An embarassing admission: I hadn't even heard about punches before I started with Stampin' Up. Can you believe it? I must have been THE LAST crafter in the world to learn about these wonderful time-saving tools.  I was alsways a notorious hand-cutter.  I cut out everything from intricate handwritten titles, to simple flowers, and even basic shapes like circles and squares. I know...CRAZY!  Punches are now one of my favourite gadgets that I love to have at my disposal. And, I'd love to make it easy for you to have tons at your disposal too. Which is why I have something Spectacular for you this D-Week (the last week of the month is Deal and Discount week - Yahoo!).

This week only when you buy one punch you can get a second punch at 40% off! 

That is an unheard of opportunity that will not come around again soon.

Head here now to check out all the fantastic punches: http://www.stampinup.com/ECWeb/ItemList.aspx?categoryid=943
 
Here is a punch project using one of my favourite punches, the Elegant Butterfly. 
  
Get in touch with me via the Contact Me tab, email, facebook, or phone to get your punch order in this week! 
 
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Put your hand up if you were once a kid.

What was your favourite toy? 

My son is turning 9 next week (which is extremely hard to believe) and his favourite toys are Ninjago. 

It's these little lego guys that (essentially) stand on tops and when you spin them you try to knock the other little Ninja off his top.  They're pretty cool.

Anyhoo, of course with birthdays come... birthday parties. Woo Hoo!  For parties to be fun you need people, and to get people you need...Invitations. I knew I wanted to make Ninjago invites for him, but suddently I realized that
it was only a week until the party - ACK!  Stampin' Up comes to the rescue.  Check these out:

I made these especially for my Liam to hand out and boy was he ever proud and stoked to give these to his friends.  
It was a "good Mom day." Sometimes it's the little things, right?  >sigh< >smile< >pat on back<  

I designed, made, and delivered these so fast, you would not even believe it!
I used Real Red cardstock with the Chevron Embossing Folder for the background. For his head I used Daffodil Delight cardstock and the Apothecary Accent Framelit (then cut the ends off). His angry eyebrows are the wavy Bitty Banner Framelit (with the notches cut off either end). His eyes are just the 3/4" circle punch and the Itty bitty Shapes Circle Punch. 

I had a lot of fun stepping out of my usual box and creating something unique just for my son. And, if it keeps me young...bonus :) 
 
You are excited. I know you are. Everyone loves a treasure hunt...because at the end there is TREASURE!
Here is how this one goes...
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Each of the blogs below have a post with this treasure box and a clue.
 
Email me at ajturner82@gmail.com after you have colleced 50 clues    (list the clues and where you got them in your email please) and then you will be entered into the Fall Treasure Hunt Giveaway! Drawing will be held October 31, 2012 and the winner will be notified on by email and it will be posted on Sherill Graff's website.   

You want  to know what the treasure is...don't you? DRUMROLL PLEASE... 
 
The winner will get to choose $150 of Stampin' Up Products!! WOW!!

As for that blog candy, all those who coment on this post will be entered to win a Christmas Card Carrier with 6 handmade Christmas cards from me :) 

My CLUE is WICKED COOL!    Because that's what I am, of course, but it is also because stamping for Halloween is a super wicked cool thing to do.   
You now have one clue (write it down along with the title of my blog - Got Stamped - or you'll forget)
Now, head off to some of these other great blogs and search for their clues.  Then don't forget to email me when you have 50. Happy hunting!  

Treasure Hunt  Participants
 
1.  Sherrill Graff – http://latenitestampinwithsherill.blogspot.com/
2.  Deborah Smart – www.stampandcreate.net
3.  Brenda Hugar - http://brendasstampingcorner.blogspot.com
4.  June Reister -  http://junescreations.blogspot.com
5.  Jeannie Bushman - http://stampingingeorge.blogspot.com
6.  Miriam Permut - http://myinkpad.com
7.  Lori Witt – www.stampinwithlori.com
8.  Trish Cortez –  www.astampinsole.com
9.  Beverly Farmer - www.createwithbev.blogspot.com
10.  Dawn Johnson – http://stampinwdawn.blogspot.com/
11.  Laurie Reaume - www.stampwithlaur.blogspot.com
12.  Glenda Witt - http://graphicallyinking.artisteer.net
13.  Penny Hanuszak - http://pennytokensstampinspot.blogspot.com/
14.  Julie Fields - http://ribbonsnjulz.blogspot.com
15.  Brenda Riehle - www.stampandscrapwithbrenda.blogspot.com
16.  Sue Root - http://stampin-with-sue.blogspot.com
17.  Siara Acdal - www.siarasweetsensations.com
18.  Jane Dexter - http://dextersdesigns.blogspot.com/
19.  Nancy Amato - www.stampinallnight.blogspot.com
20.  Diana Soling  -  www.minookastamper.blogspot.com
21.  Kimberly Morris  - http://procrastistamper.blogspot.com
22.  Tobie Dreiling  -  www.kreativeandkraftystamper.blogspot.com
23.  Janice Edmonds  - www.stampingwithjanice.com
24.  Carolyn Garland - www.carolyngarlandsu.ca
25.  Tina Munzke - www.craftedwithclass.blogspot.com
26.  Jen Webber - www.jennslayoutkits.blogspot.com
27.  Wendy Cranford - www.luvinstampinup.blogspot.com
28.  Joni Metras -  www.joniinthespotlightstamping.com 
29.  Virginia Megin Gallagher - www.vmg206.blogspot.com
30.  Kris Sobolik - http://www.maddiebugdesigns.blogspot.com
31.  Mary Campbell - www.mimitojett.blogspot.com
32. Denise Foor - www.denisefoor.blogspot.com 
33.  Doris Fryman - www.dorisanndesigns.blogspot.com
34.   Tanya Bell - www.stampingt.com.au
35. Elaine Wright - www.stampinreckon.blogspot.com
36. Kimberly Salmonowicz - www.stampingfit.com
37. Raissa Spatola - www.raissastamps.com
38. Cal Bryson - www.heartfullyyours.blogspot.co.uk
39.  April Vicary - http://www.aprilscraftingaddiction.com/
40.  Anne Marie Hile -  http://stampinanne.blogspot.com
41.  Cynthia Millan - http://StampWithCynthia.blogspot.com
42.  Jenny Wren -  www.txjennywren.blogspot.com
43.  Elin Kovash - http://elinselegantdesigns.blogspot.com/
44.  Katherine Roberts - www.craftinginkc.blogspot.com
45.  Leanna Kerr - http://stampingwithleanna.blogspot.com/
46.  Kristina Carlson - http://kristinascraftycorner.blogspot.com/
47.  Phyllis Strickland - http://allstampingworld.blogspot.com/
48.  Carolyn Bennett -  www.carolynstamps.com
49.  Jan Mata - www.stampinwithmyfriends.blogspot.com
50    Keri Blake - www.inkinalatte.blogspot.com
51. Jackie Watson - http://jackielwatson.blogspot.com
52.  Emma Lee - www.cocktailofcard.blogspot.co.uk
53.  Heidi Weaver - www.heidistampinalong.blogspot.co
54. Kirsteen Gill -  www.creatinwithkirsteen.com
 
First off I would like to wish my Mom a very Happy Birthday today!  She is my roots, my strength, my lighthouse. She is a wonderful giving person to the core and she deserves a great day. I love you Mom!

So, now that I have ventured into this video tutorial idea, I may have to stick with it for awhile (because it is too much fun).  I recently learned that not only can you cut with Framelits, but you can also emboss with them! It's true.  In this video I share this technique with you. I also use our super groovy new Core'dinations cardstock for some extra "wow"
Pretty neat, right? 
Here is another look at those projects...
Hope you enjoyed the second video installment. If you  try embossing with framelits feel free to post a link to your projects. And, hey, let me know if there is anything you would like to see. Thanks for watching!
 
Yep I was "one of those" kids. Back to school was my favourite time of year.  And somehow that has stayed with me. I love the idea of school shopping; new crisp clothes, new school shoes and hold me back from the stationary aisle!  You may have surmised by my hobbies that I love stationary! That is a whole other blog post...

Anyways,  
My oldest son, Liam, headed back to school today (Grade 4, the start of "intermediate" and the beginning of "real grades") and he was neither excited nor disappointed about school starting.  He was accepting of reality and fairly
indifferent. Huh. Well. Whatever.  My youngest son, Chae, went for his first day of Preschool today! He cried.
Wow!  First day of school just ain't as exciting as it used to be!

Well, maybe not for them, but... remember that desk that I started re-doing a couple of months ago?   
It's finished!  I went to clean her up and start priming but it just came together lickity-split (plus it was threatening to rain so I had to hussle up or clean pain supplies twice).   
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Reminder of the not so distant past
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Fresh new coat of paint and new pretty shiny knobs
And here it is all tucked into my Idea Studio with my new pegbaord and all my Stampin' Up goodies.
Doesn't it just make you want to craft up a storm?  It sure does for me.  I am such a happy lady to have my new sweet little desk in and all my supplies put away within reach.  By this weekend I'll have all the rest of the decorations up then I'll be able to give you "the grand tour." 

Thanks for stopping and seeing my newest project :)