By The Tide Stationery Box

Stationery Box 'By The Tide'

By The Tide Box I'm celebrating the re-design of by sharing a step-by-step stationery box with a fabulous summer set 'By The Tide.' This was one of my SAB rubber stamp festival projects.

You can click on the PDF (left) and see the step-by-step photo directions. This is a cute purse-like box that will hold a set of cards.

And I'm sorry my feed service kicked out a January post the other day… Feedburner is no longer very reliable and I think my upgrades on my site caused Feedburner to overreact.

'By The Tide' Stationery Box & Matching Card


Stationery Box
Set(s) Used: By The Tide (wood: 129117; clear: 129120)
(two pieces) 5 ½ x 7 inch Crumb Cake cardstock (scored @ 5 ½”)
3 x 8 ½ Crumb Cake strip, scored at: 1 ¼, 1 ¾, 6 ¾, 7 ¼
Crumb Cake Ink & Soft Suede Ink, Sticky Strip #104294, Naturals Buttons #119743, Clear Block “D“ for block stamping, Dimensionals™ #104430, Neutrals Brads #119736; Natural 7/16th inch Trim Ribbon #129287, 1/16th inch hole punch, Sticky Strip™ 104294#, Bone Folder; OTHER: Hemp twine, cotton ‘rolled’ bandage
—–Sizzix Accessories—-
Framelits Labels Collection #125598; Adorning Accents Folders #125601, Adorning Accents Edgelits #125595; Sizzix Big Shot, Multi-purpose platform, standard Cutting pads (#113439)

Go ahead, give it a try!


New Catalog Is Here!


SEE the Catalog Online
View the Stampin’ Supplies for the samples!

Hey, Stampin’ Up! is allowing you to begin ordering from the new 2013-14 Catalog after noon Mountain time… which is 2:00 pm Eastern.  Woo hoo!

A few other things to note (some of these catalogs won’t work until Stampin’ Up!’s online ordering area goes back online after 12 pm MT/2 pm Eastern):

  • My online store is down until the 3 pm Eastern when it comes online for ordering
  • You can still order Discontinuing Stamp Sets while inventory is available until June 3rd
  • You can still order Discontinuing Accessories while supplies last until June 3rd
  • You can still order from the current catalog (online version here) when .
  • All orders in my online store will be processed immediately through SU directly and if you want to ensure that you get it… you can cut down on time by doing it directly. All online orders receive a free creative gift of a step-by-step project PDF when I receive notification of your online order.

Let me know if you have any questions!

Amy Celona, Stampin' Up! Demonstrator/Executive

Nature Walk… going, going…



I will truly miss this set Nature Walk (wood / clear) when the current 2012-13 Stampin’ Up! catalog EXPIRES this Friday, May 31st!

I made this little ensemble last year as a gift set for my wonderful hostesses. The detail on this fabulous botanical set is amazing. I would love more of this type of ‘artistic’ rubber stamp sets–and I look forward to sharing the new catalog with you guys!

You can see ALL of the retiring sets HERE.

Amy Celona, Stampin' Up! Demonstrator/Executive

Word Play Graduation Card

Graduation Card

GraduationSideview The ‘Word Play‘ set is truly one of the most amazingly versatile sets in the catalog. The discontinuing list is coming and I can only hope this is not on it! Stampin’ Up! seemed to be giving away the silver glimmer paper with each order for awhile (to celebrate their 25th anniversary this year) and I am LOVING IT!

This card was so simply made and one of the Stampapalooza cards we will be making this Friday evening!


CLICK to buy - Silver Glimmer Paper
Amy Celona, Stampin' Up! Demonstrator/Executive

All Dressed Up Wedding Card

All Dressed Up Wedding Card

I’ve gotten a bunch of questions about how I did this, so here are some step-by-step photos:

dress1  dress2  dress3  dress4dress6  dress7



It has been a long time since I’ve gone to a wedding shower… and somehow I’ve gone from one of the excited young women in the wedding party (or friend of the bride) to one of the old lady invites–friend of the parents! The young bride is just a sweet and beautiful girl and it seems like yesterday that she was in high school. I wanted to make a special card for her and it has been a very long time since I’ve sat down and actually made a card for an occasion. It was a very nice feeling when she announced–‘Oh this has to be from Amy’ when she pulled the card out of the gift bag [warm fuzzy feeling–card was appreciated]!

So, I finally got to use my ‘All Dressed Up’ framelits dies!  You can see below the one that is the ‘form’ (neck/shoulders/body with ‘stand’–cut out of Naturals Ivory paper) and the other for the actual dress (in white and embossed) and that I added two of the lace doilies for the skirt that are a special order item in the Occasions Catalog. And of course lots and lots of Pearls!!! In fact the necklace was made with the pearl strips that are all attached. I cut a strip of 5 pearls and easily peeled and pressed them on!

The Sizzix textured embossing folders used were the ‘Vintage Wallpaper‘ and ‘Perfect Polka Dots‘ as well as the Apothecary Accents framelits (for the opening).

Click to Order Framelits Dies 'All Dressed Up'

Tea Lace Paper Doilies

Artisan Embellishments

Those of you coming to my StampersXpress class for April… we will be making that card! So, click here to sign up… weddings and graduations are right around the corner–you won’t want to miss this! Will I see you there?

Amy Celona, Stampin' Up! Demonstrator/Executive

Stampin’ Up! Color Refresh!

Well it doesn’t happen often, but every few years, Stampin’ Up! updates their color line by adding and removing colors. Usually, they only add current and former In-Colors, however this time, they are adding a new light gray (remember Going Gray?)… I loved that color for shading (especially the marker).

Watch the video for the absolute BEST explanation of the new makeup of the 40 Stampin’ Up! colors:

Remember, this catalog ends on May 31st, however the current colors are only available while they last!


Amy Celona, Stampin' Up! Demonstrator/Executive

25 Year ‘Best Of’ Sets available for a limited time!

Hydrangea This hydrangea stamp was part of a retired hostess set that is now available again (smaller than the original) as part of Stampin’ Up!’s 25-year anniversary celebration.

That’s right they’re bringing back some of our favorite stamp images from the last quarter century and combining them into 12 sets, which will release-one set per month-during 2013. Even better, along with some great classic images, each “Best of” set will also include a never-before-seen image! Each month, there is a different theme and this month it is ‘flowers’ (see flyer for all images).

And by the way all you Copic enthusiasts–I did all of the coloring with Stampin’ Up! Stampin’ Write markers, so there! See my original article here.

Check back here every month to download a flyer for a new Best of stamp set!

Some things to remember:

  • All ‘Best Of’ stamp sets will include 3-5 images, including a never-before seen image, and will be priced at $14.95.
  • While they are releasing just one ‘Best Of’ stamp set per month (with a new theme each month), all of the Best of sets will be available until March 31, 2014.

Click the links below to download the sets currently available (I will be updating this article each month):

  • January’s ‘Best Of’ – Birthdays (order the set HERE).
  • February’s ‘Best Of’ – Love
  • March’s ‘Best Of’ – Flowers

NOTE: Sets are only available in clear mount

While they are releasing just one ‘Best Of’ stamp set per month, all of the ‘Best Of’ sets will be available until March 31, 2014. As a special incentive to collect the Best of stamps, they’re including a collector’s card and 25-year proof of purchase sticker with every ‘Best Of’ set. Collect six stickers, and send it in to redeem a FREE set of your choice valued up to $14.95!

Free sets must be redeemed no later than April 30, 2014.

Amy Celona, Stampin' Up! Demonstrator/Executive

Photopolymer Stamps! (pigs are flying…)

Photopolymer Stamps

Well, something that I didn’t ever think would happen! Stampin’ Up! has come out with a (likely one of many to come) photopoymer stamp set! This is a completely clear stamp mount… that you can see through the clear block. CLICK HERE to view a flyer with up-close details of the set.

Some benefits include:

  • Top-quality photopolymer that gives a perfectly stamped image every time.
  • They’re entirely transparent for perfect placement!
  • Can you say sticky? (Don’t worry; in a good way.) These stamps stick amazingly well to our clear blocks.
  • They’re age tested. They won’t yellow or cloud up over time.

Below is a ‘tongue in cheek’ quick video that at the very end shows the set quickly in use.

So, what do you think?

Amy Celona, Stampin' Up! Demonstrator/Executive