Love Isn’t Love ’til You Give It Away (+Blog Candy)

It has been a joy to swap sampler squares with my downline and in my stamp clubs and last month we made Valentine squares! Remember as a kid when you said, “I just love that!” and your friends would say, “Then why don’t you marry it?!”…I love this one almost enough to marry it, but I’m already taken 🙂

I especially love how everyone does something different with their squares (thanks to Heather B, Pam C and Shelly S for sharing a smattering of samplers!)

Would you like to gather your friends together for Sampler Swap? I’d be happy to teach you how! 
Since “Love Isn’t Love ’til You Give It Away”, I’ve got a little love to share: I have a few extra Valentine Squares to share with someone who comments below by February 9, 2014! Make sure to check back on Monday, Feb. 10 to see if you’ve won 🙂

UPDATE 2/11/14: Congrats Meredith! You are the winner! Check your inbox 🙂
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Warm Thanks (and Blog Candy)

‘Tis the THANKS-GIVING season:
How adorably sweet is this “warm” gift of appreciation?

I’ve been looking forward to trying these new “Mugging” mixes from Shirley J and when I saw them at Macey’s today, I had to grab a few, along with this speckled Baked Brown Sugar mug. Add a few Stampin’ Up! supplies to decorate with~Tea Lace Paper Doilies (item 129399), A Round Array stamp set, 7/8″ and 1-1/4″ scallop circle punches (129404 and 127811), 7/16″ Natural Trim (129287), Baker’s Twine and some ink~ and you’ve got a quick gift!

The other sweet thing is that there are currently 8 flavors of Mugging Mixes:

  • Chocolate Brownie Cake
  • Gluten-Free Chocolate Brownie Cake
  • Old-Fashioned Yellow Cake and Cobbler
  • Country Style Cornbread
  • Pumpkin Spice Bread
  • Walnut Bread
  • Quiche in a Cup
  • No-Pan Pancake
All you have to do is add water, stir it up in a mug and microwave for less than 2 minutes!
I picked up two mixes and here’s today’s BLOG CANDY! The first person who guesses which two I bought will get ONE of the mixes and a package of doilies from Stampin’ Up! Make sure you leave your guess in the comments and check back to see the winner on November 15th 🙂

WENDY: You are the winner! Thanks for all your comments and I’m sorry to post the winner so late, but I had to transfer to a new computer 😛 Email me your address and I’ll send a Chocolate Brownie Cake and Pumpkin Spice Bread Mix to you!
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Satin Rosette & Ribbon Roll Control (Blog Candy!)

Today’s card features a rosette created with the Stitched Satin Ribbon (Summer Starfruit #126846). To create this flower, I used a Jumbo Sticky Round (#127852) and started on the outside of the circle with the end of my ribbon, gathering (or “scrunching”) the ribbon as I went around the circle, spiraling into the center and finishing it with a Midnight Muse Dahlia (#127556).  Since it’s “Back to Spool” time, you can get your ribbon FREE….
Back to Spool
My *favorite* way to store my ribbon is with the Ribbon Roll Control system, shown here wearing all the In-Color Stitched Satin Ribbon:

And THANKS to Trish of RRC who has kindly donated one of these cool acrylic stands to be given to one lucky visitor (no ribbon included)! Leave a comment below by September 30th and you could be the winner. If you don’t win, head on over to Ribbon Roll Control and order a few of these to hang on your wall and keep your ribbons corralled!

Wait…that would be TWO chances to win, because someone will also receive the card I created, too!

UPDATED: The winners are Heather B~Ribbon Roll Control and Kathy Mc~Card! Thanks for visiting and commenting. We bloggers love to hear from our readers, it means so much!  Kathy Mc: I need your snail addy to send this card me 🙂

MDS2…your new Guilty Pleasure (and BLOG CANDY)


In February when I went to Beth’s Scrapbook getaway, I took my computer and created an album of my trip to Prince Edward Island with My Digital Studio and FINALLY had it printed last month by Stampin’ Up!’s professional print partner. It is abso-freakin-lutely GORGEOUS! AND it has the same number of pages that my hand-made scrapbooks hold (which are 3″ thick) while my new MDS album is only 3/8″ thick!

For a gal who just packed and carried 32 BIG ALBUMS in a house move, I am SO IN LOVE with MDS right now. And I’m ordering MDS2+ because I NEED it! AND I’m making a commitment to use it before Beth’s next getaway. In fact I ought to get another album finished this month to take advantage of THIS offer:

Try MDS FREE for 30 days (click on “Buy MDS2” and then choose the Free Trial in my store) then come back here to tell me how much you love it here and I will choose a random commenter on September 30th to win a MDS “So Much To Sale-A-Brate” CD which includes:

  • Five Stamp Brush Sets
    • Bliss Stamp Brush Set (five pieces)
    • Notes Stamp Brush Set (three pieces)
    • Punch Bunch Stamp Brush Set (five pieces)
    • So Happy For You Stamp Brush Set (ten pieces)
    • Sweet Summer Stamp Brush Set (nine pieces)
  • Ice Cream Parlor Ribbon & Button Kit
    • Ribbon (three images)
    • Flower buttons (three images)
  • Ice Cream Parlor Designer Series Paper & Accents Kit
            a. Six Designer Series Paper  Patterns
            b. Quick Accents – nine borders, 20 elements, and 27 flowers

So let me hear how much you love it!!

Blog Chocolate Winner!

Thanks to, comment #6 by Latricia is the winner of the BLOG CHOCOLATE prize! E-mail me with your mailing address, Latricia, and you’ll get THIS:

And for some more chocolate valentine’s inspiration, here’s pure BLISS (those dark chocolate hearts co-ordinate beautifully with SU! Brushed Gold, Real Red and Whisper White card stock!):

Royal Blog Tour

Welcome to Utah, blog travelers! I am delighted to introduce you to the new Stampin’ Up! set On a Pedestal! The 2009-10 In-Color palette seemed to compliment the “party” feeling, so I used Bermuda Bay, Melon Mambo, Rich Razzleberry and Crushed Curry for these cards:

For this pull-up card, I added a sentiment from the Chit Chat rub-ons…isn’t it cute? Below is the surprise you find when you pull it up 🙂As another SWEET treat for stopping by, leave a comment along with your e-mail address and you can be entered to win my BLOG CANDY: the Spring Solitude stamp set and co-ordinating Solitude wheel (retired but brand new). I appreciate comments from everyone, but the drawing will be open to non-SU demos only and only to U.S. visitors but if you are a sister demonstrator or from another country feel free to comment anyway and indicate SU Demo/or country!

Happy stamping and visit anytime you need a shot of creative juice!

Royal Blog Tour and Big Shot Drawing!


The Royal Blog Tour is three days long, and you’ll be happy it is! There are four tours (a total of 80 fabulous blogs) and over half the blogs are offering blog candy to sweeten your travels (including mine)…but wait, there’s MORE!

The Royal Blog Tour Home Page is offering
their own Blog Candy… a Big Shot Die Cut Machine!!!!

This drawing is open to all countries represented by Princesses in this tour, including Canada and Australia!

Then I’ll be looking for you to drop by my “castle” here at Squeeze Your Creative Juice to view my “On A Pedestal” samples as I am one of the blog Princesses.

Royal Blog Tour Candy!

Hear Ye! Hear Ye! The Royal Blog Tour approaches!I am one of the Princesses on the tour and will be showcasing the new stamp set On a Pedastal!

To make this even MORE fun, you can also leave a comment during the tour (including your e-mail address) and have a chance to win a little Blog Candy:

This (retired) co-ordinating Stampin’ Up! stamp set and wheel is just my way of saying “Thanks” for visiting and will be given to one of my guests in a drawing on July 29th, after the tour ends!

NOTE: Blog Candy offered for non-SU Demonstrators, please…but I’d love demonstrator comments, just let me know that you are a sister stamper leaving a comment 🙂

Blog Candy Winner and one more sample!

Thanks to, the winner of the Blog Candy from yesterday’s Blog Tour is comment number 57: Joyce Spear! She wins a package of In-Color card stock and Kiwi Kiss striped grosgrain ribbon, just like I used on my samples. Congratulations!

And if you have returned to my blog today, here’s a bonus project as a Thank You for visiting (and I hope you’ll be back!):