Stampin’ Up! Sunday’s Here and So is the Winner for Blog-post-iversary Candy #2!

Good morning, y’all!  Happy Sunday.  Just to start out, I wanted to thank the folks over at Can You Case It for selecting me yesterday as the top pick for their CYCI #80!!  This is my first challenge win and it was SO exciting to see the announcement!  There were LOTS of really wonderful projects in the challenge, so it was a real honor to be singled out! 🙂 Here‘s the card that won.


Getting that news yesterday morning ALMOST made up for the impending Cleaning.  House cleaning, for me, is a dichotomy.  I HATE doing it.  I mean – would-rather-go-to-the-dentist hate doing it.  As my house gets dirtier and “The Cleaning” looms closer, I get a little more….unpleasant to be with.  It’s my response to looming.  On the other hand, I LOVE my house when it’s clean.  Love it.  Life is happier for all those around me.  Unfortunately, I have yet to figure out a way to go from Dirty to Clean without CleanING.  I want  – no, I NEED! – Alice – from the Brady Bunch.  If I could just win a little teensy lottery!

But, the house is now clean, so I have a reprieve for a minute, until the looming builds again!  And it was indeed lovely to have some folks over last night for a dinner of Paula Deen’s Maple Glazed Grilled Salmon.  She wasn’t here or anything, except in cookbook-form! 🙂

As I anticipated, though, our company stayed late, so no card today – sorry!  I did have an hour or so to work on a card between the end of The Cleaning and getting dinner together, but I didn’t get it done.  So – it’s in the queue for tomorrow!

But – I DO have the results of the second Blog Candy give-away celebrating my 100th Blog-Post-iversary.  Scroll down to see!

Blog Candy #3 is still open – and will be thru 6 PM on Tuesday, 11 Aug.  Just as a reminder – here’s what’s on the line….

Blog Candy #3 for 8 Aug 15 post watermarked

You don’t want to miss a chance to win this stash!  Here’s the link for you so you can get entered.

Only 24 days until the 2015 Holiday Catalog hits the streets!  Which means the Catalog Shares are only 25 days away – deadline to sign up is the 30th.  Be sure to go over to the 2015 Holiday Catalog Shares page and get all the deets on the shares, okay?

Thanks for stopping by!



WEEKLY DEALS FOR 4 Aug – 10 Aug 15!! Click here to see the Weekly Deals from Stampin’ Up! in my online store. The Weekly Deals are only while supplies last and only available at these great prices through 10 Aug!

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1 Aug – 15 Aug HOSTESS CODE: C9GMR32A Use this hostess code when you order and receive a free gift from me! But, if your order is over $150, please do not use this code (you’ll miss out on your own Stampin’ Rewards/Hostess $$ if you use it) but you’ll still get the free gift. The free gift for Aug is your choice of any item valued up to $8.00 in the brand new 2015-16 Annual Catalog!


Thanks to everyone who entered.  The winner is commenter #3 and that was …. Patricia!  Patricia wrote:

“Hi Mary! Happy Anniversary! 100 posts is a fine accomplishment, because each time you post, you also make a beautiful card to share. Thank you for your gift of creativity, and all that I have learned from you since I started following. I am pretty sure I found you on Pinterest. Keep up the good work. I am currently finishing up some cards I made with a quilted theme, and I dry embossed over them to give the paper a stitched and quilted look! Love this, and they will make nice Christmas gifts for my friends. I have a long list each year… Friends, colleagues, and I learned from you to give gifts out in the community… To staff at restaurants and hotels. Sweet way to brighten someone’s day with a handcrafted card or tag. Best wishes to you, and looking forward to the next 100 posts! Super excited about the holiday catalog.. So many fun, festive designs! Can’t wait to see what you design. Take good care, Patricia”

Thank you so much, Patricia – you have, indeed, been with me since the start!  I appreciate you and the other ladies taking the time to stop and leave me a comment.  Send me your snail mail address and I’ll get your goodies packaged up and in the mail soonest!

Blog Candy #2

  2015 Holiday Shares are Open!


Shares are a great way to get a little bit of all the new Designer Papers, Ribbons and Embellishments to use in your holiday masterpieces! Go to the 2015 Holiday Catalog Shares page and see what could be coming your way!  I’ll order early on 1 Sept, with expedited shipping, and get everything back out just as quick as I can!

Stampin’ Up! Items Eligible For Sales Tax Holidays!

Did you know that some items in the Stampin’ Up! Annual Catalog are classified as school supplies and qualify for the no-sales-tax benefit? The states typically define school supplies as “any items normally used by students in a standard classroom for educational purposes.”  Eleven states participate in the annual Sales tax Holiday in July/Aug:  Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Louisiana, Missouri, New Mexico, Ohio, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas and Virginia.

Stampin’ Up! has created a spreadsheet listing the exemptions per the state statute based on item description and price. This spreadsheet lists the applicable items from the 2015-2016 annual catalog.  Please take a look for your states dates – and pay close attention to that.  All orders have to be submitted in the system within each date range for your state – no exceptions – per state statute.

Let me know if you have any questions, be sure to download the spreadsheet to see the specific items that are available tax free!!


Paper Pumpkin – the fun comes right to your door!  Give it a try today!

Offer Dates: July 23-September 10, 2015

The Fine Print:

  • For new subscribers only.
  • Available for month-to-month subscriptions, not prepaid subscriptions.
  • 50% Discount is applied to one kit per month for the first two months of a new subscription.
  • After the first two months, the price for each month’s kit will go to the regular price: $19.95.
  • Go to to join
  • Enter the Promo Code: HALFOFF
  • New subscribers must join by Thursday, September 10, 2015; 11:50 PM (MT).

If you need any stamping supplies, I’d be very happy to be your Demonstrator. Just click on the Order Stampin’ Up! Online Now button on the right side of the screen to go directly to my online store or drop me an email if you have any questions. Happy Stamping!

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10 August

138286: Boho Chic Textured Impressions Embossing Folder (second shipment)
138700: Best Thoughts Clear Stamp Set (hostess) (second shipment)

14 August

138288: Brick Wall Textured Impressions Embossing Folder
138296: Washi Label Punch (second shipment)

17 August

104181: 12″ x 12″ Craft Keepers (supply item)
138378: Tin of Cards Project Kit (third shipment)
140406: Watercolor Wishes Card Kit

18 August

138395: Expressions Natural Elements (second shipment)

28 August

135294: Variety Pack 1 12″ x 12″ Project Life Photo Pocket Pages

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5 thoughts on “Stampin’ Up! Sunday’s Here and So is the Winner for Blog-post-iversary Candy #2!

  1. mom

    Congratulations! Good job.
    About that looming and cleaning and hating…Can only say, heredity will out. You come by that honestly!

  2. Patricia

    Hi Mary, I am thrilled to discover I am the winner for prize package number two! And even more, I am honored to be remembered as one of the crafters that has followed your blog since the start… Thanks for your thoughtfulness… You provide excellent customer service and those of us that are on your blog list are blessed indeed. Best wishes to the other stammers that entered the third contest, and thanks again, Mary, for being so generous! It is a joy to celebrate your #100 blog with you!

  3. Patricia

    *Stampers* that entered your contest… Sorry! 🙂

  4. Lynn Gauthier

    Congrats on your challenge win Mary. How thrilling for you! Your dragon fly card is gorgeous and you so deserved to win!!!

  5. Congrats! That is a lovely card. And I cleaned yesterday, too. UGH! You are too hilarious-I am glad to read your posts. they make my day!

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