Tuesday, December 27, 2011

End of year

I can't believe that it's almost the end of 2011 already. Time does fly. There's just 9 days left to get your favorites from the Holiday Mini. The stocking Punch sadly isn't being carried over. So if you love it, get it now.

You can find this and more by going to my Stampin' Up! website. The link is on the left at the top. Click and it'll take you right there. Clearance Blitz going on right now too. Lots of really sweet deals. Sale prices are marked for quick and complete clear out. Must get room for new stuff :)

Thursday, December 8, 2011

Christmas Cards.....First

Christmas is coming and some of my cards have gone out, but not all. I've been making some special ones for my customers, family and close friends. Here's one that has been sent already. I have some more of these that are going out this weekend. 

I will be at the Shugyo Cultural Center Thursday night. I'll be there 6-9 pm. I'll have cards, gifts, and some fun things.

1579 E. 91st Drive
Merrillville, IN 46410
(219) 613-4763

My calendar has open dates ready for you to book classes and workshops. Finish up for the holidays, start a scrapbook and preserve the memories of 2011, or just plan to have a good time with friends and family while learning some new techniques

Monday, December 5, 2011

Turtle & Co. Ronald McDonald Stamp

Stamp found on page 16 of the 2011-2012 Idea Book & Catalog

Since 2004, the Stampin’ Up!® family has partnered with Ronald McDonald House Charities® to make a difference in the lives
of families staying at Ronald McDonald Houses®. Joining with our customers and demonstrators, we have donated more than
$1 million to this organization, which works to provide a “home away from home” for families battling serious illness and disease.
This year, we continue to find ourselves in good company in our commitment to this great cause! The nine images in our Turtle
& Co. Set provide many different ways to accent cards, gifts, favors, pages, and more. And for the first time, Stampin’ Up! will
donate $3 (up $1 from previous years) to Ronald McDonald House Charities for every set sold.

I addition any Turtle & Co. sets ordered from me in the month of December 2011, either directly or through my Stampin' up! website, will get an additional $2 per set ordered sent to Ronald McDonald Charities. This is $5 per set total.

Here are some samples made from the set. The following 3 images were made by people other than myself. I found them on the SU demonstrator site and do not know who made them.

Monday, November 21, 2011


Yes, Sale. From November 21st (that's today) through November 30th. Follow the link on the left to my Stampin' Up! website. Purchase there run 20% to 70% off. Call or email me if you have questions. I'm always happy to help.

June Reister

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Ready to rest.....and get ready for the next one

Well, the craft fair is over. It was a hit. I sold every last mustache so I'll have to make more for the next event on December 3rd. I sold notebook covers, tooth fairy tins, cards, retired stamps, coasters, and magnets. People signed up for classes and one person took home some info about becoming a demo. I would love to have someone new to share ideas with. It's always so much fun to take my idea and another person's idea and come up with a new one based on the two. Stampin' Up! has extended the Big Shot promotion until November 11th. If you sign up between now and the 11th, you get either a new Big Shot or $100 extra in merchandise of your choice. So if you already own the Big Shot, you can get some new dies, folders, embosslits, an alpha set or whatever. I'm here if you have questions.  There are some answers on my website (link on left). My recruit password is love stampin should you decide to sign up in the middle of the night

Friday, November 4, 2011

If you only had a mustache.......

There are many styles. Lots of people love mustaches. Some of the world's and literary's famous and infamous men have sported a mustache. Who would Hercule Poirot be without his handlebar mustache? Imagine a poster of Einstein minus his. What about Burt Reynolds? No, he just wouldn't be the same without one. Stampin' Up! has jumped on the bandwagon of the recent fun with mustaches. They have a new stamp that came onto the scene with the new Idea Book & Catalog for 2011-2012. It's a single wood mount stamp and it's called 'Many Mustaches'. I've been having lots of fun with it. I've even made some for my craft fair. Everybody can have a mustache or at least one on paper. I'm looking forward to seeing people walking around the craft fair with their mustaches. I have black and brown this time. I might have to try some Real Red or Cajun Craze when it gets closer to March. Give me a call and I'll share other ideas with you.

Thursday, November 3, 2011

Craft Fair Goodies

Tis the season.....for craft fairs. This year I'm doing Hannah's Hope again. It's a fundraising event for First Steps of NW Indiana and Children's Neurobiological Foundation. Both of these agencies help families and their children who have special needs. It's a good cause and I get to sell my handmade stamped items. This year I have Tooth Fairy tins. These are new to me. I made some before using the Matchbox die but I needed to use up these tins I've been hoarding. I think these are too cute, what do you think?

I hope everybody likes these. Post a comment to be entered into my drawing. This month I'm giving away a set of holiday themed goodies. I'll post a picture later.

Saturday, October 29, 2011

Club cards and Halloween

Every year, come Halloween, I'd like to make cards that use Stampin' Up!'s Halloween stamps but aren't Halloween cards. I CASE'd this one from Michelle Zindorf. I really love the ideas she has for sponging and coloring.
Anyone who knows me knows that I love "The Wizard of Oz". So this card was so much fun for me. I had fun with what's inside too. Each one has a different sentiment. I used the old favorite, "I just haven't been the same since that house fell on my sister." I also sent out a couple that said, "Missing You. Drop in anytime."

Instructions for this card are found on Michelle Zindorf's blog. Have fun with your own sentiments. I'm off to look for a little dog, a basket, or other fun accents. Come visit me at my table for Hannah's Hope. It's next Saturday, November 5th. From 10 am-4 pm in Hobart, IN. The event will be held at the Ambassador Banquet Hall on US Hwy 6, behind the Paragon.

I'll have retired inks, re-inkers, and stamps. I'll also have gifts for teachers, family, and friends. Some things that will be on my table are: post-it holders, magnets, marble coasters, mustaches (fun for all), cards, and Tooth Fairy boxes. I'll also have Hope Ribbons in a variety of colors for all causes. All Hope ribbon items will have their profit donated to Hannah's Hope

Thursday, August 25, 2011

Build a Bear.....not just for the kids

When I first got my Build a Bear die for my Big Shot (exclusive through Stampin' Up!), I thought that I was going to have fun making cards for my daughter, my scouts and all the other little girls in my life. Then they started getting 'too old for Build a Bear'. So then I was wondering what to do with the die. Then it dawned on me..... Why does it have to be used as a little kid card? So I made a cheerleader and a jock complete with letter jacket. Then I used those as ends on a banner for a class reunion that I was a vendor at.

After that, I started using the bears instead of people images on cards. After all, they can say thank you as easily as Happy Bearthday (Birthday). Then I got this new stamp set, Not So Seriously. It's in the new catalog. I love it. It's sassy, snarky, and little bit twisted but oh, so much fun. So then I made the bear instead of the human lady....and here's how it turned out. The background paper is from the Paisley Petals DSP. Paper is still on sale through the end of August. Buy 3 packs, get the 4th FREE. See my website for more info. So get out that die and start using it for more and more fun!

Monday, August 15, 2011

Interlocking Gate Fold Card- Free Tutorial

I'm really enjoying this new card technique. I saw a card months ago that was an owl in a tree on Dawn Olchefsk's blog. I then took the idea and went with it and now love the idea of an interlocking card with a gate fold. Here's the full finished card, unopened so you can see the final look.

To make this card you just need to use your Big Shot and the Scallop Oval frame Bigz die. I cut the 2 pieces in 2 different colors so that I can stamp in the center. You don't have to use Very Vanilla or Whisper white. You can use anything you want. Here's the card partially open so you can see how it works.

After stamping my base, I scored it and folded the gate fold. Then I stamped my center piece and attached Dimensionals on one 1/2 of the oval, lined it up on one side of the gate and adhered it. Here's the oval and the opened card so you can see what I mean.

After the oval is attached. I then add dimensionals to one half of the scallop frame. I cut mine in half because of the size of the frame so they don't poke out. Nobody wants to see those from the front. They just want cute cards :) I then line up the side without the dimensionals around the oval so it matches exactly the way I want it to. Then I adhere the sticky side to the other side of the gate fold. Here is the frame open. You might be able to see the Dimensionals if you look closely. This technique is easy once you got the basics down.

Friday, August 12, 2011

Little Cards, Big Ideas

Have you ever just wanted a little card? I've been using these cute 3x3's. They're perfect for most occasions. Just tuck a little one into a gift bag, add it to the bouquet of flowers, tuck a note into your child's lunch, your sweetie's pocket, or include with your orders (no matter whether you are a Stampin' Up! demonstrator, a demo from another company, or just in a customer service oriented business). A little note goes a long way.

Cut your paper into 6 x 3 pieces. A sheet of 12 x 12 cardstock will make 8 bases. Remember to use a good quality cardstock like Stampin' Up! A strong foundation holds up better. Yes, some people will look at it and throw it away. Others will keep it until it falls apart. Wouldn't you want them to hold up if the recipient decides to keep it forever?

So back to the cards. I made these cute little flowers using that ring from the Blossom Bouquet Triple Layer Punch. I have tons of those things because I just LOVE the cute little blossom. So I've been trying things out to see how to use them. This idea was another one of those happy accidents that seem to happen to us crafty people.

For a more traditional stamped card that's great for tucking a note into a pocket, order, or lunch I made the second cards with the Tiny Teacup stamp. They have the Designer Series Paper Beyond the Garden on them as well. I sponged the edges for depth and then I added just a teeny rhinestone to the cup handle for a little bling. Cute!

Want more ideas for 3x3s? Leave a comment on my blog along with a way to reach you (name, email) and I'll send you a picture of more ideas.


Friday, August 5, 2011

Flowers anyone?

I saw these really cute Gerbera daisies made with the Daisy #2 Sizzix die we have. The tutorial I saw was a little more intense than I wanted. So I changed it up a bit. I didn't put stems on them and pop them into vases but I did put glitter on the center brad and made them into really cute magnets. I took the flowers I was sponging along with a finished magnet to a friend's house to work on. Her husband thought it was a real flower. I love when I can make paper flowers that look real. Maybe I will have to add stems and put some into vases. I would love to have a beautiful bouquet of flowers that last and last. Some of these are really fun looking and some look realistic. I'll be offering them at my craft fairs and on my Etsy in September. They'll make great teacher gifts too.

The link to the tutorial for these I found on youtube. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Od8TZE9nil8

Sunday, July 24, 2011

My New Favorite Link

I have found what I need the most. The Color Coach...online. Don't get me wrong, I love the Color Coach. It's easy to use. I can line up my cardstock and take it into my craft room and match up the colors with what I have. I use it at workshops so that others can see how great it is to have on hand. It lists all the colors by color family and gives suggested colors for themes and all sorts of great things.

Color Coach # 120148 $14.95 (preferred customer price) order through me or my website for preferred pricing.

You can have it in more than one language as well. However this website does the Color Coach one better. In your hand you have the tool and on the website, you can take that tool to the next level. Let's say you have the coach in your hand and you really like the 3 color combo it gives you but you really want to add a 4th or 5th color to the mix. That's where this website comes in handy. You go to the site and select your colors that you're already using and then select,'search'. Viola! It brings up a bunch of color combos using those colors. It's really an awesome tool to have. You'll find the link to it on the left of my blog right under the other links.

Friday, July 1, 2011

Links Corrected

Thanks for letting me know that some of my links weren't working. They're all fixed now. The new catalog page is up and there's even a fishbowl at the bottom of the page where you can watch, play and feed fish. Have fun. If you have questions or notice anything else, let me know.


Join Stampin' Up! for $99 and get an extra bonus

Today is the first day of our new catalog. 2011-2012. You'll be able to order from it starting at noon Mountain Time. Also starting today, Stampin' Up! is offering a special start-up kit for just $99! You get $180 worth of product and business supplies. That includes new stamp sets, ink pads, and a full box of catalogs. Everything you'll need to get started. Plus you'll get 2 months free of a demo business website, like mine, where you can share your ideas, post your schedule and take orders.

Joining Stampin' Up! is a great way to show off your creativity, share ideas with friends and family, get a discount on your favorite products and make some money too.

The bonus is a Christmas Project kit (keepsake box- product valued at $40) which includes everything listed below.
Pines & Poinsettias Set (wood-mount)
Keepsake box
Scallop borders (cut from Tasteful Trim Bigz XL Die)
First Edition Designer Series Paper (3)
Holly Berry Designer Series Paper (6)
First Edition Specialty Designer Series Paper strip (2)
Holly Berry Designer Series Paper piece*
Real Red Top Note (cut from Top Note Bigz Die)
Real Red Decorative Label (cut from Matchbook Bigz XL Die)
Wild Wasabi Card Stock strips (3)
Naturals Ivory Card Stock piece
Holly Berry Bouquet Designer Fabric*
Real Red 1-1/4" Striped Grosgrain Ribbon
Real Red 5/8" Grosgrain Ribbon
Victoria 5/8" Crochet Trim
Linen Thread
Champagne Fine Galaxy Stampin' Glitter
Vanilla Pearl 1/2" Simply Adorned Bauble
Pearl Basic Jewels (1 pkg.)
Holly Berry Bouquet Designer Buttons*
Large Wild Wasabi
Small Real Red
Mini Vintage Tags
Additional Supplies Needed

Early Espresso Stampin' Write Marker
Real Red Stampin' Write Marker
Wild Wasabi Stampin' Write Marker
3/16" Corner Punch
Scallop Circle Punch
Paper Cutter
Paper Snips
Glue gun
*From the 2011 Holiday Mini Catalog!

Monday, June 27, 2011

New In Colors

I'm really excited about the new In Colors from Stampin' Up! They will be available to everyone starting July 1st. The colors are: Calypso Coral(a little brighter than Cameo Coral) , Island Indigo (like a dark blue jean), Lucky Limeade (brighter than Kiwi Kiss, not a dark as Wild Wasabi), Pool Party (cross between Soft Sky and Cool Caribbean), and Wisteria Wonder (a lilac shade has returned). I'll post pictures very soon. My camera seems to have grown legs again.

We still have the In Colors we got last year. Stampin' Up!'s new policy is to have In Colors for 2 years and they will overlap each other. So while we are falling in love with the new In Colors, we will still have the others to use. So we have 2010-2012 colors and we have 2011-2013 colors to order come July 1st.

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Additional Last chance Items

This just in from the Stampin' Up! website:

June 21, 2011
There were three items inadvertently left off the Last Chance lists; item numbers and prices are listed below. We apologize for the oversight.

111546 pg 142 Simple Birthday Thanks Background Stamp $17.95

113216 Online For the Bride Set $19.95

114028 22 Para la novia Set $19.95 *From Celebrando Creatividad

In addition, the Days to Remember 6" x 6" Calendar (item 104144, p. 170) is no longer available for purchase and will not be part of the 2011-2012 product offering.

Again, I will be placing my last order of the month on June 25th. You may also order anytime on my website- link is on the left.

Monday, June 20, 2011

Last Order for June

I will be placing my last order for the month of June next week. If there's something on the last chance list that you want I'll need to check the availability. All stamps can be ordered through the end of the month. However wheels and accessories are limited and only here while supplies last. I've already had a couple of disappointed customers because the item they wanted is now gone. You can also check my website for images of retiring Decor Elements. The link is on the left hand side of my page. Feel free to ask questions in comments or by email.

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Last Chance

The retiring stamps and accessories list came out today. It's your last chance to get that stamp set you always wanted, the paper you love and can't live without, or the thing you needed to finish off the page you've been working on. Stamps sets are made by Stampin' Up! so they will be available through the end of June but accessories are only here while supplies last. You can order direct through my website (link on left) or through me. I will place orders as I get them to make sure that everyone gets what they want (hopefully). A few of my favorites are going and I will miss being able to use them at workshops but they will still be here to use on Open Stamp/Scrap days. I'm happy to say that there will be another Christmas card with Lovely as a Tree because they've kept it for us for another year. :D

Links to the pdf pages will be on the left with my links. Look for them and get your order in right away for anything you absolutely must have. Sunday, June 19th, 2-5:30 pm we will have a Last Chance stamp a stack. We'll make cards with our retiring favorites. Cost to be determined after I make the samples.

Friday, May 20, 2011

Strength & Hope Card

Here is a card we made at the May Stamp Club. It's an interlocking gate fold card. It was fun to make and everyone really liked it. We had guests for the May club and they really enjoyed making it too. It is a beautiful card.


  • Stamp: Strength & Hope

    Inks, Cardstock, Embellishments

  • Cardstock: Pretty in Pink, Very Vanilla, and Melon Mambo
  • Ink: Pretty in Pink (stamped off for background), Melon Mambo, Melon Mambo marker
  • Embellishments: Basic Rhinestones
  • Tools: Sizzix Die- Frame Oval Scallop
  • Embossing Folder- Finial Press

    Ordering info. Remember, all prices are preferred pricing which you get by ordering through me or from my website. (link on left)

    Strength & Hope(118100 $17.95 Wood Mount) (123660 $13.95 Clear Mount)

    Pretty in Pink Classic Pad (101301 $5.95)

    Melon Mambo Classic Pad (115656 $5.95)

    Melon Mambo Stampin' Write Marker (121074 $3.50)

    Pretty in Pink 8.5x11(100459 $6.95 for 24 sheets)

    Melon Mambo 8.5x11 (115320 $6.95 for 24 sheets)

    Very Vanilla 8.5x11 (101650 $8.50 for 40 sheets)

    Basic Rhinestones 50 each in 3 sizes (119246 $4.95 for 150)

    Frame Oval Scallop (114521 $19.95)

    Finial Press Embossing Folder (115963 $7.95)

Saturday, April 2, 2011

Grab Bag Goodies!

April 1, 2011
Beginning today, April 1, and continuing while supplies last, you and your customers will be able to purchase special "grab bags" in the Online Store. These grab bags will come in three sizes: the $5, the $10, and the $15 grab bag. Each bag will contain a variety of discontinued products that could include a combination of any of the following: ribbons, Accents & Elements, chipboard, Designer Series Papers, and Simply Sent kit components. Grab bags will not contain stamp sets or tools.

Please keep the following in mind:

  • Grab bag orders can only be placed in the Online Store.
  • There is no minimum purchase required to participate in the grab bag special offer.
  • There is no limit to the number of grab bags a customer may purchase; however, grab bag items are only available while supplies last.
  • All grab bag sales are final. There are no refunds or exchanges.
  • Not all grab bags will be unique. Meaning that some will be the same as another.

You should use the following item numbers when ordering grab bags:

Item Description

125873 $5 Grab Bag (containing at least $20 worth of products!)

125874 $10 Grab Bag (containing at least $40 worth of products!)

125875 $15 Grab Bag (containing at least $60 worth of products!)

See my links on the side to get access to my website for purchasing these great deals!

Monday, March 21, 2011

Getting My Sheep Together

So back to the drawing board. I used to have a camera that "ate" batteries. Now I have a computer that "eats" memory cards. So I took this picture with my phone and emailed myself so I could share it with you.

Last week another demo, Bethany Drew, shared the card she made after seeing the idea on SplitCoastStampers. I took the idea and changed it around a bit and came up with this adorable sheep. It's a 3x3 card for Easter and we will be making these and other cute things at my Easter class on April 15th and 16th. See my Stampin' Up! website for all the info.

These sheep are adorable. I used the scallop circle punch to make the body and the fluff for the top of the head. The face? Look closely. What is it? It's our new favorite player..... the Owl Punch! I ran the wool through the Big Shot with a texture plate to give the wool some dimension and I sponged it with Crumb Cake ink for that slightly dirty look that sheep have. The background paper is Springtime Vintage (# 121782 $9.95 preferred- meaning ordered from me or from my website) from the Occasions Mini. Remember the Occasions Mini ends April 30,2011 so get what you want before it's gone. Last, but not least, the bow is actually one of the small butterflies for the Butterfly Embosslit die for the Big Shot.

Friday, March 18, 2011

Stampin' Up! sends donations to support Japan

March 17, 2011
Like all of you, we are deeply saddened by the recent earthquake in Japan and Pacific tsunami, and our hearts go out to all those who were affected. On behalf of our demonstrators and customers, Stampin' Up! is making a donation to the American Red Cross' Japan Earthquake and Pacific Tsunami Relief fund. If you feel so inclined and have the means to do so, we encourage each of you to make a donation to the relief organization of your choice.

While we always strive to make a difference, how we support relief efforts for natural disasters is decided on a case-by-case basis. In countries where Stampin' Up! has a presence, we look to our country managers to determine how we can best support our demonstrators, customers, and the local relief efforts. For example, during the flooding in Queensland, Australia in February, the country manager arranged to donate $2 AUD from the sale of every stamp set with a value of $30 AUD or more to the Premier's Disaster Relief Appeal. After the recent earthquake in Christchurch, New Zealand, the country manager felt it was most important to support our demonstrators and customers directly, so we are waiving the registration fee to the Christchurch regional and turning the event into a fun day of crafting for both demonstrators and their guests. The company is also supporting demonstrator fundraising efforts related to the earthquake by donating free products.

In the case of Japan, because we do not operate in that country, we feel the most effective and efficient way to provide immediate support to those affected by this terrible tragedy is to give a monetary donation.

If you'd like to know more about American Red Cross' Japan Earthquake and Pacific Tsunami Relief fund, please visit the American Red Cross web page.

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Birthday Cards

I've been using my cards, donating cards, and selling my cards. So when I needed some birthday cards and went looking through my stash, I was out. The Occasions Mini has several cute stamps for birthday cards, projects and gifts. So I just went with the theme. My stamp club made these cards at the February club. We used the Take a Spin (pg 10) set for the yellow card. We had some fun with the Game Spinner Hands. They're $3.95 and you get pieces to make 12 spinners. For the final touch, we ruffled our own ribbon. Lots of fun :)

The next card we made used the technique called Inlaid Embossing. It's super easy and the effect is amazing. I think it's my new favorite way to use the Big Shot. We also used the Create a Cupcake stamp and the new Build a Cupcake Punch(pg 22). Last but not least I added the new pompom trim in the Melon Mambo. It's also available in Daffodil Delight and Tangerine Tango (pg 35)

Our quick lesson today is on using the Game Spinner Hands. You get 12 per package. The book says that you put down the spinner, then the washer, and then the brad last. We tried a couple different ways. We finally opted for washer, then spinner and then brad. The real main thing we noted was that you open the brad just wide enough to hold the pieces in place. If you squeeze too hard, the spinner won't spin. I've included a picture so you can see the parts close-up.

Monday, January 31, 2011

Sale a Bration is Here!

I'm so excited! It's my favorite time of the year, Sale A Bration! This promotion runs from January 25, 2011 to March 31, 2011. It's after Christmas and it's still snowing. I'm already tired of the cold and snow. Stampin' Up! knows just how to get my mood elevated. They bring out a mini catalog with these special stamps and embellishments. This year they even have an awesome add-on for the My Digital Studio. Mine is on the way and then I'll really get to have some fun.

Sale a Bration is wonderful because I get all my supplies and get a free something to add on to my order. You get to choose 1 free product for every $50 you spend. I often spend $40-$60 at a time just getting my usual supplies. So adding a free item to that is really awesome! You can also choose 1 item for every $300 of workshop sales you have.


Join my team during Sale A Bration and get 15% off the cost of the starter kit! You can choose the standard kit of stamps or the kit including the My Digital Studio program. If you purchased all the items in the kit on your own, it would be over $310! The cost of the kit during Sale A Bration is just $148.75 (normally $175). Plus joining during Sale a Bration gets you an extra $50 value bonus pack. Just select "Join My Team" (link on the left)and you'll be on my website. Then you can get started. I will be happy to answer any questions you have. The password is: love stampin Whether you just want the discount or you want to share the products with others, this is the best time to join. Join early and help your own customers earn free merchandise and Sale a Bration products too! Remember you can be a member of my team wherever you live. I'm just an email or a phone call away. You're in business for yourself but not by yourself.


This year's selection includes:

  1. So Happy for you
    This is a 10 stamp set in your choice of wood or clear mount. I chose wood for mine because there are 5 little images and small skinny sentiments. The images are: star, heart, flower, shamrock, and butterfly. The star and the butterfly also have trail lines. The sentiments are: so happy for you, birthday wishes, good luck, thanks and thinking of you. What a great set to add to your collection. You can get it in your choice of English, Spanish or French. Pick one or get them all.

  2. Punch Bunch
    This is a set of 5 stamps. Also available in wood or clear mount. I got mine in clear because the images are larger and will stay on the blocks nicely. This whole set matches perfectly with one of our punches. There's an owl, a Happy Birthday scalloped square, a scallop circle with flowers, a Welcome Baby tag, and a True Friend circle. The punches that match are: Two-Step Owl, Scallop square, 1 3/4 inch scallop circle Large Tag, and the 1 inch circle. Punches can be found on pages 200-203 of the 2010-2011 Idea book and Catalog or on my website under Shop Now and tools. I've been having fun with this set and my daughter is making her Valentines' cards for her class with the owl. Punches are an awesome way to show off a stamp, pop it up, and cut it out without all that work. Just punch and go. Punch Bunch is also available in all 3 languages.

  3. Designer Series Paper & Quick Accents Pack
    In this pack you get 9 sheets of 12 x 12 Designer Series Paper(DSP)in the Ice Cream Parlor collection. The colors in this pack are bright and vibrant. Just the thing to make you forget that it's still winter outside. The 5 colors are: Melon Mambo, Daffodil Delight, Peach Parfait, Old Olive and Pacific Point. You get 3 sheets each of 3 designs. They are double sided so you always have coordinating paper for your pages and projects. You also get 2 12 x 12 sheets of adhesive die-cuts to match. These are the greatest thing. I really love them because the adhesive is both temporary and permanent. Unlike any other scrap book sticker I've used, you can put these down and if you oops and it goes down crooked, in the wrong place, or you look down in 5 minutes and decide that you really didn't like that element in your project you can pick it up. You have 12 hours to move it. Normally you're just stuck with a sticker where it lands. You have to figure out a way to use it there or cover it up with something else. While that is a great way to change up your project you may not want to do it right then.

  4. Ribbon & Button Pack
    This pack contains the perfect elements to add some fun to your projects. The colors are vibrant and coordinate well with the paper and quick accents pack. You get 1 spool of 1/4 inch white grosgrain printed with repeating flowers pattern. The colors used here are: Melon Mambo, Daffodil Delight, Old Olive and Pacific Point. The spool will last quite a while as it has approx 15 yards. The buttons are flower shaped and come in 3 colors. Since you can buy Old Olive buttons already, these come in the other 3 colors. You get 48 flower buttons. 16 each of the 3 colors. Even if you were to get a real deal on these at a store you would probably pay $10-$12 for this collection and here it is, free with the stuff you were buying anyway.

  5. Digital Content CD
    I mentioned this briefly earlier. You get a whole CD full of all of the images, colors, ribbon, buttons, paper, and even the Decor Element from the whole Sale A Bration catalog all in one place. Mine is on the way. All at my fingertips and on my computer. I can't wait. I will be making lots of things to share.

  6. Sweet Summer
    This set has 9 images including a straight stem and leaves, curly stem and accents, flowers, a bird, a bee and a butterfly. I expect to see lots of birthday, thank you and thinking of you cards made with this set. It's also wonderful for scrapping your garden. romantic, and spring and summer pages. The small line images are perfect for those of you who like to color. You can use Aqua Painters, Blender Pens, colored pencils, Water Color Wonder crayons, or any of the other options we have available. Feel free to embellish your projects with the buttons, ribbon and/or paper from the other kits.

  7. Chalkboard Decor Elements- Notes
    This is awesome. I'm so glad that Stampin' Up! is offering so many options for Sale A Bration this year. This is the first year that they have also offered a Decor Element piece as well as stamps and paper. This is a 8 x 16 inch panel. It says "notes" on the top and has a curlyque line under that. You can put this on a wall, a door, a locker, etc. I plan to put mine on a board so I can hang it where I want and move it around as needed. You write on it with chalk and, just like a chalkboard, you can wipe it off and start over.

  8. Bliss
    This 5 piece stamp set is both modern and vintage. It has a butterfly that looks cut from a book because there's text on it, a flower, a bird, the word Bliss in fancy lettering, and a vintage accent piece. It's a great way to add great accents to any project. Simple yet elegant.

    If none of those options excite you, you can still choose among stamps in the catalog. In the back of the Sale A Bration catalog is a selection of stamps valued at $14.95 or less. Just make sure to use the item number in the SAB book and not the one in the regular catalog. They are different.

Sunday, January 23, 2011

Cards for Heroes- Thank You

I want to thank everyone who came out to help me with the cards for our troops. The turnout was a little lower than I had expected but we got a lot of work done over the course of several days. I was able to sit and work closer with people than when we're in a larger group and I learned a few things about what you like about Stampin' Up! or me as a demo. I've decided to take what you've told me while we worked and make each of you something special in the next couple of weeks. I will post them here so that everyone can see. In the meantime, here are some pics of the table as we worked. I'm sure our heroes will enjoy using these cards as much as we enjoyed putting them together.

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

More and more cards

Well only 2 more days left in my Cards for Soldiers event. I've had a few people come and help put the cards together. I did a count last night and we have over 300 cards going out. All of the card fronts I got in swaps have been converted to full cards, most of the full cards that were made over the years and never sent out have been revamped. I just need to make sure that I have enough envelopes to match up with the cards. Friday and Saturday this week will be the last 2 days we're working on them. Friday and early Saturday the plan is to make sure that we have enough Birthday, Valentines, St Pat's, Mother's Day, etc. cards to go in each box.

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

More Valentines for Everyone and Soldiers too.

Isn't this card cute? A pair of love birds. Only they're owls. These owls are punched from the owl punch and stamped with the Sale A Bration Punch Bunch set. Whenever you purchase $50 or more, you get a selection of your choice free from the Sale A Bration mini catalog. Sale A Bration doesn't start until January 25th. I will be posting other card ideas from the sets until then. This owl card will be sent out for our soldiers. You can make one when you come out to help.

Monday, January 10, 2011

Blog Update

I changed my blog to give it a fresh look. I've added several new elements and I plan to keep up with it. This will be much easier since I am moving to being a Full Time Stampin' Up! rep. So keep watching for new things to come in the next few months. I've added a button to get the Mojo Monday sketch. This is a new sketch once a week on a Monday, of course. It's nice to be able to rely on someone else's ideas once in a while. That way we all get to play. I've also added a place to sign up to follow my blog. Sign up and you'll know when I update. Leave a comment on this post when you've signed up. I will enter everyone into a drawing for this week's blog candy. I will post the picture of that tomorrow. Can't give it all away in the same day.

Holiday Mini Carryover

Lots of products from the holiday mini are still available. Check out the links to the left to look at what you can still get.

Saturday, January 8, 2011

Filled with Love Bonus- Cards for Soldiers

Whenever you donate $2 or more to the Cards for Soldiers Event you get to make a card. This card is the first one I will be offering. You can make it at one of the dates to get everything ready. The first date is tomorrow, Sunday the 9th. We'll meet at 2 and stay until 5. The first date is to separate the cards from the card fronts, get them separated into already made, needs help, needs a lot of help, and scrap and add to another card.

This card features the Filled With Love stamp set. It is still on special until January 24th. With the special, you get the stamp set, an exclusive pack of 12 x 12 paper that coordinates wonderfully and a pack of bitty buttons.

Wood Mount Set $32.90

Clear Mount Set $26.90

Paper Only $9.95

View the paper from the link on the left.

Friday, January 7, 2011

Cards for Soldiers

Starting this Sunday afternoon, we'll have get-togethers to transform my excess materials into cards for our troops. I have nearly 4 boxes of cards. These include card fronts and cards that were made with retired stamps. Bring your scissors, adhesives, cutters and ideas to my house Sunday at 2 pm. Our first project will be to divide and conquer. Well divide at least. The cards need to be separated into types and what needs to be done to them. For example: All full cards and all fronts. Then from the full cards the current and looks good and the outdated and needs a new look. Then we can separate into birthdays, thank yous, etc.

I'll brew a pitcher of tea and have a small snack. Feel free to bring a snack to share as well.