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.

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