Tuesday, October 30, 2012


No pretty pics today! Just wanted to extend my prayers & good wishes for all my Stampin' Up! peeps in the Northeast who are dealing with the ravages of Hurricane Sandy! 

Fortunately, she spared us here in central MA. Lots of power outages, trees down, roads blocked & wind damage, but minor compared to the New York & New Jersey areas! The news shows devastating damages there.  I so pray that things will soon return to acceptable if not normal.  

Stay safe!

Happy Stampin'!

Monday, October 29, 2012


Well, as I sit here safe & still with electricity while Hurricane Sandy is visiting, I figured I'd share some good news with you!!!

It's finally here!!! The moment you've waited for!!! 
The new 
Stampin' Trimmer!!! 
That's right!! It's here in my little hands!!! Check it out!!!

 Sooo shiny!!! The grid pattern & numbers will never come off! It looks & feels like it's varnished!!!

 It has an amazing scoring AND cutting tools!!! No ragged edges! Nice clean cuts!
 And unlike the old trimmer, the blades can stay on the single track ALL the time!!! There's room for both!!! 
And unlike the old trimmer, the scoring blade actually scores instead of cuts!!! So nice!!!

 It's a larger platform to work with. It extends to 6 1/4"!! 
There are "bumpers" on the top & bottom & even on either side of the cutting channel!!! Easy to line up the paper!!! 
Finally a cutter that cuts straight!!!

 There's a handy little storage compartment under the base to store blades, bone folder, stylus, whatever!!!

 The "arm" extends to the side to 14 1/2"!!! No more squeezing in the 12"!!!!!

They've really thought this one out!! It was so worth the wait!!! It's the perfect compliment to my Tabletop Cutter!!!! I will love them both!!!!

The new Stampin' Trimmer, a Stampin' Up! exclusive, will be available to you November 1!!!! You can order online HERE but not until Nov. 1!!!
(See, if you were a demonstrator, you'd already have yours!!!)

Be sure to order early!!! Makes an awesome Christmas gift at only $29.95!! Worth every penny!!!

Happy Stampin'!!!!

Thursday, October 25, 2012


It's almost time for Christmas cards!!! Don't be caught behind!

Join me for a great Christmas Card Stamp-a-MiniStack-with a bling!!!! You will make 2 of each of the beautiful cards below!!!

You will use your Note Cards to create 2 cards of each of the 6 designs above! 
 You will then be able to take the rest home & make some more!!!! 

You will get instruction in creative ways to use the Glimmer Paper, use of my materials, and instructions for each card!  
Note: There's some type of "bling" on each one!!!!!

Don't be caught without your Christmas cards!!!!!
When: Saturday, November 10, 10:00-1:00
Where: My house!!!
Cost: $30 (includes our beautiful set of Notecards & Envelopes & a package of our beautiful Glimmer Paper!!!)

RSVP No later than October 31!!!

Class size is limited so be sure to register soon!!! Payment in form of cash only.

Happy Stampin'!

Wednesday, October 24, 2012


Got playing with my new stamp set, "Joyous Celebration"", the other day!! This stamp set is found in the Holiday Mini Catalog

Now this stamp set is designed to go with the Holiday Frame embossing folder, but I wanted to try it without! 
Of course I have several with the folder-it's awesome!!! 
But I was trying to use the stamp set without for different ideas-so not necessary to purchase an extra item!

Here are some of what I came up with!

So as you can see, the set is really versatile even without the wonderful embossing folder! It sure does help tho to have the Large Oval Punch!!! But again, not necessary!!! I just like ovals!!!

Let me know if you'd like the deets!!! I'm happy to share!!!

Happy Stampin'!!!

Tuesday, October 23, 2012


I recently came upon the "Sunflower" stamp from the 2012 Catalog! I wasn't sure what I'd ever do with this stamp, but now I LOVE it!!! It makes such pretty fall cards! Such a powerful "bang for you buck"!!!

This is a simple 1-layer card! It's very "woodsy"-I love that look! Lots of distressing!!! Hard to tell, but there's lots of "bling" in the center!!! Looks so pretty!!!! And such a simple, quick card!!!!

Here's another beauty with that stamp!

This was made using the "triple stamp" method! It's the big thing right now! It's usually done with stamps that are spread all over the place-ya know, multiples to create a background effect!  But I decided to try it with a single stamp! It really packs a WOW punch when you see it in person!!!

As always, if you'd like the deets, feel free to ask!!!!

Happy Stampin'!!!

Sunday, October 21, 2012


Here are some fun holiday party favors for the fall holidays!!! 
I shared these with my Daubers at our luncheon last week!!! 
We had so much fun, & it was so festive!!!

If you'd like the directions, feel free to ask!!!

Tootsie Pop witches' brooms! 

Sour Cream treat poppers!

 Fun little gift card/treat "purses"!

It was a great way to use up a bunch of retired paper! It's still all  
Stampin' Up!!, but all that beautiful paper from last season sure deserves a chance to be seen!!!!

Hope you enjoy!!! Again, feel free to ask for directions!!!

Happy Stampin'!

Saturday, October 20, 2012


       Here are some more fun Christmas "kid" swaps from our demonstrator       luncheon!!! You can view my card in yesterday's post!!!!

                                 Jeanne Nielson's creation-No Peeking!!! 

Sam Cox's adorable Rudolph!!!!

Angela Carter's "snow buddy"!!!

Barbara Lash's birthday dino! (OK, not Christmas, but still f un!!!)

And last but certainly not least, our fearless leader Donna Centamore's darling reindeer! Note the inside has a band for a gift card!!!

Do you love our cards?? I hope so!! Do you want to CASE!!! Be our guest, but please be courteous to all the fantastic, creative demonstrators & give credit where credit is due! We share, but we appreciate the recognition also!!!


Happy Stampin'!!!

Friday, October 19, 2012

Dauber Swap!!!

We had our fun luncheon yesterday with our demonstrator group,
 "Donna's Daubers"!!! What a great time we had! 

Our shoebox swap theme was "kids' holidays"! It was a fun challenge because a lot of us don't have lots of kids' stamp sets!!! 

This was mine!!! I used lots of "layers" because kids love surprises!!! There's something under every layer!!! See!

I whipped out my little Button Buddies stamp set & "hid" this cute little guy! He's so happy!!!

Here's the inside!

So I think it's "kiddish"!!! Sure had fun playing anyway! Want the deets? Just ask! I'm happy to share!

Happy Stampin'!

Tuesday, October 9, 2012


Stampin' Up! is trying something new!! They've listened to what you've said! You tell them that sometimes you would prefer to order just 1 stamp instead of a whole stamp set! 
They have chosen 3 popular stamp sets:Word Play, Perfectly Penned, and Seasonal Sayings-for you to choose from!!!  (For complete details on each stamp set, click on the name above!!! 

The offer will be available now through January 2, 2013

Here are the details you need to know:
  • These won't be sent to you in our typical cases or packaging; they'll be packaged in cello bags. If you'd like a case for your stamp, you can buy our Clear-Mount Stamp Cases that come in packs of four (item 119105).
  • This offer is available for clear-mount stamps only.
  • The stamps won't come with a Clear-Mount Block, and you'll need to buy a block separately if you don't already have one. The recommended block sizes can be found on the flyers. 
  • There's no limit on how many pieces you can buy.
  • This offer is not available in Quebec.
  • Remember that this is a pilot program, so take advantage of it while you can!!

Monday, October 8, 2012


Check out Stampin' Up's! great promotion for the month of October!!
That's right!!! Your purchase of either the  
Ornament Keepsakes Stamp Set & Candlelight Christmas Specialty Designer Series Paper bundle (#132260 wood or 132261 clear) or the Ornament Keepsakes Bundle & Candlelight Christmas Specialty Designer Series Paper bundle (#132262 wood or 132263 clear) 
gets you a FREE Paper Piercing Kit!!! 

But only for the month of October!!! Don't miss out on this great deal!!! Contact me now for ordering info or check out my website at www.jonimetras.stampinup.net!!!! You can order online there 24/7!! Good stuff!!!

Happy Stampin'!!!!!

Sunday, October 7, 2012


Happy Thanksgiving to all our Canadian friends out there!!!! 

There are many wonderfully talented Stampin' Up! demonstrators that hail from Canada!!!

My best wishes for you all on this special day!!! 

Special thoughts to Penny, Adel & Diane!!!

Happy Stampin'!!!


Just wanted to say Happy October to you all!!! It's a month full of great stuff!

It all begins with World CardMaking Day on Sunday, Oct 7,  1:00-5:00 pm at the Southbridge Savings Bank Community Room! We will be making Cards for Soldiers for Operation Write Home!

Learn some fun techniques with vellum on October 27th at 10:00 am at my house!!! (Be sure to check sign up dates!)  You will receive your own package of Vellum Cardstock to create with!!!!

Columbus Day, Halloween & several workshops round out the month!!!

No fancy tricks today! Just a pretty fall cards to say Happy October!!!!  Contact me for details or how to's or supplies used!!!

Happy Stampin'!!!

Monday, October 1, 2012


Well, my husband shares one important connection with Johnny Appleseed-his birthday!!! Yup, same birthday-September 26, but don't be fooled, my husband is not Johnny Appleseed!!! lol  Although he sometimes looks like he has a tin pan on his head when I get swinging!!! lol Just kidding!!!! 

So Steve (that's my husband-altho I tend to call him Sam more often than not-long story!!) is very hard to please with cards! He's not the "touchy-feely" kind of guy. He tolerates my habit, I mean job, and thinks the cards are pretty & all. But he can't figure out why I don't just go to Hallmark!!! Ick!!! I tell him because it's so much nicer & is like a special gift from my heart to him! He just says, "Oh, that's nice!" lol  I don't think I'm telling any story that's different from most other husbands, but it does get challenging as to how to make him smile!

Well, this year I decided to go with the "fall" theme!!! Now he's had Noble Deer cards, (remember that stamp set), I've done Loads of Love (remember that one too?), & just about anything else I have that isn't flowers or "kiddie" like!!!

So I decided I was just gonna make a pretty card & hope he loves it!! If nothing else, it'd be nice on my blog!!! 

He actually liked it! He said, "Wow, this is really nice this year!!!" I think that was a compliment, but I think the past years' were kinda nice too! Hey, can't please them all the time!!! lol 

So here's the card!

 I mean  how can he not like the bling?? Really??
Ok, so here are the deets:
Stamp sets-Falling Leaves,
Cardstock-Lucky Limeade, Glitter, Early Espresso Coredinations, Natural Ivory
Accessories- Framelits, Gold, Copper & Wild Wasabi Emboss Powders, Lucky Limeade ribbon (leftover from Sale-A-Bration), Linen Thread, XL Oval Punch
Inks-Lucky Limeade, Cajun Craze, Wild Wasabi, Chocolate Chip, VersaMark

I hand cut the leaves & tops of the acorns on the inside. I heat embossed the leaves. 

I love this 2-step set. It's one I'm pretty sure I'll keep long after it's retirement! I sure hope they carry it over to the new big catalog in May! It's such a versatile set for fall!

For the inside, I just used left overs from cutting the front as a border! Didn't wanna waste a scrap!!!

So I really love the way it came out!!! Hope you like it too!!! I can't wait to make more cards with this stamp set!!!!  As always, if you'd like details on how it was assembled, please don't hesitate to ask! I'm happy to share!!!

Happy Stampin'!