Win Free Stampin’ Up! stuff

Win a free  Stampin’ Up! stamp set.  Here is how to participate: collect 20 clues from websites in my “web ring”.  One clue from each of the websites you visit.  You will see the treasure hunt image above, along with the clue.  email me your list of 20 clues and which websites they come from, at: On May 15th I will choose a name at random from among those of you who participate, and that lucky person will receive a free stamp set!


My clue is Antique Brads.

Antique Brads 117273
Price: $5.95
Antique brads are a quick way to add a vintage look. Each brad is designed to look like a vintage metal button, but the brad attachment makes it easy to attach them to your projects.■ 20 brads per package; 4 ea. of 5 designs
■ Sizes range from approximately 1/3″ to 3/4″

Stampin’ Up! Mothers Day cards

My Thursday Stamping group made these two cards this morning, as well as the poppy parade Medallion card I shared previously.

The top card uses the adorning accents edgelits dies and the hearts collection framelits dies, both from the occasions mini.  The card stock colors are concord crush, wisteria wonder and pool party.  The ribbon is from the in colors collection in the IBC.  The Sweet Shop specialty designer series paper and the “mom” stamp (Loved Ones) are both from the occasions mini.  I just LOVE every sheet of this dsp, by the way!  I am sad to say goodbye to concord crush, but I am happy that wisteria wonder and pool party will be with us for another year.

The bottom card uses the layered markers technique, with a white gel pen for highlighting   Colors are: bashful blue, marina mist, pacific point, certainly celery, wild wasabi, and sahara sand.  The image is from the retiring “simply soft” hostess set.

Both cards were inspired by cards I saw on the Demonstrator only website.  I adapted them for Mother’s Day.


Stampin’ Up! Demonstrators Web Ring

Late Night Stamper WEB RING

Stampin’ Up! Convention: Salt Lake City here I come!

I was one of thousands of Stampin’ Up! demonstrators who made sure to log on to Stampin’ Up!’s demonstrator website this morning at precisely 7 a.m. Mountain Time. For me, in California, this was 6 a.m.  I set my alarm for 5:50 and had my credit card and my lap top all ready to go.  Hooray! I got all the classes I wanted, and a hotel room at the Marriot across from the Convention Center.  Several demonstrators in my local group, Creative Ink, coordinated our schedules in advance so that we will be in some of the same classes.  I am SO excited. The countdown to July 18th begins today!

If being this crazy about stamping and hanging out with thousands of women in one place who are also crazy about stamping appeals to you; contact me about signing up as a Stampin’ Up! demonstrator.  We are a little crazy when it comes to stamping, but we are lots of fun!

🙂 Miriam

There should be plenty of room to sign up for Convention for the next couple of months, and you won’t even have to wake up at 6 a.m.


Stampin’ Up! Retirement List is Here

Today, Stampin’ Up! announced the stamp sets that will be retiring along with the 2011-2012 Idea Book and Catalog (IBC) this May 31st.  Check my side bar for the link to the pdf list.  If there are any stamp sets listed that you have been really wanting but haven’t yet purchased, now is the time.

If you haven’t heard, the current IBC is retiring a month earlier than usual. That means you have until May 31st to order stamp sets from the retiring list.

I am sure there will lots of new stamp sets that I will fall in love with when the new Catalog is introduced, but right now I am having a moment of silence for my old favorites that will be missed.  One of these is the Medallion background stamp.  I made this card as a thank you to the family who watched our dog while we spent a few days in Disneyland.  The sentiment is: “you raise kindness to an art” from the Vintage Vogue stamp set, another one of my favorite sets that will be going, going, gone as of May 31st.

Check the retirement list and let me know which of your favorite stamp sets will be retiring.  Even better: post a picture of a card you’ve made with a retiring set.

Happy April!

Lots of exciting things happening with Stampin’ Up!  My favorite news: Stampin’ Up! has announced the list of classes and events at the upcoming Convention in Salt Lake City July 16th – 19th!  If you haven’t been to Convention, believe me when I say it is one of the most amazing events I have ever attended.  I went to my first Convention a mere month after signing up as a demo and I was hooked!

If you have ever thought about becoming a Stampin’ Up! demonstrator but weren’t sure if you wanted to, there is no better reason than simply to be able to attend Convention.  I will be going with my sister, and we will be hanging out with our demo friends from California, as well as new friends we met at Convention last year from all over the country.  If you would like to hang out with us and be welcomed into our group, please contact me about signing up.  You honestly have nothing to lose and so much to gain!!!

Still time to sale-a-brate Stampin’ Up!

We have one more week left of Sale-a-bration!  Have you had a chance to receive free Stampin’ Up! products?  With just a $50 order you will be able to choose one of the awesome FREE items available until March 31.  You won’t want to miss out on this special offer.  You can choose one the exclusive sale-a-bration items only available for one more week; or something from the current IBC.  It’s your choice!  Check out the sale-a-braton catalog on my sidebar and then click the “order Stampin’ Up! online” button on the right, and start your own sale-a-bration!

Have a great weekend!


Baby Cupcake Toppers!

I had so much fun making the owl cupcake toppers that I decided to make some baby themed ones and add them to my Etsy shop.  The trick when using the pennant punch is to make sure the front and back are stamped the opposite way from one another.  That way they are facing the correct direction from either side.

🙂 Miriam

Welcome to

This is the final new home of Stampin’ With Miriam.  I LOVE the new name, how about you?!  I am working on improving the appearance of the site, but I am so happy it is functional.

My Etsy shop is also now called “my ink pad”, and I have a NEW EMAIL:

Today I made some owl cupcake toppers and added them to my Etsy shop.  Aren’t they cute?!  I just love using the owl punch!  It is so easy to make each owl unique simply by punching out different “vests” from designer series paper.  I used “just add cake” for these owls.

Have a great day!