Thursday, January 31, 2013

Stampin' Up Petite Pocket Die Bath Salts Pouch

Here's a cute Bath Salts Pouch a designer at Stampin' Up created. It uses some great NEW Sale-a-bration products!  I've included the step-by-step tutorial for it. Thanks for stopping by!

Loving Thoughts Stamp Set and Madison Avenue Stamp Set
Island Indigo, Shimmery White, and Summer Starfruit Cardstock
Sycamore Street Designer Series Paper
Island Indigo and Rick Razzleberry Classic Stampin' Pads
Accessories and Tools:
Clear Stampin' Emboss Powder, Summer Starfruit 3/8" Stitched Satin Ribbon, Linen Thread, In Color Dahlias, Stampin' Dimensionals, Extra-Large Oval Punch, 1-1/4" Circle Punch, 1-3/8" Circle Punch, 1-3/4" Scallop Circle Punch, Itty Bitty Shapes Punch Pack, Big Shot, Petite Pocket Bigz XL Die, Vine Street Textured Impressions Embossing Folder, Simply Scored, & Bath salts

  1. Using the Big Shot and the Petite Pocket Bigz Die, cut two pockets from the Island Indigo Cardstock. Cut off the bottom flaps.  NOTE: I'm not sure about cutting the bottom flaps of both pieces; I think you'll need to fiddle with this part.  I'll call SU later to see if I can find out exactly what was done.
  2. Using the Big Shot and the Vine Street Textured Impressions Embossing Folder, emboss the Island Indigo Cardstock. Punch an oval shape in the Island Indigo Cardstock using the Extra-Large Oval Punch. Assemble the pocket.
  3. Punch a scallop circle in the pocket "handles" using the scallop circle shape in the Itty Bitty Shapes Punch Pack. Insert the bath salts package.
  4. Thread the Summer Starfruit 3/8" Stitched Satin Ribbon through the hole and tie to secure the handles.
  5. Punch two scallop circles from the Summer Starfruit Cardstock using the 1-3/4" Scallop Circle Punch. Set them aside.
  6. Score Designer Series Paper strip every 1/4" using the Simply Scored Scoring Tool. Adhere the ends of the cardstock together.
  7. Holding the cardstock with two hands, twist one edge of the strip into the center to create a flower shape.
  8. Adhere a Summer Starfruit scallop circle to one side of the accordion flower using a Glue Dot.
  9. Stamp the sentiment in Island Indigo Ink on Shimmery White Cardstock. Cover the image with Clear Stampin' Emboss Powder and heat set. Cut the stamped cardstock into a banner shape, fold it in half, and adhere it to the back of the Summer Starfruit scallop circle. Adhere the Summer Starfruit scallop circle to the accordion flower.
  10. Punch a circle from Island Indigo Cardstock using the 1-3/8" Circle Punch. Set aside.
  11. Stamp the wreath image in Rich Razzleberry ink on Shimmery White Cardstock. Cover the image with Clear Stampin' Emboss Powder and heat set. Punch out the wreath image using the 1-1/4" Circle Punch. Adhere the wreath to the Island Indigo circle.
  12. Stamp the four-petal flowers image in Island Indigo ink on Shimmery White Cardstock. Cover the image with Clear Stampin' Emboss Powder and heat set. Cut out one flower using Paper Snips and adhere it to the center of the wreath image.
  13. Adhere the In Color Dahlia to the four-petal flowers image. Adhere the Island Indigo circle accent to the Summer Starfruit scallop circle using a Stampin' Dimensional.
  14. Punch a hole on the edge of the accordion flower using the 1/16" Circle Punch, thread Linen Thread through the hole, and tie it to the Summer Starfruit 3/8" Stitched Satin Ribbon.

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Stampin' Up Borders Scoring Plate and Art Glass Articles

I'm sorry I haven't had time to make cards lately, but the job I started about one month ago has just kept me so busy.  The company is going through a restructuring and I'll actually be losing my job in  a couple of weeks.  I was lucky and found a temp job through April, so I'll just keep looking for a permanent job.  Honestly, I'm still so numb from my husband passing away, I'm just going with the flow and praying the right job will come around for me.  So, cheers to all of us getting through hard times!

Here are a couple of pages from our Demonstrator magazine called Stampin' Success that we can share with customers.  The first page gives some examples using the new Borders Scoring Plate and the other shows you how to color glass vases.  Thanks for stopping by!

Friday, January 25, 2013

Reposted: Valentine's Day Treat Holder with Video Tutorial

I originally posted this project and video on 1/25/12, but I've had many people ask me about it, so I thought I'd post it again. The stamp set and Poppy Parade cardstock I used are retired, but everything else is available.

I made this quick and cute treat holder with a 6" circle cut from Poppy Parade cardstock.  To give the box some design, I ran it through the Big Shot using the Lots of Love Texture Plate (retired) with VersaMark ink.  But now we have the great Embossing Folders that would be even better.  The box measures 3" across, 1/2" wide, and 3 1/2" tall. 

You can watch the video below to see how I made it.  Email subscribers will need to click over to my blog to view the video; just click on the email post title and it will get you directly to my blog post!

Supplies Used:
Stamp Set: PS, I Love You
Cardstock: Poppy Parade (video also uses Melon Mambo) and Whisper White
Ink: Poppy Parade and VersaMark
Accessories: Circle Scissors, Big Shot machine, Lots of Love Texture Plate, Scalloped Heart Embosslit, Fashionable Hearts Embosslit, 2-way glue, Dazzling Diamonds, Mini Brads, Dimensionals, Sticky strip, Mini glue dots, SNAIL, Large Heart Punch, Word Window Punch, and Scallop Ribbon Border punch.

Thanks for watching and have a great weekend!

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Stampin' Up Video: NEW Core'dinations Card Stock

Here's a Stampin' Up video presented by Shannon West showing the NEW Core'dinations cardstock offered in the 2013 Spring Mini Catalog. She shows how to use it and she shows some great samples too! Email subscribers, you'll need to click over to my blog to watch the video. Enjoy!

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Stampin' Up 2013 Sale-a-Bration Sale starts today!

Click HERE to download Sale-a-Bration Brochure - be sure to scroll to page 2 to see the FREEBIES you can get!  The catalog has a different shape this year.
Click HERE to download a list of supplies used for items in the Brochure.
Love to shop? How about shopping and getting rewarded? Welcome to Sale-A-Bration!

You can choose any one product from the Sale-A-Bration brochure for every $50 (before shipping and tax) you spend. This year's offering includes exclusive stamp sets and accessories, as well as a selection of catalog stamp sets, digital content CDs, ribbon, buttons, and even an embossing folder! There really is something for everyone! 
And below is a detailed flyer showing all the great My Digital Studio FREE offerings available in the SAB Catalog.  Click on image to view it enlarged.

Friday, January 18, 2013

Stampin' Up Tutorial for Dying NEW Creped Paper, Vintage Flower Trim, and Canvas Sheets

The following pages talking about how to dye different NEW products in the current Spring Mini Catalog came straight out of our Demonstrator bimonthly publication called Stampin' Success. This magazine is a great resource for all Demonstrators, so it's just one more reason to sign up! If you're interested in becoming a Demonstrator, feel free to contact me or click HERE to sign up when you're ready.

In the 2013 Spring Catalog, you can dye the new Flower Trim on page 5, the new Creped Filter Paper on page 6, or the new White Canvas on page 21.   Don't forget that you can click on the images below to see them bigger.

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

January's NEW "Best Of Birthdays" Stamp Set, NEW Single Stamps, and NEW Masculine Stamp Kit!

Best of 25 Years Stamps:

As part of Stampin' Up's 25-year anniversary celebration, they're 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!

Offer Details:
  • 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.
  • A new flyer will be released every month for each new Best of set.
  • All Best of stamp sets are available in Clear-Mount only.
As a special incentive to collect the Best of stamps, starting in February Stampin' Up's 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.

Here's a flyer showing the January Best of Birthdays stamp set:
Also, Ten Never-Before-Seen SINGLE STAMP Images!

Stampin' Up has had a great response so far to its experiment with single stamps, so they are making ten more never-before-seen images available as single stamps available through March 31, 2013.

  • These stamps are available on any order type-customer, workshop, or online.
  • You can find the stamp item numbers on the flyers.
  • These won't be sent in typical Stampin' Up cases or packaging; they'll be packaged in cello bags. If you'd like a case for your stamp, you can buy our Clear-Mount Stamp Cases that come in packs of four (item 119105).
  • This offer is available for clear-mount stamps only.
  • The stamps won't come with a Clear-Mount Block, and you'll need to buy a block separately if you don't already have one. The recommended block sizes can be found on the flyer.
  • There's no limit on how many pieces you can buy.
  • These stamps are only available through March 31, 2013, so get them while you can!
Here are the 2 new flyers:
Finally, Stampin' Up's NEW Masculine Product Kit:

Guys don't always have the easiest time expressing themselves, but with the Dude, You're Welcome! kit, they'll get:
  • Four wood-mount stamps (double-mounted) with the perfect sentiment for every occasion
  • Twelve 4" x 6" postcards in four different (manly) colors
  • Twelve gray envelopes
  • A Basic Gray Classic Stampin' Pad
  • An instructional guide (for the most novice stamper!)
Basically, the kit includes everything a guy needs to create the perfect manly card that any woman would adore, all packaged in an appropriately masculine box.

Dude, You're Welcome! Kit

Monday, January 14, 2013

Stampin' Up Video Tutorial - Creped Filter Paper Flower

Directly from the Stampin' Up Blog:

There have been questions on how to make the Creped Filter Paper flower that I made for a sample in the 2013 spring catalog. So, I decided to make a quick video.

One thing to be aware of is that in the spring catalog I used the second largest Floral Frames Framelits instead of the largest one that I used in the video.


Stampin’ Up! products used:
Creped Filter Paper
Tea Lace Paper Doilies
Big Shot
Floral Frames Framelits Dies
Silicone Craft Sheet

Other supplies:
Glue Gun

Christina N
Concept Artist

PS: Email subscribers, please click over to my blog to view the video; just click on the title above.

Saturday, January 12, 2013

Today's Second Post: Stampin' Up's NEW Paper Pumpkin Monthly Project Kit program launches Monday, January 14! Get details now!

Sweep away the mundane-your creativity carriage awaits!

Paper Pumpkin by Stampin' Up! is a new monthly kit program that anyone can enjoy! Stampin' Up is launching Monday, January 14th. A box comes to your door each month; fully decked-out to help you have some paper crafting fun! Each monthly Kit will include: stamps, ink, paper, and accessories to create fun and easy projects. You'll be able to create cards, journals, décor, and more!

How to Get Started

It's so easy to get started. Simply sign up for the program starting Monday, January 14 by visiting and click "Get it". Every month a new, surprise project kit arrives at your doorstep. Just think of the anticipation of creating a fun project to pin, showoff, and share with your friends and family-every month!
Of course, you'll want to know more. So here's the nitty gritty:
  • Each month Stampin' Up sends you a unique, surprise kit with a project-cards, journals, décor, and more! (Stampin' Up has color-coordinated, measured, and cut everything for you!)
  • Each kit includes stamps, ink, paper, and accessories-everything but adhesive.
  • Each kit gives you a 30-minute creativity escape.
  • Stampin' Up will ship your Paper Pumpkin on or around the 15th of the month.
  • You need to sign up for a kit by the 10th of the month to get that month's kit. If you sign up on the 11th of the month, your first kit will come the next month. (Let's say you sign up on May 10th, your first kit will be sent around May 15th. If you sign up on May 11th, your first kit will be shipped around June 15th.)
  • A Paper Pumpkin membership is only $19.95 per month (and shipping is included!)
  • There's no commitment, you can cancel your monthly Paper Pumpkin at anytime. You can also skip a month if you want.
  • Starting in early March, Stampin' Up will offer a Try-It kit if you'd like to try Paper Pumpkin for one month.
  • Starting in early March, Stampin' Up will be offering a one month "try me" kit.  
Here's How You Order

Sign up for your monthly Paper Pumpkin starting Monday, January 14 by visiting and please be certain to include me, Maria Matonti, as your Demonstrator for my Frequent Rewards Points!

A Free Gift in Your Very First Kit

The Welcome Kit is the very first Paper Pumpkin you will receive in your first month of membership. The Welcome Kit includes a free gift - a clear acrylic block!   Here's a picture of the contents of the first Kit available January 14th.   

Questions? Here are some Answers

Why is Stampin' Up offering Paper Pumpkin?
Paper Pumpkin is the perfect introduction to Stampin' Up! Stampin' Up designed it for crafters that want to create a project each month, but aren't quite ready to build a stamp collection (yet).
How does shipping work with Paper Pumpkin?
Your Paper Pumpkin will be automatically shipped to you each month (so fun!). Because Stampin' Up is auto shipping these, the pricing structure is slightly different from other Stampin' Up! products.

Don't forget that if you do sign up for this Kit or any kits, please include me, Maria Matonti, as your Demonstrator when you order.  All orders apply towards my Frequent Shopper Rewards Program!

Stampin' Up's 25 Year Anniversary Video

Below is a neat video Stampin' Up put together celebrating its 25 years in business. I enjoyed watching it because it shows how orders are filled and processed through Stampin' Up's Distribution Center. It's a short and sweet video; I encourage you to watch it!

For email subscribers to view the video, you'll need to click over to my blog.

Friday, January 11, 2013

Thank You card made using upcoming Sale-a-Bration goodies

I've been so busy at this new job that I haven't had time to stamp anything this week, so I thought you might like to see this Stampin' Up Tutorial showcasing some new upcoming products. The stamp set and designer paper used are going to be available during Sale-a-Bration starting January 22nd and you can get them for FREE with a qualifying order! So, stay tuned for more and have a great weekend!

Don't forget, you can click on the image below to enlarge it and see it better!

Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Submit a Project to Stampin' Up and win a Shopping Spree! Plus Fancy Friends Kit Video.

In November of last year, Stampin' Up introduced an exciting new program where you can submit samples that could become the next kit Stampin’ Up offers.   Above is a picture of the Fancy Friends Kit that won and is now available to purchase.  Stampin' Up is now looking for project samples for a Birthday Kit.  Between now and January 30, Stampin' Up will be taking kit sample submissions via e-mail.  Send yours to:

Then, from February 4–10, Stampin' Up will post several samples on its Facebook page for your vote. So vote for your favorite because the winning sample will be offered as an exclusive kit for purchase—just like they did with the Fancy Friends kit. Oh, and did I mention there are prizes for the winner and runners-up? "Submit a Project" is open to anyone and everyone! This is a great way to get the entire stamping community together. Spread the word about submitting and voting on upcoming kits. Start creating.

Project Kit Details: 
- This program is available to both customers and demonstrators.
- While your projects should not include retired products, they may include products not created by Stampin' Up!, such as jars or frames.
- Projects must fit into the specified category: Birthday.
- Projects can be cards, scrapbook pages, home décor, holiday décor, birthday decorations, etc. If you can make it with Stampin' Up! product, you can submit it!
- Submit your projects by e-mail. Send an image (less than 2 MB), supply list, and instructions for creating the project to In the subject line, include the name of your project.
- Please keep in mind that all submissions become the property of Stampin' Up! once received. We reserve the right to change project elements, the name, or any feature to make the kit easy to reproduce.
- What's in it for you? Glad you asked! Those who submit the winning kit will: ~ See it - your photo, name, and project will be posted online. ~ Flaunt it - you'll receive a "blog badge" for your personal blog or website. ~ Spend it - you wouldn't be a winner without a $100 Stampin' Up! shopping spree.
- That's not all! Those whose submissions are in the top 20 will also receive product used in the winning kit or a $25 shopping spree of their own.

Here's a Stampin' Up Video showing how to put together the current Fancy Friends Kit to give you an idea of what kind of projects Stampin' Up is looking for.   Email subscribers will need to go to my blog to watch the video.  Feel free to contact me if you have any question.  Good Luck!

Saturday, January 5, 2013

Stampin' Up Friendship Preserves and Cannery Framelits still available - don't forget about the 2012 Holiday Mini Catalog Carryover List!

I made this card using the Friendship Preserves stamp set and the Cannery Framelits which are both still available and included on page 36 of the 2013 Spring Mini Catalog.  Now the current mini includes a list of all the 2012 Holiday Mini Catalog Carryover items, yippee! I love this set and the framelits are great!

I got inspiration for this card and tags from fellow Demonstrator Dawn Olchefske, thanks Dawn!   Colors for the card are Whisper White, Rich Razzleberry, and Lucky Limeade.   I included pictures of how the card looks open and how the little "thank you" tags look from the side.   I cut one tag to open from the side and one to open from the top.  They are so cute!

I included embossed hearts on the card using one of the Adorning Accents Embossing Folders then tied Rich Razzleberry stitched grograin ribbon around it for some extra color.   I also used the new 1-1/4" Scallop Circle punch (on the carryover list below), the Small Oval Punch, and the Bitty Banners Framelits.   Of course little flowers were added using the Itty Bitty Punch pack and then Rhinestones added for BLING!

Here's a look at page 36 of the 2013 Spring Mini Catalog showing all the carryover items:

Thanks for stopping by and have a great weekend!  You can purchase any of these items by clicking HERE and creating, or signing into, your ONLINE Account.  Don't forget that to get my Frequent Rewards Points and "Preferred Pricing", you'll need to include me as your Demonstrator when you sign in!

Thursday, January 3, 2013

NEW 2013 Spring Mini Catalog and a Stampin' Up Valentine Project Tutorial!

Click HERE to view a list of the supplies used to make the samples in the Spring Mini Catalog.
Also, here's the official flyer for the Valentine's Stamp Specials.
Click HERE to go to the SU webpage with more details.
Valentine's Specials
And last, but not least, here's a project sheet for a really cute Valentine's Day Treat using goodies from the new Spring Mini Catalog.

Tuesday, January 1, 2013

HAPPY NEW YEARS and Stampin' Up Valentine's Day Stamp Specials!

From January 3 through January 21, you have 2 VALENTINE'S DAY BUNDLES to choose from:

1.   VALENTINE'S TREAT BUNDLE:  This bundle, created specifically for this special offer, contains the brand-new Happy Valentine's Day Single Stamp (shown below - designed to be cut out using the Full Heart Punch)  and a package of 1" x 8" cellophane bags.

Bundle Item
DescriptionRetail ValueSpecial Bundle Price
132771Valentine Treat Bundle
Includes the Happy Valentine Heart Single Stamp (clear-mount) and 1" x 8" cellophane bags

2. MY LITTLE VALENTINE BUNDLE: During the My Little Valentine promotion, you can get the Sealed with Love Simply Sent Kit FREE-a $7.95 value-when they purchase the brand-new My Little Valentine Set. This four-piece set was created exclusively for this promotion and will not be available again after January 21.   I'm not sure about the size of these; I'll post the details as soon as I know.

The My Little Valentine Stamp Set is only available in clear-mount.

Buy the following:

132242My Little Valentine (English; clear-mount)

Get this FREE:
Retail Value
holiday catalog
Sealed with Love Simply Sent