Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Holiday Stamp a Stack

I just had to share the cards we made this past weekend at my 2008 Holiday Stamp a Stack. If you missed it, I will be offering it once more this upcoming Sunday afternoon. Call me for info.

Saturday, after the class, one of my customers stayed and made her Season of Thanks wall hanging. She made it to match her living room and it's beautiful.

I played around with the Cardinal card after everyone went home on Sunday and came up with another version that I really liked. I added the poinsettas from Spotlight on Christmas and punched them with the 5 petal punch. I poked holes in the centers and added So Saffron brads. They are much prettier in person.

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Spooky Jar revisited

Well, several people now have said that they can't see what's on the jar. So I took out all the candy and took a new picture.

No worries. I'll put the candy back in it. One of you will be lucky enough to get to take him, the jar and the candy home just in time for Halloween.

It's the Spooky Spider from the Decor Elements collection. It's available through the end of October only. It comes in black and white and Small, Medium, or Large

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Halloween, Spiders and Stamp Club...Oh My!

Check out the cute jar! Place an order with me in October and get an entry. Orders can be of any size and may be placed directly with me or on my website (link below)I'll be drawing a name (could be yours!) on October 28th. The lucky winner gets the decorated jar (it has the Spooky Spider Decor Elements on it) and the candy that's in it. Who said Halloween isn't fun for adults?

Fall is here. Halloween is approaching. Here are the 2 cards we made at this month's Stamp Club.

I really love the Upsy Daisy set. The bold flowers have a lot of potential. I'll be playing with that set for a long time. I've had the Haunting Halloween set for over a year and I still love it. The cauldron was even a pot of gold for this past year's St. Paddy's day cards.

The glitter on the witch card was done with Iridescent Ice. Contact me and I'll be happy to show you how it's done

Thursday, October 9, 2008

Decor Elements

Look what I made last night! Isn't it gorgeous? This is the new Season of Thanks Decor Elements (available October 1st). I saved the curl accent for another project.
You can download the brochure here: Mine is chocolate. Item # 114883 and is $14.95 plus tax and shipping. I have it hanging on the wall in my living room. Feel free to stop and take a look on the way through.

I will be bringing it along to my library class (South Haven, IN. branch on 700 N.) on the 18th as well. Be sure to drop in and make some cards. Walk-ins welcome We will be making 3. A Fall or Halloween, a birthday, and a thank you. Cost: $5

I really love the Decor Elements and how I can add elegant decorations to my home without spending a lot of money. I will be able to use this year after year.

I also love how I can add a statement or a decoration. to my wall for a low cost too. When the statement no longer applies or I just want something else, off it comes. Just wipe the down the wall to remove settled dust, let dry and your wall is all ready for the next design. This especially nice if you're using the Nursery Neccessities pieces. Just peel, wipe down and be ready for the next 'age of youth'.

Playing with Glitter

I've been happily trying out new ways to use glitter. I've been making my own glitter glue by mixing Crystal Effects, reinkers, and Dazzling Diamonds. I can then apply the mixture with a paintbrush or a toothpick depending on how much I need for the project. Here are some cards I've made using glitter.

Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Monday, July 21, 2008

Stampin' Up! Retired lists

Here is the long awaited list. This time, SU also has a special this time. SOme of the items on the list are 25% off their normal price.

Item Number
Product Description Availability
109200 Accents & Elements Build A Flower

110718 Accents & Elements Lucky Star

110719 Accents & Elements Messenger
103158 Acrylic Graph & Grid

108638 Card Stock 12 X 12 In Color

108642 Card Stock 8-1/2 X 11 Blue Bayou

108643 Card Stock 8-1/2 X 11 Groovy Guava
108637 Card Stock 8-1/2 X 11 In Color
108640 Card Stock 8-1/2 X 11 River Rock
108639 Card Stock 8-1/2 X 11 Soft Sky
108641 Card Stock 8-1/2 X 11 Wild Wasabi
108644 Card Stock 8-1/2 X 11 Purely Pomegranate
103975 Card Stock Brushed Copper
108694 Card Stock Textured 12 X 12 In Color
107312 Cards & Envelopes Gift Whisper White
107292 Cards & Envelopes Greeting Whisper White
109116 Notes & Envelopes Long Notes
109118 Notes & Envelopes Love Notes
109117 Notes & Envelopes Pocket Notes*
110729 Notes & Envelopes Scallop Notes
109119 Notes & Envelopes Gift Notes
109018 Classic Stampin' Ink Blue Bayou
109019 Classic Stampin' Ink Groovy Guava
109017 Classic Stampin' Ink Purely Pomegranate
109016 Classic Stampin' Ink River Rock
109015 Classic Stampin' Ink Soft Sky
109020 Classic Stampin' Ink Wild Wasabi
109013 Classic Stampin' Pad Blue Bayou
109012 Classic Stampin' Pad Groovy Guava
109011 Classic Stampin' Pad Purely Pomegranate
109010 Classic Stampin' Pad River Rock
109009 Classic Stampin' Pad Soft Sky
109014 Classic Stampin' Pad Wild Wasabi
110751 Designer Series Paper Azure*
110696 Designer Series Paper Bali Breeze
110749 Designer Series Paper Berry Bliss
109154 Designer Series Paper Cutie Pie
110699 Designer Series Paper East Coast Prep*
109160 Designer Series Paper Fall Flowers
109159 Designer Series Paper Flowers For You*
110697 Designer Series Paper Ginger Blossom
110479 Designer Series Paper Jersey Shore*
109151 Designer Series Paper Le Jardin
110748 Designer Series Paper Notebook*
110750 Designer Series Paper Olive Press
109153 Designer Series Paper Porcelain Prints*
109175 Designer Series Paper Prints Almost Amethyst*
109177 Designer Series Paper Prints Always Artichoke
109173 Designer Series Paper Prints Blue Bayou
109174 Designer Series Paper Prints Brilliant Blue
109178 Designer Series Paper Prints Certainly Celery
109169 Designer Series Paper Prints Close to Cocoa*
109168 Designer Series Paper Prints Groovy Guava*
109171 Designer Series Paper Prints Lovely Lilac
109172 Designer Series Paper Prints More Mustard
109176 Designer Series Paper Prints Old Olive
109170 Designer Series Paper Prints Pumpkin Pie
109164 Designer Series Paper Prints River Rock*
109167 Designer Series Paper Prints Rose Red
109166 Designer Series Paper Prints So Saffron
109165 Designer Series Paper Prints Soft Sky
109163 Designer Series Paper Prints Tempting Turquoise
110698 Designer Series Paper Prints Spring Break
110273 Designer Series Paper Prints Spring Fling*
110271 Designer Series Paper Prints Spring Silhouettes
110272 Designer Series Paper Prints Western Sky
107299 Envelope Confetti Cream Medium
105320 Eyelets Basic
100375 Eyelets Bold Brights
100381 Eyelets Earth Elements
107233 Eyelets Fresh Favorites I
107234 Eyelets Fresh Favorites II
105316 Eyelets Rich Regals
100378 Eyelets Soft Subtles
105515 Hodgepodge Hardware Pewter Not Available
105531 Hodgepodge Hardware Antique Brass
105532 Hodgepodge Hardware Aged Copper
101120 Metallic Art Pencils
107307 On Board Accents
109181 On Board Blossoms & Basic
109179 On Board Ginormous Pieces
107306 On Board Simon Lower
102678 Paper Mulberry White
109227 Punch Box Three For You
102686 Punch Handheld Rectangle
100271 Pure Color Pencils
109060 Ribbon Double-Stitched Blue Bayou Not Available
109063 Ribbon Double-Stitched Groovy Guava
109061 Ribbon Double-Stitched Purely Pomegranate Not Available
109062 Ribbon Double-Stitched River Rock*
109059 Ribbon Double-Stitched Soft Sky
109058 Ribbon Double-Stitched Wild Wasabi
109189 Ribbon Originals Beachfront*
109187 Ribbon Originals District*
109188 Ribbon Originals Fairy Tale
109185 Ribbon Originals Jersey*
109184 Ribbon Originals Sherbert
109186 Ribbon Originals Theater
110716 Ribbon Striped Grosgrain Wild Wasabi*
110281 Rub-Ons Cherished Memories*
110284 Rub-Ons Eastern Elegance*
110285 Rub-Ons Urban West*
110557 Simply Scrappin' Boho Blend
109610 Simply Scrappin' Confetti
110572 Simply Scrappin' Crew Kids Boy
110567 Simply Scrappin' Crew Kids Girl
109597 Simply Scrappin' Home Again
110562 Simply Scrappin' Rose Cottage
109648 Simply Scrappin' Special Delivery Boy
109627 Simply Scrappin' Special Delivery Girl
110587 Simply Scrappin' Summer Days
110577 Simply Scrappin' Tie The Knot
111184 Simply Sent Friendly Notes
109228 Simply Sent Simple Delights Not Available
109229 Simply Sent Three Thoughts Not Available
106662 Stampin'Around Wheel Daisy Field
107561 Stampin'Around Wheel Garden Annuals
109681 Stampin'Around Wheel Good Dog
109678 Stampin'Around Wheel Kisses
107482 Stampin'Around Wheel Lily Pad
109680 Stampin'Around Wheel Meow
109677 Stampin'Around Wheel Mistletoe
106610 Jumbo Stampin' Around Wheel Basics Outline
107467 Jumbo Stampin' Around Wheel Birthday
109571 Jumbo Stampin' Around Wheel Dilly Dally Baby
109570 Jumbo Stampin' Around Wheel Dilly Dally Friends
109569 Jumbo Stampin' Around Wheel Dilly Dally Party
108423 Jumbo Stampin' Around Wheel Leaves A La Carte
107468 Jumbo Stampin' Around Wheel Nature Hike
108980 Jumbo Stampin' Around Wheel Petals
107464 Jumbo Stampin' Around Wheel Rough Texture
111261 Jumbo Stampin' Around Wheel Spunky Spots
109554 Stampin' Color Index Labels
109553 Stampin' Color Index Labels (French)
106694 Stampin' Kids Markers
101399 Stipple Brushes
Zig Painty
*Items are 25% off and part of our discounted retiring accessories promotion.

Save 25% off the following retiring accessories:

Item # Pg. # Description Regular Price 25% Off Price
109117 167 Pocket Notes assortment $9.95 $7.46
110479 168 Jersey Shore Designer Series paper $9.95 $7.46
110699 168 East Coast Prep Designer Series paper $9.95 $7.46
109159 169 Flowers For You Designer Series paper $9.95 $7.46
110273 169 Spring Fling Designer Series paper $9.95 $7.46
110748 170 Notebook Designer Series paper $9.95 $7.46
109153 170 Porcelain Prints Designer Series paper $9.95 $7.46
110751 171 Azure Designer Series paper $9.95 $7.46
109164 171 River Rock Prints Designer Series paper $9.95 $7.46
109175 171 Almost Amethyst Prints Designer Series paper $9.95 $7.46
109168 171 Groovy Guava Prints Designer Series paper $9.95 $7.46
109169 171 Close to Cocoa Prints Designer Series paper $9.95 $7.46
110284 182 Eastern Elegance Rub-Ons $10.95 $8.21
110285 182 Urban West Rub-Ons $10.95 $8.21
110281 182 Cherished Memories Rub-Ons $10.95 $8.21
109185 190 Jersey Ribbon Originals $12.95 $9.71
109187 190 District Ribbon Originals $12.95 $9.71
109189 190 Beachfront Ribbon Originals $12.95 $9.71
110716 191 Wild Wasabi striped grosgrain ribbon $7.95 $5.96
109062 191 River Rock double-stitched grosgrain ribbon $8.95 $6.71

Saturday, June 7, 2008

Fresh Cuts

I got my order in yesterday and I've been playing with the Fresh Cuts stamp sets and the notes. I'm so glad that this is what I do. My stuff came in and I had a good excuse to play. I need samples for the weekend and stamp club. Several of my customers tease me about collecting scraps and using everything that I have. It's true....if a piece is big enough to stamp on, I keep it. I used the Fresh Cut notes to create a Thank You card that I reaaly like. Then I used the punch outs from the flower to create the candles on the birthday card.

I have a birthday party to attend this weekend. She really likes the things I make from SU so I used our rubons to create a personal candle holder.

Tuesday, June 3, 2008

*****Stampin' Up! Specials for June*****

June is here along with the newest promotions from Stampin' Up! I love the new promotions. The first one is a new stamp set and the cutest cards. Both will be in the Fall-Winter 2008 Idea Book and Catalog and we get to try them out now. The offer is: Buy the stamp set and get the note cards for $5. You may also purchase them individually. The set is $21.95 and the note cards are $8.95 apiece. My set will be in this week and I'll have samples by the weekend.

The other promotion this month is E-scape. Escape from the computer and the phone. Send a card in the mail to a friend to brighten their day. In honor of E-scape day, June 25th, Stampin' Up! is offering a discounted bundle. Save 25% when you take advantage of the special!

eScape Bundle (item 113700):

Description Page Number Price
Love Notes assortment p. 167 $8.95
Circle of Friendship stamp set p. 143 $17.95
Rose Red Classic Stampin' Pad p. 165 $5.25
Very Vanilla 5/8" grosgrain ribbon p. 191 $7.95
Total (non-bundled) $40.10
eScape Bundle price $30.00

On June 25th, I'm hosting an afternoon stamp-a-stack and we'll be using some of the Love notes from this bundle as well as something from the Fresh Cuts promotion. In all, there will be 10 cards. Contact me for details.

Saturday, May 24, 2008

Pinwheels, baskets, and magic wands

I found a nice tutorial on how to make a basket and I cannot follow the instructions for the life of me. You can try it from the tutorial found here.

I tried several times to make one of those paper baskets but I gave up. For those of you who must have the patience of a saint.

After the basket fiasco, I tried my hand at a pinwheel card. I think it came out cute and made me feel better.

My daughter wanted me to show you all the wand I made her a few weeks back. We're on a buy nothing from China campaign. It's amazing how much stuff is made there. Almost everything you can buy at a dollar store comes from China. So when we came home, I made her a wand with my SU stuff. I used the 5 petal punch, the nice purple glitter we have, and attached the sides to a pencil with pop dots. So far it's held up and all her friends want one. Maybe they'll tell their Moms. I can only hope.

Friday, April 18, 2008

Headed to Regionals

I'm so excited to be heading for my first Stampin' Up! event. I've changed what I'm wearing 3 or 4 times. My stampin' bag has been packed and unpacked too. I will be taking several swaps with me so we'll have a ton of new ideas when I return. Stamp club members look out. I'm taking 2 card fronts, 1 set of 3x3's (cased the idea from Sandy Hancock....thanks Sandy!), and 2 different altered paperclip designs.

Photo Corner Border- Tutorial

I've had several people ask me about how to do the border with the photo corners so here goes.

Start with the photo corner punch and a 12 x 12 piece of cardstock (figure 1)

Starting at the bottom left corner, line the punch face up and punch the first piece. (figure 2)

Line the side of the punch along the edge of the first punched piece. (figure 3)
Continue punching, making sure to line up the punch along the edge of the previous punch until the whole side is punched. (figure 4)
If you'd like a border strip, cut at 2.75 (figure 5)
You can also add a contrasting accent. (figure 6)

Monday, April 14, 2008

Scrappin with Stampin' Up!

As a Stampin' Up! demo I often hear the phrase " I don't make cards". I didn't used to make them either. I make them now but that doesn't mean I've stopped scrapping. Quite the opposite. I take advantage of all the ways SU has made my scrappin experience better.

  • All the colors match, blend and coordinate well. I will never again spend hours at the store looking for the perfect color to match whatever. Designer papers, cardstock, ribbons, even things such as brads and eyelets.....they all's awesome!

  • No more buying 3 sets of letters so that I have enough E's (or L's, S's, T's...etc). Yes, I have to admit, the initial payout is more but then I have those letters forever.

  • 2 words- Simply Scrappin'. These kits are awesome. They come with matching heavy double-sided paper, textured cardstock, and repositionable stickers. There's enough to make 4-5 pages plus I always have some left to make some of those cards I make now. The "Celebrate You" page is made from a kit. Rose Cottage on page 174 of the Spring/Summer 2008 catalog.
  • The edge was made by punching the photo corner punch in a long row.

  • Entire sets of stamps that match as well. So I can use one of the set to make the background, another to make page accents. The "Best Cat Friends" page is made from the Embrace Life set. I added the flowers from the Three for You punch box as well.

  • Punches that match the stamps and make great accents too. The "Wanted-One Cute Kid" page uses the stamp and the small star punch.

  • It's still very personal. Whether I'm using my stamps, just paper or a kit. SU also offers great embellishments like ribbons, brads, flowers, etc. Whatever your mood or your style.

Happy Scrappin'!

Sunday, April 6, 2008

Well loved purse

I make cakes and my friend just had her 40th birthday this weekend. So 2 of us got together and made her cake. I got to make the outside and she made the inside. It was a very good cake. I made the cake to look like a well loved Coach purse. It was a big hit. The kids all wanted to eat the rivets (gold dragees). My friend really liked it too.

Monday, March 17, 2008

A Little About Ink

I've gotten quite a few questions about ink lately. It took me awhile to figure out which is which. I've compiled a short reference list.

Classic Ink- A dye ink. Dries fast. Comes in all 48 colors, plus neutrals, and In Colors. Great for stampin on paper. Squeeze the lid and use the ink for watercoloring.

Craft Ink- A pigment ink. Takes longer to dry. Should be heat sealed for permanance. You may also use your heat gun to help it dry faster. Great for embossing. Can be used to stamp paper, cloth and porous objects (unfinished clay, brick, flowerpots, etc). Comes in all 48 plus white, black, and vanilla.

Versamark- A watermark ink. Takes longer to dry. Use on paper and vellum. Great for embossing or stamping. Comes in a pad for large areas or a marker for brushing on small areas and fine details. When stamping on cardstock, creates a slight color differnce. Like a matching ink for each cardstock in one pad.

Stazon- An alcohol ink. Also known as a solvent ink. Dries fast. Make sure you keep the inside lid or it will dry out super fast. Use on paper for water coloring. Does not bleed. Use on non-pourous objects (glass, metal, porcelain,etc.). Comes in white and black.

Encore!- Metallic Pigment ink. Great for embossing. Comes in gold and silver. Can be used in scrapbooks as long as it's embossed.

Ink Refills- Refill your pads when they dry out. Each bottle should refill pad about 4 times. Available for Classic, Craft, Versamark, Stazon, and Encore! Light colors dry out faster than dark. The white stazon pad comes with a refill automatically.

Cleaners- Stampin mist can be used for all inks except stazon. Stazon has it's own cleaner. Clean the stamp and wipe with cloth or paper towel. Follow up with stampin mist to condition the rubber.