Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Getting Ready for Christmas and the New Year!!

So....I could give you a million reasons why I haven't been blogging lately but there isn't really a good one. I have been struggling with some family issues on the homefront and it has really zapped all creative energy from me. I lost motivation and desire and I just couldn't figure out what to do. But, in the quiet of the morning, God's loving presence and peace found my troubled spirit and I am resting in His hands. And although there aren't any more stamping events planned for this month, I have been busier than ever. I have been sewing for my little girls...yep, I made those cute skirts that they are wearing!! I have now made 4 more for Christmas gift and on to the last of my homemade goodies. I have a ton of new and fresh ideas and I just can't wait to get started in the new year. We have a new catalog coming out and Sale-A-Bration is just around the corner.

Thank you for all of your support and for hanging on while I got my gears in order.

All of my love....Barbara Jean

Tuesday, December 9, 2008

Retired List & Free Shipping Offer

Fall-Winter 2008 retiring stamp sets are available for purchase December 9, 2008 – January 18, 2009. Buy your favorites today before they’re gone!

Plus, now through December 23, you can get 10% OFF all retiring stamp sets and FREE SHIPPING on orders over $70—don’t wait to take advantage of this limited-time offer!

Visit my site www.pinkpjstamper.stampinup.net for more details or call me!!

Sunday, November 23, 2008

My Pink Pajamas Proudly (probably an understatement) Presents....

Meghan Smith's Fundraising Project!! Meghan is raising funds for her Pop Warner Cheer competition trip by offering a collection of Christmas Cards handmade by her. Meghan has put together a collection of 10 different Christmas cards. Meghan's Christmas Collection is available for $18.50. She has added embellishments and has spent a lot of time creating these cards, some of her own design. I am including a sneak peek at two of the cards and we will post a picture with all of the cards shortly. (Slight camera difficulties). Anyways, I really am so proud of her hard work. Okay, I haven't even worked on my own cards yet! Please let us know if you would be interested in supporting her and her fundraising project.


Saturday, November 22, 2008

Katelyn's Surgery and a special card announcement

So, I don't post pictures that include me very often....okay, extinct occasions may sum it up a little better but I love this one. Katelyn had oral surgery today and she was so absolutely precious. God had her in His hands today and it so showed. She was even taking pictures today so she could have them in her scrapbook. I so love this brave little girl!!

And my daughter Meghan has been working on a very special card project. I will be announcing it on Sunday so stay tuned!! :) I am telling you, she is a SU! demonstrator in training!!

I hope that you all are having a wonderful and blessed weekend Thank you all for your prayers and support today.

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Stampin' Up! Gift Guide

Stampin’ Up! has put together a cool "Gift Guide" that features lists of gifts that you can buy under $10, $25, $50 & $100! All that you have to do is click on the title of this blog and away you will go to shopping land!! Have fun and as always, if you have any questions.....CALL Me anytime. Remember, I am always up late and you can always call the pink line (my cell) if you do not want to call the house line. :)

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Holiday Journal

Here are just a few pics of one of the journals that we made last night at the Holiday Journal class. It was a blast and such an improvement from last years journal. Don't forget that Friday is Stamp Camp!! :)

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Some Winter Pun Fun!!!

Here are some cards that I whipped up using Pun Fun....I had a blast with this set!! I have forgotten how many uses this set can have. I hope this inspires you to have a little fun!

Good Bye Halloween....Hello Disneyland!!

Time to take a break from trick or treaters and head up to the place where dreams are made magical.....Disneyland!! So here are a few shots of our stay. We started off in the presidential suite at Wyndham and then went over to the park the next day. It was so busy....so much for missing the crowds!! But we had a great time.

Saturday, October 25, 2008

Holiday Place Settings with Shelli!!

I am so excited. Shelli (the co-founder and CEO of Stampin' Up!) was on a tv program in Utah showing some more wonderful uses of our wonderful Stampin' Up! products. You will not believe how adorable these projects are!!

"It's the ultimate party prep three-peat! Get busy now, and one efficient holiday table setting design will carry you through Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year's." (Studio 5)

Supply List

Stamp Sets

Cute & Curly Punch Label bundle
Everyday Flexible Phrases
Holiday Blitz
Simple Serif Mini Alphabet & Numbers
Wild West Alphabet

Stampin' Pads
Baja Breeze Classic
Chocolate Chip Classic
Old Olive Classic
Real Red Classic

Card Stock/Paper
Ski Slope Designer Series paper
Baja Breeze card stock
Chocolate Chip card stock
Naturals White card stock
Old Olive card stock
Real Red card stock

Big Shot die cutting machine
Pillow Box die
Scallop Circle #2 die
Top Note Bigz die

Pretties Kit
Styled Silver Hodgepodge Hardware

Anywhere Glue Stick
Stampin' Dimensionals
Two-Way Glue Pen

1/16 Circle punch
3/4 Circle punch
Horizontal Slot punch

vAlpine Ribbon Originals
Baja Breeze 5/8 striped grosgrain ribbon
Linen thread
Silver elastic cord

Acetate (from office supply store; thick)
Bone folder
Dazzling Diamonds Stampin' Glitter


Napkin ring
Make card stock note using Top Note Bigz die. Adhere Designer Series paper on card stock, stamp (on New Year's napkin ring), fold, and smooth folds using bone folder. Stamp label image, punch out and/or cut, and adhere to napkin ring. Punch out slots and tie together with ribbon (Note: New Year's napkin ring is tied together with Silver elastic cord). Accent as shown.

Name plate
Make card stock note using Top Note Bigz die; stamp (on New Year's name plate), fold in half, and smooth fold with bone folder. Adhere Designer Series paper on card stock (Note: layer paper on Old Olive card stock first for Christmas name plate). Accent as shown.

Make favor box using Pillow Box die, and fill with treats. Create belly band out of Designer Series paper (Note: layer paper for New Year's favor), and adhere to favor. Stamp label image, and punch out. Adhere label and accent as shown.

Make several large and small scallop circles out of Designer Series paper. Stamp and cut out/punch smaller images (acorns for Thanksgiving, trees for Christmas, and snowflakes for New Year's) as shown. Glue glitter on snowflakes.

Wednesday, October 8, 2008

Happy Weenie Treats

So, here is another little batch of fun Halloween treats. As I am getting things geared up for Christmas, I couldn't resist a couple more little fun TRICK or TREATS.
The bats are made from the new square scallop punch. Slit the center and fold back the ears. Add tiny google eyes for an added pop.
I have one more to post.....stay tuned!! As always, if you need more directions, Just Email me!!!

Monday, September 22, 2008

Heart to Heart Blog Candy

I was searching for a stamp set that I had seen on Splitcoaststampers. After researching, I found out that the artist was Cammie over at My Blog by Cammie! I was so excited but quickly humbled by the story about her Grandmother. Please read her story here: http://myblogbycammie.blogspot.com/2008/09/gkd-whimsical-autumn-preview.html
(I am so sorry that I don't know how to create quick links.) In honor of her Grandmother, she is donating ALL proceeds from her "Autumn Whimsy" set. (The apples are my absolute favorite!!) And on top of that she is having an awesome blog candy giveaway. It just reminds me of how all that it really takes is the faith of a mustard seed and God can truly do something amazing!! Please help support Cammie in honoring her "Mamo". Here are my cards as per her request. As I do not know anyone first hand that is caring for an Alzhiemer's patient, I will be sending it to the care facility here in town. "IN HONOR OF MAMO"

Thursday, September 11, 2008

A Grand Bella Toile Soiree!!

I am so loving this card!! The Bella Toile is extremely easy to use and the effects are amazing. This is definetly NOT are cartoony stamp. I love the detail and I have a million different ideas on what to make next.

Paper: Basic Black, Pink Pirouette, Whisper White
Stamp: Bella Toile, Grand Soiree

Ummm, yep. That's it!!

P.S. This is the last sneak peek for my stamp campers!!

Online Amazement!!

Stampin' Up! never ceases to amaze me.
First, you can now shop with me whenever you desire.
No more late night drive-bys to see if my lights are on or throwing pebbles at my screen so my hubby doesn't wake up for a middle of the night splurge. TeeHee!! It is so easy! All you need to do is click on the "Share what you love" Icon on the left and it will bring you to my site. Click shop now and have fun!!
Second, my site has sooo much more to offer you than ever before.
Stay, play, look around awhile.
There are projects and info tidbits and of course, online shopping.
However, if you still prefer to call me and have a personal shopping experience, I am still here.
So, Here's to a New Endeavor!!

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Urban Garden Upsy Daisy Photo Card

Okay, I wasn't sure what to do with this set. I wasn't even sure why I bought it to start with. But after using it for the first time, this card has such a simple elegance that I found that I could use it for just about anything. This is a photo card that has 5 pages inside that you could simply insert photos or even step it up a notch and scrapbook with it.

Paper: Baja Breeze, Not Quite Navy, Urban Garden DP
Stamp: Upsy Daisy
Accessories: Clear envelopes, Not Quite Navy craft pad, cropodile, satin ribbon

100% SU products

Fall is in full swing!!

I can't believe how fast time has flown. The kids are in school, routines are falling into place and I am suprisingly busier than ever!! So much for free time! It's what brings me to my point today. We need to make sure that we keep a little time for ourselves. Don't neglect yourself or your creative juices. SOOOOO.....How about a Stamp Camp?? What a perfect combo. You can get a little ME time while visiting with other ME time moms AND to top it off....creative juice projects. So, come and let me spark your imagination and let's have a great time. The above picture is a peak at one of our quick projects. Just send me an email and let me know if you would love to come.

Monday, August 25, 2008

Back to School...No stampin' today!!

Awww, today was the first day of school!! The girls were so excited to go. Paige and Elizabeth were set up in matching polka dots. They were the first off to go; off to preschool. Next shift was Lucy, Katee and Eli. Katee was full of poses and didn't want to put down her Cupcake backpack. (Cupcake is Katee's special name...just ask her sometime.) She started Kindergarten. This year was a hard one for me as I wasn't sold on her starting this year. Lucy was so mature this year. My big first grader!! She knew what she was doing and made sure she had all of her things. They were just so cute. Elijah had special ordered his backpack this year and didn't want mom to walk him to his class. (Big Sigh!) How fast they grow!! He only has two more years of elementary school. This year is big binders, dividers, highlighters....it seems like the years have just flown. And yes, he did style his hair to look like that. :) Well, next week the older girls start their home school program. I am so excited about this God centered, character based program. If only hubby would let me keep them all at home!!!

Sunday, August 24, 2008

Sorry for the lack of posts!!

Well, time has slipped away from me again. I have been busy planning the next couple of months of events and I think that I have neglected my poor little blog. Sooo, stay tuned. I promise to post a new card and an updated list of events. Or come on over and visit my Stampin' Up site which is up in full swing. I miss all of you....thank you for your support.

Thursday, August 14, 2008

Stampin Up Specials and news....

This is an Awesome DEAL Stampin' Up! has never before offered a discount on brand new stamp sets! From Aug. 11th - Oct. 11th enjoy a 15% discount on select, brand-new die cut stamps from the Fall/Winter 2008 Idea Book & Catalog - no additional purchase necessary! For a full list of all the stamp sets and their discounted price, click below to few the full flyer.
Download Never_Before_Seen_US.pdf . To place your orders, feel free to call me at home (760) 789-6291 or click on the envelope on your left side of screen to send me an email. FREE stamp pad from me on orders of $100 or more!

There has never been a better time to start!!! Signing up has never been easier. So if you LOVE to stamp, enjoy meeting people, buy stamps and/or accessories on a regular basis, and would like a minimum 20% Demo discount then this is an Awesome Starer Kit Offer. Not to mention all the other great Perks we get as a Demo! Can I say Convention, Swaps..Woo Hoo! Then becoming a Stampin' Up! demonstrator has never been easier!
From August 11 through October 11, you can choose from three different Starter Kits* check them out HERE!! If you want to see the introduction to Stamin' Up! check it out HERE or click on the Join my Team link on the left hand sidebar. I would be more then happy to answer any and all questions. No matter what your goals, Be it supporting your "Habit" or starting your own Business, I would be more then happy to help you.

Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Dreams Take Wings

I had the hardest time getting my camera to take pictures of this card. It just doesn't want to focus right...I am so sad. But enough of my sorrows. I was so excited to open my box of goodies, to see the new pre-cut rubber for our stamps, the new colors. Oh the joy and sorrow. I really miss the "old" in colors.

Today's "Dreams Take Wings" card recipe:

Stamps: Dreams Du Jour
Cardstock: Riding Hood Red, Whisper White, Kiwi Kiss
Ink: Chocolate Chip, Creamy Caramel
Designer Paper: Bella Rose
Accessories: Dazzling Diamonds, colored pencils, scallop punch, scissors, Two way glue pen, Dimensionals
Cut the Riding Hood Red cardstock 5 1/2" by 8 1/2" and scored at 4 1/4".

Bella Rose (rose side) cut 5 1/2" by 3" and 1 strip 1" by 5 1/2" and a second strip 1/2" by 5 1/2".

Bella Rose (polka dot) cut 1" by 5 1/2".

Take Riding Hood Red cardstock and fold on the score mark. Adhere your first square of Bella Rose to cardstock. I then ran the "polka dot" Designer Paper through the scallop punch. Slightly overlapping the first layer of DP, adhere polka dot strip. Take the 1" strip of Bella Rose and ahere so that the green side is facing up. (I placed my strip 1/4" from the scallopped edge.) Then center 1/2" strip on top of green strip.

Stamp the "Grow Great" dreams stamp twice on Whisper White cardstock. Color with pencils the leaves on one stamped image and the flowers one the second. Cut out one whole stamped image and the flowers on the second image. Sponge with Creamy Caramel over the whole stamped image. With your Dimensionals, layer the cut out flowers on top of whole stamped image. Adhere to the strip.

Take your Kiwi Kiss and stamp two butterflies. Cut out and fold the wings slightly up at the body. With your 2 way glue pen, touch the wings where you would like to see the glitter; add glitter. Put adhesive on the body only of the butterfly and adhere to card.

To simplify this card for a Level One stamp camp, do not add glitter to butterfly and omit the flower layering.

Have a Happy Tuesday!!

Monday, July 28, 2008

Just had to share this!!

I was playing over on SCS on a blogging game and found Happy inkers site. She had this posted and encouraged anyone who enjoyed it to share it. SOOOOO... I had to share this. I was laughing out loud while DH was watching his sci-fi thriller. (Yes, I laughed at a climatic moment.) Anywhos.....I hope you get a giggle.

Anyway, this is a new reality show scenario:Six married men will be dropped on an island with one car and 3 kids each for six weeks.

Each kid will play two sports and either take music or dance classes. There is no fast food. Each man must take care of his 3 kids; keep his assigned house clean, correct all homework, and complete science projects, cook, do laundry, and pay a list of 'pretend' bills with not enough money. In addition, each man will have to budget in money for groceries each week.

Each man must remember the birthdays of all their friends and relatives, and send cards out on time--no emailing. Each man must also take each child to a doctor's appointment, a dentist appointment and a haircut appointment. He must make one unscheduled and inconvenient visit per child to the Urgent Care. He must also make cookies or cupcakes for a social function. Each man will be responsible for decorating his own assigned house, planting flowers outside and keeping it presentable at all times. The men will only have access to television when the kids are asleep and all chores are done.

The men must shave their legs, wear makeup daily, adorn themselves with jewelry, wear uncomfortable yet stylish shoes, keep fingernails polished and eyebrows groomed. During one of the six weeks, the men will have to endure severe abdominal cramps, back aches, and have extreme, unexplained mood swings but never once complain or slow down from other duties. They must attend weekly school meetings, church, and find time at least once to spend the afternoon at the park or a similar setting. They will need to read a book to the kids each night and in the morning, feed them, dress them, brush their teeth and comb their hair by 7:00 am.

A test will be given at the end of the six weeks, and each father will be required to know all of the following information: each child's birthday, height, weight, shoe size, clothes size and doctor's name. Also the child's weight at birth, length, time of birth, and length of labor, each child's favorite color, middle name, favorite snack, favorite song, favorite drink, favorite toy, biggest fear and what they want to be when they grow up.

The kids vote them off the island based on performance. The last man wins only if... he still has enough energy to be intimate with his spouse at a moment's notice.

If the last man does win, he can play the game over, and over, and over again for the next 18-25 years, eventually earning the right to be called Mother.

Lengthy, but so worth it. Pass it on to anyone you think this would make laugh; women and men.

Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Father's Day Card

My FIL loves to get pictures of my children. I have never seen anyone appreciate pics of the kids more than my IL. I got my inspriation for the card from the June SS and of course, gave it a "pink" touch. I love how it turned out and my FIL was happy with it too. Sorry this took so long to post. I didn't remember to take any pictures for my gallery and today my FIL gave my these pics. Yipee!!

Guess What's Coming??

I am so excited. I have been waiting, not unlike many of you. But I can't believe it. My new order is coming in tomorrow!!! I can't wait! Stay tuned. I will give you a taste as soon as I can.

Love you all!!

Blog Candy Winner!!

And the winner is ....... Candice Monroe!!! Here is your prize!!

Thank you to everyone for playing with me! Keep watching my blog as I will celebrate my personal events and triumphs with you. And with 8 children, there will be birthday "Candy" for each of their special days as well.

Good Luck!!

Saturday, July 12, 2008

Keep It Simple and Candy

At our unit meeting, Natalie gave us a challenge to K.I.S.S. Basically to Keep it simple. I sometimes forget to do that as I love cards that are full, layered and embellished. But she's right, it doesn't always have to be that way. I believe that these cards embrace that challenge. These cards were inspired by my friend and upline Dawn and our Stampin' Success. Hmm, I am thinking fun and Simple. That gives me an idea for a simple Blog Candy Challenge. Can you guess which products used in these cards are on the retired list? You have until Monday @ midnight to email your answer. Good Luck!!

Grim Grinning Ghosts come out to socialize...

Well, the inevitable time has come. I have to stop using some of my favorite stamps in my showcase. (My personal goal is to use only current products, no matter how hard.) I was thinking how sad it is to retire some of my friends. But just as we say goodbye to someone, fun memories come to mind as well. As my friend Dawn was creating this template/color combo, she commented that this card would make a very good condolence card. After she said that, the first thing that popped into my head was "The Grim Grinning Ghosts" song from the Haunted Mansion at Disneyland. Doesn't this card have the perfect colors for it??

I have to tell you though, I am so in the mood right now for Fall, Halloween, Thanksgiving....oh, the holiday splendor!! I am busy planning my holiday stamp camps and I am constantly changing my mind as to what cards I want to make. I think that I will end up with a little of everything!!

Tuesday, July 8, 2008


This is the first TAG for My Pink Pajamas!! I was tagged by my brand new blogging friend Jeanna. Please visit her site here: http://stamptimesomewhere.typepad.com/stamp_time_somewhere/

Here are my 7 random/weird facts about me.

1.) My husband actually calls me Palapalakini. I used to hate being called Barbara Jean when I was young. As I became an adult, I couldn't get anyone to call me Barbara Jean. My husband who met me as Barbara now refers to me by my Hawaiian version.

2.) I smile when I type. My daughters laugh at me, and yes, they are laughing now. I usually will smile and laugh when I am typing or writing to someone. (Gosh, I sure hope that they enjoy their mail as much as I did typing it.~teehee)

3.) I rearrange my home ALL the time. It can be anything. My top 2 reasons for rearranging... I am deep cleaning and everything moves or I am so frustrated, I have to change what I can around me. Hmmm. I think that I just learned something new about myself.

4.) I actually did a victory dance after I won my first arguement with my mom. Whether you know my mom or not, she never loses an arguement. I thought that this was such a big acheivement until I realized that I would've rather have won her approval.

5.) I secretly enjoy watching people's faces when they hear we have 8 kids. It is even funnier when they try to figure out who is related to who. I love my big family but it bothers me when people insist on knowing which of my 8 are mine. They are all mine, silly peeps. I guess that goes along with "who is their real mom?" I didn't know that I wasn't real. Good thing that I am secure with myself.

6.) I cannot sit and be idle. I feel like I constantly have to be working on something. My poor hubby can't even have me watch a movie with him without me finding something to do about halfway through.

7.) I am married to a chef. Okay, not literally. But my husband can outcook me any day of the week. I love it!! I really love it when he makes chinese food. The downfall...he makes dieting hell.

Okay, that is way more than enough about me. Here are the 7 lucky winners of my tag. I hope that you will enjoy these wonderful and lovely ladies as much as I do!! Take a peek and let them know where you came from if you want.

1.) Alesha Walls http://aleshawalls.blogspot.com/

2.) Ali Manning http://www.newenglandstamper.com/my_weblog/

3.) Julie http://stampinwithjulie.blogspot.com/

4.) Kelly http://kellyswienton.blogspot.com/

5.) Kirsten http://kirstendubosque.blogspot.com/

6.) Lisa http://blessedalatte.blogspot.com/

7.) Charmaine http://oodabugalley.blogspot.com/

I hope that you all will play!! Happy Inspirations!

Thank You Jeanna!

So, I jumped on my email this morning and there was a surprise for me. I was TAGGED today! If you don't know what that means or if you haven't heard of it before, stay tuned. I will post the info later today. I did however, want to post this card for Jeanna! Jeanna, I would mail this to you but I don't have your address. :( ~Thank you for my surprise today. You gave me a great ray of sunshine!!

Vellum Luminary Card

I had so much fun with this card. I know it is out of my normal pink color range....although I did add a touch of pink to the center of my flower. There is just something about this that was relaxing to me today. I love that it is not "In Your Face" bold and the vellum watercoloring was just the right touch.

This was created with 100 % SU! products.


Here is the recipe

Sets: Wonderful You, It's your Birthday
Cardstock: River Rock (rtd), Vellum, Ginger Blossom DSP (rtd)
Ink: Basic Black, Versamark,
Accessories: Markers, 1 3/8 square punch, River Rock DBL Stitched ribbon, scissors, paper trimmer, snail adhesive

Cut (2) River Rock cardstock 4"x 11". Score at 2 3/4", 5 1/2" and 8 1/4".

Cut (2) Vellum 2 1/2" x 3 3/4"

Cut (1) Ginger Blossom 2"x 4"

Stamp Bold images with versamark "all over design" on both pieces of River Rock. With square punch, punch twice to form rectangle shape. To do this, center punch in scored section and set punch all the way in on the top and bottom of section. Repeat for second section. (You may repeat this for the back side but the directions are for front design only.)

Stamp Vellum. Color with markers on BACK SIDE of stamped image and adhere to inside of card.

Adhere DSP on left side. Lay and adhere a strip of ribbon to seam of DSP and trim edges.

Adhere both pieces of cardstock together at the ends leaving the center boxes free and open.

Sweet Thank You Swap

I had my monthly meeting last night and of course, fun swaps!! The little purses were my swap and they were a total hit!! (Of course, it just had to have some pink!) I also am sharing a picture of what I received as well. If you would like more information, you know where to find me!!

It's Been a Little While

SO, it has been a little bit since I have had a chance to jump on here. I have been busy though. I will be posting some pictures over the next couple of days. I hope that it inspires you to create your own!!!

Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Bali Breeze Project

I was thinking of a perfect summer project and couldn't think of a better card mix than Bali Breeze. I hope that you would agree. If you would like to join me for this class, email me and let me know.
Happy stamping today!

Wednesday, June 18, 2008


I have decided to jump into my life today. No more holding back, making excuses or procrastinating any further. So what FINALLY made me get off my keister? My kids. (No, it wasn't the 8 cups of coffee. I hadn't had those yet.) My children has this knack of hovering and eavesdropping on anything that goes on in my home. Yes, there are NO secrets in this house. I was thinking about it this morning and it dawned on me. How much of my procrastinating have they witnessed? Have I shown them an example of a virtuous woman? Ummm, I'm thinking not. It's not that I haven't been a good mom but I haven't been holding myself to a higher standard. I want them to know that if you want something, GO FOR IT with ALL that you have!!

Today's card was made in advance, yes I said advance, for July's pink pj nite. The card was made from Apricot Appeal cardstock, Pixie Pink stamp pad, a popsicle stick, a little ribbon and a quick computer printout. I also used the scallop punch and curvy sayings stamp. It took me a total of 10 minutes, from inspiration to finished project! I love it when it's that easy!!!

Happy Wednesday!!