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.

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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

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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)
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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