New Stampin' Up Catalog

Happy 4th of July!


 Well, here we are, Independence Day!  How are you celebrating today?  We are doing a quiet little BBQ since our big family celebration is actually going to be on the 8th.  We are a very flexible family and love to extend any celebration for how ever long we need to.  Love this part of us.

I wanted to first share some absolutely EXCITING news that Stampin' Up! has happening in JULY!  So much, so be patient and review this blog often.  You won't regret a thing!

First of all, July 1-July 31 are BONUS DAYS!!

Bonus Days is the best option ever to earn free money for your August purchases! 
For every $50* you spend, you will receive a $5 Bonus Days coupon that you can use August 1-31, 2017 on anything you want!  The more you spend, the more "free" money you earn!  It is an awesome way to pick up some of the new stamp sets or new bundles and get new In Colors papers, markers, inks, etc!  Click on  the "Let's Shop" button and let's get shopping!!!  Remember you need an email address as this is how you will receive your coupons, and don't lose that email!!!
*Before Tax & Shipping

 Another super duper promo is Stampin' Up's! Blogpost_jul2017

"Christmas in July" promotion makes it easier than ever for you paper peeps to get discounts, pre-order opportunities, previews of new items Stampin' Up! is introducing and much more.  Just sign up to be a demonstrator and purchase your Starter Kit by July 31 and you will receive a FREE Essentials Gift Pack!  This is an added value of $52 and includes Paper Snips, SNAIL Adhesive, Grid Paper, two D Blocks (you can never have too many stamping blocks!) and a Bone Folder. And since as a new demonstrator you can get your hands on new products before anyone else, Stampin' Up! is including the "Carols of Christmas Stamp Set" from the holiday catalog for FREE ($20 US Value)! With so many basic items added to your Starter kit, your Starter Kit ($125 value) can be spent on the fun stuff—like your favorite stamp sets, dies and accessories!  All of this for only $99!  Join my team and see how much fun Stampin' Up! can really be!!!  I would love to have you on my team of great crafting ladies (we welcome guys too!)

As you probably can tell, we are gearing up for the Holidays already.  As customers of mine, you will be able to order the Carols of Christmas Bundle Set one of the top trending bundles coming up in the Holiday Catalog.  This early release coincides with the Bonus Days promotion - earn in July, and you can use it on the Carols of Christmas in August. 


If you are interested, let me know and I will send you some more information.  As this months goes on, I will be posting some more "news" on this fabby offer!

FYI, the Holiday Catalog goes live to the public on September 1st!  As demonstrators, we get a pre-order opportunity starting in August. Another great reason to join us at Stampin' Up!   

Don't forget, if you shop on my site, use the
 JULY 2017 hostess code
for a gift at the end of the month...

That is all for today..please everyone have a SAFE and FUN July 4th Holiday.  Be kind to one another and try to make time for CREATING WITH PAPER!











TGIF! The final three today!

Happy Friday! 

Even being retired, there is something magical about Fridays!  I suppose it will always be a day of excitement for the weekend, even though my husband and I say that sometimes it feels like every day is Friday.  Hey we certainly aren't knocking the retired life.  We love it!  He is semi-retired, but we consider it being retired.  Freedom is what we cherish the most.

So today, I am showing off the last three Display Board cards from my Catalog Launch Lunch that I held last Sunday.  It was truly a wonderful day, and I know I have said it before, these ladies are my life line!  Everyone of them is worth their weight in gold.  Love to you all!

My first card is another Catalog Case.  I really have taken advantage of the ideas in the catalog because for my Launch, the ladies were looking at the catalog.  This gave them an actual card to touch and feel.  I called it my Wedding Wishes card, and you will see why...I am not that original!  Ha!
Wedding a
Wedding b
It was an easy card, but I think it turned out lovely.  I hadn't used the Detailed Floral Thinlits in a while, so my cutting wasn't as precise as I would have liked.  But when you are under pressure, you stick with what you get!  (smiley face emoji!)  Here are the supplies:

Big Shot

Next card I called my "Miss Piggy" card.  This stamp set caught my eye at On Stage in April.  Pigs are cute and this one just made my heart smile.  My inspiration was Rose Grunewald of Country Cards by Rose.  She displayed the card on pinterest, and I felt the sentiment is very appropriate for women today.

Piggy a
Piggy b
We women haven't hit the glass ceiling yet, but I see it in the near future!  This little Miss Piggy kept up her hope and she did it!  I got some Watercolor Paper and attempted my artistic ability with the inks.  I will get better with time.  Her supplies:

Big Shot

The ribbon is Pool Party Woven Ribbon that has been retired.  I still love it, but other colors would go just as nice. 

Next, I made a Birthday Shadow Box card.  I showed one in my blog dated 5/24/17.  They are so unique and easy once you get your measurements right.  This one I am showing all 3 layers..I have to say, the flower and stem and the Happy Birthday on the front are from the retired stamp set That's The Tag.

Shadow 1
Inside box
Shadow 2
Back page
Shadow 3
As I said before, I want to make more of these - there are so many possibilities.  Splitcoast Stampers has a great tutorial for making the box.  My original idea came from Melanie Joyner at Joy-Stampin in Denmark.  Here are the supplies for this sweet kitty happy birthday:

Big Shot

 Well, that is all of the cards I made for my Display Board.  Whew!  I was a busy bee the week before my Launch.  Busy, yes, but it is exactly what I needed to get my mojo back.  Thank goodness.  If you wish to recreate any of these cards, click on the picture of the supply you need and it will take you directly to my store.  If you order less than $150.00 worth of product, be sure to use:
June 2017 hostess code

If you order more than $150.00 you will earn Stampin' Rewards and they start at $15.00 worth of product for your $150.00 purchase. 

So, next week I will share more cards that I am going to work on over the weekend.  Until we meet again, be kind to one another and make time for Creating With Paper!



Hump Day and the next sample revealed!

Good Morning!

Today is going to be a busy day for us, so I wanted to get on early and post the next sample card from my Catalog Launch Lunch Display Board.  Hope I am not boring you all.

The card I am showing today is called "Just Breathe".  Lately, we all have experienced some trying times and it probably will do us all good to relax and "just breathe".  I fell in love with this Color Theory Suite (bundle) the moment I saw the beach chair, but what was even better, it comes with a cute, cute, cute Adirondack chair in the Thinlits pack.  I will show you a card with that later this week.
Just breathe
Just breathe inside
Here are the products used for this card.  Just click on the picture of the item you need to CASE or make this card.  Share with us your creation.  That is what is so fun!  We get great ideas from others (other demonstrators, Pinterest, etc.) and we just get on the inspiration train!  Woo Hoo!  I saw several cards similar to this one on Pinterest, so Thank You to all who put them on Pinterest.  You all are my inspiration!

Remember to use:
June 2017 hostess code
If you order more than $150.00 don't use this months Hostess Code - you will earn Stampin' Rewards starting at $15.00! 

So, once again, stay tuned to see more of the samples for my Catalog Launch Party.  It is nice to be able to share them as I know how hard we all work before our launches.  It is a time consuming process but guess what?  We all love it! 

Until kind to one another and make time for Creating With Paper!


Sharing Display Board samples from Catalog Launch

Hi Hi!

Happy Tuesday!  Monday was a day of rest (most of it) for Catalog Launch Lunch took it out of me.  I think the excitement, preparation and anticipation of the event just tuckered me out.

I wanted to share with you some of the sample cards I made and thought that just one a day would be a good thing.  The first one I am sharing I want to give a shout out to the incredible Billie Moan of Rambling Rose Studio.  Billie shared this card with everyone and I was just enamored with it.  It was a must do for my Launch Party.  So, Thank You big time Billie! 
Daisy girl
Daisy girl inside
As you can see from the "front" photo, I posted a list of items used and the page number in the catalog.  My big disappointment was the daisy punch being unavailable until June 26th (hopefully), so I just fussy cut them out.  They turned out fine.  You can't really see the Wink of Stella Shine on the daisy and the little girls hair, but it is there and may I say an added bit of glam for her.

Here is an official list of Products used on this card so if you wish to duplicate it, just click on any of the items to order them

Blender Pens
Big Shot

If you wish to order these or any other items from the new Annual Catalog be sure to use:

June 2017 hostess code
If your order is over $150.00 don't use the code because you will earn Stampin' Rewards!

Well, tune in tomorrow for the next card sample displayed.  Until then, be kind to one another and make time for Creating With Paper!




Eastern Palace Suite sneak peek!

Hello My Fellow Stampers,

Yesterday, I just finished a clean up of my creativity room (or cave sometimes) and wanted to "Whip" up a couple samples using the Eastern Palace Suite that will be available to EVERYONE on May 1st!!!  Big WooHoo's from me!  It is an awesome suite of paper, dies, stamps, fun embellishments and more!  Here are the two cards that I came up with yesterday...
Eastern Palace 1
Eastern Palace 2
Inspiration came from On Stage San Diego and Penni Behr a very talented demonstrator with Stampin' Up!
I will make some more samples up just to convince each and every one of you to really consider getting this Suite during the promotional period of May 1-May 31st!  It is an awesome set and there are limitless possibilities with it.  Plus, it is available EARLIER than the rest of the catalog!
Scan 3
Remember that if you would like to get 20-25% discounts on products, access to early releases before the public, pre-order of products during the year, $125 worth of product for $99, come join my Team.  I would love to have you be a part of my amazing group of ladies...guys, you are welcome also!!!! 
Well, that is all for today, on to make more Eastern Palace Suite fun things!  Be kind to one another and always make time for Creating With Paper!





Michelle Shedoudy is Creating With Paper!

Greetings All!

Hope everyone is having a fun filled, cool (ha!) summer!  Ours has been unbelievable!  So much fun with family and friends!  But, the months just keep going by in the blink of an eye!  I can't believe it is going to be August on Monday!  Yikes.  Back to work on blogging, creating and having get togethers!  The Holiday season will soon be here!

Today, I wanted to share with you my examples of the Limited Thoughtful Branches Stamp Set and the coordinating Beautiful Branches Thinlit Dies.  These two items will only be available to you August 2-August 31 or while supplies last.  This comes as a bundle (stamp set and thinlits) for $52.00 and it is gorgeous!  It is also available separately for those who haven't invested in the Big Shot yet (or another die cutting machine).  And why haven't you?  The stamp set alone is $27.00 and the Thinlits will run you $31.00.  You obviously save on the bundle, but I know many who are just getting into card making don't want to invest in a piece of equipment unless you plan to use it many times.  Believe me, you will though! 

Here are the three that I made today~

My inspiration here was from Dena Rekow of The Creativity Cave.  Her video was so fun to watch and very easy to follow.  Thoughtful branches sample

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

I found some note cards that had the hydrangea in blue/purple on them, so that is where my inspiration came from for this next card.  I will avoid using the "grass" stamp included unless it is on a plain background.  I feel it just looked messy.  The background paper is the retired "Typeset Specialty" DSP. 

Thoughtful b

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

This one is by far my favorite.  I had fun working with the dazzling diamonds glitter paper and silver embossing powder (#109131 - forgot to add it to the supply list below).  Again, the white background paper is from the retired "Irresistibly Yours" the leaf pattern.  It is hard to see in the photo.  The sentiment is also from a Sale-A-Bration Stamp set "Simply Wonderful".

Thoughtful a

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

So, do you want this stamp and die bundle yet?  Remember it will be only available in August 2-31!  Put on your calendars to order it on Monday - just go to my Shop Now button and order away (bundle # 144328, stamp set #143539, and thinlits set #143538).  I promise you won't be disappointed!  There are so many possibilities!  Take a look at Pinterest ~ there are many beautiful examples of all the stamps and thinlits in the set ~ it is mind boggling!

HOLIDAY CATALOG!  It is coming soon!  If you are one of my customers, you have been put on our mailing list and will automatically get one mailed to you from Stampin' Up!  If you aren't, as soon as I get them in my hot little hands, I will send you one.  Email me at and put in the subject line "Holiday Catalog".  Of course let me know who you are and your address :-)  I got a sneak peek and woo hoo does it have some absolutely fabby things in it!  The catalog goes LIVE September 1st and is good until January 3rd, 2017 (whaatt?? 2017?? geez!)

August 28th is the Creating With Paper gathering and I will be showing off some samples of things from the HOLIDAY catalog for my local gals.  If you are interested in joining our group where ever you are, just follow my blog.  Someday I hope to make some videos here and try a Facebook Live class.  I will keep you updated on that new adventure.

If you wish to purchase anything from the new Annual Catalog that just came out in June, remember this:

July Hostess CodeAdd the July Hostess Code at the end of your order.  I will be giving you the new August Hostess code on Monday!

Until we meet again (which I promise will be sooner than later now that summer is almost over :-( ) remember to live, love, laugh and make time for Creating With Paper!

Creating with Paper doing up some Firecrackers!


As I said in an earlier post, as crafters, we have to be ahead of the game or at least the seasons.  I am still working on Patriotic ideas, but wanted to share with you my Straw Wreath and the Star which I did some embellishing on.

Here are both of them with our traditional Pop display...

Here are closeups of each of them...



The Straw Wreath (which usually connotates a bale of hay or straw!) was so fun to make.  It takes an average of 45 straws, but I think I squeezed in 49.  The most fun was collecting so many different patterns on these drinking straws.  Some are from past years, and many found this year.  A small MDF ring is the middle on which I glued the straws (after painting it navy blue).  Then you can embellish as you wish!  I am a "medallion" fan, so made a bunch and added a few other little items.

The Star will soon have it's partner to display.  But I have so many other things to do at the moment, that will be in June.

Here is a card I made for my groups challenge for this week...staying in the Patriotic Theme..


Word to the wise - May 31st is the LAST day to get anything from the Occasions Catalog.  Also the LAST day to get anything from the 2015-2016 catalog AND the Retired List.  For those of you getting a catalog from me, I will be mailing them out the last week in May, since they aren't "live" until June 1st. 

Click on Here to view products online in the Retiring List.

Well, that is it for me.  Hope you all have a wonderful week - we are at Disneyland for several days, having the time of our lives! 

Remember to be kind to others and make time to enjoy "Creating With Paper".

We are back!

Hey There, Hi There!

Hope all of you Moms out there had an absolutely fabulous day!  As a Grandmother of three little lovelies, I did! 

We took a much needed break - had the Granddaughters and family down for 5 days, and then hubby and I took off and went to Las Vegas to celebrate our 18th wedding anniversary.  We had so much fun those two weeks.  Got to have Spa day with all the girls and women of the family, visited the Safari Park in Escondido - formerly San Diego Wild Animal Park, got to play games with the girls - oh my gosh, we were having an absolute blast!

As they drove off, we left for the airport for our 4 day stint in the fine city of Las Vegas.  We took a helicopter ride that took us over Red Rock Canyon and then back over the Strip.  We did the VooDoo Zip Line at The Rio Hotel (that is where we stayed), had a fabulous dinner at the VooDoo Steak House, visited Madame Tussaud's wax museum, went to TI, Venetian, Palazzo, Gold Coast, The Palms, and a couple other hotel/casino's.  All in all, we had a super time. 

Now, back to the normalcy of life, right?  First order of business is a bit of Stampin' Up! updates for you.  The new 2016-2017 catalog is OUT!  Yippee Skippee!  It is awesome.  BUT, unless you are a demonstrator (which is easy to be - just click on "Join Me") you won't be able to see it until June 1st!  Here is a sneak peak of the front cover though! 

There are 212 pages - it by far is the largest catalog ever for Stampin' Up. The 2016-2018 colors are just absolutely fabby!  Delicious names for them too!  So many new stamps and papers!

The Retired List of Products is still active until May 31, 2016.  To spark your memory, Click on Here to view products online.  Some of the products are already out of stock, but hopefully the ones you want will still be available!  Plus, remember to use the Hostess Code to qualify for a free gift at the end of May!  This code is good for any orders you place on my site through May 31st! 

May hostess code

Now, here is a project I did today for a wonderful Stampin' Up! group I belong was our weekly challenge, and since I hadn't been participating for about three weeks, I thought I better do one.  I didn't have time to "stage" the picture, and I am afraid that many of the items used are retired.  So sorry about that, but I wanted to use up some of my older DSP so that I can make room for new things!  Can't wait to get those new products! 

May 6 challenge for blog 1
It doesn't show up well, but the "Congrats" is embossed in SU's Gold Embossing Powder.  I did have fun using some glam papers.

Well, that is all for now!  Please, if you have questions or comments do not hesitate to email me or comment - good or bad - I want to hear from you!  I hope you have a wonderful week and remember to make time for "Creating With Paper!"