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.

Tuesday, October 7, 2008

Long Note Card

This is a different sized card, and I love making them. It's fun to change things up a bit! You start with a 6" x 6" piece of cardstock and fold in half. The final dimensions of the card is 6" x 3". These cards fit perfectly in our Small Open-End Envelopes (p. 167 of catalog). My stamp club gets to make either a free scrapbook page or card every month, and this is the card they can choose for this month. This is the first time that I've been able to play with this set (Only Ovals), and I really like it. I actually earned this set free! I love free stamp sets!
Supplies: Only Ovals & Boho Backgrounds Sets; Cameo Coral, Always Artichoke, Apricot Appeal, & Very Vanilla Cardstock; Always Artichoke, Cameo Coral, & Apricot Appeal Classic Ink Pads; Cameo Coral & Always Artichoke Stampin' Write Markers; Apricot Appeal 1/4" Grosgrain Ribbon, Vintage Brads, Wide Oval Punch, Paper Snips, & Crafters' Tool Kit.

Monday, October 6, 2008

Priceless 2-Page Layout

Happy Monday! I hope your week is getting off to a great start! I've decided to show one of the scrapbook 2-page layouts that we did last month today. My family & I went to Pigeon Forge this past July, and this is the wonderful condo we got to stay in. When I was making pages for my Scrap In A Flash! camp, I decided to kill two birds with one stone. The pages were used as projects, and when the camp was over, I had 2 pages scrapped of our vacation! I hope you like it!
Supplies: Priceless & Well-Worn Alphabet Sets; Bravo Burgundy, Night of Navy, So Saffron, & Very Vanilla cardstock; Night of Navy & So Saffron Classic Ink Pads, Wide Oval Punch, 1-3/8" Circle Punch, Scallop Circle Punch, Mini Library Clips, & Stampin' Dimensionals

Friday, October 3, 2008

Fall Cards for Celebrate Fall Cards

Here are the Fall Cards being made at my Celebrate Fall Stamp Camp as promised. If you need to know more about the camp, please see the post from yesterday.

Left Card: Season of Friendship (Mini) Set; More Mustard, Really Rust, Sage Shadow, & Naturals Ivory cardstock, Autumn Vine Designer Series Paper (Mini); Chocolate Chip Classic Pad, Really Rust, Sage Shadow, & More Mustard Markers; Filigree Designer Brads, Big Shot Die-Cut Machine, Top Note Bigz Die, Stampin' Dimensionals

Center Card: Happy Blessings (Mini) Set; Pumpkin Pie, Old Olive, More Mustard, Chocolate Chip, & Naturals Ivory cardstock; Basic Brown & Old Olive Classic Ink Pads; Kiwi Kiss Classic Ink Refill; Ruby Red, Pumpkin Pie, More Mustard, Chocolate Chip, & Really Rust Markers; Blender Pens, 1" Circle Punch, 1-1/4" Circle Punch, Pumpkin Pie 1/4" Grosgrain Ribbon, & Stampin' Dimensionals

Right Card: Lovely As a Tree, Canvas BG & Sincere Salutations Sets; Old Olive, More Mustard, Ruby Red, Chocolate Chip, & Very Vanilla cardstock; Old Olive, Sahara Sand, Ruby Red, & Chocolate Chip Classic Ink Pads; Stampin' Pastels, Ticket Corner Punch, Stamping Sponges

Thursday, October 2, 2008

Celebrate Fall Stamp Camp

My Celebrate Fall Stamp Camp is coming up very soon! It's Friday, October 10 @ 6:30 p.m. at my house. Three fall cards, one Halloween card, & one Halloween goodie bag will be made. The fee is $15. If you would like to attend, please let me know by Wednesday, October 8.The two Halloween projects are pictured below. I'll post the fall cards tomorrow. The Halloween card was CASEed (Copy and Share Everything) from another demonstrator, Jan Tinklenberg. I changed it a little bit, but it's pretty much the same as hers.
Card: House of Haunts Set; Pumpkin Pie, Basic Black, Basic Gray, Kiwi Kiss, & Whisper White cardstock; Basic Black, Summer Sun, Really Rust, & Kiwi Kiss Classic Ink Pads; 1-3/8" Circle Punch, Vintage Brads, Black Gingham Ribbon, Sponges, Brayer, & Crafter's Tool Kit

Goodie Bag: Halloween Frights (Mini) Set; Kiwi Kiss, Basic Black, & Naturals White cardstock, Naturals White Medium Envelope, & Ghostly Greeting Designer Series Paper; Basic Black Classic Ink Pad; Scallop Circle Punch, 1-3/8" Circle Punch, 1-1/4" Circle Punch, Tag Punch

Wednesday, October 1, 2008

Extra Workshop Hostess Benefits!

From October 1-November 30, host a workshop of $350 or more and get a FREE stamp set from the Fall-Winter 2008 Catalog Sampler in addition to the already fabulous hostess benefits! To see the Catalog Sampler, click the picture below. Space and time are limited, so contact me to schedule your workshop today!

World Card Making Day - Oct. 4, 2008

World Card Making Day is this Saturday, October 4, and I'm having a Mini Stamp-A-Stack to celebrate! Everyone who attends will make a total of 10 cards. There will be 5 card designs, and make 2 of each design. Cost for this camp is $15. Envelopes are included. Deadline to RSVP is tomorrow, October 2.
Three of the card designs are pictured at the right.

I've Started a Blog!

I've been thinking about starting a stamping blog for awhile now, and finally took the plunge! I'm excited to be starting this new venture in my Stampin' Up! business, and I hope you enjoy it! If you have suggestions for my blog, please contact me!
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