Wednesday, May 1, 2013

30 days and Counting!

Another sneak peek just for you! The card today, With Heartfelt Sympathy, features a new In-Color, Baked Brown Sugar (lighter brown).  It looks fabulous with Early Espresso.  Also new is the Very Vintage Designer Button! I love embellishments!  The new Designer Series Paper, in the background, is called Soho Subway.  I will be sharing more projects later in the week with other patterns in the paper pack.


Tuesday, April 30, 2013

A Month of Sneak Peeks!

It is a month until the new 2013-2014 Stampin' Up! Catalog comes out.  However, over the next 31 days I will be post projects that use some of the new products SU! has to offer. 

Today I would like to start by sharing with you a Friends Forever card showcasing two of SU!'s new In-Colors, Crisp Cantaloupe (peachy color) and Pistachio Pudding (minty green color).  In addition, this card showcases stamps from two of the new hostess sets, Banner Greetings and Simply Sketched.
Be sure to check back to see more sneak peeks!
Happy Stamping!

Open House and New Catalog Launch Party

Open House & New Catalog Launch Party

Friday, May 31, 2013
2:00pm – 7:00pm
46660 Robert Leon Drive
Lexington Park, MD 20653
Don't know what Stampin' Up is all about...
Come and find out!!
Try products, ask questions, look through the new catalog
and make your own card to take home.
Already know about Stampin' Up and have
some of their great products...
Come and join me to see this year’s new and exciting
items and celebrate SU's color refresh.
Learn what colors have been retired and
see the exciting new color families.
What You Will Find At This Event
  • New products on display
  • Sample boards
  • Free samples
  • Door prizes
  • Awesome deals on retired products
  • Make and takes
  • Club sign-up sheets
  • Light refreshments
  • And the NEW 2013-2014 SU! Catalog for you!!!!
Because I will be distributing catalogs and you will have the opportunity to make cards to take home I kindly ask that you RSVP to
ensure there are card supplies and a catalog just for you!
Heather Howe
Stampin' Up Demonstrator
RSVP by May 27th please.
Stampin' Up! carries card and scrapbook supplies; stamps, cardstock, tools, ink and so much more!
Happy Stamping!

Friday, April 26, 2013

2013-2014 Color Refresh

In 2010, when SU! did their big color renovation they shared their plans for smaller color refreshes every three to five years to keep their colors on trend.

Well, it has been three years and they are excited to announce that the upcoming 2013– 2014 annual catalog will include 10 new colors (most of which are returning In Colors® from previous years)!

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

How does your garden grow?

There are many great new stamps, tools, and embellishments in the Holiday Catalog so I don't know where to begin.  Since I am not in the Halloween, Thanksgiving, or Christmas mood YET, I will start with the probably one of my favorite stamp sets that SU! has ever offered.  The stamp set is Perfectly Preserved and it is the most versatile jar, fruit, and flower set I have used in a long time.  What makes it even better are the framelits dies that compliment the stamp set.  That's right, you don't have to cut out, by hand, any of the images! Love, Love!  SU! even offers you 15% off if buy both the dies and stamp set. 

Below are two similar cards I created with the stamp set and the framelits dies.  One is more visually clean while the other has a more vintage feel.  I was inspired by the card sample on page 29 of the Holiday Catalog. These cards use many new items from this catalog. 

Stamp Set: Perfectly Preserved
Framelits Dies: Window Frames Collection, Cannery Set, and Bitty Banners
Ink: Early Espresso, Lucky Limeade, Raspberry Ripple
Paper: Whisper White CS, Lucky Limeade CS, Island Indigo CS, More Mustard CS, Orchard Harvest DSP
Embellishments: Linen Thread

Stamp Set: Perfectly Preserved
Framelits Dies: Window Frames Collection, Cannery Set, and Bitty Banners 
Ink: Early Espresso, Lucky Limeade, Raspberry Ripple
Paper: Whisper White CS, Lucky Limeade CS, Island Indigo CS, More Mustard CS, Orchard Harvest DSP
PLUS the NEW Core'dinations Card Stock - Early Espresso
Embellishments: Linen Thread
Other: Sanding Block

Friday, June 1, 2012

The 2012-2013 Stampin' Up! Catalog

Hello Stampers!

It’s that time of year again… the launch of a new SU! catalog.  This year’s catalog is about 40 pages smaller but offers a wide range of stamps to choose from.  A larger mini catalog will come out this August full of holiday sets guaranteed to please!  

SU! has also redesigned their stamp pads.  With the release of the new catalog they are introducing their new firm foam stamp pad! A few things to note: the firm foam is nice and flat and will not become wavy, it is soft and has a nice bounce to it, and the ink lay-down (how the ink is absorbed into the card stock) is even, not blotchy, and dries quickly. It has an increased opacity and stamps solid images beautifully. 
There are more Framelits and Edgelits to make your crafting tasks easier.  I hope you enjoy looking over the catalog as much as I have.  My favorite set… A Cherry on Top – page 201!!! Can’t wait to hear which sets you have fallen for.

Happy Stamping,
           Heather Howe

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

It's Teacher Appreciation Week!

This week is Teacher Appreciation Week and I created these cute little gift card holders for my children's teachers.  And who wouldn't like a gift card to Wawa?  Many thanks to all the teachers who work so hard everyday to educate our youth.  
  SU!'s Petite Pocket XL Die (#123131) makes creating a gift card holder so simple. It's a perfect fit!

Gift Card Holder Recipe:
Petite Pocket XL Die
It's A Wrap Occasions  Stamp Set
Cute by the Inch Stamp Set (retired hostess)
Real Red Cardstock and Ink
Basic Black Cardstock and Ink
Whisper White Cardstock
Brights Pattern DSP - Real Red
1" Square Punch
Postage Stamp Punch
Mini Library Clips

Saturday, January 28, 2012

Elementary Elegance Happy Birthday Cards

When I saw the new 3/8" pleated satin ribbon in the SU! Occasions Mini I knew I had to have them ALL.  I decided to match the ribbon up with the new SAB stamp set Elementary Elegance.  The result, simple yet elegant birthday cards.

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Happy Valentine's Day

I never thought I would be stating this... I think gnomes are growing on me.  Don't worry I am not ready to fill my yard with the little creatures, however, I certainly enjoy this stamp set.  My son is a huge fan of the movie, Gnomeo and Juliet, and I plan to create gnome valentines for his classmates.  

These cards were created using lots of FREE Sale-A-Bration stuff as well as new products from the Occasions Mini.   

Be Mine Card Recipe: Gnome Sweet Gnome Stamp Set, Outlined Occasions Stamp Set, Whisper White CS, Soft Suede CS, Poppy Parade CS, Everyday Enchantment DSP,  Framelits Dies - Labels Collection, Everyday Enchantment Ribbon - Lucky Limeade, Jewelry Tags Punch, Poppy Parade Classic Ink, Pool Party Classic Ink, Lucky Limeade Classic Ink

Love You Just The Way You Are Card Recipe: Gnome Sweet Gnome Stamp Set, Outlined Sprinkled Stamp Set, Whisper White CS, Peach Parfait CS, Poppy Parade CS, Everyday Enchantment DSP, Framelits Dies - Labels Collection, 3/8" Pear Pizzazz Pleated Satin Ribbon - Lucky Limeade, Poppy Parade Classic Ink

Sale-A-Bration 2012

January 24 - March 31, 2012
During Sale-A-Bration (SAB), you can earn FREE products.  For every $50 in merchandise you purchase during the dates above you can choose a FREE product out of the SAB catalog.  There are new SAB stamp sets, ribbons, brads, and paper.  There are also a few 2011-2012 IB&C stamps and products featured in the SAB catalog you can choose as your FREE product.

Have you been thinking about joining the Stampin' Up! family? The Starter Kit is normally $175. So during SAB you will save $50 PLUS get a free pack of DSP (or digital downloads) for a year just for signing up before March 31st!!!
Contact me if you're interested in joining my team!

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

It's Good To Be The Hostess Promotion

Have you heard... From November 1-December 15, 201, hostesses will receive an additional $35 in free Stampin' Up! products when they hold a workshop totaling $350 or more (excluding tax and shipping)! This is in addition to all the other benefits they already get as a Stampin' Up! hostess. See Promotion Flyer!

Things to Remember:
  • If you don't have time for a party this offer is good for customer orders as well.  Get a few friends together and place an order! Online orders do not qualify for this promotion. Call me and I will be happy to help!
  • Orders must be $350 or more to qualify.
  • Orders larger than $350 are not eligible for additional hostess free merchandise dollars. For example, a $700 workshop does not receive $70 in additional dollars. All orders over $350 always receive $35 in additional free hostess dollars.
  • Hostesses may use their additional $35 in free merchandise on any catalog/mini catalog products.

Monday, October 3, 2011

Clearance Rack!!!!

Have you checked out Stampin' Up!'s Clearance Rack?  It has been recently updated. 
  • Items start at $1.99!
  • Punches start at $4.99!
  • And nothing is over $15.99!
Christmas is around the corner.  These items would make great gifts for the crafters in your life.  Or better yet, treat yourself and do it on a budget!

Click the link to get started.

Dates: October 1-31, 2011

Promotion Details: The Big Shot is a big deal! And during October, any new recruit who signs up during the promotion period will receive a Sizzix Big Shot Machine or $100 in Stampin' Up! products of their choice from any of our current catalogs.
Things to Note:
·         New recruits who use the online IDA will be given access to the Promotional Product Bonus order type in OEX approximately one hour after they complete their online IDA (they will be provided a link to OEX for this redemption via e-mail). In this order type, they will either enter the item number for the Big Shot (item 113439) or the item numbers for up to $100 in Stampin' Up! products. Products can be chosen from any current catalog and shipping is free!
  • New Recruits should ensure that their free total comes as close as possible to $100 without going over since the Promotional Product Bonus order type will not allow items beyond $100 to be added to the order.
  • Those who mail in their IDAs can simply list the items they want for free on their accompanying order form.
  • New recruits will have until November 30, 2011, to redeem their product bonus.
Starter Kit
·         New recruits may purchase the standard or Digital+ Starter Kit, and may add the Stampin' Memories, Definitely Decorative, or My Digital Studio Software Add-On for the regular add-on price.
  • New recruits may substitute a Textured Impressions Embossing Folder ($7.95 or less; see pages 218-219) for the Always Bird D├ęcor Elements (p. 233) that comes standard in the Starter Kit.
  • New recruits who join Stampin' Up! during this promotion are still eligible for any programs available to a new recruit, including but not limited to the Extra 10% Instant Income offer, Stampin' Start, and the opportunity to purchase a Business Booster Kit.

Thursday, September 29, 2011

Out On A Limb For Halloween

Cat Card: Out On A Limb Stamp Set, Grateful Greetings Stamp Set, Whisper White CS, Pumpkin Pie CS, Basic Black CS, Basic Gray CS, Spider Web Embossing Folder, Scallop Squares Duo Die, 3/8” Wisteria Wonder Ruffled Ribbon, White Baker’s Twine, Extra-Large Tag Punch, Large Tag Punch, Eyelet, More Mustard Classic Ink, Basic Black Classic Ink, and Wisteria Wonder Classic Ink 

Witch Card: Out On A Limb Stamp Set,  Grateful Greetings Stamp Set, Whisper White CS, Wisteria Wonder CS, Basic Black CS, Basic Gray CS, 2-1/2” Circle Punch, More Mustard Classic Ink, Basic Black Classic Ink, and Wisteria Wonder Classic Ink, and 3/8” Wisteria Wonder Ruffled Ribbon

Monday, July 11, 2011

Open House Make-And-Take Cards

A special thanks to all the ladies who attended my Open House.  I truly enjoyed creating and stamping with all of you.  I hope you had as much fun as I did!  Be on the lookout for Stamp Camp dates in August and September!  Hope to see you then. 

New Stamps and New Colors!

Hostess Set from the 2011 Summer Mini - Love & Care
Colors - Chocolate Chip, Pool Party (new in-color), and Island Indigo (new in-color)
Ribbon - NEW 1/2" Scallop Dots Ribbon in Chocolate Chip

Hostess Set from the 2011-2012 IB&C - Faith in Nature
Colors - Early Expresso, Whisper White, and Calypso Coral (new in-color)

New Set from the 2011-2012 IB&C - Delicate Doilies
Colors - Whisper White and Pumpkin Pie
New DSP -Flirtatious Speciality #122360

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

New Idea Book & Catalog Open House

It's an Open House!!!!  Help me kick off the New Idea Book and Catalog (IB&C) for 2011- 2012 on Friday, July 8th, from 12:00pm til 5:00pm.  Stay for an hour or all five!!!! Contact me to reserve your catalog. 

46660 Robert Leon Drive
Lexington Park, MD 20653
301-862-4729 (home)
240-561-5372 (cell) (email) (SU! site)

WHY come?

·         There will be three make-and-take projects! You can stay all afternoon or pop in when it is convenient for you.  Kids are welcome!  Craft projects will be available for them to partake in. 

·         NEW IB&C 2011-2012 will be available for $5.00 ($4.95 off)!!

·         Bring a friend and receive your NEW IB&C 2011-2012 for FREE!!!

·         Make a purchase during the Open House and I will pay the shipping (10%) and tax (6%)!!!!

Make-and-Take Sneak Peek! (Faux Mother of Pearl Technique)

Stamp Camp Cards

I thought I would share with you cards that my Stamp Camp ladies created during the May and June Stamp Camps.  Thank you ladies for making my Stamp Camps such a pleasure to host.  Love you all!

Masculine May's Manly Thank You Card

Masculine May's Dear Father Card

Masculine May's Father's Day Easel Card

Punch Art Thinking of You Card

Bold Blossom Thank You Card
Punch Art 4 You Flower Card

Saturday, May 14, 2011

Upcoming Stamp Camps

Do you really want to see the products demonstrated but don’t have time to host? Then stop by one of the two STAMP CAMPS I will be hosting. They are three hour events with three make-and-take projects. And, as always, they are free. I hope you can work at least one into your schedule. You are welcome to attend BOTH of them! Bring a friend and receive a free SU! product from me. Call or email me to reserve your spot(s).

Stamp Camp Dates
• Saturday, May 21st, from 10:00am – 1:00pm Theme – Masculine May (We will be making cards with male recipients in mind.)

• Sunday June 12th, from 2:00pm – 5:00pm Theme – Punch Party (We will be making cards showcasing the versatility of SU! punches.)

Masculine May Contest Entries

Bexx Pyne - Lexington Park, MD

Carolyn Price - Lexington Park, MD

Masculine May Contest

It's contest time!!! To all the ladies on my mailing list: all you have to do is create a project (a card, a scrapbook page, or a 3-D project) incorporating the products I have given you. You must use at least one of the three postage stamp pieces of cardstock. You must also use the baker’s twine and the piece of Nautical Expedition DSP you have been given. You must use a part of these products but not necessarily the entire product I have given. For example, you may only need a 2x2 square of the DSP for your card. You may add any other embellishments you need to complete your project. You MAY use non-SU! products. You can use any tools (paper piercer, punch, crimper, etc.) to complete your project. All I ask is that you submit original work.

After you create your project email me a picture of it. I will post the picture on my blog site for everyone to enjoy. I will post contest entries as they come in. I will give you credit for your work by including your name and hometown under the picture of your work. On May 31st I will draw a name from those who have participated and that stamper will win a Classic Stampin’ Pad (any color).

What do you have to lose? Nothing! Everyone will finish this contest with a newly completely project to share. One lucky stamper will get a Classic Stampin’ Pad of their choosing for FREE.

Not on my mailing list and want to be, email me at

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Create a Cupcake Birthday Set

My goal was to create birthday cards that could be sent to my male friends as well as my female friends. I guess this is as non-frilly as I can get. :-)
Supplies Used

Stamp Set: Create a Cupcake
Colors: Whisper White, Marina Mist, and Cherry Cobbler
Punches: Build a Cupcake, Modern Label, Dotted Scallop Ribbon, 2 3/8" Scallop Circle, and 1 3/4" Circle, Real Red Brad
Embellishments: Bitty Buttons, 1/8" Marina Mist Taffeta Ribbon, Hodgepodge Hardware, and Thread

Sunday, February 13, 2011

Because I Care - Stamp Camp Card

I just love the simplicity of this card!
Stamp Sets - Because I Care(hostess), Tiny Tags (#118091)
Paper- Pretty in Pink cardstock, Lap of Luxery DSP (#120436), Basic Gray cardstock, Very Vanilla cardstock
Ink - Basic Gray, Pretty in Pink
Ribbon - 5/8" Basic Gray Satin Ribbon
Bigz Dies - Two Tags (#115954)
Punch - 1 3/8" Circle Large (#44)
and last - Antique Brads (#117273) - one of my all-time favorite embellishments!!

Just For You - Tissue Paper Technique

Stamp Set - Just Believe (#116948)
Paper - Garden Green textured cardstock, Rose Red textured cardstock, Whisper White cardstock
Ink - Graden Green, Rose Red
Ribbon - 1/2" Rose Red Seam Binding Ribbon
Punch - Large Oval (#42), Scallop Oval Extra-Large (#19)
Other SU! material - Linen Thread, Cherry Cobbler Designer Button
Others - white tissue paper

Tissue Techique -
I first stamped the large floral image, from the Just Believe stamp set, on whisper white cardstock. Then I applied 2-way glue to the edges of the cardstock and around the image. (I tried not to touch the inked image for fear of smearing the image.) I then careful placed a piece of white tissue paper over the cardstock smoothing out the paper as I layed it down. I used a piece of tissue paper a little large than the cardstock. I did not measure because I found it is easier to trim the tissue paper off rather than cut the paper to exact measurements without tearing it. I then stamped an image on top of the tissue paper with Graden Green. I love the effect! Hope you like it too.

Thanks for stopping by!

Friday, February 11, 2011

Happy Easter Blossoms - Stamp Camp

Stamp Set - Easter Blossoms (#121905)
Paper - Very Vanilla, Soft Suede, Baja Breeze
Ink - Soft Suede and Baja Breeze
Ribbon - 1/2" Baja Breeze Seam Binding Ribbon
Punch - Decorative Label (#120907)
Embosslits - Beautiful Wings
Jewels - Basic Pearls

Scrunch Technique -
To scrunch up the ribbon:
1. Fray one of the ends of the ribbon.
2. Find a piece of thread traveling lengthwise down the ribbon.
3. Now pull. Adjust the scrunched part you are creating, as you pull, pushing the ribbon along to get the desired affect.