Fab Friend Maren Benedict

I am so pleased to have Maren join us this week.  I just LOVE her style and her ingenious way of combining things together!  She is a total superstar, and I’m blessed to have her join us this week.

Before we catch a glimpse of her amazing book project, let’s get nosy!

<What is your signature move?  Is there one style or technique that seems to adorn your every creation?
I have a hard time NOT adding a big bow.  YUMMY.  I {heart} ribbon!

What’s your favorite MFT set and why?
Yikes.  That is a hard one.  My current favorite is Bunch of Bots because I am a house of ALL boys (excluding myself, of course!)

Any funny stamping stories?  Glitter mishaps??  SPILL!
I am a messy crafter AND I don’t always have the time to clean up.  Shutting the door is MUCH faster!  There have been many times (too many to count) where I am literally crafting on a small floor space.  Recently, I was embossing an image and completely lost the lid to the powder in my mess.  Of course I just left it on the floor and, typical Maren, forgot about it.  Needless to say, I kicked the entire jar over with little embossing bits flying everywhere.  I have vacuumed, dusted, and wiped but I still find and feel that powder around.

Check out this amazing book she made using Monsters Ink and Bling ‘Bers:

EEK!!  Isn’t this precious?????  My WORD.  PLEASE make sure to head to Maren’s Blog and let her know how much we appreciate her sharing her talent with all of us!

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Last Chance….

Friday, July 23rd is our last shipping day prior to the CHA SuperShow! If there’s something you *need*, make sure to order it asap.

Orders will resume shipping upon our return Aug 3rd.

SEE you in Chicago!!

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It's a VIP Hop!

Happy VIP Day!  I’m so excited to share with you this months VIP Collection!

I love it when we can gather products that really complement the set and make the Collection something special, and this month is no exception.  Some of the items in the VIP Collection will be released on August 4th, such as the two stamp sets included, but the other items are only available in this VIP Collection.

As usual, the VIP Collection is available today and only until they sell out!

Since I am crazy prepping for the CHA SuperShow this week, and the hundreds of make-n-takes, I am going to fill you in on the details and send you hopping along your merry way as you bounce from Creative Team Members and check out all the amazing samples!  And, there’s even a new Template, but I’ll let Jody tell you all about that!

This months VIP Collection Includes:

Who’s That Harvest Girl Stamp Set

Goodness from the Garden MINI Stamp Set

Olivia 6 x 6 Paper Pad from Basic Grey

10 Yards of 1/4″ Girly Net Ribbon in 5 colors (Lipstick Red, Cool Green, White Tulle, Sassy Black, Girly Pink)

5 Yards of 5/8″ Wide Black Saddlestitch Ribbon

10 Scalloped Note Cards in Black Linen

Isn’t it pretty!  The colors in the Olivia Paper Pack complement the Net Ribbon just perfectly.  And since the Net Ribbon is only 1/4″, it layers with the Saddlestitch for a striking effect!

Here is the 411 from MFT this week:

- All orders placed through July 23rd will ship as usual.  Orders placed on July 24th through August 2nd will begin shipping on August 3rd.

- If you are attending the Show, you can find out all of our details HERE.

- There are many items back in stock this week, including several Die-namics that were out of stock.  If there’s anything you’ve been waiting on, check it out!

Now that all the information is out of the way, it’s time for some eye candy, huh??  Next up on the Hop is the amazing Kerry!!!!

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It’s a VIP Hop!

Happy VIP Day!  I’m so excited to share with you this months VIP Collection!

I love it when we can gather products that really complement the set and make the Collection something special, and this month is no exception.  Some of the items in the VIP Collection will be released on August 4th, such as the two stamp sets included, but the other items are only available in this VIP Collection.

As usual, the VIP Collection is available today and only until they sell out!

Since I am crazy prepping for the CHA SuperShow this week, and the hundreds of make-n-takes, I am going to fill you in on the details and send you hopping along your merry way as you bounce from Creative Team Members and check out all the amazing samples!  And, there’s even a new Template, but I’ll let Jody tell you all about that!

This months VIP Collection Includes:

Who’s That Harvest Girl Stamp Set

Goodness from the Garden MINI Stamp Set

Olivia 6 x 6 Paper Pad from Basic Grey

10 Yards of 1/4″ Girly Net Ribbon in 5 colors (Lipstick Red, Cool Green, White Tulle, Sassy Black, Girly Pink)

5 Yards of 5/8″ Wide Black Saddlestitch Ribbon

10 Scalloped Note Cards in Black Linen

Isn’t it pretty!  The colors in the Olivia Paper Pack complement the Net Ribbon just perfectly.  And since the Net Ribbon is only 1/4″, it layers with the Saddlestitch for a striking effect!

Here is the 411 from MFT this week:

- All orders placed through July 23rd will ship as usual.  Orders placed on July 24th through August 2nd will begin shipping on August 3rd.

- If you are attending the Show, you can find out all of our details HERE.

- There are many items back in stock this week, including several Die-namics that were out of stock.  If there’s anything you’ve been waiting on, check it out!

Now that all the information is out of the way, it’s time for some eye candy, huh??  Next up on the Hop is the amazing Kerry!!!!

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Our Favorite Finds – July 13 through July 19

Hello everyone and welcome back to Our Favorite Finds, the day that we share gorgeous projects created by all of you, our fabulous customers!  We hope you enjoy today’s featured projects as much as we have!  Thanks for dropping by today, and see you next week with another set of projects!

Kelly has two adorable MFT cards on her blog this week, I’ll share this adorable Loveosaurus with you, but you won’t want to miss her sweet blog so you can also see the other!

Eva combines Pure Innocence with DeLovely for a beautiful, summery creation – aaack, look at that sugary lollypop! Fabulous!

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Kate’s card for Mercy’s sketch last week – was selected at one of Mercy’s Favorites – guess what, one of our faves too!

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Betty’s beautiful sample for one of the Dare to Get Dirty Challenges on Splitcoast combines our new Framed Greetings stamp set and Die-namic die as well as the new Rolled Flower Die-namics. Isn’t it beautiful?

Another amazing sample for the Dare to Get Dirty Challenges from Dawn – I love the texturized treatment on the dress, and this striking color combination. Amazing!

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Fab Friend Alli Miles!

I am so stinkin’ excited to share this weeks Fabulous Friend with you!  It’s none other than Alli Miles!

For the past several weeks I’ve been totally starstruck.  How about you guys??

Before I show off the sweetness Alli has created, let’s get nosy!

What is your signature move?

I’d say there are two things:
1) White space 2) Buttons.  I actually like cards that have white space.  I’m not afraid of plain and yet I quite enjoy lots of layers and embellishments too.  But for the most part I like to incorporate white space on many of my cards.
I {heart} buttons.  They add interesting dimension to a card and I love that they can be matchy matchy with the colours on the card. Especially the tricky colours found within patterned paper.

Is there one style or technique that seems to adorn your every creation?

Simple. Sometimes less is more. :) I also really like texture on my cards so I either pick papers with texture, create my own texture or use embossing plates and folders to create texture.

What’s your favorite MFT set and why?

I have so many fav MFT sets but I adore the Pure Innocence line and most of all “You Make the Grade” because I am a teacher and because I am grateful for all the teachers out there who have not only made a difference in my life but also the lives of our future generations.

Any funny stamping stories?  Glitter mishaps??  SPILL!

I used to teach stamping techniques weekly and I always dreaded the glitter lessons.  There is something about glitter that makes grown women giddy and sparkle happy too.  I remember one time in particular where at the end of the lesson EVERYTHING was covered in glitter.  Little did I know how much I had on me personally.  After the event was over I headed  home.  I didn’t think much of it until the next evening when my uniform wearing husband came home from work and thanked me for adding sparkle to his life.  I guess the glitter was all over the car and he literally wore it to work.  I don’t think his colleagues let him live that one down for months after that.

Now hang onto your hats and check out this beauty!

Isn’t this dripping with sweetness???  Please stop by Alli’s blog and let her know how very much we appreciate her sharing her time with all of us!

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Greatest Hits – Amanda Baird

It is time for one of my favorite new blog features, Greatest Hits – you may have noticed that’s when our design team takes one of our stamp lines out for a spin.

These may be treasured favorites in your collection, or ones you somehow missed along the way, so be sure to stop by all of the following designers as they put the Amanda Baird stamps to work!

And, with the hopes that you like what you see, we have special offers on select Amanda Baird stamps!

These special prices are available today, Friday, July 16th through Sunday, July 18th.

I bet that you are dying to see some eye candy using these sets, so here are the designers previewing these sets:

Julie
Frances
Cindy
Lisa
Jessie
Christina
Jody
Megan
Barbara
Melody
Carole

And even though it’s not an Amanda set, I had to show off this gorgeous I Want Candy project from Jen!

I also wanted to mention a recent addition to our Copic Refill Bar.  We are now offering replacement nibs as well!  Now when you send in your markers to have their ink refilled, you can also have the nibs changed out as well!  WOOT!  Make sure to read all the details here.

Our Birthday Bash is going to continue all month long, and this weekend is no exception!

Now through Sunday, July 18th ONLY, it’s a Gift Voucher BONANZA!

Purchase any Gift Voucher, and we will increase its value by 50%! (Up to a $50 maximum)

* $25 becomes $37.50

* $50 becomes $75.00

* $100 becomes $150

Get the picture?

Your bonus Gift Voucher will be automatically added to your account before July 25th, no need to lift a finger!

Please read all dates and details carefully, this offer will not be extended and is only valid with the dates and amounts listed.

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Meet the à la modes

Hi all!  We hope you’re enjoying the 4th Birthday Bash, and we will be keeping it going ALL month long!

Here is the important info to know about à la modes:
  • - à la modes will be available only in rubber
  • - Each set is produced in the USA using the highest quality rubber, with the deepest etch possible.
  • - Each image and sentiment is backed on cling foam and scroll cut, making it ready for stamping right out of the bag!
  • - Packaged in a clear hang bag, we’ve also provided the ideal storage solution by including a thick laminated header card in each set that can be used to store the stamp set, in its entirety after purchase.
  • - $10.95 for the 3 x 4″ set.

I combined this weeks WSC Challenge into my Blog Hop project, and used Christmas colors on my Hop card!

I used the Birthday Girl a la mode, Sweet Tooth, Sno Cone and Red card stock, Framed Greetings (sold out) and Rolled Flower Die-namics, Fossil note cards, Crystal Clear Crystals, and Garden Variety Ruffled Ribbon.

Your next stop on the hop is the AMAZING JODY MORROW (EEM) and I am positive she will knock your socks off!

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à la modes – Birthday Girl

Welcome back as we play along with the second à la mode set releasing TONIGHT at 10pm EST right HERE.  Meet Birthday Girl!

I am so excited to have real rubber stamps to play with!  I hope you love them as much as we do!

Each à la modes Cling Rubber Set is approx. 3 x 4″ and is $10.95. The Birthday Girl main image à la mode measures right at 3.5″ high and there are 4 sentiments in this set as well.  Here are some important deets to know:

  • The à la modes are GREY RUBBER, mounted on cling foam, scroll cut (no trimming necessary), ready to be used right out of the package.  It is made from the highest quality rubber, with the deepest etch possible.
  • It comes with a nifty thick, laminated header card, which will be perfect for storing your à la modes stamp set on!
  • The à la mode stamp line will be available in ONLY rubber.

And since I know you are anxiously awaiting to see what the Creative Team has done with Birthday Girl, here are the designers previewing her today:

Jody

Joanne

Cindy

Frances

Barbara

Michele

Lisa

Julie

Christina

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Our Favorite Finds – July 6 through July 12

This week we’ve got Our Favorite Finds for you both on Tuesday and Wednesday – today’s finds were discovered between July 6th and July 12th.  Remember we’re always on the lookout for fun MFT Stamps projects, and you never know when YOU might be Our Favorite Find!

I adore Denise’s sweet paper piecing and pretty shadowing on this cute little Pure Innocence card!

Crystal puts one of my favorite sets to work -  i {heart} books.  I love the chalkboard effect on the right hand panel. So clever!

Cassie’s sweetly embellished Fred Bear, I love all the soft edges with distress inking.

How happy and sweet is this card from Teri using the Banner Day Die, and ‘Bling Bers.  This is a great card to have on handy for all those birthday parties for your little one! Fabulous!

How pretty is  Jolinne – Just for You from Lynda.  What a great pattern for paper piecing, and eeks, her sweet little red patent leather shoes!

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Friday we have our monthly Greatest Hits feature – hope you’ll join us as the Design Team shares creations with one particular line of stamps, any guess as to which line is up this month?

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