We are moving!

Oh I am soo darn excited… I have been wanting to tell you about this for a few months now… but… alas… the powers that be have told me to keep things quiet until I am ready to go live with a new blog!

Our new blog will be located here:  http://www.stampaloooza.wordpress.com

Keep clicking on the link above…. right now we password protected it but in a few days you’ll get to see what all the excitement is about!

Our new blog will have the following features:

  • easier access to shops
  • new workshops
  • new scrappin’ kits
  • focus more on scrapbooking and faithbooking
  • better tutorials
  • a new look …blue toile… my most favorite thing in the word!
  • featured product of the month
  • easier way to post comments
  • rss feed
  • registration to the workshops and north shore crafter’s guild
  • Stampin Discussion Group – Post questions to get answers!
  • Stampin’ Up! Downline Area for Downline Demos only

Wow!  We ask that you be patient as we transfer the contents of this blog to our new one!  I promise we are keeping the blender pen, big shot and crop a dile tutorials…

We are hoping this will be a smooth transition and most of all we are hoping you’ll like our new look.

I won’t be posting here anymore… but I will leave this up for all to see…

Thanks so much and can’t wait to find you at the new site!


Ps.. for those who are curious… here’s a sneak peak to our new look…



Love You Much Promotion!



Put some heart into your valentines with our sweet and cute heart punch and matching stamp set and designer paper!  Imagine how easy and cute valentines cards can be with this sweet new bundle!  And what is even sweeter is you can save 20% when you order the I love you much stamp set bundle (115405) between now and January 31, 2009!  Bundle Price: $41.48!  You get a wonderful heart punch, stamp set and designer paper – everything you need to create awesome valentines from the heart for your friends and family!  Click on link or image for more details!

Here’s a few ideas of what you can make with the Love You Much new Stampin’ Up! stamp set:

Remember you can order online here:

Happy Stampin’,


Candy Cane Bookmarks

A Candy Maker’s Witness


A candy maker wanted to make a candy that would be a witness, so he made the Christmas Candy Cane. He incorporated several symbols for the birth, ministry, and death of Jesus Christ.

He began with a stick of pure white hard candy. White to symbolize the Virgin birth and the sinless nature of Jesus, and hard to symbolize the Solid Rock, the foundation of the Church, and the firmness of the promises of God.

The candymaker made the candy in the form of a “J” to represent the precious name of Jesus, who came to earth as our Savior. It could also represent the staff of the “Good Shepherd” with which He reaches down into the ditches of
the world to lift out the fallen lambs who, like all sheep, have gone astray.

Thinking that the candy was somewhat plain, the candymaker stained it with red stripes. He used three small stripes to show the stripes of the scourging Jesus received by which we are healed. The large red stripe was for the blood shed by Christ on the cross so that we could have the promise of eternal life.

Unfortunately, the candy became known as Candy Cane, a meaningless decoration seen at Christmas time. But the meaning is still there for those who “have eyes to see and ears to hear.” I pray that this symbol will again be used to witness To The Wonder of Jesus and His Great Love that came down at Christmas and remains the ultimate and dominant force in the universe today.

The Candy Cane Legend

Look at the Candy Cane
What do you see?
Stripes that are red
Like the blood shed for me

White is for my Savior
Who’s sinless and pure!
“J” is for Jesus My Lord, that’s for sure!

Turn it around
And a staff you will see
Jesus my shepherd
Was born for Me!

Happy Birthday Jesus!

Here’s a few Stampin’ Up! sets that have a candy cane in them…

  • 109469 Wishing You Cheer (has a snowman with a candy cane!) (Retiring)
  • 109353 Holiday Blitz (has a candy cane stamp!)

Also don’t forget to use our wonderful designer papers to make really cute candy canes…

  • 112162 Rose Red Striped Designer Paper
  • 112155 Riding Hood Striped Red Designer Paper
  • 112149 Parisian Summer Striped Designer Paper
  • 112469 Holiday Treasures Striped Designer Paper

Project Idea: Candy Cane Poem Bookmark

  1. Print the one of the Candy Cane poems above on very vanilla or whisper white cardstock 5″ x 2.5″ inches.  Make sure you leave room for a 1/4″ hole punch and Jumbo Eyelet at the top.
  2. Cut a 7 small candy canes from one of the striped designer papers listed above and fasten them to the back of the bookmark using snail adhesive.
  3. Laminate the Bookmark you just made.
  4. Using the 1/4″ paper punch, punch a 1/4″ hole at the top of the laminated bookmark in the middle.
  5. Fasten the 108432 Pewter Jumbo Eyelet to the 1/4″ hole at the top of the laminated bookmark using the 108362 Crop-A-Dile tool.
  6. Cut one 8″ strip of 1/4″ Grossgrain Ribbon using one of the following colors:
    • 109034 Real Red Grossgrain Ribbon
    • 111366 Rose Red Grossgrain Ribbon
  7. Cut one 8″ strip of 1/4″ Grossgrain Ribbon using one of the following colors:
    • 109025 Whisper White Grossgrain Ribbon (if your bookmark is printed on Whisper White Cardstock)
    • 109026 Very Vanilla Grossgrain Ribbon (if your bookmark is printed on Very Vanilla Cardstock)
  8. Fasten the Grossgrain ribbons to the bookmark by threading it through the Pewter Jumbo Eyelet.

Now you have a beautiful bookmark to use in your favorite scripture book that reminds you of the beauty of Jesus!

Merry Christmas!


Where’s Marie? What happened to Monograms?

Well… August and September were full of surprises for me. I am the mom of two very special vision impaired teenage children… and my daughter just entered high school and she needed a parent advocate to help her restructure her Section 504 plan.

With that being said – I decided to share my wealth of knowledge with other parents of special needs children. My children’s disability is very similar to ADD/ADHD but with a twist – they struggle with reading and comprehension. So I thought instead of fighting with the school system – why not negotiate and facilitate understanding – see each year I have to explain my children’s disabilities to new teachers and well let’s just say it’s a mixed bag – sometimes I have teachers who understand and sometimes I have teachers who have bought into a bunch of misconceptions that I have to undo…

So here’s the web site:

I decided to make this a place for both parents and teachers to learn about each other and maybe come to some type of consensus – implementing the IEP and Section 504 plans are hard and for a parent it is really confusing to keep up…  Also the website can be translated into the following languages: Spanish, Hindu, Russian and French… there’s a translate menu option on the right of the website…

Let me know what you think… monograms are coming in October!  Thanks for understanding and mostly being patient while I sort all this out with my daughter!

Enjoy and Happy Stamping… Cutting… Embossing… and Creating!

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The Big Shot – Let’s Learn a bit…

Oh gosh there is so much interest in this nifty tool… so I dedicated a page under Frequently Asked Questions (on the menu) just for learning about the Big Shot… I will update this page with ideas, links and tutorials as I find them…

Here’s the link:

Enjoy and Happy Stamping… Cutting… Embossing… and Creating!

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