Thursday, September 12, 2013

Christmas Card Club


Three Cards ~~ 1 Stamp Set!!
I have loved experimenting with
the Mosaic Madness stamp set.
What a versatile stamp set.
The fourth card below is using a 
technique called"starburst" and I 
thought it worked well with the
Christmas star from the "Christ is Born" 
stamp set (retired) along with an 
easily made and cut out Christmas star
on our silver glimmer paper.

 This is just a sample of the cards we will make this year during our Christmas Card Club.  If you come to all four classes you will have 40 beautiful, handmade Christmas cards before December.

We will make ten cards at each class ~ 5 of two designs.  The cost for each class including envelopes is $20. These particular cards are a little more labor intensive than the other four designs will be so the time it takes to make them should balance out.

Christmas Card Club
Session 1: Saturday, September 21 from 2-4 pm   RSVP by 9/17

Session 2: Friday, October 4 from 7-9 pm   RSVP by 10/1

Session 3: Saturday, October 19 from 2-4 pm   RSVP by 10/15

Session 4: Friday, November 8 from 7-9 pm   RSVP by 11/5

Please bring your own SNAIL or tape runner to each class.  I will provide all other adhesives such as Tombow liquid glue, glue sticks, glue dots, dimensionals etc. 
I have a small supply of SNAIL I can sell you at the class if you have run out of your own.

Please comment on this blog to hold your place for these classes by the Tuesday before each class.
Space is limited. I will prepare all materials on the Wednesday before the class that weekend so I can accept no cancellations after the Tuesday before.  I can always make you a take home craft kit if you find you can't make it.

Hope you can join me for some Christmas crafting soon.


Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Butterfly Bundle Sale

Who doesn’t love butterflies? No one, that’s who. Butterfly shapes are great on projects for any occasion. So make sure to get in on our current offer: bundle and save 15 percent on this butterfly stamp set and punch between August 29-September 30, 2013!
Bundle Item Description Retail Price 15% Savings Price Amount Saved!
135311 Butterfly Bundle (Clear Mount)
Papillion Potpourri Clear Mount
Stamp Set Bitty Butterfly Punch
$30.90 US
$39.90 CA
$26.27 US
$33.92 CA
$4.63 US
$5.99 CA
135312 Butterfly Bundle (Wood Mount)
Papillion Potpourri Wood-Mount
Stamp Set Bitty Butterfly Punch
$34.90 US
$44.90 CA
$29.67 US
$38.17 CA
$5.23 US
$6.74 CA

  Get the Butterfly Bundle today

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Five projects for Friday (and Saturday)

These are the five projects being offered in my FREE workshop Friday evening and Saturday afternoon.  There is limited space so comment before Thursday evening as your RSVP. Please bring your own adhesive.  If you like to decorate your envelopes they are not included this time so bring your own.
Very Vanilla, Rich Razzleberry
Stamp Sets: Flower Shop, You Are Loved
 Daffodil Delight, Whisper White, Strawberry Slush
Stamp Set: Label Love
 Crumb Cake, Whisper White, Cajun Craze
Stamp Sets: Mosaic Madness, Pretty Petites (SAB2013)
 Whisper White, Coastal Cabana, Strawberry Slush, Crisp Cantaloupe, Pistachio Pudding
Stamp Sets: Summer Silhouettes, Really Good Greetings
Very Vanilla, Early Espresso, Crumb Cake
Stamp Set: Pretty Postage (retired)

Monday, August 19, 2013

Guess what I got in the mail today...

Paper Pumpkin!

When I went to the mailbox today I was so excited to find this little orange box inside.

Inside it is wrapped like a beautiful present with a gift card.

 I not only got buttons, stickers, card stock, and envelopes to make four cute cards but I also got a Stampin' Spot of Basic Gray and a size D acrylic block (free gift with first order) for the two exclusive rubber stamps that are only available through Paper Pumpkin.

If you would like to try Paper Pumpkin now is the time.  Only until August 31 you can get Paper Pumpkin for two months for only $10 a month.  That is half price! If you change your mind you can cancel at any time.

Contact me by posting a comment if you want to know more about this fabulous once a month craft-in-a-box.

Friday, August 16, 2013

It's Definitely Time For Some Crafting!!!

I am desperate for some craft time.  Creativity is calling my name. 

Wow, I can't believe it is the middle of August.  This summer has come and gone, many kids are already back at school and I have been mainly MIA as far as Stampin' Up! and creating goes.  I had a really good couple of weeks in June and July and then life got in the way and there seemed to be no energy for creative time.

Since I have had so few events lately I am offering two FREE classes in August.

Friday, August 23 from 7:00 to 8:30 and Saturday, August 24 from 2:30 - 4:00.

These two days will be the same class repeated.  I will offer a total of 5 cards to make.  Work at your own pace and make as many as you can in an hour and a half.  If you don't finish on Friday you can always come back Saturday and finish the rest.

We will be using new colors, new stamp sets and new tools offered in the new annual and holiday Stampin' Up! catalogs.  Come, eat a snack or two and craft until time is up!

If you need a new catalog I have a few available~first come, first serve~free with a $50 purchase. The new Holiday catalog is absolutely free until my supply runs out.  If you don't get a hard copy there is always the ONLINE CATALOG.  Just click on Shop Now and you are ready to go.

Be checking this blog for the card designs I am offering at the FREE classes or even better, enter your email address on the right to get notified every time I post something new.

Also please let me know your are coming by Thursday, August 22 so I can have your materials ready for you.

Looking forward to seeing you next week.

Saturday, July 13, 2013

Useful Crafting Tip #1

Have you ever put some SNAIL on your Card Stock, lined it up on the card base and carefully stuck it down just where you wanted it only to realize that you forgot to put the ribbon under the CS first?

No problem.  Just go to your bathroom and grab some dental floss.  Tear off a generous length and slip it under one corner of the top piece of CS carefully sliding it between the two layers and gently ease it back and forth until you have separated the CS from the base.  

The best part is that you can put the ribbon where it belongs and replace the CS usually without adding any more SNAIL.  


Thursday, July 11, 2013

Did you know....An introduction to the Stamp-a-ma-jig

Did you know there is a tool for helping you get your stamped image exactly where you want it.  It is called a Stamp-a-ma-jig. Kind of a silly name but very useful.



This is what the Stampin' Up! Product Guide says about the 
Stamp-a-ma-jig Features & Benefits
1. Allows for fast and precise stamp placement
2. Lets you place an image exactly where you want it, every time
3. Perfect for word and letter stamps
4. Sturdy plastic construction.
5. Includes washable plastic sheet
6. Black color exclusive to Stampin’ Up!
7. Nonskid base
8. Includes instructions
The Stamp-a-ma-jig comes with two pieces: the Stamp-a-ma-jig handle and the plastic imaging sheet.
The handle has a T-shaped top portion, which makes it easy for right-handed stampers and left-handed stampers. Instructions are included with the Stamp-ma-jig, but here’s a basic overview to help you understand how it works.
1. Align the plastic sheet in the T-shaped top of the Stamp-a-ma-jig, making sure that the corner of the sheet is placed squarely into one corner of the Stamp-ma-jig.
2. Stamp your image on the sheet, placing the stamp squarely in the corner of the Stamp-a-ma-jig.
3. Place the stamped plastic sheet on your project where you want the stamped image to be.
4. Keeping the plastic sheet in place, place the Stamp-a-ma-jig on the stamped corner of the plastic sheet.
5. While holding the Stamp-a-ma-jig in place, remove the plastic sheet, place the stamp in the corner of the Stamp-a-ma-jig, and stamp on your project.
If you already have a  Stamp-a-ma-jig have you ever thought to do this...?
Have a favorite stamp set that needs the Stamp-a-ma-jig?  Make permanent image sheets to keep in the stamp case. Cut Window Sheets into small squares and stamp images from that set on the sheets using the Stamp-a-ma-jig and StazOn ink. Put those Window Sheets in the stamp case, and then when
you go to stamp, you already have your stamps lined up on the Window Sheets. *This will only work with permanently wood mounted stamps*
Below is an example of how you can use your Stamp-a-ma-jig. To put the little bear in the cab of the vehicles I used my Stamp-a-ma-jig to place the stamp exactly where I wanted it.  No more guessing.  No more mistakes! Please contact me for more information on the Stamp-a-ma-jig.


Monday, July 8, 2013

Gingham Garden Birthday

I've always liked gingham and I really liked the Gingham Garden Suite from the first time I saw it. 
All three of the DSP's on this card is from Gingham Garden.  The one thing that I wasn't quite sure about was the washi tape.  I have used it several times now and am starting to warm up to it.  It is a quick and easy accent for any project like on the one below.

I didn't have any ribbon for this one so a little washi tape across the middle and it was finished. A nice addition to solid color CS. I also, as usual, was a little slow on the uptake of the doilies. Be looking for more ways to use doilies coming up.

Friday, May 31, 2013

The New Catalog is On Line!

The wait is over! View the brand
new catalog here.  Then start making your list of favorites.
Annual 2013-2014 Stampin' Up! Catalog Link

 Oh, by the way, before you start browsing the new catalog check out the SALE on three stamp sets in the new catalog.  What a great way to get started!

Sale: 25 percent off three of our greeting sets!
No limits and get them on any order type (workshop, customer, demonstrator, or online).

Dates: May 31-June 30, 2013
Sale Price Retail Price Description Item
$17.96 $23.95 Sassy Salutations Wood-Mount Stamp Set 132070
$13.46 $17.95 Sassy Salutations Clear-Mount Stamp Set 126707
$14.96 $19.95 Sweet Essentials Wood-Mount Stamp Set 132085
$11.21 $14.95 Sweet Essentials Clear-Mount Stamp Set 126457
$21.71 $28.95 Petite Pairs Wood-Mount Stamp Set 128706
$15.71 $20.95 Petite Pairs Clear-Mount Stamp Set 122497

Thursday, May 23, 2013

The Dolled Up Birthday Kit

Don't you just love the new Dress Up die from the Stampin' Up! Spring catalog?  There are so many ways to use this die but in case you don't have that much time to create this kit is for you. Just click on the blue shopping cart on the right and put in the item number below.

Get everything you need to make six cards for only $15.95 (item 133913)!**

The Dolled-Up Birthday kit includes the following:
  • Dolled-Up Birthday Photopolymer Stamp (1)
  • 8-1/2" x 5-1/2" Crumb Cake Cardstock (6 pieces)
  • 2" x 4-1/4" Very Vanilla Cardstock (6 pieces)
  • Very Vanilla Medium Envelopes (6)
  • Tea Lace Paper Doilies (6)
  • Dress Up die-cuts (6)*
  • Soft Suede Classic Stampin' Spot (1)
  • Vanilla 5/8" Flower Trim (6 pieces)
  • Sponge Dauber (1)

To assemble one card, follow the instructions below:
  1. Place the stamp on clear-mount block D or H rubber side up and ink with the Soft Suede Classic Stampin' Spot.
  2. Stamp "Happy Birthday" at the bottom of the card front.
  3. Ink the Sponge Dauber with Soft Suede ink and gently antique the doily and the edges of the dress form.
  4. Adhere the pieces to the card front in this order:
    • Doily
    • Very Vanilla Cardstock
    • Dress form
    • Flower
*Created using the Dress Up Framelits Die designed by Karen Burniston
**Adhesive not included

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

The evolution of an idea

When I got my pre-order from the brand new catalog a couple of weeks ago I was so taken with the new InColors that I set out to use them with the new stamp sets I ordered. Above is Crisp Cantaloupe cardstock with the Coastal Cabana ink on the tag.  I accented with pool party ribbon (sale-a-bration 2013.) A quick and easy card.

 For the next card I kept the same color scheme but added some contrast by using the fancy fan embossing folder on the background piece of cardstock.  With the color on color of the Crisp Cantaloupe cardstock I think it is a nice effect.
By the time I got around to making some birthday cards I decided to put the little lacy doily behind the upper half of the circle rather than the lower half. Then to provide contrast on just the lower half of the card I dry embossed the bottom half only of the background cardstock. This time using Strawberry Slush. Instead of ribbon I used the new Washi tape from the Gingham Garden suite across the center of the card.

Which of the three do you like best?

By the way, if you would like to be able to see and buy new products before they are sold to the public become a part of my Stampin' Up! team.  You will get a discount on everything you buy and be among the first to enjoy all the new products.

Monday, May 20, 2013

Beautiful New InColors!

I am in love with the new InColors! Get these color names:  Baked Brown Sugar, Pistachio Pudding, Crisp Cantaloupe, Coastal Cabana, and Strawberry Slush.  The only InColor I didn't use on the front of this card is Strawberry Slush.  You can't see it but I did stamp the back with it. These colors remind me so much of carefree summer days of years gone by.

The stamp sets used are Mosaic Madness and Label Love. The punches used are the Mosaic, Artisan Label and Decorative Label.

You can start shopping in the brand new catalog on May 31.  Keep visiting this blog for more pics of creations made with new items. Or even better sign up to get it emailed to you! Just type in your address in the box under the blue shopping basket.

Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Stampin' Up! Bloomin' Bouquet Project Kit

Need a special gift for Mom or a beautiful teacher gift?  Stampin' Up! has a new kit that might be perfect!  Join my class on Thursday, May 23 at 7:00 - 8:00 and we'll make it together. If you want more than one kit just let me know. I will order you as many as you need.  (We will only have time to make one during the class time.)

Please RSVP by MAY 8 to give me time to get the kits ordered and delivered. Payment  of  $14.00 includes kit, hot glue and tax (I pay shipping) if due at the class.  (If you can't make the class I will deliver your kit to you.)

Want it for a Mother's Day gift or can't come to my class? Order it online at my Stampin' Up! Store now.
See details about the kit below.

Mother's Day. Teacher appreciation. Just because. Say thank you with this no-maintenance bouquet. There's no watering, no weeding-just enjoying. This easy-to-assemble kit comes complete with the petals, stems, and buttons to create the flowers, as well as four different tags to make this the perfect gift for any occasion. All you need is some paper, ribbon or a vase to add the finishing touches to the bouquet. As if that weren't enough, the kit contains a "baker's dozen"! This means you can create and give (or keep) a dozen flowers, and have a bonus flower left over to pass along to someone new! Give it to someone you wouldn't normally think of: a teller at the bank, a grocery store clerk, or the librarian at your local library. Anyone you encounter on your way that you'd like to give a little "thank you" to.
Ordering information:
Item 134542 $12.95 Available starting April 29, while supplies last.
Kit contents:
  • 2 sheets of preprinted and precut flowers on 12" X 12" cardstock; makes 13 flowers using Pool Party, Gumball Green, Calypso Coral, Daffodil Delight, and Rich Razzleberry
  • 13 Vintage Faceted Buttons
  • 13 green floral wire stems
Adhesive not included. (Glue gun recommended.)

Friday, April 26, 2013

Upcoming Stamping Opportunities

I just made my demonstrator pre-order for some of the amazing new products Stampin' Up! has to offer in the new annual catalog. I LOVE the new catalog!!! Although I am sad to see some of the colors and stamp sets go I am very excited about the new products.  I hope you will come and see out the old items and bring in the new.  

How to Use Your Stamping Materials Class
May 01
10:00 AM - 11:30 AM  (Eastern )
If you have purchased Stampin' Up! materials from me since March 2012 you are eligible for one FREE "How To Use Your Stampin' Up! Supplies"class. 
RSVP at least 2 days before one of the dates listed and bring your materials and I will help you get started.

Stamping 101
May 03
7:00 PM - 8:30 PM  
 If you are new to stamping, this is the class for you.
 How to make your cards from beginning to end. 
RSVP at least 2 days before May 3.         If you bring a friend I don't know you get half off class fee.

How to Use Your Stamping Materials Class
May 17
10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
If you have purchased Stampin' Up! materials from me since March 2012 you are eligible for one FREE "How To Use Your Stampin' Up! Supplies"class. 
RSVP at least 2 days before May 17 and bring your materials and I will help you get started.

Saying Goodbye...
May 18
2:00 PM - 4:00 PM  
Come say goodbye to some of the retiring stamp sets and products from this year's catalog. If there is something you can't live without, now is the time to order it!
 RSVP at least 2 days before May 18

 MAY 31      (Date changed from June 1)
6:00-9:00     (Time changed from 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM)
Come and create with some of the products from our brand new catalog!  Browse the catalog during the open house or with a minimum $50 product purchase, take a new catalog home with you. Three stations, three projects. Come and go during the hours of 6-9. 
RSVP by May 29 please

Thursday, April 25, 2013

Stampin' Up! Retiring Stamps List

Stampin' Up! has released the list of retiring products. Get them now, soon they will be gone forever!
 Visit HERE to shop now!

Sunday, March 17, 2013

Sale-a-bration 2013 is coming to an end

Sale-a-bration is almost over...

Have you gotten your free SAB items...

Before they're gone forever?

If you haven't done it yet, don't miss out!
Visit my online store now
For each $50 of merchandise you buy
you get one FREE SAB item.  
Hurry! It's over on Thursday , March 22!


Tuesday, March 12, 2013

New Photopolymer Stamps from Stampin' Up!

We've searched long and hard for just the right material to be able to introduce completely clear stamping. And we've found it. We're excited to announce that we now have wood-mount, clear-mount AND photopolymer stamps! The new photopolymer will be an addition to our stamp line and will appeal to all types of stampers. Our top-quality photopolymer has just enough give to create a perfectly stamped image every time and with the introduction of our firm-foam pads, let's just say they're meant for each other! Photopolymer stamps will also be unique, fun designs that will inspire you and provide more versatile options you may not see in our traditional wood- and clear-mount stamp options. 
What makes them so great?
  • They're entirely transparent for perfect placement every time! 
  • They are durable. The photopolymer material is designed to last. 
  • Can you say sticky? (Don't worry; in a good way.) These stamps stick amazingly well to our clear blocks.
  • They're age tested. They won't yellow or cloud up over time. 
  • They use FDA, food-safe material. How far can you stretch your stamping creativity? 
  • We could go on, but we'll let you try them for yourself.
    They are clearly a great choice.

    #132956    Designer Typeset Photopolymer Stamp Set $13.95
    Recommend clear blocks A, B, G, F, and I. Purchase separately.
    Includes 57 pieces. (Don't faint! This is a good overwhelming feeling. Excited?

    Now that you know about them you might want to buy them.  I know I will.  Visit my Stampin' Up! online store to order them now. Just press the Shop Now button.

Friday, March 1, 2013

Pineapple Party

Old and new are combined in this masculine birthday card.  I love the combination of Early Espresso and Crumb Cake card stock! This simple card has the two piece pineapple stamp (retired) embossed in clear Stampin' Emboss powderAdorning Accents Edgelit and matching embossing folder on Early Espresso CS for the binding and one of the Pretty Petites stamps punched with the  Petite Curly Punch for the greeting. So easy but so beautiful!

Items used: Early Espresso (119686) & Crumb Cake (120953) CS, Versamark ink, Early Espresso, Gumball Green & Daffodil Delight Stampin' markers, Clear Stampin' Emboss powder (109130),  heat tool, embossing buddy, Adorning Accents Edgelit (125595) and embossing folder (125601) , Pretty Petites stamp set (129639-SAB), Fresh Fruit stamp set (retired) , Petite Curly Punch (129405-SAB).

What I Love About Stampin' Up! ~ 2

Pool Party and Tangerine Tango with Madison Square Designer Series Paper (Sale-a-bration exclusive) and Color Coach Color Matching Cards
Another thing I love about Stampin' Up! is the easy coordinating of colors. Not only do they have color families (Subtles, Regals, Brights & Neutrals) that look wonderful together but two sets of beautiful InColors that change every year. The InColors keep my cards looking fresh and up to date.

They also have a Color Coach (#120148), which is essentially color flash cards to aid me with ideas for color combinations.

 But the thing I love most is that they have ink that matches card stock that matches designer paper that matches ribbon, markers, brads, buttons embossing powder...well, you get what I mean. Before Stampin' Up! I spent most of my time trying to find items in my craft room that wouldn't clash. Then I'd go to the craft store and search up and down for something that would work with what I already had, usually failing. With Stampin' Up! products I can forget searching for materials and GET CREATIVE!

Thursday, February 14, 2013

Love Simplicity

When it comes to cards I tend to lean toward simplicity.  Not that there is anything wrong with fancy, I just have to work very hard at it. This card was made in about 5 minutes and I think it is beautifully simple. Just three stamps,  a little ink and some cutting tools. If you like the stamps they are Sale-a-bration freebees!
Items used: Whisper White cs, Bloomin' Marvelous, Pretty Petites stamp sets, Raspberry Ripple, Pretty in Pink, Gumball Green ink,  Petite Curly Label punch, Big Shot, Adoring Accents Edgelit, Adoring Accent Embossing Folder;  

Tuesday, February 5, 2013

What I love about Stampin' Up! ~ 2-step Stamping

The thing that first got me excited about Stampin' Up! 9 years ago was their 2-step stamp sets.  No longer did I have to stamp an outline and color it in.  With 2-step stamping you can quickly make a beautiful watercolor-like image with absolutely no skill in painting.
1. Stamp a lighter color with the solid stamp.
2. Stamp a darker shade of that color with the detail stamp.
3.Add some leaves in a lighter green.
4. Stamp leaf detail in a darker green.
5. Add a little filler with the baby's breath stamp.

The stamp set I used here is a retired set called Watercolor Minis. Although it is not longer in our catalog here are a few current sets that are also wonderful for 2-step stamping:
122765 (wood) 122767 (clear) Raining Flowers p. 73  
122760 (w) 122762 (c) Field Flowers p. 78
126445 (w) 126447 (c) Summer Silhouettes p.82
123802 (w) 123804 (c) Gently Falling p. 86