Monday, October 31, 2011

"Get a Free Big Shot" Promotion Has Been Extended!

You now have until November 11 to take advantage of the best starter kit offer yet! Both starter kits are already a good value @ $175 for up to $320 in stamping and business supplies, but who wouldn't want to get a free Big Shot (or $100 in Stampin' Up! merchandise of your choice) added to the starter kit for free! Not only that, when you become a demonstrator, you can earn money doing what you love, and also get at least 20% off any Stampin' Up! merchandise you buy yourself!


I attended the Stampin' Up! Regional Event in Louisville, KY on Saturday, and Stampin' Up! has sweetened the deal even more for anyone who signs up with ME.  Not only will you get the Big Shot free (or $100 of merchandise of your choice), but YOU WILL ALSO RECEIVE a new stamp set from the upcoming Occasions Mini called Sweet Cake FREE!  Only attendees of this Regional can offer this deal to you.

You can learn more about the benefits of being a demonstrator on my "JOIN THE FUN" page. You can even sign-up while you're there! If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to CONTACT ME.  I'd love to have you as part of my Stampin' Up! family!

Friday, October 28, 2011

The Sounding Joy SAS Card

Happy Friday everyone!  Today's card is the last card design for my Christmas Card Stamp-A-Stack (SAS).  I used a few items from the current Holiday Mini...The Sounding Joy set (p. 23), Cherry Cobbler 3/8" Quilted Satin Ribbon (p. 30), Pewter Emboss Powder (p. 31), Snow Burst Impressions Folder (p. 33), & Silver Glimmer Paper (p. 41).  To find out more about this event, please go to my EVENTS CALENDAR.

Stamps:  The Sounding Joy set (Mini)

Ink:  Cherry Cobbler Classic ink pad & VersaMark ink pad

Paper:  Cherry Cobbler, Early Espresso, Soft Suede, & Very Vanilla card stock; Silver Glimmer Paper (Mini)

Accessories:  Big Shot Die-Cutting Machine, Snow Burst Impressions Folder (Mini), Heat Tool, Pewter EP (Mini), Cherry Cobbler 3/8" Quilted Satin Ribbon (Mini), & Stampin' Dimensionals

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Bells & Boughs Christmas SAS Card

Here is the fourth Christmas card design that will be made at my last Christmas Card Stamp-A-Stack (SAS).  I try to do a variety of cards at my SAS's and this one is more vintage than the other ones.  To find out more about my Christmas SAS, please go to my EVENTS CALENDAR.  Come back tomorrow to see the fifth and last Christmas SAS card design.

Stamps:  Bells & Boughs set

Ink:  Always Artichoke & Bravo Burgundy Classic ink pads

Paper:  Bravo Burgundy, Always Artichoke, Early Espresso, & Naturals Ivory card stock

Accessories:  Basic Pearls Jewels and Stamping Sponges

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Tree Trimmings Christmas SAS Card

As promised, here is the third Christmas Card Stamp-A-Stack (SAS) card design that will be made.  I dug out one of my older stamp sets for this one.  I hope you like it!  To find out more about this SAS, please go my EVENTS CALENDAR.  Come back tomorrow for another Christmas SAS card!

Stamps:  Tree Trimmings & Four the Holidays sets

Ink:  Real Red, Old Olive, & Chocolate Chip Classic ink pads

Paper:  Old Olive, Real Red, & Naturals White card stock

Accessories:  Eyelet Border Punch, Stamp-A-Ma-Jig, & Real Red 5/8" Satin Ribbon

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Serene Snowflakes SAS Card

Here is another super quick Christmas card that will be made at my Christmas Card Stamp-A-Stack (SAS).  To find out more about this event, please go to my EVENTS CALENDAR.  Please come back tomorrow to see the third Christmas SAS card.

Stamps:  Serene Snowflakes & Word Play sets

Ink:  Marina Mist, Bashful Blue, Wild Wasabi, & Soft Suede Classic ink pads; Marina Mist & Wild Wasabi Stampin' Write markers

Paper:  Marina Mist, Wild Wasabi, & Whisper White card stock

Accessories:  1-3/4" Circle Punch & 2-3/8" Scallop Circle Punch

Monday, October 24, 2011

Another Pennant Parade Christmas Card

Happy Monday, everyone!  I can't believe how fast Christmas is coming, can you?  I actually know of someone who is already finished with her Christmas shopping.  I haven't even started!  lol  If you're anything like me, you need all the help you can get.  One thing that will help is to get your Christmas cards made, and you can do that by attending my last Christmas Card Stamp-A-Stack (SAS).  It's going to held on Friday, November 4 and Wednesday, November 9.  To find out more, please go to my EVENTS CALENDAR

Today's card is one of the cards that will be made at my SAS, and it was inspired by a card I saw in the current Idea Book & Catalog.  It's the middle card on p. 89.  There are so many great ideas in the catalog, and it has helped me out so many times.  If you don't have a catalog yet, please CONTACT ME.  You can have one for $10 plus shipping if you need it mailed to you.  If you place an ONLINE ORDER of $100 or more (before shipping & tax), I'll send one to you for free.  If you live in west central Indiana, you can host a workshop and get one free as well!  Just send me an EMAIL, and I'll get back with you to book your date!

Stamps:  Pennant Parade

Ink:  Lucky Limeade, Cherry Cobbler, Soft Suede, & Daffodil Delight Classic ink pads; Daffodil Delight, Cherry Cobbler, & Marina Mist Stampin' Write markers

Paper:  Lucky Limeade, Cherry Cobbler, & Whisper White card stock

Accessories:  Big Shot Die-Cutting Machine, Petals-A-Plenty Impressions Folder, Scallop Trim Border Punch, Petite Pennants Builder Punch, Cherry Cobbler 1/2" Scallop Dots Ribbon, & Stampin' Dimensionals

Friday, October 14, 2011

Dasher is Back!

What a week!  I was wanting to post earlier this week, but just wasn't able to.  I'm so glad it's Friday again!  I used this week's card sketch on SCS as inspiration for this card, SC354.

Today's card features my favorite reindeer, Dasher (p. 19).  The greeting stamp is from the Christmas Greetings set (p. 41).  This is the first card that I've made with the beautiful Christmas paper, Holly Berry Bouquet DSP (p. 20 in the Holiday Mini).  The right border of the Red/Green strip was made with the Blossom Bouquet Triple Layer Punch (p. 211).

Notice how I made some of Dasher's antlers red?  I first inked up the whole stamp with Chocolate Chip ink.  I then removed the ink on the parts I wanted red with a blender pen.  Then, I inked up these parts with a Real Red marker.  It's much faster and easier than inking up the whole stamp with markers.  I also sponged around Dasher with Crumb Cake ink.

Stamps:  Dasher & Christmas Greetings

Ink:  Chocolate Chip & Crumb Cake Classic ink pads; Real Red Stampin' Write Marker

Paper:  Chocolate Chip, Real Red, Wild Wasabi, Cherry Cobbler, & Very Vanilla card stock; Holly Berry Bouquet DSP (Mini)

Accessories:  Blossom Bouquet Triple Layer Punch, Blender Pen & Stamping Sponges

Friday, October 7, 2011

The Sounding Joy

Happy Friday everyone!  We've been having beautiful weather here in Indiana the past few days, and it's supposed to continue through the weekend and beyond.  Sunshine and highs in the low 80's.  I'm not used to temps like that in October, but I'll take it.

It may be warm outside, but I've been working on some Christmas cards.  Below is the first card I've made with The Sounding Joy set (p. 23 in the Holiday Mini).  I also used some other fun goodies from the Holiday Mini.  I embossed the Marina Blue strip with the Snow Burst Impressions Folder (p. 33), used Pewter Emboss Powder (p. 31) to heat emboss the main image, made the holly with the Stocking Accents Originals Die (p. 24), and made the leaf veins with Dazzling Details (p. 41).  I also used the Red Glimmer Paper (p. 41 in Holiday Mini & p. 181 in the big catty) for the holly berries.  Oh, I almost forgot!  I also used ribbon from the Holiday Mini called Early Espresso 3/8" Quilted Satin Ribbon (p. 30).

I used the very cute Christmas paper, Letters to Santa DSP (p. 186).  I put a 4" x 1-1/2" strip of this paper onto the bottom of the Top Note Bigz Die (p. 222) and ran it through.  I also ran a 4-1/4" x 5-1/2" pieces of Old Olive and Naturals White card stock through with the same die.  I trimmed the white one down, cutting along the perforrated part of the die-cut.  I stamped and embossed it first, and then attached it to the Old Olive die-cut.  I then attached the DSP die-cut strip, added the ribbon, and then added the holly die-cuts.  The whole thing was added on top of the blue/brown strip using 4 Stampin' Dimensionals (p. 206).

Stamps:  The Sounding Joy set (Mini)

Ink:  Riding Hood Red Classic Ink Pad & VersaMark Pad

Paper:  Riding Hood Red, Early Espresso, Marina Mist, Old Olive, & Naturals White card stock; Letters to Santa DSP & Red Glimmer Paper

Accessories:  Big Shot Die-Cutting Machine, Top Note Bigz Die, Stocking Accents Originals Die (Mini), Snow Burst Impressions Folder (Mini), Early Espresso 3/8" Quilted Satin Ribbon (Mini), Heat Tool, Pewter Emboss Powder (Mini), Dazzling Diamonds (Mini), & Stampin' Dimensionals

Monday, October 3, 2011

My Son's Birthday Card

Last week my youngest child turned 16 years old!  Boy, that makes me feel old!  Today's card is the card I made him for his birthday.  I CASEd it from THIS CARD.  As you can see, I did make a few changes. 

This stamp set, The Open Sea, was in the Summer Mini.  I have great news and bad news.  This wonderful set is still available to order!  The designer paper, sadly, is not.  I sponged the blue DSP with Early Espresso ink after tearing it.  I also crinkled up the compass and the journal layer.  I sponged the compass with Early Espresso ink.  After tearing the journal layer, I sponged it with Early Espresso, Not Quite Navy, and Cherry Cobbler ink.

I inked the ship stamp with Cherry Cobber & Not Quite Navy Stampin' Write Markers.  After stamping it, I brushed a Blender Pen (p. 203) over the stamped image to spread some of the ink over the open spaces in the image.  This gave a red tint to the sails, and gave the water different shades of blue.  I then sponged it with Early Espresso ink, and layered onto Early Espresso and Cherry Cobbler card stock.

I also wanted a vintage look to the Cherry Cobbler/White Baker's Twine (p. 194), so I sponged it with Early Espresso ink after attaching it to the card.  The greeting stamp comes from the hostess set, Happiest Birthday Wishes (p. 10).  I stamped it on DSP with Early Espresso ink, and punched it out with the Decorative Label Punch (p. 209).  I then attached it to the bottom of the ship piece.  The ship and compass pieces were attached with Stampin' Dimensionals (p. 206).

Stamps:  The Open Sea & Happiest Birthday Wishes (hostess)

Ink:  Cherry Cobbler, Not Quite Navy, & Early Espresso Classic Ink Pads; Cherry Cobbler & Not Quite Navy Stampin' Write Markers

Paper:  Cherry Cobbler, Early Espresso, Not Quite Navy, & Naturals White card stock; Nautical Expedition DSP (no longer available)

Accessories:  Cherry Cobbler/White Baker's Twine, 1-3/8" & 1-1/4" Circle Punches, Decorative Label Punch, Blender Pens, Vintage Trinkets, Stamping Sponges, & Stampin' Dimensionals

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