inch, 5-5/8 inch and 9-1/4 inch.

Please watch the video below and let me know if you have any questions!




Products Used:

Stamp Set:  Delightful Dozen 128547 (W) 122652 (C)

Ink:  Crisp Cantaloupe 131176

Paper:  Crisp Cantaloupe 131298, Pistachio Pudding 131294, Watercolor Wonder Designer Series Paper 132994, Whisper White 100730


The Best Laid Plans

In Friday’s post I promised to have a video today for making the featured Easter basket (see it here).   I started working this morning and it became apparent that my internet was not.  Doing everything I know of to make sure the problem is not on my end consists of rebooting my computer and pressing the tiny “reset” button on the router with a paper clip.  When both those things failed I called our internet service provider.  An hour on hold listening to a recorded message telling me about the high call volume and suggesting I log onto the internet to report that I don’t have internet, it was verified that there was an outage in our area.

Not being able to proceed as planned I did what anyone would do and called a girlfriend to meet for lunch and she invited me over!  After a delicious salad and a couple hours solving the world’s problems with her I left to drop some stuff off at Goodwill.  On the way to Goodwill I pass Kirkland’s and well, you know, they get a fresh shipment in every Monday.  It snowballed from there and stops were also made at Hobby Lobby and Pier One.

Long story short, I didn’t find anything I was ready to make a financial commitment over so I came home empty handed.  Probably a good thing because a lot of that stuff I dropped at Goodwill started out at Kirkland’s, Hobby Lobby or Pier One!

I will try to post the Easter basket video tomorrow.  No promises though because, you know, the internet.   In the meantime enjoy a photo of my salad making friend Carol’s basket.  She surrounded it with some of her Easter bunnies.  Isn’t it sweet?



A Tisket a Tasket a Little Easter Basket!

One of the things I enjoy most about Easter is putting the baskets together!  My children are grown and out of the house but the Easter Bunny still delivers a basket of goodies.  If we’re all together for the holiday we have epic egg hunts.  Now that there’s a grandson in the mix Easter Sunday has gotten even more legendary!

We made this cute little Easter basket in the March Seasonal Style Class.  If I wasn’t trying to keep off the sugar there would be some jelly beans with mini Lindt bunnies in that basket!  I think they would be adorable at each place setting at Easter dinner.  What do you think – cute, huh?


Look for a video to make this basket on the blog Monday!


Stamp Set:  Delightful Dozen 128547 (W) 122652 (C)

Ink:  Crisp Cantaloupe 131176

Paper:  Crisp Cantaloupe 131298, Pistachio Pudding 131294, Watercolor Wonder DSP 132994