Retiring Stamp Set – Circle Circus

We are counting down the days – 15 more days left to order from the 2012-2013 Stampin’ Up! catalog – June 3rd is the final day.  Stampin’ Up! decided to extended it by a few days.  Remember that stamp sets will be available until the last day but the accessories and Stampin’ Around wheels are only available while supplies last.  You can see the most current list by checking out my website online store and look under the category Retiring Products.

circle-circusThis card is a slight variation on one my sister-in-law Stephanie made for one of the boys birthdays.  We actually used the 1/4″ Stitched Grosgrain ribbon (the ribbon in the photo is the old 1/4″ grosgrain ribbon).

Retiring items on this card:

  • Circle Circus #115778 $28.95 (w)  #127784 $20.95 (c)
  • Neutrals Designer Buttons #119743 $8.95
  • Lucky Limeade card stock #122926 $6.95
  • Lucky Limeade ink #126984 $5.95
  • Island Indigo 3/8″ Ruffled Ribbon #122974 $9.95

I have a special offer going on right now for anyone placing an order through my online store.  Read more about it HERE.

Have a great day!


Monika’s Blog Bingo – Round 4

Today’s stamping project is in an earlier post – so scroll down to the next post if you didn’t see it.  Thanks!

It is time to start ROUND 4 of Monika’s Blog Bingo!

Here is piece #1 for Round 4: small swirly circle from Circle Circus stamp set (stamped in Pear Pizzazz). 

Here are the rules for playing Monika’s Blog Bingo (I reserve the right to adjust the game if necessary):

First since I plan to mail a prize to the winner you need to live in the US (sorry if you don’t but the prizes are SU product in most cases).

Second: I created 16 cards so I’m going to have 16 people play in each round and I hope to do multiple rounds. ( I know I said 15 to begin with but I miscounted and starting with group 2 there will be 16 players).

Third: You need to email me at with Monika’s Blog Bingo in the subject line and tell me you want to play.  I need your name and your mailing address (so if you win I can send you a prize).

Fourth: I will email you an image of your Bingo card – each card is unique and I will have them numbered so I know which one you have.

Fifth: After I have all 16 players I will post a Bingo Piece each day on my blog – so you have to keep coming back – it will likely be at the end of my regular post for the day – and if I don’t have a regular post it will just be by itself.

Sixth: I will post Bingo Pieces until someone has Bingo – you must have 5 in a row – across, down, diagonal – just like normal bingo and once you have Bingo You have to email me that you have – send the email to – subject I have Bingo!.  I will check your card against the pieces that have been played to make sure you have Bingo.  And if per chance there is more than one on the same piece, I will pick the winner by the time stamp on the email – first one wins after verifying the Bingos.

Then I’ll mail the winner a prize!

A couple more things on how I am playing this game:  Only one group will play at a time.  If you are playing in a current group you cannot sign up for any other groups.  Once your group is finished and if you did not win you can sign up for another group and play again.

I hope you’ll play along with me!  Is everybody ready….

Let’s play Monika’s Blog Bingo!

Group 1: Winner Carolyn from NC

Group 2: Winner Patrice from CA

Group 3: Winner Stacie from CA

Group 4: cards sent on 9/27, game starts on 9/28

Group 5: full

Group 6: taking names – see rule 3 above.

Thanks for playing along with me!!


I wasn’t sure what to write as a title.  I don’t actually have a new project to show today.  The last couple of hours I have been poking around on the new demonstrator tool that Stampin’ Up! gave us today.  Our very own network to share ideas, ask questions, discuss things.  There are a variety of “communities” already out there and many different discussion groups but this one is the one that is put together by Stampin’ Up! and it is very exciting.  I think it will be another great resource for all of the demonstrators.

Other things I did today – got all the kids to school – yeah – finally everyone is back to their schedule – although Tyler just called and his day is done and Ryan will be home soon.  So my day is ending and what did I do – I went to Jazzercise this morning – yeah for me – I really need to get back on a schedule with that.  I finished uploading pictures and sent them to print at the wolf camera – now I need to go pick them up.  They are for my calendar that I showed yesterday, my Christmas Advent scrapbook page and a year in review scrapbook album that I am working on.  I worked on pulling down wall paper in the half bath – the forever long project of taking down that wallpaper – I think I’m half way done now.  I just can’t stand on the ladder forever so I can only work so long.

So I’m back to Hmmmm……. what should I share today.   Oh, I know – I have a scrapbook layout that I shared quite some time ago but it didn’t have pictures on it.  I have added the pictures now so I’ll share it again.  Besides that I think I have more visitors now (at least my daily numbers are up) so probably some people didn’t see it the first time anyway.

The title is “Hangin’ Out Together”.  This is Tyler and his cousin Emily when they were hanging out this past summer.

The stamp set is the Circle Circus set and I stamped and punched lots of circles for this layout.  Added brads here and there.

I really like how the title turned out.  I used the Big Shot and the GoGo Boots Alphabet dies.  Every letter that had a closed space in the center I added a backing behind it to give the title some character.  I like how it turned out and really like this color combination – Chocolate Chip, Tempting Turquoise, Old Olive, Pumpkin Pie.

I hope you like it.  Have a great day and thanks for stopping by!

Sweet Centers idea

I have been playing with the Sweet Centers stamp set and Sweet Treat cups in the Holiday Mini Catalog – by the way I add a link in my side-bar.

This is a reall all occasions set – obviously it has Halloween and Valentine’s Day images.  The other may not be so obvious.  There is the basket for a hot air balloon – this could be used for birthdays, weddings, baby showers or combine it with the heart for Valentine’s Day.   The leaves and flower petal (in case you wondered what they were) could be a girl birthday, spring, fall flowers, use it as a thank you and I’m sure there is more that can be done with those pieces.  I used them for a flower project that we will make at my class tomorrow – really cute – I’ll post that project later.  And the other little piece is supposed to be the top of an ornament.  That was the one I was playing with last night.  I realized I could put that top on any circle piece not just the little treat cup – so I pulled out my Circle Circus stamp set.  And here is my result – it’s a first draft and I have some things I want to change now that it is done but I thought I would share it anyway.sweet-centers-ornament

I stamped the largest image from Circle Circus three times and then stamped the ornament top above each one.  I didn’t like them hanging in mid air so I pulled out Inspired By Nature and used the grass image to look like branches on a Christmas Tree (I masked my ornaments first).  I used Garden Green and then sponged around the edges to softened it all up.  I decided it needed a little bling so I grabbed my Circle Fire Rhinestone brads and used the tiny red ones.  And then wanted some dimension so I stamped the ornament tops and cut them out and popped them up on dimensionals.  I think I would change that and pop up the actual balls instead.

As an after thought I added the greeting – which I did a poor job of placing.  I needed to plan for the greeting to begin with so I had the space for it.  Anyway it is a rough draft card and has some potential.

It has been pouring down rain again today – and the forecast has rain for the next 9 days – bummer – since we have fall break next week and are planning to go for a few days to Red Top Mountain.  We were hoping to hike, play in the lake, build camp fires and grill out.  Not sure if that is going to happen but what does the weather man really know anyway.

I’m headed up to prep for tomorrow’s class and later I’ll be participating in a Webinar on how to create Greeting Cards using the new My Digital Studio.  I’m working on my certification – yep I’m getting certified and I even have to take quizzes – oh boy….

Stay dry today!


Hands On Class – In-Color Convention Swaps

At my class this month I decided to use cards that I received at convention – as I looked through them all I ended up pulling several that were my favorite and realized they represented most of the In-Colors so that ended up being my “theme” for the class.  I chose cards that featured the In-Colors.  We made 5 cards total (one card featured 2 of the In-Colors) and stamped matching envelopes for each card.  I generally kept the card designs exactly the same as the original creator except one that I didn’t have the stamp set for – so I replaced it with one I did have that I thought would give the same results.  Lisa came to class and added her own little twist to each card and this afternoon she signed up as a Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator – whoo hoo!  Welcome Lisa to my PAWS team.

Most of the cards I used came from the Shoebox swap that I participated in – some of them I know who designed them and others I don’t.  So if someone knows the original creator I’ll add their name here – just leave me a comment.

RR--Thoughts-&-PrayersThis first card features the Rich Razzleberry In-Color.  The stamp set is Thoughts & Prayers and also Flight of the Butterfly.  The Designer Series Paper is the Cottage Wall Paper.  The original swap from convention used the Old Olive Patterns Designer Series Paper.

The stamp was inked up using the Stampin’ & Write Markers – Old Olive, Rich Razzleberry (yeah for In-Color Markers!) , and Pale Plum.  The Pale Plum card stock was punched with the Eyelet Border Punch.

A little paper clip was tied with a piece of Rich Razzleberry Polka-Dot Ribbon.

The original card had a smaller “Thinking of You” stamped and punched with the Large Oval punch and then mounted on the Scallop Oval punched piece of Rich Razzleberry.  I used the saying from the Thoughts & Prayers set which was larger – so mine is stamped and punched with the Scallop Oval and then mounted on a Wide Oval punched piece of Rich Razzleberry.  Either one looked great.

The envelope was stamped to match the card.

I don’t know who designed this one – it was from the Shoebox Swap at the Shilo Hotel on Tuesday night before convention.

MM-Baroque-MotifsThe second card features the Melon Mambo In-Color.  The stamp sets I used was Baroque Motifs and Sincere Salutations.

This card was also from the Shoebox Swap and was designed by Janice Felty.  Her original design used the large flower image from the Razzle Dazzle stamp set.  Since I didn’t have that set I replaced it with one that I did have.

The Whisper White layer is punched on one side with the scallop edge punch.  Then we positioned it on the front of the card and punched through the Whisper White and Melon Mambo card stock with the Scallop Oval punch to create a window.

Using a piece of Window Sheet and White StazOn ink the greeting from Sincere Salutations was stamped and then sandwiched between the two pieces of cardstock to make the window.

The Melon Mambo Polka Dot ribbon was tied in a knot and then wrapped around the front of the card and secured on the inside.  The envelope was stamped to match the card.

BB-Great-Friend This third card features Bermuda Bay In-Color.  The stamp set is Great Friend that originally debuted in the Occasions Mini Catalog and is available in the new catalog too.

The card base on this one is Whisper White and then we cut three panels to adhere to the front – Bermuda Bay, Chocolate Chip, and Old Olive.

The butterfly is stamped on a Whisper White circle and mounted on a Chocolate Chip circle.  For my class the circles were cut with the Circle Scissor Plus cutting system.  But the original card used the Big Shot and the Circles #2 Originals Die.  Since I don’t have that die we cut our circles.

Three silver brads were added up in the top right corner.

This card was designed by Michele Schmidt for the Shoebox Swap.  Michele was also one of my roommates at convention.

DD-Asian-ArtistryThis next card features the Dusty Durango In-Color.  The stamp set is a Hostess Level 2 set called Asian Artistry.  This card uses a masking technique to create the circle which was inked using a Brayer and the Dusty Durango ink.

The bird image was then stamped with Black StazOn ink and the right edge of the circle was sponged with Soft Suede ink to create the shadow.

Some highlights were added with the White Gel Pen to the leaves.  We also used an Aquapainter to “paint” the bird – this causes some of the ink to lighten up.

The greeting is from Teeny Tiny Wishes and punched with the Word Window punch and layered on some Basic Black card stock that was punched with the Modern Label punch.

I do not know who designed this card – so if you know please leave me a comment and I’ll add it here.  This was also a card we made at the Shoebox swap on Tuesday night.  I told you I got some great cards that night….

SS-CC-Circle-CircusAnd the last card features the Soft Suede and Crushed Curry In-Colors.  This is the Circle Circus stamp set and I also used Teeny Tiny Wishes in my class.  The Designer Series Paper is from the Razzleberry Lemonade set.

The images were stamped on Very Vanilla card stock and punched out with various circle punches. There is a small Crushed Curry flower that was punched using the Trio Flower punch and has a Clear Rhinestone Brad in the center.

Soft Suede Polka Dot ribbon was wrapped around the Designer Paper before it was adhered to the front of the card.

The greeting was punched with the Modern Label punch.  We stamped a matching envelope.

This card was designed by Elizabeth Martinez and we made this at the STARZ meeting on Wednesday night of Convention.

Thanks to all these ladies for sharing their card designs at convention.

If you live near Woodstock, Georgia I hope you will join me for my next class.  Check my calendar to see what’s coming up.

Happy Stampin’!


STARZ meeting projects

At convention I attended a group meeting for the STARZ group – that includes everyone in Wendy Randall’s downline.  Wendy, Sue and I traveled from Georgia to attend convention.  Most of the others in Wendy’s downline were from California and a few from Texas and Arizona.   I enjoyed visiting with all of these girls because I don’t normally see them the rest of the year.  At our meeting Wendy did an awesome presentation on Taking Better pictures and Scrapbooking.  We saw a few demos and then there were 5 projects for us to make – each one was designed by a different person.    I presented my Tile Card – you can click HERE to see it.


Michelle's Circle Circus card

There were two other cards that used the Circle Circus stamp set – one designed by Michele Scileppi  – the colors were Rich Razzleberry, Crushed Curry and Old Olive.  And she used the Big Shot dies – Daisy #2 and the Top Note for the embellishments on the card.  Her example also had a tag hanging off the hemp cord but I left that off of mine.

Elizabeth's Circle Circus card

Elizabeth's Circle Circus card

Another Circle Circus card was designed by Elizabeth Martinez.  The colors she used were Soft Suede and Crushed Curry.  We used a variety of circle punches to punch out the different images in the stamp set.  The Crushed Curry print from the Razzleberry Lemonade paper was added across the font of the card.  Then the Soft Suede ribbon and a brad finished off the card.  We will be making this card in my class on Friday.

Wendy's Mini Scrapbook

Wendy's Mini Scrapbook

Wendy presented a mini scrapbook made with the new Thoroughly Modern file folders and stored inside one of the new gusseted envelopes.   The colors on the folders are Bermuda Bay, Soft Suede, Rose Red and Sahara Sand.  We decorated it using the Flight of the Butterfly stamp set and the new Butterfly punch.  Ribbon accents were added.  One of the inside pages was folded over to create a pocket.

STARZ meeting - Fancy Favor Box w/Love Notes

STARZ meeting - Fancy Favor Box w/Love Notes

And one of the California girls (sorry I’m not sure who) showed us a  fancy favor box filled with love notes.  The colors were Rich Razzleberry and Whisper White.  The Razzleberry Lemonade paper was used to add the accents on the box and mini cards.  Some jumbo eyelets and ribbon were used to create the handle.  The box is cut using the new Fancy Favor Box die for the Big Shot.

After everyone shared their project we all worked on them the rest of the night. It was a fun meeting.

STARZ group

STARZ group

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