Monday, December 29, 2008

Love You Much Bundle

There is a wonderful promotion going on right now, and I really think you're going to like it. The Love You Much Bundle Kit includes products that will be available in the upcoming Idea Book & Catalog. From now until January 31, you can purchase this bundle @ 20% off! It includes a wonderful Valentines stamp set, Love You Much, a coordinating heart punch, and coordinating designer paper for only $41.48 (plus shipping & tax). Pictures of the products are pictured below.

I've also added to this wonderful bundle. I will be having a Love You Much Bundle Class on Friday, February 6, 6:30 - 9:00 p.m. for those who order this bundle through me by Monday, January 26 for FREE! You will be using the supplies in your bundle, and some others as well. I will supply the other supplies at no extra cost.

There will be 4 projects made at this class, and one of them is pictured below:

Supplies: Love You Much Stamp Set; Pink Pirouette, Riding Hood Red, & Very Vanilla cardstock; Close to Cocoa & Riding Hood Red Classic Ink; Candy Lane Designer Paper; 1-1/4" Riding Hood Red/Very Vanilla Grosgrain Ribbon (mini), Big Shot Die-Cut Machine (mini), Top Note Bigz Die (Mini), Pennant Bigz XL Die (mini), Stampin' Dimensionals, & Paper Snips

Love You Much Stamp Set

Candy Lane Designer Paper

For those of you that can't attend the class, but still order the bundle through me, I'll include the instructions with pictures of the projects and the cut cardstock, ribbon, etc. needed to make the 4 projects.

Right now, the bundle is unavailable when ordering online, but I can still place the order for you. I'll let you know when it is available for online ordering again very soon!

Monday, December 22, 2008

Create-A-Calendar Class

I was finally able to make my calendar for the upcoming Create-A-Calendar Class in January. I got my Bind-It-All for my birthday, so I just had to use it for this project. I got the idea for making the calendar this way from Jan Tinklenberg. I used my Big Shot to make the flower using the Birds & Blooms Sizzlits dies. I really love how this turned out. Below, you'll see different views of the calendar.

The Front of the Calendar

A side view

Back View

Inside View

This class is on Tuesday, January 20, 6:30 p.m. - 8 p.m. The fee for this camp is $18.00, and includes the Create-A-Calendar kit in the current Holiday Mini and the rest of the supplies needed to make the calendar. If you would like to attend, please let me know by Sunday, January 11, 2009. I need to know early so I can order enough calendar kits. To sign-up, just e-mail me.

Thursday, December 18, 2008

Big Shot Projects Video

I just found out that Stampin' Up! has put another video on my demonstrator website. It shows how to use supplies other than cardstock and paper with the Big Shot Die-Cut Machine. Click - "Big Shot Video" to see the video. There are a few new projects that Stampin' Up! has added to my website as well. If you would like to see them, go to my creative projects page.

Don't forget! If you have wanted to buy the Big Shot, now is a great time to do it! $70 or more orders (before shipping & tax) must be placed by December 23 to get free shipping. If you just buy the Big Shot, you'll save a little over $10! If you buy the Starter Kit, you'll save a little over $20, or order the Starter Kit with the bag, and you'll save almost $28! The savings I've listed includes the shipping and the sales tax you'll save because there won't be any shipping to tax. If you would like to purchase the Big Shot, or anything else $70 and over to get free shipping, please go to my website and click "Shop Now."

Tuesday, December 9, 2008

Retiring Sets 10% off and Free Shipping Offer!

WOW! Stampin' Up! is offering the retiring stamp sets at 10% off until December 23! You can purchase the retiring sets until January 18, but if you want the 10% off, you'll need to order before December 23!

There's more! If you place an order of $70 or more (before sales tax), Stampin' Up! will pay shipping! That's a 10% savings on your order! This pertains to anything from the catalog...not just retiring sets!

Don't forget! You can also purchase any stamp sets from the Fall-Winter Catalog Sampler @ 20% off with a $20 order, too! This is a great opportunity to save a lot of money!

CLICK HERE to start shopping online 24/7.
CLICK HERE to see the list with the 10% off prices.
CLICK HERE to see the list in catalog page # order.

If you have any questions or want to place your order through me instead of online, just contact me. If you want your orders to come by Christmas, you will need to place your order online by December 16, or with me by December 14.

Tuesday, December 2, 2008

Christmas Ornament Scrapbook Layout

Here is the scrapbook layout I promised this morning. They are 12" x 12" pages. I wanted to have a layout showing some of our Christmas decorations from last Christmas, and decided to make the pictures look like ornaments.

I got to play with my Big Shot Die-Cut Machine. I love using it! The ornaments are made using the Scallop Circle Bigz Die, and I cut the pictures out with the Coluzzle Starter Kit. I poked holes with my paper piercer right above the "ornaments", and strung the Gold Elastic cord through the hole, wrapped it over the top of the page, and tied the ends together into a bow.

It's hard to tell in the picture, but I stamped the largest snowflake in the Snow Swirled set all over the Handsome Hunter pages using Handsome Hunter Classic Ink pad. I also stamped the smallest snowflake from the set 3 times for each tree using Riding Hood Red ink. Then, I punched them out with the 1/2" Circle Punch and attached them to the trees with Mini Glue Dots.

Supplies: Snow Swirled and ABC Lower Alphabet Sets; Handsome Hunter, Riding Hood Red, & Naturals Ivory cardstock; Handsome Hunter, Riding Hood Red, & More Mustard Classic Ink; Crafters' Tool Kit, 1/2" Circle Punch, Mini Glue Dots, Coluzzle Starter Kit, Gold Elastic Cord (Mini), Big Shot Die-Cut Machine (Mini), and Scallop Circle Bigz Die

Another Stampin' Up! Sale!

In celebration of Stampin' Up!'s twentieth anniversary, spend $20 on any Stampin' Up! product and get 20 percent off any stamp set from the Fall-Winter Sampler--no limit! Choose from any of the stamp sets below:

111564 -- Flight of the Butterfly-- $25.56 (Reg. $31.95)

112911 -- Vuelo de la mariposa (Flight of the Butterfly) -- $25.56 (Reg. $31.95)

111676 -- Puns from the Past -- $22.36 (Reg. $27.95)

111660 -- Just Jawing --$20.76 (Reg. $25.95)

111624 -- Dreams du Juor -- $18.95 (Reg. $18.95)

111700 -- Thank You Kindly -- $11.16 (Reg. $13.95)

111714 -- Wow Flowers -- $10.36 (Reg. $12.95)

112955 -- Flores llamativas (Wow Flowers) -- $10.36 (Reg. $12.95)

111600 -- Bella's Bloom -- $10.36 (Reg. $12.95)

Click HERE to download a copy of the Fall-Winter Sampler. You can place your order ONLINE or CONTACT ME and I'll place the order for you. This sale is good from now until January 18, 2009.

Posting a Scrapbook Layout this Afternoon

I'm so sorry that I didn't post yesterday. Things are really busy around here, and I'm sure it is around your house, too. With that said, I probably won't be able to post every weekday as usual in December. I'm in a Christmas musical at our church, and we have one more practice this week (tonight), and we'll be practicing every night next week until the performances on Friday, Saturday, & Sunday (Dec. 12-14). I still have Christmas shopping to do, too! At least we got our Christmas decorations out over the weekend. That leaves me with very little time to stamp! I do have to make my Christmas cards, so a little stamping will be done!

I do have a scrapbook layout that is almost finished, and I plan on getting it posted later this afternoon after work. If not, it will definitely be here tomorrow.

Have a great day, and stay warm!

Friday, November 28, 2008

Another Christmas Decoration from the Country Living Kit

I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving! We had a wonderful time going to my parents' house. It wasn't too cold outside, either. We actually got to take a nice walk after dinner. It really was a pretty day.

I wanted to show you the latest Christmas decoration that I've made with my Country Living Holiday Collections Stampin' Kit. I wanted to make something that wasn't just a Christmas tree ornament.

I used the biggest circle sizes for this decoration. I also put glitter all over the two red circles, the blue star, and the center to the center of the little green poinsettia-shaped ornament on the bottom. I even put glitter on the edges of the "Holiday" piece. I also put little rhinestone brads into 4 of the green poinsettia points and a larger one in the middle of the stamped snowflake on the top.

Everything that was used to make this came in kit. I did poke the holes with my Crop-A-Dile, but you can use a nail if you don't own the Crop-A-Dile. I also used my Scallop Circle punch and 3/4" Circle Punch. Those were the only things I used that didn't come with the kit, but it can still be made without them. I hope you like it! It looks really good on my wall. Remember, this kit is only available until December 31!

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

What a Sale! You Won't Believe It!

I just saw the bundles that Stampin' Up! has on sale, and they're WONDERFUL! I figured the bundles would be good, but not THIS good! There are so many that I like. It's going to be hard to narrow them down to the ones I'm going to purchase. I think you'll really like them! The first one on the list is the All in the Family Bundle, and it actually costs less than buying the All in the Family stamp set by itself! There are also bundles for chipboard, heat embossing, and much, much more! CLICK HERE to see the entire list for yourself. These bundles make wonderful Christmas presents, and they won't cost you an arm and a leg!

Remember, these bundles are only available until they run out or until December 1. Whichever comes first. So hurry to place your order. Either ORDER ONLINE (Click "Shop Now" once you're at my website - upper right corner) or e-mail me. Ordering online will be quicker for you, and will give you a better chance of getting your bundles before they're gone!

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

My First Country Living Ornament

I've owned the Country Living Holiday Collection Stampin' Kit for about a month now, and just got to play with it last night. I REALLY like this kit! This ornament only took me a few minutes to make. It's so nice to have the paper die-cut to fit the chipboard! It's SO easy! Having double-sided paper also means that the front and back of the ornament can look different if you like. The top picture is the front of my ornament, and the bottom one is of the back. Now, if it twirls around on the tree, it will look great whatever side is showing! It is a little hard to tell in the pictures, but there is glitter all over the smaller chipboard piece of the ornament (both sides) and the center of the ornament back. It really sparkles in real life!

Back of Ornament

Everything I used on this ornament came in the kit. It's really a good value at $49.95! There's even a stamp set that comes with it! To find out more about the kit and or order it online, click here. There's even a video showing how to make another ornament there as well.

Monday, November 24, 2008

Holiday Extravaganza Sale is Coming!

The long awaited Holiday Extravaganza sale begins the day before Thanksgiving (Nov. 26) and ends Monday, December 1. It only lasts a few days, so you'll need to hurry! Here's what I know so far:

-- The sale is a limited time, 20 to 50 percent discount on select product bundles from November 26 through December 1, 2008.

-- Details on discounted product bundles will be announced when the sale begins November 26.

-- Quantities of discounted bundles are limited, so you should place orders online early!
There is also a Gift Giving Guide that gives great Christmas gift ideas that you might want to look at. The Gift Giving Guide link above will take you to my website. When you're there, click "Shop Now." When you get to the online ordering, you'll see the "Holiday Gift Guide" on the top of the list on the left. Click there, and you'll see gifts for under $10, $25, $50, and $100. You need to go to my website first in order to get the lowest shipping prices, if you decide to place an order. There are also some project ideas that they have on the Stampin' Up! website. Links to the different projects are below:

Hopefully tomorrow I'll have some new projects that I've made to show you. Keeping my fingers crossed that I'll have a moment to make something later today!

Saturday, November 22, 2008

An Old Fashioned Christmas

Surprise! I know I usually don't post on the weekend, but I wanted to make up for not posting earlier in the week.

This card was made by one of my uplines, Cheri Stojkovich. This shows what you can do with the negative part of the cardstock after cutting out the Top Note die-cut. If you cut your cardstock to 4-1/4" x 5-1/2", you will have a perfect frame for a cardfront after cutting out your die. I love how she used glitter on the trees and roof, and how she sponged Whisper White Craft ink across the Old Olive and Basic Black cardstock.

Friday, November 21, 2008

Cute Mr. Twigster!

Isn't he cute? This card was made by a good friend of mine, Annette Harling. I love how she used the Iridescent Ice Emboss Powder on Mr. Twigster. He's so sparkly! I also love the cute paper and the scallop edge! Annette is in my swap group, and she always makes great cards!

Supplies: Mr. Twigster (Mini) Set; Bashful Blue, Tangerine Tango, Chocolate Chip, & Whisper White cardstock; Frosty Day Designer Series Paper (Mini); Basic Black Craft Pad; Bashful Blue & Tangerine Tango Classic Pads; Blender Pens, Scallop Edge Punch, Old Olive 5/8" Grosgrain Ribbon, Heat Tool, Iridescent Ice Emboss Powder

Thursday, November 20, 2008

Thanksgiving Card

Since I'm still playing catch-up from being sick, I'm going to post some pictures of cards that I have received from other demonstrators in swaps for the next few days. I'm hoping I can start making new things very soon! I'm having stamping withdrawals!

This one is a beautiful Thanksgiving card made by Amy Billingsley. I love how she used the Top Note Die on the left side of the card. Yet another look using this die! I also love how a wheel is the focal point of this card. I tend to use my wheels as a secondary element of a project, and forget that I can use them as the focal point! I just plain love this card!

Supplies: Fall Harvest Wheel & Happy Blessings (Mini) Sets; More Mustard, Chocolate Chip, & Naturals Ivory cardstock; Autumn Vine Designer Paper (Mini); Basic Brown & More Mustard Classic Pad; Earth Elements Watercolor Wonder Crayons, Aqua Painter, S.A. Handle, Wide Oval Punch, Stamping Sponges, More Mustard 1/4" Grosgrain Ribbon, Vintage Brads, Big Shot Die-Cut Machine, & Top Note Bigz Die.

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

My First Blog Award!

First, I want to apologize for not posting the last two days. I've been sick since Saturday morning, and just couldn't get going to post. I'm much better today, thank goodness! Pretty much feel back to normal.

I'm so excited! I've received my first blog award. One of my uplines, Tami Waddell, nominated me! Thanks, Tami! I'm honored! You can go to Tami Waddell Creates to see her wonderful blog.

Now, I have to nominate 5 blogs in return. As you will notice, these blogs are mainly Stampin' Up! blogs. Since I love Stampin' Up! stuff, I like to get inspiration from other Stampin' Up! ladies. These are some of the ladies that inspire me. I hope you like them, too.

Mandy Holzhausen Paper Inklings
Jill Hilliard Jill's Card Creations
Jan Tinklenberg Stamps, Paper, Scissors
Barb Mullikin Stampin' is My Job!

Friday, November 14, 2008

I Love These Cards!

It's Friday! Are you ready for the weekend? I know I am!

I got these two cards at a training night I went to back in September. One of my uplines, Tami Waddell, came to Indiana to lead a training day for us. She's from California, so we're always happy when she comes to town. She always brings us great stuff to learn!

The card on the left was made by one of my demonstrator/swap friends, Shirley Brown. She always makes beautiful cards! She's been in my swap group a little over a year now, and I'm so glad she joined us! I love how she made flowers with the Scallop Circle Punch. After punching out the scallop circle, she cut slits in-between each scallop to make the petals, making sure not to cut too much so the petals don't get cut off. Then, she sponged Riding Hood Red ink onto them for texture. The flower centers are circles punched from Bella Rose paper. I also loved how she made the leaves. She used an oval punch. After punching out, she folded them in half long ways and ran them through her paper crimper. Then she unfolded them and had great leaves!

The card on the right was one of the many cards we were able to make at the training event. I love the Inspired By Nature set! I've wanted it ever since I saw it. I can't wait to get it! We did one thing I've never done before. We used sponge daubers to ink up the flowers and leaves. You just put ink on the sponge dauber and dab onto the stamp. I brushed mine a little too much, as you can see by the lines in the flower image. The trick is to dab it on and not brush it across. I still think it turned out great!

Left Card: Curly Label Punch Bundle; Riding Hood Red, Pink Pirouette, Kiwi Kiss, & Whisper White cardstock; Bella Rose Designer Series Paper; Riding Hood Red & Kiwi Kiss Classic Ink Pads; Scallop Circle Punch, 1" Circle Punch, Small Oval Punch, Paper Crimper, Scallop Edge Punch, & Stamping Sponges.
Right Card: Inspired By Nature Set; Kiwi Kiss, Pacific Point, & Whisper White cardstock; Riding Hood Red, Pacific Point, & Kiwi Kiss Classic Ink Pads; Wide Oval Punch, Kiwi Kiss 5/8" Striped Grosgrain Ribbon, Sponge Daubers, Circle Designer Brads, Big Shot Die-Cut Machine (Mini), & Top Note Bigz Die (Mini)

Thursday, November 13, 2008

Family Reunion Scrapbook Layout

This is a 2-page layout that I made last summer. The pictures were taken at our annual Fulk Family Reunion. As you can see by the blank circle on the left, I haven't had a chance to do any journaling yet. Hopefully I can do that soon. I love using the Ginormous Flowers set (p. 95 in the catty) and the Blooms Die-Cuts (p. 166) on scrapbook pages. They were just made for scrapbooking! I hope you like these pages, and get inspired to scrapbook some pictures soon!

Supplies: Ginormous Flowers & Big Deal Alphabet Sets; Old Olive, Real Red, & Whisper White cardstock; Soft Subtles Textured 12" x 12" cardstock (Bashful Blue); Real Red, Bashful Blue, Pumpkin Pie, & Old Olive Classic ink pads; Blooms Die-Cuts, Soft Subtles Brads, Coluzzle Starter Kit, & Stampin' Dimensionals.

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Last 3 Cards for Christmas Stamp-A-Stack

I finished the last 3 cards being made at my Christmas Stamp-A-Stack - Take 2. The bottom card was one I saw online, but I used different colors. The top 2 cards I made myself. I hope you like them all! If you've fallen in love with these cards and the other 2 being made, then you'll want to come to my last Christmas Stamp-A-Stack for the year on Friday, November 21. It starts at 6:30 p.m. and should be over around 9:00 p.m. (E.S.T.)

There will be a total of 20 cards (4 of each design) made for only $30. Envelopes are included. If you would like to attend, please let me know by Wednesday, November 19.


Left Card: Season of Friendship (Mini) & Many Merry Messages Sets; Always Artichoke, Bravo Burgundy, & Kraft cardstock; Chocolate Chip & Bravo Burgundy Classic Ink Pads; Whisper White Craft Ink Pad; Heat Tool, White Emboss Powder, Ticket Corner Punch, & Gold Brads.

Right Card: Season of Joy Set; Old Olive, Real Red, & Whisper White cardstock; Ski Slope Designer Series Paper (Mini); Old Olive & Real Red Classic Ink Pads; Real Red 1/4" Grosgrain Ribbon

Supplies: Snow Swirled & Heard from the Heart Sets; Pacific Point, Baja Breeze, & Naturals White cardstock; Baja Breeze & Pacific Point Classic Ink Pads; VersaMark Ink Pad; Heat Tool, White Emboss Powder, Silver Elastic Cord (Mini), 1-1/4" Circle Punch, 1/16" Hand-Held Circle Punch, Big Shot Die-Cut Machine (Mini), & Top Note Bigz Die (Mini)

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Christmas Stamp-A-Stack - Take 2

I finally got a couple of the cards finished that will be made at my upcoming Christmas Stamp-A-Stack on Friday, November 21. To find out more, please to go my events calendar.

I love how these cards turned out. I saw someone else on Splitcoaststampers (SCS) use the Pick a Petal set to make Christmas candles, and I just had to try it! I love being able to make Christmas cards with sets that aren't actually Christmas stamp sets. I also saw the Lovely As a Tree card on SCS, and loved using non-traditional browns with it.


Candle Card: Pick a Petal and Holidays &Wishes sets; Riding Hood Red, Kiwi Kiss, & Whisper White cardstock; Bella Rose Designer Series Paper, Apricot Appeal & Riding Hood Red Classic Ink Pads; Chocolate Chip & Creamy Caramel Stampin' Write Markers; & Riding Hood Red Taffeta Ribbon

Tree Card: Lovely As A Tree & Best Yet (Level One Hostess Set) sets; Chocolate Chip, Creamy Caramel, & Very Vanilla cardstock, Chocolate Chip Classic Ink Pad; Chocolate Chip Taffeta Ribbon, Large Oval Punch, Stampin' Dimensionals, & Stamping Sponges.

New Video Project!

A new video project has been added to my Stampin' Up! website. The video shows you how to watercolor with our Classic Stampin' Ink pads. Some of you have already used this technique, but the lady on the video gives some pointers on how to make your watercoloring look even more special. Click below to see the video.

Monday, November 10, 2008

Rub On Some Cheer!

Stampin' Up! is having yet another great promotion! From now until November 30, you can purchase any of our rub-ons at 20% with a $20 order (before shipping & handling). You can get this special price by either going to my website and ordering online, or by contacting me. Click HERE to find out more.

Home for Christmas

I love this set! I haven't purchased it yet, but I'm seriously thinking about getting it. It's so beautiful! This card was made by another demonstrator in a swap group I was in a month or two ago. Her name is Dawn Story. I love how she embossed the stamped image with gold emboss powder and then colored it in with pastel chalks. Gorgeous!

Supplies: Home for Christmas Set; Baja Breeze, Old Olive, Riding Hood Red, & Whisper White cardstock; VersaMark Ink Pad; Gold Emboss Powder, Heat Tool, Stamping Pastels, Baja Breeze 5/8" Striped Grosgrain Ribbon

Friday, November 7, 2008

Season of Simple Grace

Here is another set from the current Holiday Mini, Season of Simple Grace. I used the same color combo, but made them both totally different. It's so easy to make totally different cards with just one stamp set and the same cardstock and ink. I love that our stamps come in sets. There is so much you can do with them!

It's very hard to see in the picture, but the card on the right has a star on the top, left corner of the navy piece that is heat embossed with gold emboss powder. Looks so much better in real life.


Both Cards: Season of Simple Grace Set; Riding Hood Red, Night of Navy, Always Artichoke, & Confetti White cardstock; Always Artichoke & Night of Navy Classic Ink Pads

Left Card: Riding Hood Red & Summer Sun Classic Ink Pads; Big Shot Die-Cut Machine, Top Note Bigz Die, Riding Hood Red Taffeta Ribbon

Right Card: VersaMark Ink Pad; Heat Tool; Gold Emboss Powder, Embossing Buddy, Night of Navy 1/4" Grosgrain Ribbon, Gold Elastic Cord, Scallop Circle Punch, 1-1/4" Circle Punch, 1" Circle Punch, Stamping Sponges & Stampin' Dimensionals

Thursday, November 6, 2008

Rustic Cabin 6" x 6" Page

Here is the 6" x 6" page that I promised you yesterday. It's a free project for the ladies scrapping at Camp Camby this Saturday. If anyone reading this is signed up to attend, I'll see you between 1:00 - 3:00 p.m. on Saturday!

I love this picture. We went to Pigeon Forge last July, and went through Caves Cove in Smokey Mountain National Park. This is one of the houses that was left behind by the people that lived there. They had to leave after they had to sell their property to the National Park Association back in the 1930s & 40s. They actually started tearing down the homes & churches when they obtained the land, but then finally realized that these homes really should stay for the history of the cove. I'm glad they stopped before they were all gone! We really had a lot of fun going through the few homes & churches that were left.

Supplies: Organic Grace Set (Level One Hostess Set); Always Artichoke, More Mustard, & Not Quite Navy cardstock; Not Quite Navy & More Mustard Classic Ink Pads; VersaMark Ink Pad; Heat Tool, Gold Emboss Powder, Embossing Buddy, Scallop Circle Punch, 3/4" Circle Punch, & Paper Snips

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Our Stars Scrapbook Page

I'm sorry that I wasn't able to post yesterday. With Election Day and the other things going on, I just ran out of time!

Today, I'm posting a 12" x 12" page that I'll be offering for a small fee at an event I'm attending at Camp Camby this Saturday. There is a large group of ladies that will be there scrapbooking all day, and I have an allotted 2 hours to share about Stampin' Up!. It's a fundraiser that a local Girls' Scout troupe is having. This is the first time I've done something like this, so I'm very excited! They wanted me to offer a free project, too, so I'll have a little 6"x6" page for them to make. I'll try to post that tomorrow.

Supplies: Ginormous Flowers & ABC Alphabet Lower Sets; Kraft, Riding Hood Red, Kiwi Kiss, Baja Breeze, and Naturals White cardstock; Riding Hood Red, Kiwi Kiss, & Baja Breeze Classic Ink Pads; Large Star & Spiral Punches; Stamping Sponges.

Monday, November 3, 2008

Country Living Holiday Collection Stampin' Kit

Aren't the ornaments and tags shown above cute? Stampin' Up! has paired up with Country Living Magazine again to offer this gorgeous Holiday Collection Stampin' Kit. It comes with everything you need to make beautiful hand-crafted Christmas ornaments. I just got this kit, and will be making my own ornaments very soon! I can't wait!

This kit really has it all! I love that the paper is die-cut to fit the chipboard ornaments. That's right, no cutting! For just $49.95, you get:

Holiday Collection stamp set (six stamps)
Four 12" x 12" sheets of die-cut chipboard
Eight 12" x 12" sheets of die-cut Designer Series paper (2 ea. of 4 double-sided designs)
Four 12" x 12" sheets of Designer Series paper (2 ea. of 2 double-sided designs)
Two 12" x 12" sheets of Whisper White card stock
25 yds. Silver Metallic cord
10 yds. 3/8" Whisper White taffeta ribbon
Pretties Kit brads (20)
Stampin' Dimensionals
Dazzling Diamonds Stampin' Glitter (1/2 oz.)
Tombow Multi Purpose Adhesive
Riding Hood Red Classic Stampin' Spot
Old Olive Craft Stampin' Spot
Uninked Stampin' Spot
Whisper White Craft Ink refill

As you can see, it comes with the ink, glue, and glitter needed to make these projects. You even get an ink refill! If you would like to get this wonderful Christmas kit, just click HERE, and then click "Shop Now" to order online. If you would rather have me order it for you, you can comment here and leave your e-mail address, or you can e-mail me directly.

The Holiday Collection stamp set is pictured above, along with the ornaments and paper below. If you would like to see a larger image, just click on the picture.

Friday, October 31, 2008

Holiday Place Settings

I just found out that Shelli Gardener, Co-Founder & CEO of Stampin' Up! was on a television show demonstrating how to make some very cute place settings for the upcoming holidays (Thanksgiving, Christmas, & New Year's). I thought you might want to see it. The link to the video is below:

I'm planning on watching the video here in the next few minutes. I've heard there are other projects shown other than the ones pictured, so make sure you watch the whole video. The Thanksgiving place setting is pictured above. Shelli always comes up with great projects, so I can't wait to see it! I just may have to make place settings this year!

Thursday, October 30, 2008

The Cute Owl is Back!

Remember my cute owl card? After making the card, I thought I should try using him on a scrapbook layout. Guess what? I've done it! I've made a 12" x 12" two-page layout using my favorite owl.

I really like how it turned out. I made it last night, minus the owl peaking over the picture on the right page. I originally just had a line of trees stamped there. I knew it needed something, but I didn't have room for another owl...or so I thought.

This morning, my creative, 15-year old daughter, Stephanie looked at it. She said, "Mom, I really think you should put the owl's head above the picture, so it looks like he's peeking over the top of it." Where was she last night when I made it! Oh yeah, in bed. So, of course, I had to drop everything I was doing this morning to add the owl's head! Isn't she creative? That was definitely what it needed!

Supplies: Lovely As a Tree and Well-Worn Alphabet Sets; Sage Shadow, Chocolate Chip, Really Rust, & More Mustard cardstock and Classic ink pads; Basic Black, Whisper White, & Confetti Cream cardstock; Stamping Sponges, Jumbo Eyelets-Antique Brass, Crop-A-Dile, Big Shot Die-Cut Machine, Top Note Bigz Die, 1-3/8", 1", & 1/2" Circle Punches, 5-Petal Flower Punch, Coluzzle Starter Kit, & Write Me a Memory Font CD - Vol. 2

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Winter Post

Now for some more gorgeous swap cards. These cards were made using another set on my wish list, Winter Post. This set is also in the Holiday Mini on pp. 10 & 11. This set is from the Shelli's Signature Collection. Shelli is the co-founder and CEO of Stampin' Up! She loves elegant, vintage-style products. The lady who made the one on the left is Jeannine Tarrio, and the one on the right was made by Andrea Hurlbert.

The card with the skaters also used a very popular set, Lovely As A Tree. She used the masking technique to make it look like the skaters are in front of the trees. Pretty neat, huh? If you would like to see the Lovely As A Tree set, it is on p. 106 in the Fall-Winter Idea Book & Catalog.

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

A Christmas Cardinal

Here are some more Holiday Mini card ideas made by other demonstrators. These two cards were made with the beautiful A Christmas Cardinal set on p. 19 in the Holiday Mini. I don't own this set, but would love to! It's on the top of my wish list. It's so beautiful and elegant! The card on the left was made by a demonstrator friend, Susan Smith. The one on the right was made by someone in the "Mail" swap group I was in, Cindy Lieberman. I hope you like them. I sure do!

Monday, October 27, 2008

Holiday Mini Samples

For the next couple of days, I'll be posting some cards that I have received from other demonstrators in swaps I've been in. I was in a Holiday Mini swap recently, and I want to share some great card ideas that I received.

For those of you that don't know what a swap is, I'll explain. This particular swap centered on Holiday Mini stamp sets and papers only. Everyone in the group picked out either a stamp set or the paper they wanted to feature on their card. Only one person per stamp set/paper in each group. Then, we each made one card using the item we chose. Then we counted how many were in the group and made that many of the card we created. When I finished mine, I sent them to the swap hostess, and she gave everyone in the group one of my cards. When she swapped out every one's cards, she sent them back to us. It's a great way to get samples for stamp sets that I don't own.

I also have a local swap group that I've been swapping with for a few years now, and it's pretty much the same thing, but we usually try to get together by going out to eat. These ladies are very talented! I've received many ideas from them. We've become very good friends, and I would have never met them if I hadn't become a demonstrator.

Above are two stamp sets that are in the Holiday Mini. I own both of these stamp sets, and have posted a couple of my creations using them before. These two cards were from the Holiday Mini Swap that I did through the mail. The left card uses Happy Blessings (p. 8 in the Mini), and was made by Holly Krautkremer. The one on the right uses Season of Friendship (p. 6 in the Mini), and was made by Kate Holland. I love both of these sets, and have already had a lot of fun with both of them. The Season of Friendship isn't just a fall set. It can be used all year around. Instead of the leaves, you can use snowflakes or flowers. There's even a bird that you can put in the tree! I've also made a scrapbook layout using this set, and you can find it HERE. There are also other scrapbook pages and projects that I made before starting my blog as well, if you haven't seen them before.

NOV. 7, 6:00 - 9:00 P.M.

Sunday, October 26, 2008

The Month is Coming to an End!

There are some things coming to an end as well! Tomorrow, October 27, is the last day to sign-up for my Christmas Simply Scrappin' Class. This class is on Friday, November 7, 6:00 - 9:00 p.m. Below are the links to the pictures of the two projects (mini scrapbook & 20 cards) you can make and the information about the class.
There are also two promotions coming to an end. The 20th Birthday Celebration Promotion and the Spooky Spider Decor Element. They both end October 31. To find out more, click on their icons in the right column.

Friday, October 24, 2008

Isn't He Cute?

I love this owl! When I received my Big Shot starter kit, I liked the Top Note Bigz die that came in the kit, but I didn't think I'd use it that much. Boy, was I wrong! There is so much that you can do with this die! I've learned some of the uses on the demonstrator only-side of the website and some from other demonstrators. I wish I could take credit for coming up with the idea of turning it into an owl, but I can't. I saw another card using this owl on Splitcoaststampers, and I just had to make one for myself. It was really fun to make! I'm so glad that I purchased this die! I've already got my money's worth out of it! I think he'd look really cute on a scrapbook page, too. I feel another project coming on!

It's very easy to make. After running the cardstock through the Big Shot, I cut the Top Note piece in half. I then flipped both ends over so the top and the bottom of the Top Note were in the middle. Before putting them together, I cut out an oval from the Autumn Vine Designer Paper with the Oval Coluzzle. I sponged Chocolate Chip ink around the edges of the oval, and attached it to the bottom part of the owl. Then, I attached the top of the owl to the bottom, overlapping just a little bit. To make the eyes, I punched the Really Rust circles with the 1-3/8" Circle Punch, the Whisper White circles with the 1" Circle Punch, and the Basic Black circles with the 1/2" Circle Punch. I attach the circles together to make the eyes, and then attached to the owl. I made the beak and the owl feet with the 5-Petal Flower Punch. The feet are made with 2 petals each, and then the remaining petal is cut off for the beak. Attach them and...Voila, you've got an owl. I sponged the edges of the sage-color Autumn Vine designer paper, and attached to my More Mustard card. I then attached the little rust Autumn Vine paper strip across the bottom of the sage paper, attached a pewter jumbo eyelet to each end, and stamped the saying from the Season of Friendship set (from the Holiday Mini) with Chocolate Chip ink. Then I attached the owl to the card. That's it!

Thursday, October 23, 2008

Last Few Pages...

Here are the pictures of the last pages of my Simply Scrappin' Mini Scrapbook. Remember, deadline to sign-up for this class is this coming Monday, October 27. Pictures of the first few pages and links to the outside of the book and the cards being offered are in yesterday's post. If you have any questions, please click "Comments" at the bottom of this post. You can also sign-up for the class by commenting to this post or e-mailing me.

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Last Day to Sign-Up for Christams SAS!

Today is the last day to sign-up for my Christmas Card Stamp-A-Stack. If you would like to get ahead on your Christmas cards and attend, please let me know by midnight tonight! You can sign-up by commenting to this post or sending me an e-mail.

Links to card pics:

Stamp-A-Stack Information:

Friday, October 24, 2008
6:30 - 9:00 p.m.
Fee: $30 for 20 Christmas Cards & Envelopes (5 designs/4 of each)
My house - contact me for directions.

I Wish Simply Scrappin' Mini Scrapbook

I finally got the pages finished in my Mini Scrapbook! (Outside of mini book). I really like how this project turned out. The book is so much sturdier than I expected. Some who have seen it thought I had bought it, and they were totally surprised when I told them I made it. Today, I'm posting 3 of the pictures I have of the pages, and I'll post the other two tomorrow. I hope you like them!

If you would like to come to this stamp class, you'll need to sign up this coming Monday, October 27. The stamp class is on Friday, Nov. 7 @ 6:00 p.m. There are also 10 cards that you can choose to make as well. This Simply Scrappin' Class is for cardmakers & scrappers alike. You can choose to make just the book, just the cards, both projects, or 2 of each project. Click below to see the pictures of the cards and the class information below:

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Last Christmas Card for Friday's Stamp-A-Stack

It's hard to believe, but my first Christmas Card Stamp-A-Stack is this Friday! This year is going so fast! I can't believe we're in the home stretch already!Pictured below is the last of the 5 card designs being made this Friday:Supplies: Season of Joy Set, Natural White, Real Red, & Old Olive cardstock, Ski Slope Designer Series Paper (Holiday Mini); Real Red Classic Ink Pad; Scallop Edge Punch, & Baja Breeze Striped Grosgrain RibbonThe pics of the other 4 designs are here:

There's still time to sign-up if you would like to attend. It starts @ 6:30 p.m. this Friday (Oct. 24) and is $30 for 20 cards. Envelopes are included. This will give you a head start on your Christmas cards. I don't know about you, but I love it if I can actually get something done early for Christmas! It helps with my stress level, that's for sure!

Monday, October 20, 2008

New Video Projects Feature on my SU! Website

Stampin' Up! has added a new feature to my Stampin' Up! website. Every month, Stampin' Up! will add a new video to my Creative Projects page that shows you how to make a project. This month is a cute one using the popular, Just Jawing set. This set can also be earned free if you host a qualifying workshop ($350 in sales-before shipping & sales tax) by November 30. If you fall in love with this cute skull set, then you really should consider hostessing a workshop. If you're interested, please contact me to schedule your workshop before it's too late. You can either e-mail me, or comment to this post (click comment below).

Click to see this month's video project: Halloween Card Video.

There are also 2 other projects shown in this video for you to look at, too!

Friday, October 17, 2008

20th Anniversary Celebration

I can't believe that October is more than half over! Another month going way to fast! For those of you that don't know, Stampin' Up! is celebrating it's 20th anniversary this month, and to celebrate they are having a sale on a selection of birthday sets in the catalog. If you place a $20 order (before shipping & tax), you can purchase any of the select stamp sets @ 20%. Click HERE to see the list. This promotion ends October 31, 2008. If you would like to place an order online, please go to my website and click "Shop Now."The card below uses the Party Hearty set which is one of the sets on sale. I made it at a training meeting I went to back in September. I love this set! It makes great scrapbook pages as well. I also love the new buttons that were used! They are adorable! Supplies: Party Hearty Set; Riding Hood Red & Very Vanilla Cardstock; Muirfield Designer Series Paper; Pacific Point & Riding Hood Classic Ink Pads; Clips Assortment, Designer Buttons, Red Riding Hood Taffeta Ribbon, & Mini Glue Dots

Thursday, October 16, 2008

2 More Cards for my Christmas Stamp-A-Stack

Here are 2 more of the designs being made at my Christmas Stamp-A-Stack - Take One next Friday, October 24, @ 6:30 p.m. There will be a total of 5 designs. You can find the other two designs I've posted HERE. If you would like to come, you can either comment to this post, e-mail me, or give me a call.In case you haven't commented on a blog before, this is how you do it. You just need to click "# Comments" below ("#" represents how many have commented to the post.). Then leave your comment. If you are signing up for this Stamp-A-Stack, make sure you comment to this post or the other post about this Stamp-A-Stack. Of course, if you want to leave comments about the other posts, that's fine.Supplies:

Left Card: Season of Simple Grace (Mini Set) & Canvas BG Sets; Ruby Red, Chocolate Chip, Old Olive, & Kraft Cardstock; Chocolate Chip & Old Olive Classic Ink Pads; Rope Twine (Mini) & Stampin' Dimensionals

Right Card: Deer Friends (Level 2 Hostess Set), Season of Joy, & Heard from the Heart Sets; Riding Hood Red, Certainly Celery, Baja Breeze, Close to Cocoa, & Whisper White cardstock; Certainly Celery, Baja Breeze, Close to Cocoa, & Riding Hood Classic Pads; VersaMark Pad; 1-1/4" & 1" Circle Punches, Scallop Circle Punch, 3/16" Corner Rounder Punch, Heat Tool, & Silver Emboss Powder

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Rest of the Christmas Simply Scrappin' Cards

As promised, I'm posting the pictures of the last 10 cards being offered at my Christmas Simply Scrappin' Kit Class on Friday, November 7 @ 6 p.m. The other 10 cards are pictured in yesterday's post. I hope you like them!

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Christmas Simply Scrappin' Kit Class

I finally was able to make the cards being offered at my Christmas Simply Scrappin' Kit Class on Friday, November 7, 2008 @ 6:00 p.m. In a previous post, I have a picture of the outside of the mini scrapbook you can make, too.Below, you'll see 10 of the 20 cards you can make. I'll post the pictures of the last 10 cards tomorrow.

This class is a little different from the ones I've done in the past. You have a choice of what you want to make. The choices are:

Mini Scrapbook only -- $30

20 Cards (with envelopes) only -- $30

Both the Scrapbook and the 20 cards -- $55

2 Mini Scrapbooks -- $55

2 sets of cards (40 total cards) -- $55

The cards go very quick, so you'll have plenty of time to work on both projects if you decide to do the scrapbook, too. If you decide to do 2 Mini Scrapbooks, you'll have time to make both of the books, and possibly enough time to decorate all of the pages as well. If not, you'll have pictures of each page layout, so you can finish them at home. All supplies needed are included with the class. Everything will be cut out for you - cardstock, paper, ribbon, etc. Complete instructions and any extras from the Simply Scrappin' Kit & Ribbon are yours to keep as well.

Deadline to sign-up for this class is Monday, October 27, 2008

If you can't attend on November 7, you can order the complete kit to make them yourself. The price is the same as the class. Everything will be cut out along with the complete instructions. Snail Adhesive, Tombow Multipurpose glue, and Sticky Strip won't be included, so if you need to order some, let me know. If you need me to mail it to you, you will have to add the extra shipping costs as well. If you come to pick it up, no extra shipping will be added. You'll need to order your supplies by Monday, October 27 as well.

Monday, October 13, 2008

My Mom's Birthday Card

Sorry for not posting on Friday! Time just got away from me. This week should be better!My mom's birthday was on Saturday, and this is the card I made her. It turned out pretty good, so I thought I'd share it with all of you. The set used is Close As A Memory, which is really a sympathy card set, but as you can see, it can be used for other types of cards as well. I really like this set a lot. I also LOVE the Bella Rose Designer Paper.
Supplies: Close as A Memory and Hugs & Wishes Sets; Pink Pirouette, Riding Hood Red, & Whisper White cardstock; Bella Rose Designer Series Paper; Riding Hood Red Classic Pad; Kiwi Kiss & Riding Hood Red Classic Ink Refills; Blender Pens, Riding Hood Tafetta Ribbon, Ticket Corner Punch

Thursday, October 9, 2008

Stamp Class Change

I've made a little change to my events calendar. Originally, I had one of my Scrap In A Flash! camps scheduled for Friday, November 7. There is still an event that night, but a different kind. I really think you'll love it!

A demonstrator friend of mine had made a wonderful mini scrapbook that I got to see last month. I fell in love with it! Then, that same night, we went to a training event, and one of our uplines, Tami Waddell, had made the same mini scrapbook and also added 20 cards...all made from one Simply Scrappin' Kit! She is making it with her ladies in California. I decided right then and there that we were going to do the same thing here!

Both projects use the I Wish Simply Scrappin' Kit, Real Red 5/8" Grosgrain Ribbon, & Chocolate Chip Taffeta Ribbon (each project uses 1/2 of each item). The scrapbook also uses 1/2 a pack of the On Board Small Book Basics. The cards include 20 Whisper White Small Open-End Envelopes. Anything left over you get to keep.

You will have the choice of making the mini scrapbook, the 20 cards, or both the scrapbook & cards. That means card-makers & scrapbookers alike will love this class!

The fee for each project is $30. If you would like to make both projects, you only pay $55! This class is starting @ 6:00 p.m. (30 minutes earlier than usual) so those that do both can get them done by 9 p.m. The class is on Friday, November 7.

To ensure that I have enough supplies for this class, you must sign-up early. The deadline to sign-up is Monday, October 27, 2008.

I just started working on the mini scrapbook, but haven't started on the cards, yet. Below, you'll find a picture of the front of the mini scrapbook. I hope you like it!

Wednesday, October 8, 2008

Last Day to Sign Up!

Remember! Today is the last day to sign-up for my Celebrate Fall Stamp Camp this Friday, October 10, @ 6:30 p.m. The five projects are pictured in previous posts below. The fee for the 5 projects is $15.

Christmas Stamp-A-Stack

Below, you'll see two of the card designs that will be made at my first Christmas Stamp-A-Stack on Friday, October 24 @ 6:30 p.m. There will be a total of 5 designs, and everyone will make 4 of each design. That comes to 20 cards with envelopes for only $30. That's only $1.50 per card! If you would like to attend, please let me know by Wednesday, October 22, 2008.The card on the right was CASEd (Copy and Share Everything) from a fellow demonstrator, Susan Lloyd. Her beautiful card also used the swirl in Baroque Motifs, but I changed mine just a little bit so only one stamp set was needed to make the card. Supplies:

Left Card: Holiday Lineup & Many Merry Messages Sets; Tangerine Tango, Bashful Blue, Kiwi Kiss, & Naturals White cardstock, Frosty Day Designer Series Paper (Mini); Basic Brown, Tangerine Tango, Bashful Blue, Kiwi Kiss, & Close to Cocoa Classic Ink Pads; Blender Pens & Tangerine Tango 5/8" Striped Grosgrain Ribbon

Right Card: Snow Swirled Set; Mellow Moss & Handsome Hunter Cardstock, Handsome Hunter Classic Ink Pad; VersaMark Ink Pad; Gold Emboss Powder, Heat Tool, Ticket Corner Punch, Gold Brads, Stampin' Dimensionals.

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