Tuesday, June 7, 2011


Hello everyone...

I woke up this morning to find that my email address was hacked and is now sending out spam... SO I have to delete this email address which happens to be attached to my blogs as well...

If you would like to continue following my blog please add http://www.courtstamps.blogspot.com/ as this blog will be deleted in 24 hours...

ALSO, if you participate or would like to participate in GAB Challenges please be sure to add our new site as the old one will be deleted in 24 hours as well... http://www.gabstampchallenges.blogspot.com/

Thanks everyone!


Double Embossing

Today's post brings a technique I've just recently tried out!

The technique is called double embossing. If you'd like to give it a try yourself, scroll down for directions!

Stamps: Occasional Quotes
Ink: StazOn Black, VersaMark
Paper: Pretty in Pink, Very Vanilla, Love Letter DP
Accessories: Glimmer Brads, Vintage Wallpaper EF, Black EP,
3/8" Pretty in Pink Taffeta Ribbon, 1/8" Basic Black Taffeta Ribbon

Monday, June 6, 2011

Hey Everyone!

I've got a SUPER simple card for you all today!
From time to time I find myself in need of a last minute card so I took a sketch challenge from SUDSOL and created this super easy card with limited stamping!

Hope ya'll like it!

Stamps: Because I care
Ink: Chocolate Chip
Paper: Baja Breeze, Chocolate Chip, Greenhouse Gala DP
Accessories: Scallop Trim Border Punch


Saturday, June 4, 2011

Color Time at GAB!

Hey everyone!

It's time for a color challenge over at GAB this week!

This week's color combination is Sahara Sand, Tangerine Tango and Baja Breeze. My son Caiden will be 2 on Monday so I thought I'd take this color combo and make him a birthday card using on of my favorite stamp sets on the Last Chance list, Greetings, Earthlings.

Be sure to post your creation on the GAB site by Midnight on Thursday June 9th! Can't wait to see what you all come up with!!! ALSO, we are currently looking for some new Design Team members to start in August, so if you'd like to be on our DT check out the post HERE!


Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Wait No Longer! It's HERE!

The retiring lists are live!!!

Remember that accessories are only available while supplies last so don't wait if there's something you want! It may be gone tomorrow!

Click HERE to check them out and place your orders now!

All orders placed this month with be entered into a drawing to win 1 of 2 stamp sets!

Punch Bunch SAB 2011 WM
Slice of Life 2011 Occasions Mini Level 1 Hostess


Shopping Spree Winner & Card Challenge

Hey Everyone!

Hope you all had a wonderful Memorial Day!

Before I share a card today I want to announce the LUCKY winner of the $100 shopping spree!!!
I was overwhelmed with orders this weekend and wish I could give everyone who ordered a shopping spree. Those of you who ordered $50 or more please remember you will be receiving your 2011-2012 catalog FREE toward the end of June.

Now, the winner of the $100 shopping spree is Carol Fleming of Mesa, AZ!! Congrats Carol! I will be emailing you soon with details on how to redeem your $100!

Now... Today's card share is a card I made for the Create with Connie and Mary Color Challenge!



Monday, May 30, 2011

May Flowers Card 5 & LAST CHANCE!

Today's the last day!
 If you would like to get your FREE catalog and be entered to win a $100 shopping spree from me be sure to check out details HERE!

Today I'm sharing the final card featured in the May Flowers Stamp a Stack Class/Card Kit. If you would like more information on the kit please click HERE.

This card is a CASE of Tracy Raymonds card, a fellow demonstrator.
I did change a couple things on my card to fit the occasion I was going for.


Sunday, May 29, 2011

May Flowers Card 4

Hey everyone!

Hope you are all having a FANTASTIC weekend! Just wanted to share another card featured in the May Flowers Stamp A Stack Card Class/Kit!! For more information click HERE.



Saturday, May 28, 2011

May Flowers Card 3

I'm back with the 3rd card featured in the May Flowers Stamp a Stack Class and Kit!

For more information on purchasing the card kit please click HERE!

Today's share is actually a card I CASE'd from Marie Shaugnessy a fellow demonstrator. I added a little bling to my card and changed the colors to better fit what I was looking for.


Friday, May 27, 2011

Emboss Resist & Memorial Day Special!!!

It's technique time over at GAB this week!

Come on over and join us in the Emboss Resist challenge!!

I'm in need of Father's Day cards right now and just realized that I have no Father's Day sentiments SO.. I improvised with the Broadsheet Alphabet set!

Win a $100 Stampin' Up! shopping spree!!
For more details view the post HERE


$100 Shopping Spree + FREE Catalog

What Would You Buy....
If you won $100 SU! Shopping Spree?!

Start thinking about it because here is your chance!! For every $50 you order
ONLINE or in person between now and Monday, May 30th you will receive an entry to win a $100 shopping spree!! The National Scrapbooking Month promotion is coming to an end and there are some great stamp sets and digital downloads available at 30% OFF!!
In addition to the drawing, you will receive a stamp toward my Happy Stampin' rewards program for every $50 you spend. Once you have filled your rewards card with 5 stamps you'll receive 10% OFF your next purchase!
AND... you will also get a FREE copy of the 2011-2012 Idea Book and Catalog from me when it releases on July 1st. Your new catalog will include a special coupon for $10 OFF your first July purchase of $50 or more when you earn your catalog by ordering online this weekend only!
If you would like to place your order in person, please EMAIL me with a day & time that you would like to get together to place your order.
Reward Yourself!
Spend $50, Get 1 entry & stamp + catalog
Spend $100, Get 2 entries & stamps + catalog
Spend $150, Get 3 entries & stamps + catalog + $15 in FREE product & level 1 hostess set
Spend $200, Get 4 entries & stamps + catalog + $20 in FREE product & level 1 hostess set
Spend $250, Get 5 entries, fill you rewards card for 10% OFF next order + catalog + $25 in FREE product + level 1 hostess set
Winner will be contacted via email Tuesday, May 31st. This offer is available exclusively through me, Courtney Johnston. US residents only.
Check out my upcoming classes and reserve your spot today!

NEW! Bring a friend to any stamp a stack class in June and receive a special gift from me! You must RSVP for your friend as well to guarantee  space and supplies are available.


May Flowers Card 2

Welcome back to the next May Flowers Card Class share!

I'll make this brief and get straight to the card, BUT if you're looking for more information on the Class Kit you can find it HERE or if you would like to join us on June 25th for class please EMAIL me!


Thursday, May 26, 2011

Paper Players Challenge #48

Hey Everyone!

I just finished making a card for The Paper Players Sketch Challenge #48 and wanted to share it with you all! If you haven't had a chance yet, you have got to go check out their DT's samples! They're great as always!

I am in the process of trying to use up the AMPLE amount of DP I have on hand since it will retired come July so I pulled out my In Colors DP Pack for this card! I have to admit, I never thought I'd ever use the patterned pieces that I used in Pear Pizzazz on this card because I really didn't care for it... BUT I really REALLY like the way it looks on a card! LOL Go figure...


May Flowers & $100 Shopping Spree!!

Hey Everyone!

Wow! Talk about a crazy week! From personal, to classes to $100 SHOPPING SPREE info... I've got a TON to share with you all!!

First... We ended up in the hospital with our 7 month old last week... He picked up the stomach flu and passed it along to all of us... The boys are doing much better now, just at the tail end of it...

SO... for obvious reasons, I've rescheduled the May Flower Stamp a Stack class and wanted to share the cards featured in the class with you all...

If you are interested in coming please email me or leave me a comment and I'll save you a spot! If you can't make it or live outside the Phoenix area you can purchase a card kit that includes all supplies for you to make the 10 cards plus envelopes and the best part, FREE shipping!! You can find more details HERE on the card kit.

OK, now that I've got all that out of the way, here is one of the cards from May Flowers Card Class and Kit! Be sure to check back the next few days to see the rest of the class cards!

NOW... If you're wondering about the $100 shopping spree mentioned earlier here are the details! Because I value my customers and fellow bloggers SO much and truly appreciate all of your support I am giving one lucky person a $100 SHOPPING SPREE!

What do you have to do to enter?

For every $50 you spend with me (ONLINE or contact me to place your order directly through me) between now and May 30th you will receive an entry to win! You will also receive a stamp on your Happy Stampin' Rewards card which can be redeemed for 10% OFF your entire order when you have 5 stamps total!

NOW as if that isn't an amazing offer there I've got one better for ya!

When you spend $50 or more by May 30th with me, you will receive your 2011-2012 IB&C FREE (releasing on July 1st)!

What are you waiting for?? GET YOUR ORDER IN NOW!


Catalog CASE'n Thursday #1

Welcome everyone to the very FIRST Catalog CASE'n Thursday!!

This week I chose to CASE the Sincere Salutations card on page 155 of the 2010-2011 IB&C. I just love the way they've put together this flower and wanted to give it a shot!

Supply List:

Stamps: Sincere Salutations

Ink: Marina Mist

Paper: Very Vanilla, Crumb Cake, Blushing Bride, Pear Pizzazz, Elegant Soiree DP

Accessories: Island Floral Die, Subtles Glimmer Brads, Dimensionals, Vintage Wallpaper EF, Perfect Polka Dots EF

Thanks for coming by to see my take on this wonderful sample by our SU! artists!!

If you'd like to give this card a shot and leave me a link to your post I'd love to see what you come up with!

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Catalog CASE'n Thursdays!

Hey everyone!

Have you ever taken the time to look at the amazing samples there are in the Stampin' Up! catalogs?? It's OVERWHELMING! Almost everytime I look through the catalog I find something I haven't noticed before!

So... I have decided that every Thursday I will CASE a card from one of the current catalogs to share with you all! I will make a few changes to each sample so they're not identical to give you all an idea of other things that can be done just by using the catalog samples as a starting point!

Be sure to check back tomorrow for the very first Catalog CASE'n Thursday!

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

May Flowers Stamp-a-Stack THIS Saturday!!

Just a reminder:

This Saturday at 5:30pm is the May Flowers Stamp-a-Stack!! There are still a couple seats open if you're in the Phoenix area and would like to join us! RSVP HERE!

We will be making 10 cards using a variety of flower products Stampin' Up! has to offer. There will be 5 designs total, 2 of each card and your envelopes are included too! Class fee is $15 per person.

Can't make it or live out of state? NO PROBLEM!
Email me at Stampinmama86@gmail.com and we can make a payment arrangement (paypal or mail)! I will send you a card kit with no additional shipping cost! If you would like images pre-stamped, there will be an additional $2 charge.

        Kit Includes:
  • Pre-Cut Paper
  • Punches
  • Embellishments
  • Photos (5)
  • Detailed Instructions
  • Supply Lists

Happy Stampin'!

Saturday, May 14, 2011

Courtney's Closeout Closet... Retired Sets & Accessories FOR SALE!

Just wanted to let you all know that I've posted some retired stamp sets for sale in the Closeout Closet!

Be sure to check back often. I will be posting some retired ribbon and designer paper soon and with the release of the new catty in July, I'm bound to have a TON more to sell!!
Gotta make room somehow!! LOL

Friday, May 13, 2011

Sketch Challenge with a Twist

Hey everyone!

It's time for a sketch challenge over at Gimme a Break Challenges! This week our DT is bringing you all different sketches on our samples and you get to choose which one you'd like to use for your submission!

Here is the sketch I came up with using the Friends Never Fade and Greenhouse Gala DP combo. Be sure to go check out the other DT members cards for inspiration and come back with your creations to inspire us by Thursday May 19th! Gimme a Break Challenge Blog - Sketch #15

Supply List:
Stamps: Friends Never Fade
Ink: Chocolate Chip
Paper: Greenhouse Gala DP, Daffodil Delight, Pear Pizzazz, Very Vanilla
Accessories: Eyelet Border Punch, Marina Mist Grossgrain Ribbon

Congrats to My Little Sister!

Way to go Caitlyn!

My sister is a Freshman in high school and recently finished her first year in Winter Guard. Winter Guard is very similar to Color Guard, the main difference is that instead of performing at Football games they actually put together a routine and compete about 4 times in 2 months and then have a state wide competition.

They took SILVER for their division in state!! I was so excited and proud of her!!

She decided to try out for the Color Guard for next year and SHE MADE IT! My sister is going to be on Color Guard this coming year! I am so excited for her!!! I think the hardest thing for me in high school was finding my place and figuring out what I was interested in so I'm SUPER excited that she has found something she enjoys doing and has made many friends in the process.

SO... today's card is a Congrats! card I made for my sister!

I used Basic Grey and Night of Navy for her school colors and an "H" for her school name....

Supply List:
Stamps: Word Play, Broadsheet Alphabet
Ink: VersaMark, Night of Navy
Paper: Night of Navy, Basic Grey, Very Vanilla, Crumb Cake
Accessories: Linen Thread, Silver EP, Smooch Spritz, Dimensionals, Toothpick

Wednesday, May 11, 2011


It's time to celebrate MOM over at Stampin' Royalty this week!  I made this card with the flip flop stamp from the NEW Sunny Fun set from the Mini Catalog. Since mother's day has come and gone, this is going to be my Mom's Birthday card! = )

Hope you like it!

Supply List:
Stamps: Sunny Fun
Ink: Basic Black, Blushing Bride, Perfect Plum
Paper: Whisper White, Pale Plum, Basic Grey, Lap of Luxury DP
Accessories: Scallop Trim Border Punch, 1 1/4" Circle Punch, Pearls, Concord Crush Ribbon, Pastels, Blender Pen, Vintage Wallpaper EF

Diva Coffee Break meets Color Throwdown Challenge

I had to pull out my Sweet Summer SAB set for the Diva Coffee Break Sketch and the Color Throwdown color challenges this week! I just LOVE this set! I WISH it wasn't SAB because I'd love to use it ALL year long in classes!!

Anyways... here's what I've come up with! ENJOY!

 Supply List:
Stamps: Sweet Summer, So Happy for You
Ink: StazOn Black, Rose Red, So Saffron, Old Olive
Paper: Tempting Turquoise, Rose Red, Very Vanillla, Watercolor Paper,
Accessories: Perfect Polka Dots EF, Square Lattice EF, Rose Red Seam Binding, Medium Rhinestones, Aqua  Painter, Dimensional,  3" Circle Die Cut

What a Fabulous Challenge!

So I headed on over to the Hand Stamped Sentiments challenge blog today and designed a card and 3D project using the Fabulous Florets stamp set and coordinating Beyond the Garden DP. If you haven't had a chance to check out their challenge go do so! They've got some great samples over there to inspire you!

I created a Soap Holder Box using Erica Cerwin's tutorial over at Pink Buckaroo Designs. You can find her tutorial HERE.

I did alter one thing on the tutorial... I chose to use the Scallop Oval Punch around my saying on the "inside" so that I could tuck the front flap behind it. You'll notice that the top of my holder slants rather than laying flat like Erica's does.

Card Supply List:
Stamps: Fabulous Florets
Ink: Melon Mambo, Daffodil Delight, Pacific Point, Tangerine Tango
Paper: Melon Mambo, Beyond the Garden DP, Whisper White
Accessories: Whisper White Organza Ribbon, Dimensionals, Large Pearls, Square Lattice EF

Box Supply List:
Stamps: Fabulous Florets, Tiny Tags
Ink: Melon Mambo, VersaMark
Paper: Beyond the Garden DP, Melon Mambo, Daffodil Delight, Whisper White
Accessories: Melon Mambo EP, Whisper White Organza Ribbon, Large Pearls, Dimensionals, Medium Oval Punch, Small Oval Punch


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