Saturday, November 3, 2012

Fall Treasure Hunt Winners

Hey---- The time arrived, winners were drawn and I have to say Congratulations to all the people who followed clues and emailed their lists in to me and to other demos who participated in the hunt. My clue was paper snips. Those are our scissors, of course. I absolutely love them. I love them so much that I own 6 pairs! OK, so I did purchase 1 extra pair because I wanted one for inside my craft room and only there and some more so members of my classes didn't have to share if they don't own a pair yet and even one other pair when I couldn't even find one pair (not even the craft room only pair). So, you know what turned up the day after I placed the order? Yep, 5 other pairs. So now I own 6 and that seems to be the exact amount needed to hold classes, stamp on my own, design swaps, stamp with my scout troop, make gifts, stamp with friends, create and assemble wedding and party invitations, rubber stamp home decor, create for craft fairs, make Thank You cards for wedding, funerals and businesses, and a host of other things with my Stampin' Up! business.

Ahh, I did mention the winners for the Fall Treasure Hunt. Well, from my own blog, I selected a lady right here in local Portage, IN to win a roll of ribbon. I will post her name when she responds to my email. I want her to read it there before reading it here. However, the nationwide winners have already selected their winnings.

Daniela Capparelli wins $150 in Stampin Up Merchandise
for her entry in our LNS Treasure Hunt blog hop 

Also winning a few stamps was:

Dana Soling

Several other demos drew names to give away their blog candy as well. 

We will have another Treasure Hunt in the Spring for another $150 of free merchandise. In the meantime, visit all of the blogs on our Late Night Stampers webring and see what everyone is making in between now and then. 

Coming soon...............   Late Night Stampers blog hop. An idea based hop with a few give-a-ways. Come back and check it out in December. See what you can give to your customers and friends. See what you might get from attending your demos' open house or Happy Hostess gathering.

Thanks for Stopping By!


Thursday, September 13, 2012

Cakes, Stamping, Pay It Forward and Blog Views

I'm so excited. There's so much going on with my businesses (stamping and cake decorating) right now that I can barely contain myself. I've been making more cakes these days and my friends have been getting specialty cakes too. A My Little Pony theme, an edgy tween rocker cake, a gluten free Tres Leches (3 milk) are ones I have made recently.

In addition to the cakes, I'm also doing some different things with my Stampin' Up! business. I've been giving some smaller classes in people's homes as well as in my home. I stepped back from doing a hostess club until January. People have a lot to do in the fall and early winter. Back to school and then holiday after holiday, all of them big events. I will be showcasing and selling the things I have made at various craft fairs this season. More on those in a different post.

I'm almost at my goal of 10,000 views to my blog. So I'm going to try a little experiment. I saw this idea on Cathie Smith's blog. She belongs to the Late Night Stampers group too. So anyways, it goes like this: It's a Pay It Forward game. I will send out gifts to 3 people who post a comment on this post. I will collect the comments until October 3rd, do a random draw on the 5th and get something handmade by me out to the 3 lucky people. As a result of getting a gift, you must then offer a gift to others from your own blog. Hence the 'Pay it Forward'. Here are the rules:

  1. I will create a handmade gift for each of three people who comment on this post. The gift is a total surprise and will arrive on your doorstep anytime within the next 90 days.
  2. In signing up for Pay it Forward, you are committing yourself to the project…someone pays it forward to you, so you pay it forward to others! Post these rules, or something very similar so others can get involved. You will create your own post where you create gifts for 3 people, and so forth.
  3. You must have an active blog of your own, or some way to post up your PIF info like a Flickr, Pinterest, or Facebook account. Essentially, you’ll need a place to announce your own Pay It Forward.
  4. After commenting on this post, should you be one of the lucky ones, post something similar on your blog…so you can spread the Pay It Forward love. I will email you asking for your mailing address, and the online address where you are posting your PIF info, so I can get your crafty treat in the mail. Please make sure your email address is visible on your profile or leave it in the comment.

Best of Luck!

Thanks for stopping by!


Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Challenge 190

This week's Late Night Stampers challenge was to make a single layer card that had a Wow feature. The card I made used sponging and emboss resist. Isn't it pretty?

You don't need a lot of product to create great looking cards. This one was made with 1 stamp set, 4 inks, embossing powder and heat tool and cardstock.

  • Summer Solstice 122024 (W) or 122037 (C)
  • Classic Stampin' Pad Daffodil Delight 126944
  • Classic Stampin Pad Cajun Craze 126965
  • Versamark Ink 102283 refill 102193
  • StazOn Black 101406 refill 102566
  • New Heat Tool 129053
  • Stampin' Emboss powder Clear 109130
  • Whisper White cardstock 100730

Come and Shop with me

Thanks for stopping by!


Sunday, September 9, 2012

Summer Swap

I did some swaps this summer. What are swaps? Basically what it sounds like. I make a bunch of the same card and trade with others who have made a bunch of the same cards too. I have done this locally with the demo group I belong to and through a hostess for an around the country swap. One of the swaps I was in this summer was for 3x3 cards. I love 3x3 cards. They're small and very cute. I love to tuck these little cards anywhere and everywhere. Here's the collection I got. The top rows were made by other Stampin' Up! demonstrators. The bottom row was made by me. The last card on the right was not in a swap but created for an open house I did recently for another group I'm a member of, Midwest Sales Support.

The card we made at the open house features the Elegant Butterfly punch. We stamped the image and punched it and layered it over a solid punched piece and added a little curl to the wings to give it some dimension. I noticed after I made the cards that I used retired DSP from the pack we got from Sale-a-bration but any small print will work.

Items used to make this card:

  • Elegant Butterfly punch- 127526 
  • Early Espresso Stitched Grosgrain- 126871
  • Bitty Banners Framelits- 129267
  • Bashful Blue cardstock- 105120
  • Island Indigo cardstock-122923
  • Lucky Limeade cardstock- 122926
  • Island Indigo Classic Stampin' pad -126986 / refill 122932
  • Itty Bitty Banners- 126255 (W) or 126257 (C)
  • Papillon Potpourri- 123757 (W) or 123759 (C)
  • Also used: glue dots- 103683
  • and Snail Adhesive- 104332 (starter) or 104331 (refill)
Shop with me and save. Get preferred customer pricing on my website or contact me directly.

Thanks for stopping by!


Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Free Ribbon in September

For every $40 purchase you make in the month of September, you get a free spool of our satin stitched ribbon. Available in the colors: Gumball Green, Midnight Muse, Summer Starfruit, Raspberry Ripple, and Primrose Petals. For more info or to place your order, check out my Stampin' Up! website

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

About Classes

I keep running into people who ask about classes and say that they don't want another hobby. There isn't room in their home for another large project. They don't have the kind of money to invest in a lot of products. Their spouse will be mad if they start a new thing and all sorts of other things. I have to say that if one of those options is your case then classes might be the best fit for you.

 I do ask that my class participants provide a simple class kit. That makes it easier for everyone that attends.The kit should include: paper snips, a bone folder, and some sort of adhesive (I like our Tombow Multipurpose glue, SNAIL, or Anywhere glue sticks for making cards). It saves time when we don't have to share. People will usually share tools and I always have an extra glue stick for first timers and those who forgot or didn't have time to run home first. These things can be stored in a drawer, a box or other small space and don't require a lot of cash. Each of those items are under $10. Some people like to add a couple other things: mini glue dots, dimensionals, and blender pens. All of these are items we use frequently when making cards, scrapbook pages, and 3-D items. When making 3-D items, I suggest an ultra strong tape like our Sticky Strip to hold things together.

Classes have a wide variety on costs, depending on what it is that we are making. In a Stamp a Stack, we usually make 10 cards for $20. Some people pay a couple bucks extra to me for the envelopes, others also keep a supply of their own on hand. Most of my customers have a box of some sort to store their completed cards in. That way, when you need a card in a hurry, you can grab one and go. No going someplace to look for a $5-$8 card that you may or may not like. When you come make them at a class, then you have the extra added bonus of having a handmade item that looks nice too.

Sometimes I offer a class called a Stamp Camp. At this class, we'll make some different things. We may make a card that matches a gift bag, some things that can be used as gifts, or even things to decorate your home or office space.These run a little higher on cost because I offer a kit or products to make the projects. Leftovers can be taken home so you can make another or something else. Things we have made in the past include cards with a matching box to store them in, gifts for the holidays, and mini scrapbooks.

Another class I offer is a Technique Class. I teach several techniques that can be used to make cards, scrapbooks, or other projects. I will let you know up front what they are and you can choose to do one or all, depending on your time, interest, and finances. Techniques are displayed on a sheet and include the instructions plus your samples so you can duplicate them. Most of the people doing classes have a book that they are keeping the techniques in.

Now that you know more about classes, hopefully I'll see you in the future.

Thanks for stopping by!


Friday, August 24, 2012

Masculine and Feminine cards from the same stamp set

We were given a challenge to make both a masculine and a feminine card using the same stamp set. I took mine one step further and used the same color scheme to show that making a card for a man or a woman isn't about color. It's just about style. I used the Moving Forward stamp set. It's this year's Ronald McDonald House set. For every purchase of this set, Stampin' Up! will donate $3 to the Ronald McDonald House charities. It's available in both wood and clear mount. The set has a blimp, a tricycle, a boat, a frog, a bird, flowers and a cute swirly line to show flying birds, hopping frogs or whatever. The main images also feature the sentiments: Happy Birthday, Thinking Of You, and Hello, Dear Friend. You can purchase the set by calling or emailing me directly or shop 24-7 on my Stampin' Up! website. Item number (W-126320/C-126322). The blimp is my masculine card. I added the Naturals buttons on the bottom and embossed the blimp with silver. I sponged the edges with Midnight Musebut roughed it up a bit for a more rugged look. So there's a masculine card that doesn't have a car, boat, beat, deer, or trees on it. Now my feminine card is made with a very similar color scheme. The base of the card is also Daffodil Delight. I sponged with Gumball Green instead and used only the smaller sized stamped images. I used my marker to highlight the sentiment to stamp only it as well. The large scallop edgelit (127019) and the Delicate Designs folders (127023) add to the softness of the card. I used my Gumball Green Marker to give the frogs more movement.
I hope you enjoyed these cards as much as I did making them.

 Thanks for stopping by!


Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Addicted to Framelits

So Stampin' Up! has these items called Framelits. They are little metal frames that you use with your Big Shot. How they work is that you stamp your image on cardstock, then line up the framelit over the top, run it through the Big Shot and it cuts it out perfectly in the shape. It's not hard on the hands like punches can be and the edges are smooth. Sometimes punches get a little dull and leave a rough edge. You can fix that by punching through heavy duty aluminum foil but the framelits are really nice. They also store in a much smaller space. I showed off the altered paper clips I made a few days ago in the blog hop for vc_rocks. The candy cane was cut with the Holiday Framelits. There are a few more shapes in that collection. When you first look at the price of the framelits (around $26.00), it seems too pricey but when you think of each piece as a punch then the cost is much better. After all, punches range from $10.95 - $17.95 each. The Holiday framelits have a: candy cane, tree, mug, gingerbread man, star, and a little steam cloud. They come in their own package but I like to store mine close at hand. So I added magnet tape (from the hardware store) to the inside of my stamp case and stuck my framelits right inside the matching stamp set.

I know it's August but I'm going to the Lansing Regionals in November and Christmas will be here before I know it too. So I've been stamping and cutting candy canes for a project yet to be named. Framelits are so easy to use. Just stamp the image and line up the framelit over the top. Run it through the Big Shot and out it comes, perfect. Even has a tiny frame of cardstock around the stamp. Just as we stampers like it.

My candy canes have also been clear embossed. Aren't they pretty? I just stamped the cane in Real Red first. Then I lined up the stamp and stamped over the top in Versamark and embossed with clear embossing powder. They look almost good enough to eat. I have one more tip for using the framelits. They tend to slide around on the cardstock when you put them through the Big Shot so I line them up on the cardstock and stick it down with the sticky edge of a Post-it note. Holds it securely and yet doesn't leave any sticky residue to deal with later.
The Holiday Framelits are in the Holiday Catalog. You can purchase them from my website or through me by calling or emailing.. The item # to buy them on their own is #127814 and they are $24.95. The matching stamp set is called Scentsational Season and is available in wood mount- #121026 and is $18.95. It's also available in clear mount #121190 and is $14.95. With this catalog, Stampin' Up! is offering bundle prices. So buy the two together and save a bundle(15% off the set). Wood mount bundle is #129945 and is $36.95. Clear mount bundle is #129946 and is $32.95.

My profits in the months of August and September will be going towards my fundraising for American Foundation for Suicide Prevention. You may also choose to donate directly to me or to my team. My team name is: Always Loved, Never Forgotten and you can look us up If you forget the team name, you can look it up under my name as well. Thanks for your support!

And Thanks for dropping by to see me today!


Monday, August 20, 2012

Treasure hunt

I'm joining the Late Night Stampers Treasure Hunt this round. What is that you say? Think blog scavenger hunt. I will list my clue here in a bit. Start with that or wherever you started. Then find 50, yes that's five-oh, clues from now until October 29th then email me at and turn the list of clues in. I'll need the clue and where you found it. So make the list like this: June Reister- and my clue  I'll also need your contact info so I know where to send your prize.

When all is said and done someone will find all the clues, turn them in, get entered for a drawing, get their name drawn and win $150 in Stampin' Up! products! That's a whole workshop in a box. What will you get if you win? I don't know but that is one happy shopping trip.  In addition, those who are emailing me with their clues will be entered into a second drawing for a free roll of the new Satin Stitched ribbon. Choice of color is yours.  Contest ends October 30th. Make sure you get your list in early. Best of luck!

Here's my clue: Paper Snips. I've had lots of scissors over the years and these work the best for cutting into small corners and are perfect for cutting clean edges. I love them so much, I own 6 pairs.


To help you hunt for clues, here's a list of Participating Blogs. I've included a few to start with and will add more as I get them. To see the other blogs in our web ring, check out my tab at the top! 

** Plans to participate but doesn't have a clue yet.

  1. Sherrill Graff
  2. Lori Witt
  3. Deborah Smart
  4. Beverly Farmer
  5. June Reister, it's me so the link sends you back here.
  6. Laurie Reaume
  7. Dawn Johnson
  8. Miriam Permut
  9. Brenda Hugar
  10. Jeannie Bushman
  11. Glenda Witt
  12. Trish Cortez
  13. Penny Hanuszak
  14. Sue Root
  15. Brenda Rigby Riehle
  16. Jane Dexter
  17. Jenn Webber
  18. Julie Fields
  19. Siara Acdal
  20. Nancy Amato
  21. Diana Soling
  22. Kimberly Morris
  23. Tobie Dreiling
  24. Janice Edmonds
  25. Carolyn Garland
  26. Tina Munzke
  27. Joni Metras
  28. Wendy Cranford
  29. Mary Campbell
  30. Virginia Megin Gallagher
  31. Denise Foor
  32. Tanya Bell
  33. Kris Sobolik
  34. Doris Fryman
  35. Kimberly Salmonowicz
  36. Elaine Wright
  37. Raissa Spatola
  38. Cal Bryson
  39. April Vicary
  40. TX Jenny Wren
  41. Anne Marie Hile
  42. Cynthia Millan
  43. Elin Kovash
  44. Katherine Roberts
  45. Leanna Kerr
  46. Kristina Carlson
  47. Jackie L. Watson
  48. Carolyn Bennett 
  49. Jan Mata
  50. Phyllis Strickland
  51. Keri Blake
  52. Heidi Weaver
  53. Emma Lee
  54. Kirsteen Gill

Saturday, August 18, 2012

VC_Rocks Blog Hop- Punches and Big Shot

This is the final blog hop for the summer of VC_Rocks. We're featuring punches, Simply Scored and Big Shot fun.

If you're following the hop you came from Carey Roger's Blog. Didn't you like her card made with the framelit? Too cute!

If you missed the start of the hop, you can get a complete list at the VC_rocks blog

I always loved our punches. I love how it's easy to punch out a stamped image and then center it on a matte. Maybe you want to punch the matte too. Anyway. I own almost all of our current punches and have tons of retired ones as well. I have so many that I keep them in 3 locations. I have some in a shoe holder on the back of my craft room door, some more on a rail on the wall and still others in a desk drawer. Here's some pics of my scattered punch storage. I used to have them all in the shoe holders but I got so many that the holders fell down, the punches flew everywhere and it created a big mess. So don't overload your storage options. I really need to get them all in one place again but I don't think my craft room is big enough and I can't see my hubby letting me take over the rec room for more than an occasional class or stamping session.

So here are some cute paper clips I made with the new Holiday Framelits and our punches:

The framelits are so much fun. Just like punching only I get to use the Big Shot too. They come in alll these amazing shapes and cut out very nice pieces without the rough edges that you sometimes get from punches. Of course, punching through some aluminum foil will help with that too. The other things I used are:

  • 1 3/4 scallop circle punch 119854
  • 2 1/2 inch circle 120906
  • 1 3/8 inch circle 119860

    Finally I've been making Post- It holders again. I love these. They are a great gift for anyone on your list. Throw one in the car, in your purse, the tool box, the tackle box, a suitcase. Perfect to write a quick note and stick anywhere. Great for anyone. Easy to make too. Cut your cardstock to 3 1/2 x 8. Then, using our awesome scoring tool- Simply Scored, score using the long side at 3 1/4, 3 3/4, and 4 1/4. Fold along the 3 3/4 line and cut a tab just to the other score lines. This will pop out and be used to hold the pen. Adhere the inside fold with sticky tape. Attach post-it inside, decorate the outside with stamps and embellies. This image is from the new Wonderful Winterland set in the Holiday Catalog. Isn't it cute? There are a lot of cute images in that set. Have fun!

     Speaking of fun, the next blog in this hop belongs to Brenda Hugar Stop by and see what goodies she has this time. 

    Friday, August 10, 2012

    Customer Service

    One of the things I do my best to provide is excellent customer service. Sending a card or note in the mail is one way to showcase my business and provide customer service. I always tell my down line and others that demo for other companies the same thing. The principal of the matter is customer service. If you say you'll do it, then do it. If you say you'll do it and find out that you cannot, then contact the person right away so that they can  find another way to get it done. Apologize and be sincere about it. Ask if there is something else you can help with instead. Communication is one of the key things in customer service.
    • Listen. I mean really listen to what they want
    • If you can't do it, then say so. 
    • Make phone calls regularly
    • Check in after they get their order
    • Make sure they get their order in a timely fashion

    The other thing I remind people of is: If you give so-so customer service, the customer may or may not pass your name along. If you give great customer service, the customer may share your name with a few people. If you give awful customer service, the customer will tell everyone they know and some strangers too. As a Stampin' Up! demonstrator, I like to give out Thank You cards. I give them out to hostesses and customers. Here's a set that I made for someone else to hand out. 

    Stamp Set: Summer Solstice, Ink: Gumball Green, Midnight Muse Accessory: Retired DSP from Beyond the Garden


    Wednesday, August 1, 2012

    Holiday Catalog

    August 1st! Can you believe it's here already? Well, it is and along with it comes the Stampin' Up! 2012 Holiday Catalog. It's bigger than previous years and also will last longer. It's better for your budget too. You don't have to cram everything you want into 3 months. My customers who purchased $50 or more in the past 3 months should have received one in the mail. I also selected a few random people to send them to. I have some here to hand out as well. If you want one, let me know. I'll post some pictures later today because, I'm sure you know, I've misplaced my camera again.

    Friday, July 20, 2012

    VC_rocks Blog hop- Hostess Gifts and other non-card projects

    I'm starting this early as I'll be away from my computer for the weekend. I'm headed out of town to see my friend's son get married. So I'm setting up my part of the blog hop early. However, the rest of the people will have theirs up on Saturday and Sunday.

    If you started the blog at our main site, you came from here If you're following along, you came from Barb Furlong's blog, located here.

    Hostesses are wonderful. I like to spoil mine. Each one gets a gift that I make for them right at their party. Sometimes I make it in advance so it's ready when I arrive. Here's something I make for a hostess with younger children. The stamp is retired but the kids love this and their moms do as well

    Here's a tealight holder that I made with the Flower Folds die and the Big Shot. I cut up a disposable foil pan for it. It sure looks better than the pan.

    Lastly, I like to tuck a card into the bag with her stuff. I really like to make these cute 3x3 cards. They are a perfect way to say Thank You. The size isn't too big and I hand write a note for my host/hostess. 

    Now you're on to the next stop in the hop. Remember if you're here before Saturday, the rest won't be up yet. They will be ready at 10 am eastern time on Saturday morning. Leave me a comment and a way to get in touch with you and I'll draw a name for blog candy. No pictures but I will say that it's ribbon. I have lots of retired ribbon that I've been hoarding. Now it's time to go live at someone else's house :)

    Next stop is Jane Hignite's blog. Have fun on the rest of the hop. 

    Monday, June 25, 2012

    My Digital Studio

    I really love our program, My Digital Studio or MDS for short. I know it's on the computer and that I like bumpy things but there are many things to love about it.

    • I can design cards or pages and see what I like or not about them before sitting down to play.
    • I can make cards, print them and add my own personal touches to them so they are bumpy, just like I like them to be.
    • I don't waste paper. No need to cut, trim, stamp, etc on paper and then have to throw it in the scrap box and hope it finds another home later.
    • I get ALL the ink colors.
    • I get all the colors of ribbon from each set
    • I can print multiples for invitations, holiday cards and other options where I might want to have 20 or more of the same design.
    • Stamp (brush sets) are cheaper.
    • They all fit on my computer or at least I can fit the CDs all in one small place
    • I can own sets that I wouldn't usually get for whatever reason
    • I also get sets that I already own to try new things with them
    • I get more DSP to play with
    The list goes on. The cards are easy to make and easy to share. Here's one that I made this morning before making a similar one by hand.

    Wednesday, June 20, 2012

    Birthday Blog Candy

    I'd like to thank everyone for the birthday wishes. I got some fantastic cards in the mail from some of you.

    Anyway. Drum Roll, please........ The winner of the blog candy is....ChrisAnn. I will get your address and send you the box of goodies. 

    Saturday, June 16, 2012

    VC_Rocks Blog Hop- Any size card

    Thanks for dropping by. I'm the 4th stop in the blog hop for VC Rocks 2012. The theme is Any size card.
    If my blog is your first stop, you're going to want to go see Mary Jo Price-Williams' blog to see the ones before me. You can also go to VC_ Rocks blog to get the whole list of participating blogs.
    As my regulars know, I love 3 x 3 cards. They're my favorite thing to tuck into a pocket, a lunch, into the envelope with the hostess pack, into a customer order, to use as a gift tag, etc. They are super simple to make. All you need is a stamp, ink, and some cardstock. Mostly I use 1 stamp set and a sentiment. I can write a short note on the inside or write it on a post-it so that it can be shared with another person or 2. I chose a new stamp set, Serene Silhouettes (page 75 of the new 2012-2013 catalog), to use on these cards.

    Stamps: Serene Silhouettes, Tea Shoppe
    Ink: Gumball Green, Primrose Petals (marker), Basic Black
    Paper: Daffodil Delight, Chocolate Chip, Old Olive, Whisper White
    Embellishment: Brights brads

    Stamps: Serene Silhouettes
    Ink: Gumball Green, Basic Black
    Paper: Whisper White, Bashful Blue
    Technique: Sponging

    Here's the blog candy I'm giving away for my birthday (it's June 16th). Be sure to leave a comment and a way to contact you. As of today, I still can't read minds so if you want to win you'll have to leave your info.

    Ooops, forgot to say that I will draw the winner on Wednesday, June 20th

    Thanks for stopping by!

    Next stop on the tour Jackie Watson's blog

    Friday, June 15, 2012


    On occasions in the past I have joined "Twisted and Demented' swaps. A swap is where you make 10 of the same card and others make 10 of the same card and you send them to someone and they give everybody one new card or you meet in person and exchange. It's a great way to learn new techniques, see stamps sets that you haven't (or wouldn't) buy, and see different products (DSP, EP, embellies, etc.). So anyway I haven't done any twisted swaps lately and I miss it. I got this Ronald McDonald set from Stampin' Up! this year. I took the sailboat and made it twisted and demented. For those of you who do not understand, it's from the movie, Deliverance. You can youtube the scenes and a song. Now I'm off to make some nice cards for the blog tour tomorrow. Check back to see what I've made as well as the whole line. My blog post goes live late tonight.

    Stamps: Moving Forward, Serene Silhouettes (both new sets from the 2012-2013 Stampin' Up! catalog.
    Ink: Midnight Muse, Gumball Green, Always Artichoke, Pumpkin Pie, Wild Wasabi, Basic Black, Garden Green, Raspberry Ripple
    Paper: Bashful Blue, Daffodil Delight, Raspberry Ripple
    Technique: Sponging, masking, paper piecing
    Accessories: Brights brads, White gel pen

    Thanks for stopping by!


    Thursday, June 14, 2012

    June's Definitions

    I'm always saying things that don't make sense to people. So, today, I will explain them to you. Here is a short list of what I call things, what my abbreviations mean and others. Please leave a comment if there's something I forgot that you've been dying to know but have been afraid to ask. You can even leave it as anonymous and leave me wondering who you are instead of you wondering what it is that I just said.

    June's List:

    • HTH= Hope That Helps
    • SU!= Stampin' Up!
    • DS= Demo Support 
    • ppl= people
    • prolly= probably
    • MDS= My Digital Studio aka My Design Studio- a must have for those who hate to waste time and paper. Also used to make digital pages and cards. You should see the print quality that SU! has.
    • ep or EP= Embossing Powder
    • c/s= cardstock
    • Green Glue- Tombow Multi-purpose glue (the lids are green)
    • LSS= Local scrapbook store
    • Snail- that adhesive we use that's like 'white-out' (Simple, Neat, Adhesive, In Line)
    • DSP= Designer Series Paper- double sided paper from Stampin' Up! All in colors that match our c/s, paper, inks, and accessories. Each pack comes with 12 sheets of 12x12 paper. 2 sheets each of 6 designs. Great for all your paper crafting needs.

    Tuesday, June 12, 2012

    New Ronald McDonald Stamp

    Every year, Stampin' Up! offers a stamp where they give part of the purchase price to the Ronald McDonald House charity. Every time someone purchases the set, Stampin' Up! donates $3 towards the RMH fund. This year's stamp is called "Moving Forward". It contains the following images: Dirigible, Tricycle, Sailboat, small Frog, small Bird, small flowers and a curlyque line that can be used for hopping frog, flying bird or whatever you can come up with. Each large image comes with a sentiment as well. The boat has 'thinking of you'. The dirigible has' happy birthday'. The tricycle has 'hello, dear friend'. I made a few adjustments and came up with something different. Here's  what I did. I'll be back later with some more.

    Oops. I totally forgot- the recipe:

    Stamp: Moving Forward- RMH stamp in back of new 2012-2013 catalog
    Ink: Gumball Green, Raspberry Ripple, Midnight Muse
    Embellishment: Gumball Green stitched satin ribbon

    Thanks for dropping by!


    Sunday, June 10, 2012

    New Goodies to Play With

    Well, the new Stampin' Up! catalog went live at Noon MST on June 1, 2012. I placed my demo order that afternoon and got the box on Friday, June 8th. What did I get? Well first of all, Stampin' Up! has this amazing offer for demos. In the month of your birthday, you get to order 1 thing of your choice for an additional bonus off. So you get the regular demo discount of 20% and 15% bonus. It's set up so you get it off of the first item you order. So, make sure it's not an ink pad or something else that's under $10. I got some bonus cash this year so I splurged on myself (I almost never do that) and bought the new Big Shot die. It's the Typeset Alphabet Bigz and it comes with 4 die blocks. You get the whole alphabet, numbers 0-9, and 1 symbol, the "&". They are the perfect size for all sorts of things. I took this picture so you can see the size and see my new In Color (2012-2014) markers. The cuts are the same height as the cap from our markers. Anyway, you can see them in the new catalog on page 192. The item # is: 127553 and the price you get them for is $89.95 if you shop through me or my Stampin' Up! website.  The new In Colors are: Summer Starfruit (yes, it's the same color as a starfruit), Primrose Petals (a new pink), Raspberry Ripple (a dark pink-red), Gumball Green (matches nicely with Cherry Cobbler), and Midnight Muse (the same shade as American flag blue- very nice). Well, I also got a bunch of stamp sets (some of them for free- ask me how) and I'm off to put those together. See you soon!

    Thanks for stopping by!


    Thursday, June 7, 2012

    New Catalog Open House

    It's here! The new catalog is here. You can see it here but I know you want one in your hands.

    My wish list is HUGE!  I got some things in my pre-order and have been happily stamping for swaps and for the Open House. When is it, you say? It's tomorrow! That's Friday June 8th. It'll be at my home. I have lots of things planned so stay for a little while or stay longer, it's up to you. There will be door prizes, raffles, retired item special. Purchase $50 or more from the new catalog and pick a retired set for FREE! Yes, that a free set when you buy new stuff. I'll also have other retired items for sale or as door prizes. This time I'm doing a 50/50 drawing. 50% goes to the winner and 50% goes towards my monthly charity. For the month of June, the charity is St. Jude's.

    Come see the new In Colors, come play with the new style of ink pads and see new stamp sets. Complete the make n take (that's make the project and take it home). Lots of fun. I hope to see you tomorrow. I'll be here at 4 pm. You can come anything after that up to 10 pm.

    Thanks for dropping by!


    Thursday, May 24, 2012

    Wedding in April

    My friend got married in April. It was a wonderful party, well worth the wait. I made the wedding favors. She wanted something "daisy-like" to match her bouquet. It was blue, orange and purple. So I went with the Triple Treat Flower which is only with us until May 31st this year. ( #122909 - $8.95  through : my demo website ) I'm sad to see it go but I'm keeping it in my collection so I'll have it for future days where you come to an open stamp at my house.In any case, the favors were a hit. Everyone loved them, especially the children. My friend's grand-daughter and niece watched me as I set them out on the table.  Lil said, " Hi June. Ooooh, pretty. Flowers! Ohhhhh! Candy!"

    At the end of the evening, I think more favors were eaten by 2 little girls than by anyone else. They knew what their favorites were too. They both ate almost all of the Rolos. They left the kisses for everyone else.

    Here I go again.......

    ....trying to keep up with the blogging in my already packed full life. The problem is is that I love to blog. I love sharing what I do with everyone. I want people to see my card, gifts and projects. The past couple of days I finally got to add the photos that I've promised. I put up the pictures of Easter eggs dyed with Stampin' Up! re-inkers. That was a lot of fun. We had 2 1/2 dozen eggs at the end. Best of all? I didn't buy an egg decorating kit. I'm never buying one again. All I have to do is use what I have here for re-inking. Did I mention that I hoard scrap book and stamping supplies? I have spools of unopened, retired ribbon. I have eyelets from years ago. I have large, small, metallics, flowers, ovals, hearts, etc. I still have a roll of silver twine from when we carried silver, gold, and copper. I know some of you out there are trembling. I can feel your eyes looking at my blog and hoping. Hoping that there's a chance for you to get your hands on some of the silver.....wondering how many eyelets, buttons, brads, beads, etc that I'm willing to share. Thinking about my 3 sets of ribbon holders that are full of spools of retired stuff you missed. Wondering how much else I have crammed into my room. Well, you're in luck! Hubby is tired of my crafting overflowing into the rest of our house and he wants it GONE!  So, for you, my few loyal readers who still come and my newer readers who keep hoping they'll find something here; I'm going to offer blog candy like a lot of other blogs out there.

    Post a comment, share my blog with others who don't have a lot of time on their hands. Those who would understand that not only can I not post several times a day but that I only post several times a month. Sometimes only twice a month. Yet, a new reader might become a new customer. A new customer might become a new reader. Make comments- let me know something on your wish list that SU has retired. Who knows....I might have some to share. I'll be drawing once we have more than 3 comments per post. Then I'll draw twice a month until I both post more and more comments are made.

    Tuesday, May 22, 2012

    New Catalog is Coming!

    Stampin' Up! has changed the dates of our year to be from June 1st- May 31st. What does this mean? It means the new catalog will be available on June 1st.You can see the new catalog online on June 1st. You can have your catalog in your hot little hands on the 8th.

    . I will hold an open house on Friday June 8th to come get your catalog, see the new In Colors- There's a new Christmas Combo ;) , make a card with a new set, sign up for stamp club, win prizes, etc. Can't come? If I don't have your address, mssg it to me and I will ship your book after the open house. Can't wait to share all the new cool things!

    If you join the stamp club- either through the mail or at my home, your catalog will be coiled, covered and personalized. Club is a 6 month commitment. I have openings in the current club. We meet once a month at my home for an evening of fun, stamping, and socializing. We learn new techniques and get to make cards, gifts, and scrapbook pages. Each month we rotate the hostess and she/ he will get to choose our projects and/or the technique we will feature. Let me know soon if you would like to join the next session of club. I will get you signed up and get you the info sheet. 

    Friday, May 4, 2012

    Occasions Mini Sets still available

    The following sets from the Occasions mini will be carried over to the new catalog starting June 1st. Stampin' Up! has given us an extra bonus as well. You can purchase these sets now so that you can enjoy them while waiting for the new stuff. I know that many of you wait to find out if certain sets will be in the next catalog before buying them. This list contains the English, Spanish and French versions as well. So if the name doesn't look familiar, it's probably one of the other languages. We don't have new stamps yet but very soon.

    The following stamp sets are available for purchase. We hope you will enjoy this extra little sneak peak to the annual catalog.
     Stamp Set Name
     Item Number
     Baby Prints    
     Love & Laughter
     Bordering on Romance
     Apothecary Art
     Mixed Bunch
     Tea Shoppe
     Loving Thoughts    
     Salon de thé
     Etiquetas florales
     Art floral

    Black and White with a Splash

    I just finished a swap. Basically I trade card ideas with other demos. We all get great ideas so we can share them with other demos and our customers. This swap's requirements were to use only back and white or vanilla for cardstock and ink. Then you added a splash of color. The color could only be an embellishment. An embellishment is a little something extra. So a button, brad or ribbon would be one. Also colored embossing powder, baker's twine (one of my new favorite things) and gems. These really bring your cards to life. You don't get these things on a card from the store.

    Cards from the store are single layer and don't have much of a pop. They are usable, yes but not something you want to save other than to remember the moment it celebrates or the person that sent it to you. Handmade cards are different. You want to cherish these a little longer. My mother-in-law had several cards displayed on a wall in her bedroom. She loved that I made cards just for her and in the colors she loved. A customer of mine has a photo frame full of her favorite cards from everyone. Not one of those came from a store. They were all handmade by her friends and family and some by me, her demonstrator.

    So, back to my swap. I made 2 because I like to get more samples to show off and CASE (Copy And Share with Everyone). Also because I had 2 ideas and wanted to use them both.

    Card #1 features the Artistic Etchings set and the Eiffel Tower. I used Tempting Turquoise embossing powder for my splash of color accents. I also used the Tempting Turquoise brads from the Brights brads collection. I'm all out of turquoise brads now. I must replace them. (Brights Brads- item # 119740 $6.95 for preferred  customer cost)

    Tuesday, April 17, 2012

    Stamps in the mail club

    Do you love my classes but cannot come the same date I scheduled them? Maybe you used to live near here and now you've moved. You may have not ever lived near me or attended my classes but you have seen my work and love it and want to know how to make the same. Well, I have a great solution for you. Stamps in the mail! How it works: Each month I will create several projects. I will include photos and instructions. Each quarter will focus on a main stamp set. Each additional month we will build on that set. For example, the set Lovely as a Tree is an old favorite. The first month you'd purchase Lovely as a Tree and a few basic supplies. Then (your choice): I will mail you the instructions and photos or you would go to my Facebook group for this session of the club. The next month we'll change it up, add another stamp, some more accessories and new projects. The 3rd month we'll add more on to the package and make more projects. At the end of each quarter, you will have made (hopefully) or be able to make at least 12 projects including cards, scrap book pages, and 3-D items. You will own: paper, ink, stamps and embellishments to make more of the same or make projects on your own.

    Getting started

    If you are a new stamper, you will need to invest in a 'class kit'. The kit includes: a bone folder, adhesive bundle, scissors, black ink and a paper cutter (for making straight cuts). Also useful is a basic card stock collection, some colored ink and a stamp cleaning kit (scrub and mist).

    You go to my website and place the order for your supplies. I will send you the extras needed for each month's project. So I will send the: ribbon, brads, punched shapes, etc. needed to complete the projects.

    If you are an experienced stamper, just make sure you have all the basics and fill in where you need to.

    Item numbers for supplies will be in the comments section. Leave a comment of your own when you join to get entered into the monthly drawing. The next session of the club starts in June. You will need to signup by May 26th and have your class kit supplies ordered.

    I've been loving the group I joined. It's the Late Night Stampers. There is a link for demos to join the group on the upper right of my blog. I've gotten lots of great ideas from the group and also have been able to share some of my own. 

    Thursday, April 12, 2012

    Easter Eggs

    Well, Easter was Sunday and we still have a bunch of colored eggs left. The dye project was a success. We dyed the eggs with Stampin' Up! reinkers. I have to say that my favorite colored egg was Calypso Coral. That is such a pretty color. It really is a spring shade too.

    To dye the eggs: In a cup, bowl, dish... add enough cold water to cover the egg. Then add 1 tablespoon of vinegar. White works best but apple cider worked as well. I'm sure any kind you have will work. I probably wouldn't use balsamic because that just wouldn't be cost effective. I try to stretch my dollar and I want you to as well.  Stir to mix the water and vinegar. Then add reinker until the shade you want is achieved.  We used 7-15 drops per cup to get varied shades. It took a minute or two to dye each egg. Then we dried them on the bottom of the paper egg carton and wiped them with a paper towel with a few drops of cooking oil on it to give the eggs some shine.

    We used Sweet Shop stickers and some accents from a Simply Scrappin' kit on a few of the eggs as well. They all turned out really nice. 

    Wednesday, February 22, 2012

    All Fixed and Vendor Event

    I finally have my computer up and working again! Yeah! I've been crafting some cute things in the meantime. Did you follow my blog in January? Will you please email me your address if I don't have it? I have some prizes to award. Future Follow my Blog awards will be drawn from those who post comments. Comments sometimes get lost in my email.

    My business cards are in. They are super cute. A little hard to read on the back with the tiny font but I still love them.

    I will be at Joe's Crab Shack in Merrillville (Hobart), Indiana tomorrow (Thursday Feb 23rd) from 5:30- 7:30 or 8. I'll have some minis and SAB minis as well as samples from both. I have a few items for sale but I'm really looking to fill my calendar. Take advantage of Sale-a-Bration  and get this super cute (image lower left) bag for having a qualified workshop of $150 or more. Book a workshop at the event and get to pick an extra prize from my bucket.

    Friday, February 3, 2012

    FREE! My Digital Studio

    Free copy of My Digital Studio. Come play and try it out. See if you like it before you buy it.  To get the software. There's even tutorials and step by step projects to help you get started. When it first came out, I wondered if I would even use such a program. After all, I love scrap booking but the reason I chose Stampin' Up! over some of the other companies is that I LOVE bumpy scrapping. Brads and buttons-ribbon, eyelets and all sorts of other goodies. So why would I want a program that doesn't have that at all? So I played with it and have come to love it. I use it to my things for my blog and email......those aren't bumpy. I also use it to try out layouts for pages and cards. It sure saves me a lot of time and paper. After I've gotten my ideas ready, then I can go to paper. MDS is perfect for making your own family Christmas cards or that one of a kind gift. This past year, I made a small book. I used my pictures and added a bumpy look to some of the pages. I was able to add journaling and a title in different fonts and it looked good. Then I sent it out to be printed and sent directly to the person it was intended for. She loves it. The work came from my heart but didn't take as much time or money as a handmade scrapbook. Yet, I was happy with it and so was she. So go over to and get your free trial copy. If you like it, that's great. If you don't, at least you'll know and you won't have spent the money on it. Then you can go back to doing the things that you do love.

    June Reister

    Thanks for stopping by

    Thursday, February 2, 2012

    Sale A Bration Drawing

    I've been having a fine time with all the fun products from Sale a Bration. I finally got my stamps and my new computer. I'm hoping to figure out pictures really soon. In the meantime, I'm doing a raffle box.  I have a sheet with squares. Each square is $3. When the squares are full, I will draw 3 numbers. The first person will get $50 worth of product and a hostess set, the 2nd and 3rd numbers will get $50 in product. Each person will also be able to pick a SAB item as well. We have stamps, paper, brad and ribbon pack, a cute decor element, brights buttons, and in color cardstock.

    If the sheet is filled by the end of February, we can do another one in March. That way we can get 6 winners.  This is the link to the Sale A Bration catalog

    Thursday, January 26, 2012

    My Digital Studio and Sale A Bration

    The Sale a Bration catalog this year offers a CD for the My Digital Studio. You'll find all the stamp sets, colors, embellishments, etc on the CD. I had a little fun playing with the Fresh Vintage set. Here's a tag. It didn't take that long and it's really cute.

    Tuesday, January 24, 2012

    New Signature

    My computer is still down but I used my friend's MDS to make a new signature. I really need to help her get color updates. This will work for now and then I'll fix it.

    Sale A Bration started today and will go through the end of March. I will put an order in this week.


    Saturday, January 21, 2012

    Computer Down- Customer Service is not

    Last night I shut my computer down and, sadly, it did not turn back on today. So I'm sharing a computer with the family. It does allow me to tell you what's going one and to check orders, take and place orders, and do my normal customer service. However, I cannot do pictures unless I can text them to you. I will do my best to help as needed until my pc is repaired. For now though, call and I'll try to walk you through it over the phone. If you're close and need to meet someplace, we can do that too. Please don't feel like you're imposing. As your Stampin' Up! demonstrator and personal creative coach, I'm here to help. Just contact me the way you prefer.

    Thanks for stopping by!

    June Reister

    PS. Sale a Bration starts Tuesday. I will be placing a workshop order that day. Get your order to me so that you get the discount on shipping.

    Wednesday, January 18, 2012

    Stampin' Up! Website fixed

    As you may have discovered, my Stampin' Up! website has been down. There was an issue with my ISP but that's been resolved. So I'll be able to upload my pictures and instructions again. Also my calendar will work again. For those who are wondering, I'm placing a workshop order on January 24th. That is next Tuesday and also the first day of Sale a Bration. Sale A Bration is our favorite time of year. Why? Because for every $50 we spend getting the things we love, we get to pick a free item from the special catalog. This year there are stamp sets, paper, a ribbon and brad collection, Decor Elements, CDs for your My Digital Studio, plus selects stamps, paper, and embossing folders from the 2011-2012 Idea Book and Catalog. All images can be seen in the Sale a Bration mini. If you don't have one, give me a call or send an email. I'd love to hear from you. In the meantime, I will finish repairing my website and put up some cute things on here. Wait till you see what I did with the SAB items I got for free with my demo order and my Simply Scored tool.

    Thanks for dropping by my blog!

    June Reister

    Friday, January 13, 2012

    Business Cards- Part 2

    OK, I've reviewed all of my emails and notes and have come up with what I hope to be the final draft. I weighed all the suggestions out and have used quite a few of them. Thank you all for your help. Here is the one that I've come up with now. The back side even has a space where I can add a stamp. If anyone sees anything I missed, let me know. I'm hoping to put the order in late Friday or Saturday and have them by the end of the month.

    Thursday, January 12, 2012

    New Business Cards?

    I'm looking at new business cards and I'm trying to see what has the most attractiveness, has room for me to add a small stamped image and gives out all the information someone needs without giving the burglars a map.

    So I'll take comments on this one. I like the color and the design so I'll probably stay with that but I need some ideas about the actual wording. I'm so glad that Stampin' Up! offers sentiment stamps. I eat my shoes all the time with my words.

    Packed For Everything

     OK, I got some of you confused. Yes, there are 4 stamps in the 'Packed for Everything' bundle. I should have said 'bundle' to begin with. That would have eliminated most of the questions. In the new Occasions mini, there are 4 single stamps. Each stamp has several images on it based on the theme. Packed for birthday has things you  might find at a birthday party and such. Packed for Dad has things a dad may use: watch, grill tools, remote, pocket knife, etc. Packed for Mom has mom things: purse, makeup, jewelry, shoes, etc. Packed for Baby has baby things: teddy bear, bib, bottle, ABC blocks, etc. Each stamp costs $9.95. You can buy just the one you like and will use the most.
    You can also choose to buy more than one. You can get all 4 in the bundle for $29.95. Which is why I said that if you buy 3, you get 4. It should have read; if you buy 3 then you should get the bundle and get all 4. Why have all 4? Glad you asked. Maybe mom is more of a handyman than a dressy gal. She might have a screwdriver, pocket knife or baseball cap on her card. Perhaps dad is the crafty one. He might like scissors. Maybe baby needs keys. Could be dad or mom's birthday. Keys as a hint for a birthday gift....or wishful thinking anyways. Think of the possibilities. I plan on it. New cards to be posted in the next few posts.

    Thanks for Dropping by!

    June Reister