Build A Bear stamp sets

Now that Stampin’ Up! has put out the Retiring Stamp set list we get to remember stamp sets that we love.  I am going to try to mix in some posts where I re-post projects made with some of the retiring stamp sets.

One of the things that I noticed on the list was the Build-A-Bear stamp sets – all the sets are on the retiring list – that makes me wonder if they have new ones or if they are dropping the line all together.  Until we know for sure I thought I would share some of my projects that I made with the Beary Best Friends (#118052)  and Beary Nice Wishes (#118050) stamp sets.



If you love the Build-a-Bear stamp sets or have part of the collection and were waiting to get the coordinating sets then you better do it soon.  They will be gone after May 31st.  Here are the sets in the collections:

Bear Hugs, Beary Best Times, Beary Best Friends, Beary Nice Wishes, and Season of Hugs.


Have a Beary Nice Day!



Introducing Wisteria Wonder

I am back from a week long vacation at the beach with all of Greg’s Family.  We did good this year with the sunscreen and no real sunburns to speak of – yeah!  We alternated beach days with shopping days at the outlet malls – and yes I have lots of new clothes!  I’m not much of a shopper but Greg’s sister and mom have convinced me over the years that I need to buy new clothes when we are all together.  Aspen and Magnolia were very glad to be back home when I picked them up today. We are actually getting a little practice at what it will be like to have two boys away at college.  Only Ryan came back home with us from the beach.  Kyle and Tyler went home with my nephew and will spend the week with him.

I did some ghost posting while we were gone and hope to be back to a normal daily schedule this week.  I wanted to start introducing you to the new In-Colors that Stampin’ Up! added to our collection this year.  These 5 new In-Colors will be around for 2 years – July 2011 – June 2013.  The current 5 In-Colors are still here for another year until June 2012 – I’m glad because I wasn’t ready to give some of them up yet.  So here is the first of the new In-Colors – this one is called Wisteria Wonder –

It is a new shade of purple.  I wanted to show you how it compares to some of our other purples so I added the pennants in different colors (that’s a new punch by the way).  From left to right it is Wisteria Wonder, Concord Crush, Elegant Eggplant, and Perfect Plum.  I used my cute little Build-A-Bear girl to introduce this color to you.  Her dress is water-colored in Wisteria Wonder and the large scallop circle is also Wisteria Wonder.  There is also a sneak peek of a new stamp set (Pennant Parade) and another of the In-Colors (Lucky Limeade).

I also wanted to remind everyone that my Card Maker’s Club is this week on Wednesday night.  If you plan to attend please go to my website and RSVP.  This club is open to everyone and it’s all about making cards.  The club will meet on the last Wednesday of the month from 7-9:30pm.   Bring a list of cards that you need for the month of July – birthdays, anniversaries, graduation, thinking of you – whatever you might need.  Each club meeting will be $15 and you will make 6 cards with envelopes.  If time permits you can make additional cards for $2 each – so you make as many as you need in the time of the class.  And you can choose which cards you want to make and how many – there will be at least 10 different card choices.  And card designs will be available for more than one month – so you can come back to make more or make some that you didn’t get to the last time.  This should give you flexibility to create what you need each month.

Please bring adhesive – if you’d like me to order Stampin’ Up! Snail Adhesive, Snail refill, or Tombow Multipurpose glue to have on hand for you please let me know before the class.

BYOB – I will provide a small snack.  I think it will be fun and I hope you will join me.

I have a lot going on during the month of July so my class schedule will be a little different – I’ll update all of my classes on my website some time today.  Thanks for stopping by today!

Create a Cupcake Scrapbook Layout

I think it has been a while since I shared a scrapbook layout.  This is one of my favorites so far this year.  It uses the Create a Cupcake stamp set and Build a Cupcake Punch.  I made this one as a birthday layout for myself.  I just need to print the pictures to put on it.

I guess that means I’ve revealed my age – just don’t tell anyone else.  I almost created this page with the traditional bold colors in the Celebrations Designer Series paper but then I decided I wanted to do something different and chose to use the Build-A-Bear Workshop Pawsitively Prints Designer Series paper.  Both are retiring with this current catalog so be sure to order them now if you want them.

The Build-A-Bear paper is really cute with stripes, checks, dots, plaid, and some flowers.  The colors are Poppy Parade, So Saffron, Tempting Turquoise, and Pear Pizzazz.

The cupcakes are a variety of stamped and punched pieces and a few are embossed with the Square Lattice Embossing folder.  The big flower is several layers of the Paper Flowers that I colored with Poppy Parade ink to match.  In the center is a Jumbo Pear Pizzazz button. I used the Big Shot die cut machine to cut the big circle(Clear Circle) and the numbers (Simple Numbers).

I saw the idea for this layout in a scrapbook magazine and adapted it to a two page 12×12 layout and made it an all SU layout.  My scrapbook class liked this layout and I hope you do too.

Thanks for stopping by today!

Last Chance Stamp Set List

Last Chance Accessory List

Last Chance Definitely Decorative List

And the Winner Is…..

Sorry this post is so late… I have been working most of the morning on my Monthly Newsletter and also on a newsletter for my PAWS downline group.  I was trying to use some new features that Stampin’ Up! released with an upgrade to our business websites.  With everything new there is a learning curve to figure out the little tricks and things to get it to do what you want when you want it.  Let’s just say I need a little more time – when I was finally done with my PAWS letter I went to save it and nothing happened – apparently I took too long and my session timed out so all was lost!  Save often is maybe a good thing to keep in mind.  Instead of tackling my monthly newsletter with new features I decided to stick with what I was already doing since I am two days behind anyway.

But I’m sure you are much more interested in the title than all of that.  The winner I am referring to is my 50/50 jar winner. I had Kyle pull the winning ticket this morning and here it is:

Oh but wait… you want to see what name is inside – don’t you?  But first let me show you who visited my yard this morning:

A little bitty turtle – of course Aspen found him – but he doesn’t think turtle are very fun – they don’t run like chipmunks do.  So have I stalled enough – you really want to know who won?  How about I tell you what the winner gets?

$50 in Free Stampin’ Up! product from me!  How fun is that?  I love free stuff.  We got several free things during convention including some items from the new Holiday mini catalog that will be starting Sept. 1st.  Make sure to visit my Open House on August 14th if you want to see some sneak peeks from the Holiday Mini – I can’t show you here until later.

Oh – I almost forgot about the winner – but that Holiday mini – is oh so exciting too – you really do want to come see it.

I guess I’m in a weird mood – sorry about that – but OK – now the winner of the 50/50 jar is…..

Make sure you send me an email with your choices!! Congratulations!

Have a fun day!

Almost Artisan – 3D project 1

I’m back with another project that I submitted for the Stampin’ Up! Artisan Award Contest.  This is one of the two 3D projects that I created.

I actually made this box originally as a project for Create with Connie & Julie and it was a birthday theme – click here to see that one.  I recreated it for the contest and made a new baby theme.  One of my friends, Jenn, said she thought the box would be perfect for a baby gift and I agree.  I needed something to go inside so I bought cloth diapers and cut Build-a-Bears with pajamas on them and put those on the diapers and added the ribbon trim.  I thought they would be cute burp cloths.

The box has 6 burp cloths inside – 3 in So Saffron and 3 in Old Olive.  I rolled them up and tied them with the Striped Ribbon.

The box is made from the Fancy Favor box – actually two of them.  On each side of the box I have two Build-a-Bears and they are all “holding hands” all the way around the box.  I made a boy and a girl on each side.  I added the animals in between.  The paper is the Tall Tales Designer Series paper.

I was really happy with the little hanging tag once I figured out what I wanted to do.  The giraffe is cute with the Rock-N-Roll technique – inked in So Saffron and rolled in Chocolate Chip. The tag is two sided since you could see both sides of the project and I didn’t want an “ugly” side.  So the back of each animal is colored to match the front.  You can just barely see the back of the other giraffe – it is So Saffron.

I hope you like it.  It was fun to make.  Although I don’t see myself making any more little bear burp cloths.  The material of those cloth diapers was just hard to work with because the edges were pretty thin.  Oh well.  All in all a cute project.

Thanks for stopping by today!

Ronald McDonald House Charities

Stampin’ Up! is a national sponsor of the Ronald McDonald House Charities® (RMHC).  They have partnered to bring comfort and creativity to the lives of Ronald McDonald House guests. Each year, thousands of families stay at more than 160 independently operated Ronald McDonald Houses in North America. These Houses serve as temporary homes for the families of seriously ill children who are being treated in nearby hospitals.

One of the things that Stampin’ Up! Demonstrators do is volunteer time at the house helping the guests make cards.  I was finally able to reach the coordinator of the house here in Atlanta and got to visit on the Stampin’ Up! night in January.  This month I designed the card and will be going to the house with all the supplies on Tuesday night.  Here is what I designed for this months project:

This is very similar to a card I made last year.  Using the Big Shot die-cut machine and the Top Note die I made sleeping bags and then cut Build-a-Bears to go inside.  I think they will really like this project – at least I hope the kids will really like this project!

The Designer Series paper is retired paper that I had – I thought this one would be fun for the “boy” cards and then I’m using a different one for the “girl” cards – I’ll show you that one next week.

Part of the work will be pre-done – I’m going to have everything cut, the sleeping bags glued together and the faces finished on the bears.  The house guests will choose a sleeping bag, dress their bear, stamp something on the sleeping bag and then add it to the front of their card.

I hope it will be a successful evening at the Ronald McDonald House – I’ll report back next week.

Tonight is Stamper’s Club night so I’m off to finish getting ready for that.

Have a great weekend.