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April 2016

Thinking of Retiring?

Are you thinking of retiring in the future?  Or maybe you already are!  The list of Retiring products in the Stampin' Up! 2015-2016 catalog is out.  So they are seriously going to retire!  May 31st is their last day to have to perform daily tasks!  What about you?

Click on Here to view products online..

Click here to download a printable pdf! 

Check the list as many of the items are on sale and they will be gone before you know it!  Don't miss out on this last chance to get these products.

Bundle list retiring
Some of the best deals are in the bundles.  When you see the product numbers for what is listed as retiring bundles, don't fret!  The bundled savings is retiring, not necessarily the individual items.  Bundles can give you a 15% discount on the items rather than purchasing the stamp/die or die/punch as two separate products.  They are the best deal in town!

Also, don't forget ~ TODAY is the last day for the fabulous Weekly Deals!  They won't be back for a long time - well, probably several months.

For ALL of your purchases - retirement list and weekly deals - remember to use:

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I will be letting you know the May Hostess code so that you can continue to buy the retired products ~ if there is anything left!  They go like hotcakes - just sayin'!!!

I realize there is a lot of information here, so be patient, read everything and let me know if you are confused about anything.

That is all for now!  I am off to check the retirement list and buy, buy, buy!  Join me in getting some of the wonderful products that won't be around after May 31st.  You might just need these products so that you can have wonderful days "Creating With Paper"!

STAMPIN' UP! Weekly Deals End Tomorrow!!!

Just a reminder to all my Paper Peeps, tomorrow, April 18th is the LAST day to take advantage of the Weekly Deals before they go away forever. There are super duper bargains on the site - click Shop Now on my site and remember to use the April Hostess Code listed on the blog.

Have a fantastic Monday and make plenty of time to Create With Paper!

What a Fun Week!

Happy Tax Day?  Can April 15th ever be a Happy Day?  Well...

I decided a while back that I needed to experiment with more of my stamps, dies and use up some paper before I do any more purchasing!  HA!  I know, I know that is laughable you say!  Wholly agree!  BUT, I have been looking at stamps that I have had and dies that I purchased and low and behold, they hit my creative brain! Finally!

Today, I want to share with you just a few of the projects that I had a blast with.  Have to add - the Botanical Builder Framelits from Stampin' Up! has quickly become a favorite of mine.  When it first came out, all the elements of the Botanical Blooms series - the paper, the embellishments, the stamps and die - they didn't appeal to me.  Why?  I don't know.  It took awhile, but they have really grown on me.  Perhaps seeing all of the beautiful examples on Pinterest, and samples from groups that I am a member of made me see the beauty that was hidden.

So, here are my projects so far for the week and the products used..

Yellow Rose

Yellow rose
On this card, I used a Crystal Effects technique that Dawn Griffith from Dawns Stamping Thoughts  had on a You Tube tutorial...


Table built using Product Table Builder by The Crafty Owl - Independent Stampin' Up! Demonstrator.
Teeny Tiny Basket
The basket die is not a Stampin' Up! die but a Sizzix die.  Also, the poor basket wouldn't stand up for my picture..too tired I guess. Designer Paper is a couple years old, so not available.
Table built using Product Table Builder by The Crafty Owl - Independent Stampin' Up! Demonstrator.
 Drapery Fold Card.  I saw this technique on Pinterest and it looked pretty, so I thought I would give it a try.  Gwen Edelman of Create with Gwen has an excellent You tube video on the process.  The Designer Series Paper is Gold Soiree and I don't believe it is available any longer.  So sorry, but I am trying to use up some of my Stampin' Up! papers.  The Glitter tape came in a bundle with White and Silver and I am sorry to say that is not available any longer either.  They should consider bringing some of these things back, I think...maybe in the New Catalog???
Drapery fold
Table built using Product Table Builder by The Crafty Owl - Independent Stampin' Up! Demonstrator.
 Well, that is all for now.  Here is wishing everyone a fabulous weekend and make sure you find time to Create With Paper!

OMG! Wait until you see!

Happy Weekly Deal Tuesday, Friends!

I am in such awe of how many "DEALS" Stampin' Up! has for you this week, the very last week 😟 of the fabulous deals.  We are so sorry to see them go, but you will be surprised as to how many there are for you to take advantage of!  Like I said last week, I am going to take advantage of some of them, too!

May I offer a recommendation to you all?  There are seven die sets offered, and if you have access to a die cutting machine - Big Shot (#113439) you must get at least three of these.  Even if you don't have a cutting machine, come over to my house and I will let you use mine and I may be able to talk you into buying one for yourself.  They are essential!  The three that I think are basic to some great creative projects are the Mini Treat Bag Thinlits, the Baker's Box Thinlits and the Star Framelits Set.  I have used all three of these for so many projects it is uncanny!  Not to make the other die sets any less useable or beautiful, but the three I mentioned are so basic.

Take a look at all that are offered this week.  It is a LONG list, so go slowly and take advantage of the discount!

Weekly Deals

Weekly Deals are leaving on April 18! Don’t miss the last week of deals!


Acorn Builder Punch Item # 139681
Regular Price: $18.00 US/$22.00 CAN
Discounted Price: $13.50 US/$16.50 CAN

Perfect Pines Framelits Dies Item # 139665
Regular Price: $27.00 US/$33.00 CAN
Discounted Price: $20.25 US/$24.75 CAN

Very Vanilla Thick Baker’s Twine Item # 138411
Regular Price: $3.50 US/$4.50 CAN
Discounted Price: $2.63 US/$3.38 CAN

Bermuda Bay Baker's Twine Item # 134575
Regular Price: $3.00 US/$3.75 CAN
Discounted Price: $2.25 US/$2.81 CAN

Mini Treat Bag Thinlits Dies Item # 137547
Regular Price: $40.00 US/$49.00 CAN
Discounted Price: $30.00 US/$36.75 CAN

Delicate Ornament Thinlits Dies Item # 139667
Regular Price: $29.00 US/$39.00 CAN
Discounted Price: $21.75 US/$29.25 CAN

Silver Stampin' Glitter Item # 133756
Regular Price: $4.00 US/$5.00 CAN
Discounted Price: $3.00 US/$3.75 CAN

Silver Sparkle Dazzling Details Item # 127845
Regular Price: $2.50 US/$3.25 CAN
Discounted Price: $1.88 US/$2.44 CAN

Sweetheart Punch Item # 133786
Regular Price: $16.00 US/$20.00 CAN
Discounted Price: $12.00 US/$15.00 CAN

Hearts & Stars Decorative Masks Item # 133777
Regular Price: $3.00 US/$3.75 CAN
Discounted Price: $2.25 US/$2.81 CAN

Baker's Box Thinlits Dies Item # 138279
Regular Price: $33.00 US/$41.00 CAN
Discounted Price: $24.75 US/$30.75 CAN

2015-2017 In Color Stampin' Write Markers Item # 138333
Regular Price: $15.00 US/$19.00 CAN
Discounted Price: $11.25 US/$14.25 CAN

Stars Framelits Dies Item # 133723
Regular Price: $27.00 US/$33.00 CAN
Discounted Price: $20.25 US/$24.75 CAN

Snow Friends Framelits Dies Item # 139664
Regular Price: $27.00 US/$33.00 CAN
Discounted Price: $20.25 US/$24.75 CAN

Silver Sequin Trim Item # 138399
Regular Price: $5.00 US/$6.25 CAN
Discounted Price: $3.75 US/$4.69 CAN

Metallic Foil Doilies Item # 138392
Regular Price: $4.00 US/$5.00 CAN
Discounted Price: $3.00 US/$3.75 CAN

Rose Garden Thinlits Dies Item # 140619
Regular Price: $31.00 US/$38.00 CAN
Discounted Price: $23.25 US/$28.50 CAN

Today, I am experimenting with the Rose Garden Thinlits Die and a technique that I found on Pinterest from fellow Demonstrator Dawn Griffith of Dawn's Stamping Thoughts.  She used Stampin' Up!'s Crystal Effects and it turned out gorgeous!  Yesterday while working with the Swallowtail Stamp, I pulled out the Crystal Effects and thought - I have never, ever used this product!  Since I wasn't sure how it was used, I went to my old favorite "Glamour Dust" which is a paint that just gives a sheen like on many vintage cards you see.  In the picture, you can't really see the shimmer, but believe me it is there.


After my experiment, I will post my results on my Facebook page, so visit Facebook/CreatingWithPaper later today!

Well folks, for now that is all I have to offer to you.  Reminder - take advantage of the discounts on the weekly deals and Use the April Hostess Code - there will be a gift at the end of the month!!!! 

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Questions?  PLEASE don't hesitate to contact me.  Need help ordering on line? Email or Message me - I will help you! 

Have a fabulous Tuesday (I would say Super Tuesday, but...😏) and make plenty of time for Creating With Paper!

Things You Need To Know!

Hello my Paper Peeps!

There is some news to share about what is upcoming in the couple months ahead at Stampin' Up!, so I wanted to let you all in on it.  But first, how was everyone's weekend?  Mine was quiet, although I did get some paper crafting done.  I did 3 challenge cards (wwhhhaaattt??) and one general card that I saw on Pinterest.  Come to find out, one of my fellow demonstrators did the same idea - hers was so pretty and done different!  That is what is nice about Pinterest and groups that share ideas.  You can run in many creative directions with the ideas and really make some lovely cards, tags or banners!

Now, what is happening in the next couple of months?  Well...

First of all, it is nearing the end of the 2015-2016 catalog year.  May 31st is the last day to order from the existing "annual" catalog, and the latest Occasions Catalog.  There will be a retired list (products that will be retired and no longer available after May 31st) that will be put out by Stampin' Up! on or around the 18th of April.  I will let you all know what items are on that list if you are interested in purchasing any of them.  They aren't discounted, but just think, if you don't get the item, well, as they say - snooze you lose!


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I know you do!  Here is how you can get one from me. 

  • For all of you wonderful peeps who have ordered from me in the last 6 months, you will be the happy recipients of a catalog FREE!  It is my way of saying Thank You for the support you have shown me with Stampin' Up!
  • For those of you who haven't ordered, there is still time!  If you place an order through me before April 30th, I will add your name to my list of faithful customers and you will find a catalog in your hands FREE!  If you need a copy of the 2015-2016 catalog, let me know - I will get one to you FAST!  In addition to your FREE 2016-2017 catalog, make sure you add the Hostess Code to your order.  Remember, my customers get a prize at the end of the month if you place an order and use the Hostess Code!

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I will be placing the order for catalogs on April 30th so there is plenty of time for you to get an order in and qualify for your FREE catalog.  Now, who wants the NEW STAMPIN' UP! catalog with over 190 pages of creative inspiration, new stamps and accessories?  I know I do - HOW ABOUT YOU????

Next HOT TOPIC is tomorrow, Tuesday, April 18th, is the LAST Weekly Deal!  Oh my gosh!  We will certainly miss the bargains but looking forward to more bargains in a few months.  Don't despair, just take advantage of those wonderful prices and remember to use the Hostess Code for April! 

Now for some fun...Here are the three challenge cards I made for my group challenge and my Pinterest Inspirational card..

April 8th challenge

  Challenge 2

Challenge 3

Pinterest and Fellow Demonstrator inspired card:

Pinterest card

I never got a chance to "Stage" the three photos, so you will just have to ignore my working mat! 

Hope you all have a wonderful week!  Don't forget Tuesday Weekly Deals, and getting a brand spankin' new catalog from me!  Feel free to contact me with any questions that pop in your heads!  I am here for you!

Take time for having fun Creating With Paper!

Weekly Deal Tuesday!

Greetings this fine Tuesday!

So, what is so special about Tuesdays?  It's not Hump Day!  It's not Throwback Day (although if you want it to be it could be..).  It is Taco Tuesday, but more importantly it is WEEKLY DEAL TUESDAY from Stampin' Up!  Just click on the Weekly Deals in the upper banner on my blog and it takes you directly to the Deals of the Century!  Well, maybe not the Century, but the Week!  You may notice that there are only TWO weeks left to take advantage of the Weekly Deals.


The reason Stampin' Up! started doing Weekly Deals was because of a surplus of inventory on some products.  Now that they have reduced excess inventory, the variety that they offer has decreased.  With this in mind, they have decided to go another route.  The Weekly Deal will be replaced with "Special Offers" that will occur every few months as their inventory will allow. 

I strongly encourage you to take full advantage of these reduced prices.  When you place an order through my site, use the Hostess code listed in the box.  This code is good for the entire month of April. 

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Wondering what a "Hostess Code" is?  How do you use it?  Here is the secret!  A Stampin' Up! Hostess Code is a way for a demonstrator or Host of a party to keep track of orders.  It allows for customers to place orders online for a particular event and the Host will get full credit for their order.  In this case, as a demonstrator, I provide a Hostess Code to be used mainly so I can track your orders and at the end of the month, I like to "reward" all of my customers with a Hostess gift!  The gifts can be worth quite a bit, so use it or lose it!

To use the code, click on the banner button "Shop Now" at the top or the Sidebar button "Let's Shop".  This takes you to my personal Stampin' Up! online ordering page.  Go to the left side and Sign In if you have shopped on line with me before.  Or, Create An Account to start shopping with me!  I would immediately go to the Weekly Deals on the left side and see if you want any of those items.  Click on an item (for example, Glassine Bags).  When it brings up all the details of the item, click on "add to bag".  It gives you the option of "Continue to Shop" or "View Shopping Bag".  If you are ready to check out, click on View Shopping Bag and on the detail page, you will see a box in the lower left corner that says "Do you have a host code? Enter it here and click Apply".  This is where you want to enter the April Hostess Code showing in the box above.  Continue with your checkout with the payment and shipping page and voila'!  Your order will be placed and you will receive it usually within 2-3 business days.  Any questions, please don't hesitate to call me or email me.  I will be happy to assist.  I would love for some of my previous customers to take advantage of these last two weeks of the Weekly Deals!  Don't pass them up as they may be gone for good!  

A quick note: Today I changed my mailing feed for my blog to Feedblitz.  Previously it was going through MailChimp.  I ask that you add Feedblitz to your accepted mailing list so you can continue to get these blogs.  Let me know if you have any problems or feedback on not only the blog content, but on the email notification you get.  This is all very new to me, so I am definitely learning as I go.

Hope you all have a wonderful week ahead and plenty of time for Creating With Paper.

A Tisket A Tasket, I made some Slatted Baskets!

Lately, I have seen many posts on the various blogs and websites I follow about this unique looking "Slatted Basket".  Well, I thought I would try one or two...I pulled up the instructions from and found a great tutorial by Betty Traciak. 

Saturday, I set out to make one and my sweet little girl kitty Musette kept bugging me to play with her, so I made several mistakes on measurements and had to start over a couple of times.  So, after playing with Musette to tire her out (and me), I finally got it right!  I am really happy the way it turned out!  I call it Roses Are Red.

Slatted basket 1

Since it seemed pretty busy, I kept the embellishments simple.  Usually I go hog wild with ribbons, flowers and bling, but somehow this basket screamed "SIMPLE, please!".  Like I said, I am very happy with the look of it - sort of on the vintage side which is my forte'.  Love me some vintage.

I posted this picture on several groups that I belong to and had many requests for instructions!  So, I made another basket and have included instructions based on Betty Traciak's tutorial.  I tried a little different approach to the assembly, but in the end they both turned out quite pleasing.

My second basket I called "Daisies On Blue".

Slatted basket 3

Here are the instructions:


Double Sided Paper 12" x 12"
Print paper 12"x12" - cut 6 (six) strips 1" x 11", 1 (one) strip 1 1/4" x 12" and 1 (one) 4" x 4" square.
Scoring Tool (I used my Simply Scored from Stampin' Up!)
Two sided adhesive (I used the red super sticky tape on the red basket and the white sticky tape on the blue basket. In my opinion, the red held the box base together much better).

Step by Step

Score your base 12" x 12" cardstock at 3/4", 4", 8" and 11 1/4".  Rotate your paper 90 degrees and repeat process.

Cutting on the score lines, cut away the corner rectangles (I have marked the corners to cut out).

Instruct 1

Next, on the score lines on the same sides you cut the corners out of cut up to the 2nd score line. The first score line is the 3/4" score - don't stop your cutting there.  Go all the way to the next score line. Trim your flaps at a slight angle to make putting the box together easier.  Add your double sided tape to the flaps as shown in the picture.

Instruct 2a

 Normally now would be the time to assemble your box.  I tried a little different approach...

 Take your six 1" x 11" strips and score each one at 3 1/2" from either side.  On the back side, adhere your two sided tape in the middle section between the score lines and on the ends of each strip.



Back showing tape placement


Adhere the first three strips to the bottom of your box


Take the remaining three strips and place them perpendicular on the box base.  Don't attach the top ends of your strips just yet.


Now is the time you can assemble your box.  Fold on the score lines and fold end flaps (the ones with tape on them) inward toward the center flap.  Do this on all four sides.  Remember, don't adhere your print strips just yet, that will be our next step.  Fold your top 3/4" flaps to the outside.  This is how your box should look at this point. 


Start adhering your strips to the box base.  Take the strip and adhere it just under the score line.  Repeat for the three strips on each side.  As you go around, add a piece of sticky tape to the underneath part of the top flap.  Tack those down now.


Notice that your strips don't lay flat against the side of the box.  They have a curve - that is what gives the illusion of a basket.  Continue this process on all four sides.  Your box is almost done!



Please excuse the messy work surface - I was in creating heaven.  Okay, we're getting close to the end!  Take your 1 1/4" x 12" strip and adhere to two sides of the basket.  This is your handle.  You can simply use sticky tape to adhere it, or in the case of my Daisies On Blue box, I found these cute flower brads so I used those to attach my handle.  Place the 4" x 4" square in the bottom inside of the box.  This finishes off the box.  Since my base was a solid color, the print bottom added a bit of "pretty" to the box.

Now you can glam and glitz it up as you wish.  I again went pretty simple on my blue box.  But decorate however you want!

I hope you will make some of these baskets..and please share your projects with me.  I love to see what everyone else does.  Most of my inspiration comes from my fellow paper peeps, my fellow Stampin' Up! demonstrators and of course Pinterest so I take a keen interest in what you all do.

Check in tomorrow for the Weekly Deals from Stampin' Up!  I will give you a Hostess code and how to use it in tomorrows blog.

Have a wonderful week and have fun Creating With Paper!


A New Project - Even for Me!

Happy Friday Everyone!

It has been a great week, but everyone is looking forward to the weekend.  Even those of us who are retired.  There is always something exciting about a weekend.  Beware of the Fools going around today!  Ha!

Today, I am sharing with you a unique card that I made yesterday.  It is called the Double Dutch card.  My fellow Stampin' Up! demonstrator Penni Behr posted one on a group we are in and I was fascinated by it.  Penni gladly gave me the link of the demonstrator that she saw the card on, so I visited her blog.  So a huge Thank You to Penni Behr and to Jan Farring of Jans Stamping Creations for the creative ideas.  Jans site is

Here is my card


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 Here are the details on how to make it!

Base:    Cardstock (I used Soft Sky).  Cut one piece 4 3/16" x 9".  Cut another piece 8 1/2" x 2".

Inside:    Cardstock (I used Blushing Bride).  Cut one piece 5 1/4" x 4".

Top Panel:    Birthday Bouquet Designer Series Paper.  Cut one piece 4" x 3 1/4". 

Bottom Panels (the 2 small squares that fold up to meet in the middle):   Cut 2 pieces 1 3/4" x 1 3/4" (mine was out of the Blushing Bride).  Cut 2 pieces out of the Designer Series Paper 1 1/2" x 1 1/2".

Top Panel Flap (not too visible in my front shot): Cut 1 piece of cardstock (Soft Sky) 3 1/2" x 2 1/2".


Score the 4 3/16" x 9" piece at 5".

Score the 8 1/2" x 2" piece at 2 1/8" and 6 3/8".

Adhere the 8 1/2 " x 2" piece to the bottom of the card on the long side (I attached it to the back on the outside, but you can put it on the inside as your Inside panel piece will cover it). This establishes the two small front flaps that meet in the middle.  Fold on the score lines and use your bone folder to make a good crease.

Stamp your sentiment on the Inside 5 1/4" x 4" piece and adhere to inside of card (see inside picture I used the sentiment from the Birthday Blooms stamp set).

Adhere the Designer Series Paper 4" x 3 1/4" piece to top flap on outside.

Adhere the 1 3/4" x 1 3/4" pieces to bottom flaps on front (mine is Blushing Bride).

Adhere the 1 1/2" x 1 1/2" pieces to bottom flaps on front (mine is the Designer Series Paper).

Use the #4 (from the inside) framelit from "Lots Of Labels" Framelits on the 3 1/2" x 2 1/2" piece (mine was the Sky Blue). Adhere to the top flap only about 2/3 to 1/2 way down (or up).

Next, I embellished it with flowers using the Botanical Builder Framelits.  I put the bling on the flowers using the Rhinestones.  I love me some bling!

Whew!  That was quite a lengthy segment.  I will have to start doing video instructions - all in good time.  Jan ( has several more examples and she gives detailed instructions also.  

Hope everyone will give this card a good try.  It sounds more difficult than it really is.  If you do make this Double Dutch Card ~ I would love to see your pictures.  Thanks for visiting and have a wonderful weekend, Creating With Paper!

 Products Used

Table built using Product Table Builder by The Crafty Owl - Independent Stampin' Up! Demonstrator.