Tuesday, January 29, 2013

I love MDS

Have I told you lately how much I love My Digital Studio (MDS)? Because I really do you know?

Yes, I use it to make scrapbook pages, complete albums and even cutie pie tiny mini albums and swatch books. BUT, I also use it for so much more! I make greeting cards and gift cards when I need something quick (and always unique). Have you ever wanted a card that said something 'uncommon' such as "I'm really sorry that your cats are such assholes and knocked the one pretty thing that you own onto the floor and smashed it and now you're having an awful day"?


You've never needed a card that said that? Hmph. Some friend you are.

Well, if you needed a card that said that, you could definitely make one. It might look a little something like this...

I've also used it to make decorations for a baby shower (so simple it's ridiculous), Valentines (how many Scooby Doo Valentine cards does one class really need?), recipe cards, labels for my household crap organizational needs, posters, invitations, flyers, calendars (Walmart and Shutterfly have got nothing on me and my pal MDS), place cards, labels for buffet tables, name tags....oh man...I use it for everything that I need to create.

I love it so much!

And every Tuesday, there is more MDS content made available to us. Today, there's some gorgeous ones. Look how pretty this kit is. The download includes everything you need to make all of this (and the ability to change the colors of it as well).

Celebrate the season of love with some lovely new downloads. Don't miss the FREE February desktop calendar. And if you are planning a wedding this year (or know someone who is), get started with the Love More Ensemble and create invitations, table decorations, favors, guest book, thank you notes--everything you need to do more for the big day. Since you're using MDS 2, you can even customize it to match your color scheme.

Look what else is new today

You can download a free trial of MDS and check it out. When you're ready to purchase, there's a couple of great options for you. And if you purchase My Digital Studio this month you can get FREE digital downloads from the Sale-a-Bration flyer.

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Thursday, January 24, 2013

cuteness from SAB

Check out this Happy Birthday Card (4-1/4" x 5-1/2") made using some of the awesomeness in the Sale a Bration catalog. You can get lots of this stuff for free you know!?

Madison Avenue Stamp Set
Sassy Salutations Stamp Set Paper
Island Indigo Cardstock
Pool Party Cardstock
Rich Razzleberry Cardstock
Shimmery White Cardstock
Summer Starfruit Cardstock
Tangerine Tango Cardstock
Sycamore Street Designer Series Paper
Island Indigo Classic Stampin' Pad
Rich Razzleberry Classic Stampin' Pad
VersaMark Pad
Accessories & ToolsClear Stampin' Emboss Powder
Pool Party Baker's Twine
Itty Bitty Shapes Punch Pack
Big Shot
Adorning Accents Edgelits Dies
Vine Street Textured Impressions Embossing Folder

  1. Using the Big Shot and the Vine Street Textured Impressions Embossing Folder, emboss the Island Indigo Cardstock.
  2. Stamp the four-flower image repeatedly in Island Indigo ink and the sentiment in Rich Razzleberry ink on the Shimmery White Cardstock, using the Stamp-a-ma-jig for placement. Cover the images with Clear Stampin' Emboss Powder and heat set.
  3. Punch five flowers from the Sycamore Street Designer Series Paper using the four-petal flower punch from the Itty Bitty Shapes Punch Pack. Set them aside.
  4. Stamp three flower images in VersaMark ink on Rich Razzleberry, Summer Starfruit, and Tangerine Tango Cardstock. Stamp two flower images in VersaMark ink on Pool Party Cardstock. Cover the images with Clear Embossing Powder and heat set. Punch flowers from the stamped cardstock using the four-petal flower punch from the Itty Bitty Shapes Punch Pack.
  5. Adhere the stamped cardstock flowers to the card.
  6. Using the Big Shot and the Adorning Accents Edgelits Die, cut the border from the Summer Starfruit Cardstock. Adhere the border to the back of the Shimmery White Cardstock. Adhere the Shimmery White Cardstock to the card.
  7. Tie the Pool Party Baker's Twine around the card; tie the bow in the front.

Wednesday, January 23, 2013



When you invite your friends over to create beautiful projects, consume vast amounts of chocolate and have lots of fun YOU will also earn free stuff!  During Sale-a-bration you can pick $35 (or more depending on the sales at your party!) of free product PLUS you'll receive a free pack of silver glimmer paper (in celebration of our 25th Anniversary!).
It gets better - have sales of $525 or more and earn $90 in FREE product, the silver glimmer paper PLUS a free product bundle of Sale-a-bration products!  Phew....plus did I mention chocolate? Chocolate? Free stuff?


This is a party just for YOU!  Do you have a wish list?  Of course you do!  Spend $60 and pick a FREE Sale-a-bration reward.  Spend $120 and pick TWO Free rewards and so on - one reward for each $60 you spend.  Spend $200 and earn the Hostess benefits too!


Become a member of my group.  When you join us during the Sale-a-bration promotion (Jan 22 - Mar 22)
For $125 (no shipping and NO taxes) you can pick product valued at $194! You'll also be able to join us for an exclusive stamp party on March 16th where you will receive a fabulous gift from me on top of everything else!

You can have a looky at the Sale-a-bration brochure here

Here's a page I made using products from the Sale-a-Bration promotion. My sister in laws have been emailing me photos from our little vacay (since my camera is a piece of crap and makes me cry daily...take today for instance, I was intending to make a page with my oldest kids birthday pictures--his birthday was Sunday-- so I stick the card in the computer slot thingie and look at the pics....and NONE of them turned out. NONE. How is a mother supposed to document the life of her babies when her camera is a piece of crap? Huh? How? ) so I thought I'd pull one out for this page.

Head to my online store to take me up on this limited time offer
and don't forget to  check out the awesomeness in the Spring catalog
if you're looking for something to spend your hard earned money on.

Friday, January 18, 2013

Thank You Card (4-1/4" x 4-1/4")

There are some really neato accessories in the new Spring mini catalog, like these bottle caps. And y'all know how much I loves me a new embossing folder!!! For some reason lately I'm drawn to yellow again...lovin it!

Collage Curios Stamp Set
Essentials Stamp Set
Crumb Cake Cardstock
Summer Starfruit Cardstock
Very Vanilla Cardstock

Basic Gray Classic Stampin' Pad
Crumb Cake Classic Stampin' Pad
Old Olive Classic Stampin' Pad
Summer Starfruit Classic Stampin' Pad

Accessories & Tools
Linen Thread
Stampin' Dimensionals
1/16" Circle Punch
Big Shot
Apothecary Accents Framelits Dies
Needlepoint Border Textured Impressions Embossing Folders

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Thursday, January 17, 2013

Best of Stampin' Up!

This year marks a huge milestone at Stampin' Up! - it's our Silver Anniversary! 25 wonderful years of sharing what we love and loving what we do! I've been blessed to be part of this wonderful company for over 10 years now and I'm so excited for what this special year will bring for all of us.

So to kick off our 25-year anniversary celebration, we’re bringing back some of our 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!

If you miss one of the offerings don't worry - you can order past ones anytime throughout the year. Each set will include 3 - 5 images with one image being a new release!

January's set is called Best of Birthdays and you can purchase it now for $17.95.

And it gets BETTER - there is a frequent buyer card! For every six Best of stamp sets you purchase you will earn a free set (value of $17.95) - just add your stickers to your collector card and when you have six you send it to Stampin' Up! to redeem for your free set!

Each "Best Of" stamp set will only be available in clear mount so you will need acryllic blocks. If you need help deciding on what size please just ask me for assistance.

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Monday, January 14, 2013

Ooooh. A Paper Pumpkin? No! A Wonderful Surprise every month!



I'm Paper Pumpkin . . .
I come to your door each month (a fully decked-out creativity carriage). I'll help you to escape your life with some paper fun.
I come in a sweet box, but you'll really love what you find on the inside:
All the stamps, ink, paper, and accessories to create pinable projects. Create stuff like cards, journals, décor, and more!
Paper Pumpkin by Stampin' Up! is a new monthly kit program that anyone (even you) can enjoy!

Get Started

It's so easy to get started. Simply sign up for the program starting Monday, January 14 by visiting www.mypaperpumpkin.com 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 we send you a unique, surprise kit with a project-cards, journals, décor, and more! (We've even 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.
  • We 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, we'll send your kit around May 15th. If you sign up on May 11th, we'll send your first kit around June 15th.)
  • A Paper Pumpkin membership is $24.95per 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, we'll offer a Try-It kit if you'd like to try Paper Pumpkin for one month.

Here's How You Order

Sign up for your monthly Paper Pumpkin starting Monday, January 14 by visiting www.mypaperpumpkin.com and click Get it. Make sure that you indicate that Valerie McCallum :-) is your demonstrator if you don't have a demo already!
Starting in early March, you can try Paper Pumpkin for one month by visiting our online store.

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!
So head on over to www.mypaperpumpkin.com to sign up today! Don't forget to select me as your demonstrator!

Dude! You're welcome!

I love how Stampin' Up! is always coming up with clever new things.  They have recently been creating and trying out a new project with the express purpose of encouraging men to stamp. According to the Design team:

"Initially, those on the project (mostly all dudes) were skeptical. I mean, what man would be caught dead with a stamp in his hand? One guy on our team even said that “stamping a card would be like getting caught wearing lady’s underwear.” We definitely had our work cut out for us!"

Guys don't always have the easiest time expressing themselves, but with the Dude, You're Welcome! kit, they'll have

  • 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!)
So right here I am trying to put in a picture of what actually comes in the kit. But Blogger is being a dick this morning. I guess you're just going to have to visit my online store and have a lookyloo yourself.

Basically, the kit includes everything a dude needs to create the perfect manly card that any woman would adore, all packaged in an appropriately masculine box.

Dude, You're Welcome! Kit

Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Hearts a Flutter

I am SO in love with the Hearts a Flutter stuff out of the mini catalog. Look at this doozy...

Just for You Banner Card (4-1/4" x 5-1/2")

Hearts a Flutter Stamp Set
A Little Greeting Stamp Set
Pink Pirouette Cardstock
Pool Party Cardstock
Primrose Petals Cardstock
Whisper White Cardstock

Basic Gray Classic Stampin' Pad
Pool Party Classic Stampin' Pad
Pretty in Pink Classic Stampin' Pad
Primrose Petals Classic Stampin' Pad
Whisper White Craft Stampin' Pad

Accessories & Tools
Whisper White Baker's Twine
Elements Cute Clips
Stampin' Dimensionals
1/16" Circle Punch
Big Shot
Hearts a Flutter Framelits Dies
Honeycomb Textured Impressions Embossing Folder

Run a piece of Pool Party Cardstock (3" x 5-1/2") through the Big Shot using the Honeycomb Textured Impressions Embossing Folder.
Gently rub the Whisper White Craft Pad over the embossed cardstock; this will highlight the hexagon background. Adhere the piece to the 4-1/4" x 5-1/2" card using Stampin' Dimensionals.
Stamp the two hearts and the flag on Whisper White Cardstock and the scalloped tag in Whisper White ink on the Primrose Petals Cardstock and cut them out using the Hearts a Flutter Framelits Dies. Use the same set of dies to cut out the Pink Pirouette tag.
Stamp "just for you" in Basic Gray ink on Whisper White Cardstock and cut out a small tag piece.
Punch small holes on both top corners of each banner piece. Thread the three pieces together using Whisper White Baker's twine, tie knots on the ends of the twine, and adhere the banner to the card.
Adhere the hearts and the "just for you" tag to the banner using Stampin' Dimensionals.
Tie Whisper White Baker's Twine in a bow around the heart piece from the Elements Cute Clips and attach the clip to the banner.

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Saturday, January 5, 2013

Happy Birthday to me!

It's my burfday!

The kids are back in school.

The house is quiet.

My Scentsy burner is making me smile with its lovely smelliness.

Ima gonna be makin' meself some sushi for lunch.

Going out for a FREE gourmet supper with The Hub tonight.

Had a lovely night with my besties last night.

The cat is barfing on my carpet. Balls. That wasn't supposed to happen.
Oh well, another day in the life of me.

So for my birthday this year, I bought and gave all of my sisters a copy of the same cookbook --- Taste of Home Appetizers. It's 256 pages of all of the things that make my heart sing (aaaaaannnnnd work harder to pump blood through my veins but it's my burfday). My birthday wish is for us to gather once a month and bring something we made from this book...essentially cooking our way through the book while enjoying each others company.

last night we had Mushroom Puffs, Gooey Pizza Dip, Potato Nachos, Spinach and Cheese stuffed Mushrooms, Spiced Tea...some sweet things...all kinds of wonderfullness.
So, for the packaging...I used a bunch of retired paper, but the idea is all still the same.

The stamps, punches and Framelits are all current! Have fun!

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Need Valentines?

Heres a neat AND SIMPLE idea for Valentines this year!

From January 3 through January 21, you can purchase our exclusive Valentine Treat Bundle. This bundle, created specifically for this special offer, contains the brand-new Happy Valentine Heart Single Stamp (English only) and a package of 1" x 8" cellophane bags.

132771 Valentine Treat Bundle $7.25 (retails for $9.20)

There's enough stuff in there to make 50 valentine treats!

Use this sweet little bundle to create precious valentines for your child’s classroom, your favorite neighbor, or even the hot little number in your life! Single stamp coordinates with the Full Heart Punch. Clear-mount. Only available in English. * Clear block sold separately.

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