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If it's Friday, it must be St. Maarten...

Fifth Avenue Floral stamp setAnd, it is also the last day for you to order this great Stampin' Up! stamp set, Fifth Avenue Floral, at 20% off ~ plus FREE SHIPPING!  So, if you haven't placed your special order yet ~ DO IT TODAY! 

Here's what I did with the set right before I left for cruise.  You see, I found these shoes at Nordstrom's and couldn't resist them ~ just look at the color!!!  Could you resist them?

They matched my dress BUT I didn't have any earrings to go with them.  So, I got out my CRYSTAL EFFECTS  and made some!  How do you think they turned out.  Want to know HOW TO????  i may teach an earring class, let me know if you are interested.

And, thanks for putting up with my pictures this week.  I'll post again on Saturday and then wait until Monday when I can catch up with myself!  Hugs, se

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Free Shipping ~

Sea & waves

Today is the day that our ship, Adventures of the Sea, leaves San Juan.  Today is the day that I am starting my FREE SHIPPING special to thank you for being my customer and supporting my business.  Alan and I wouldn't be on this ship without YOU ~ thanks so much!

Sunday, April 25, through Sunday, May 2, if you place an order online, through my Stampin' Up! website, I will reimburse your shipping expense.  So, check any of those colors you may need ~ refills, card stock ~, any last minute items from the Occasions Mini Catalog or, beginning May 1, you can order those fabulous new products from the Summer Mini Catalog.  Just check Stampin' Up!'s Customer Website to see the new mini beginning Saturday, May 1.  Enjoy!

And, the Runner-Up is....

Green Galore is symbolic of my favorite season, Spring!  Without Green Galore there will only be the chilly days of Fall, the hot muggy Summer and the bitter cold of Winter.  Green Galore is the color of the emerging blades of grass in the Spring, the tiny leaf buds that appear on the trees after the flowers have faded.  Green Galore represents the rebirth of my garden, the filling in Easter baskets, and the sunny brightness of the longer daylight hours.  I will miss my Green Galore ~ it is the green color that goes with all the flower colors from bold brights to pastels, it the perfect green for a perky child's card, or a sunny get well card.  Feeling a little blue (bad pun), put some Green Galore in your life!!  Better hurry, because I am stocking up!!! 


Lovely, Janie, you painted a picture.  Janie lives in Newport News where she is a high school science teacher and an avid stamper.  Janie, the package of assorted in-color card stock is yours when I return.  Thanks for participating!  And, CONGRATULATIONS!

I can tell that Stampin' Up!'s COLOR RENOVATION plans have effected lots of you.  If you have colors you love, please remember to order the refills for those stamp pads and extra card stock so you won't be blue!  Stampin' Up! will only guarantee availability through the end of May ~ after that, it is first order first receives (in other words, no restocking).   If you need to place an order, I have a special for you coming tomorrow ~ check it out on my post on Sunday!

And, the WINNER is....

My favorite color is Bordering Blue

For clouds and bubbles and shading too!

It's the explanation

Why my cards have dimension

Oh, what will I do without Bordering Blue?


Thanks so much to all of you who entered my contest, it was a pleasure to read your entries!!!!  Susan Williams from Chesterfield won the prize ~ a package of Stampin' Up!'s assorted in-color card stock and the set of in-color markers with her entry above.  Sorry, Susan, I couldn't find the exact right shade of blue to go with your entry.  I will put your prize in the mail to you when I get home or save it for you to pick up at your next STAMP CLUB meeting.  Let me know your preference and CONGRATULATIONS!

(The runner up will be announced in my blog post tomorrow ~ check it out Saturday morning early.)

Will YOU be the winner???

In-colors Prize

And, the PRIZE is a set of Stampin' Up!'s IN-COLOR MARKERS AND A PACKAGE OF IN-COLOR TEXTURED CARD STOCK for the WINNER and a package of In-Color Textured Card Stock for the runner up!  And, the contest ends on Thursday night, April 22, at midnight!!!!  Email me your entry at either of my email addresses.  You will be notified on my blog as to the winner and the runner up!  You'll have to wait a week for me to get your prize to you but it will be worth it!

And, the CONTEST is ~ tell me which one of the RETIRING STAMPIN' UP! COLORS you will miss the most and why (in five lines or less).  The winning entry should be creative and sincere ~ we all have colors that we will miss.  Mine happens to be BALLET BLUE; I can't imagine how I am going to create those beautiful snowflakes that I have been stamping for almost eleven years.  Which reminds me ~ my Stampin' Up! Anniversary is next month ~ time to celebrate ~ I see another contest coming up!  Have fun and Good Luck!

Oh! And, please don't enter if you are a Stampin' Up! Demonstrator.  Thanks!

Butterfly Embosslit Die

Butterfly Embosslit die

I have information on the Butterfly Embosslit Die that is important to a lot of you as you have purchased this Stampin' Up! Big Shot die from me.  Please pass the information on if you know someone who has this die from the Occasions Mini Catalog (you can find the die on page 24).

In order to ensure that the die continues to both emboss and cut you MUST run the die through the Big Shot with the hinge of the die parallel to the long side of the machine.  In other words, the hinge needs to be 'rolled' the entire time the die is moving through the Big Shot to prevent it from snapping under pressure.  This is a good lesson for all of us, I know I will change the position of my die next time I use it.

This striking card shows a wonderful use of the Butterfly Embosslit Die.  This is a swap card created by Diane Glenn from Fayetteville, GA.  Supplies include:

Card stock:  Basic Black, Pixie Pink and Tempting Turquoise

Stamp set:  Fine Flourish, page 42, Occasions Mini Catalog

Ink:  Versamark stamp pad

Accessories:  Clear embossing powder; Butterfly Embosslit, Fire Round Rhinestones, Regal Rose 5/8" ribbon; Dimensionals