Saturday, August 3, 2013

August's Best of 25 set and FB page info.

I've had a business page attached to mymy Facebook account for over a year now but I really didn't know how to use it. When I went to the Stampin' Up! 2013 Convention, I learned a lot on how to use it, this blog and other tools to help me boost my business. I'm excited to try everything out. This is a double post because I posted this on my Facebook business page as well. I really need for my customers to be able to see what I'm doing wherever they can. So, if you have facebook, feel free to like my page. There will be all sorts of Bonus offerings listed there. Some will still be listed here but I'd like to save the blog for ideas on how to use your products, see my samples, see my For Sale retired stamps and products list, and get ideas. I've been trying to post the monthly specials on my F/B page. Maybe I should offer the specials here too. Leave me a comment and let me know what you think about that.

Here's the Best of 25 stamp set for August:

Here's the post and item info for the projects I will be doing as soon as my set arrives. I ordered it the first day I saw it (it posted August 1st, today's the 3rd and it shipped today....yippee!). The hat image is going on a Harry Potter scrapbook page. 

"The August Best of 25 stamp set is out. It's the Best of Halloween. I already ordered mine, along with the cool new glitter from the Holiday catalog-(# 132206-$7.95) Black glitter and Orange glitter in the same package. Can't wait to use my heat & stick powder- (# 100625-$4.50) with it. It's really easy to use and oh, so fun. Just stamp image with Versamark ink (# 102283 $7.50) on cardstock color of your choice. I rub the cardstock with my Embossing Buddy (#103083- $5.95) first because it reduces the static and makes the image so much clearer after all your work. So embossing buddy, then stamp image with Versamark ink, then sprinkle on the heat & stick powder. Using the heat tool (# 129053- $29.95), warm up the heat & stick until it just melts, then sprinkle on the glitter. Shake it off and use the heat tool a 2nd time to set the glitter. Beautiful! I will post pics as soon as my set is in and I've played with it."

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

New! Custom Stamps!

For everyone who has ever asked me if we have a custom stamp. Yes, we do! I'll be making a cricket for my daughter, a unicorn, and who knows what else. Girl Scout stamps, logos for your business, etc, etc, etc. There's a stamp carving party in the near future. We're going to have a lot of fun. You can purchase your own kit on my website if you can't wait until then.
Stampin’ Up!’s new stamp carving kit makes it easy to express your personality, thoughts, feelings, etc. with a stamp you've carved all on your own!

This is one of the fun new products we got to see and try out at the Stampin' Up! Convention 2013. It was fun to watch as we saw a bacon stamp being carved and then stamped next to eggs. Her set also included doughnuts. There's bacon salt, bacon t-shirts, bacon dice, and almost anything else you can come up with. Now you can make your own bacon stamp!

I had a great time and will be sharing highlights all this week. Keep tuning in to see photos and samples

Thanks for stopping by!


Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Paper Bag Album- Girl Scout Style

Several people have asked about the paper bag albums and what to put in them. The basic answer is anything you want to save. A summer album might have pictures of fun things you did during the summer like swimming, boating, surfing, or maybe just a backyard bbq with friends and family. Pockets hold tags with more photos, ticket stubs, pressed flowers in sealed bags, etc. You attach the photos with photo safe adhesive. Elmer's glue will eat the photos or at least make them warp and not look so nice. I have some adhesives that work really well. You can buy them on my website or contact me and order direct.


A few years ago, my scouts made their own paper bag albums. They showcased the fun things we did during the year. I brought in lots of scrap paper, foam pieces, stamps and punches. Then each girl made their album base. I punched holes and they tied them together with ribbon. All through the year I took photos and had them printed out and the girls added them to their albums. At the end of the year, each girl took home a full album with pictures of all the girls we had that year and all the fun we had. Pockets in the album contain ticket stubs, notes, autographs, info sheets, and the girl scout promise and law.

Monday, April 8, 2013


I'm excited! Sometime over the weekend, I hit 10,000 views. A couple of months back I switched my views to not include when I come to check. So it went back down. However now I have over 10,000 so I will be doing a drawing.......Comment and tell me things you'd like to see on my blog. Give me a way to contact you so I can send you a prize. I will draw a name in a week, so get your comments in by Sunday April 14th or at least by the time I'm awake on the 15th.

What is here: A pack of 6x6 prints (colors shown). Some pages were loose so I pulled them to show off the colors. It includes More Mustard which is one that is retiring.. I bought way more of these than I needed. Also a pack of felt pieces from the Sweet Pea collection. Just one of those things I saw and wanted and then never did anything with. So someone else can make use of them.

After I get 3 comments, I will add 1 more item to the goodie bag. Then I will add another item for every 2 comments after that. So 1-2 comments: get the above items, 3-5 comments get 1 other item, 8 comments, get another, etc. Maybe I can send a whole box out instead of just an envelope.

Good Luck, everyone!

Thanks for dropping by!


Saturday, April 6, 2013

Reuse, Renew, Recycle.....Go!!!!

I'm participating in a Nature/Recycle craft show this year. It's the first Saturday in May and will be in Hammond, IN at the Jean Shepherd Center. So I will be using things we normally throw away or send to the recycling centers in my art projects. First thing I have photos of are one of my favorites.... paper bag albums. They're a great way to use leftover lunch bags (don't use ones that had either a banana or peanut butter inside) and scraps of designer series paper. I just pick a theme and a color scheme and start working. They're really easy, fun and addicting to make. Then I give them as gifts or offer them for sale. People who don't craft love them because all the have to do is add photos and attach whatever elements I include (card candy, ribbon, etc). They have a quick and easy album in less than an hour.

This one is a holiday themed album. I used Cherry Cobbler, Old Olive, Night of Navy and Very Vanilla for the colors. The snowmen were from our Holiday Catalog 2012

Friday, March 1, 2013

It's Time for the Spring Treasure Hunt!

Remember the last Treasure Hunt? You saw my post, collected the clue, went to the Late Night Stampers (LNS) list and viewed other blogs on the list, collected clues from those, made a list, gathered 50 clues, and emailed me your list of clues. I then put your name into the drawing and some people won free stuff. I also offered blog candy on my blog and drew a name for a free roll of ribbon. This time will be the same but we'll draw for something else. I love giving away free stuff! Don't you love getting it?  Here's the image for the Treasure Hunt.

You will find this image on each of the clues. Your list of clues will include the clue and who's blog you found it on. As a bonus, you will get to see lots of great samples and techniques. My clue for the Spring Treasure Hunt is the Simply Scored. I have owned other scoring tools in the past but this is the best one I've tried. I own the basic Simply Scored which has score markings every 1/8th inch, uses a stylus with both a wide and a narrow ball. I use the narrow end to score our heavier cardstock and the wide end for our Designer Series Paper.
Once you have the basic board, you can upgrade and get the diagonal plate. The diagonal plate makes it easy to create your own envelopes. Instructions are included. I wish I had known years ago that it was this easy to make my own envelopes.It's also great for making kris-cross designs on cards or page boarders.

Remember! Collect the clues from all the blogs and email me your list by May 11th. I want to make sure to submit your names for the drawing. Be sure to Email me here.

Monday, February 4, 2013

25 Years of..... Stampin' Up!

That's right, 2013 marks 25 years that Stampin'  Up! has been our stamp company. While I haven't been a demo all that time or have even stamped all that time I have seen a lot of what they have had along the way. To help celebrate, Stampin' Up! is offering a Best of.... Collection each month. They're bringing back 2-5 favorite images along with 1 never before seen image in each set. Sets are $14.95 (USA) each. They are available in clear mount only. Along with each set, you'll also get a proof of purchase sticker. Collect 6 of these and get 1 free set up to $14.95 value for free. Free sets must be redeemed no later than April 30, 2014. A different themed set will be offered each month. So you have a chance to get them all, they will all be offered until March 31,2014. 

January's Set
Best of Birthdays

Best Of Birthdays Clear-Mount Stamp Set

I'm excited for this set. I always need a new stamp for birthday cards. I like to mix them up so that I don't feel like I'm sending the same birthday cards all the time. 

February's Set
Best of Love

Best Of Love Stamp Set

I've heard some people say that it's late for the love stamps. It may arrive late for Valentine's but you can tell people you love them all year long and then you'll have these for next Valentine's Day.

You'll find both of these sets and lots more on my website. You can purchase them at all hours of the day or night. If you have questions, just ask. I will do my best to get back to you quickly. Even if I have to respond the next day because you had the question at 2 am. 

Thanks for stopping by my blog!


Sunday, February 3, 2013

Valentine's Class

We had a lot of fun at my Valentine's Class. I offered an extra card to anyone who was registered by last Friday. Class was on Wednesday. It snowed so I had some no shows but the rest of us had fun. First card I'm showing is from the Henry Says.... set. It features Henry/Henrietta and a googly eye. I stamped her on Wisteria Wonder and cut her out. Isn't she cute?

We also made a cute envelope and note from the Simply Sent kit. The kit came with pre-scored dsp for the envelopes plus dimensionals  circle cut-outs, baker's twine and a little note card. Perfect to tuck into a shirt pocket, lunch bag or even the visor in the car. We followed the exact directions in the kit for this one. Quick and simple.

I was asked for a a cute gift that could be given to a teacher, friend, or classmate. I offered pencils or Tootsie Rolls to put into the skinny bag. We topped the bags with a glitter heart and the Valentine's heart. Everyone loved it and the bags were a hit too.

If you're having trouble finding them, the skinny cello bags are $2.50 for a package of 50 bags. Dimensions are 1" x 8" and the item # is 124134. If you are local, call me and I'll place your order with my next workshop. That will save you on some shipping. You could also book your own and I'll show you and your guests several fun ways to use these.

Thanks for stopping by my blog!


Monday, January 28, 2013

Fancy Friends in February

Want to try stamping? Don't have a lot of cash or space? Want to keep it simple? This is for you. This is my class in February!. You can join me and get bonus ideas or do it on your own. It's $20 and that includes this full kit and a glue stick and you'll pick that up from me. Live in a different state? Then you can order it from my website and I'll give you the item number for the glue sticks and extras so you can make more. They'll ship it directly to you for a little more than ordering direct from me. Than I'm always here through the phone or computer for questions and extra ideas. Cheaper than the craft store and still get full customer service. You can't beat that with a stick.

Order the kit on your own from my website (link on left) or email/call me and I'll order it on a workshop. It will get delivered to me and I'll bring it to the class or you can pick it up from me. 
Fancy Friends Kit- 132319- (Contains 2 wood mount stamps, rhinestones,  2 ink spots in Old Olive and Daffodil Delight, flower shapes in those two colors, plus cards and envelopes to make 6 cards.) $16.95
Order directly through me and get a glue stick and pay for the class- $20
Extras you may want to make more cards from this kit:

All prices are preferred (order through me, your demonstrator) 

Glue Dots- 103683 (300 dots) $4.95
Anywhere Glue Sticks- 104045 $3.95
Rhinestone Basic Jewels -119246- (150 jewels in 3 sizes plus 3 strips of connected) $4.95
Note Cards & Envelopes- 107311- (20 pre-scored cards and 20 envelopes) $5.95
Itty Bitty Shapes Punch Pack - 118309- (3 different punches-circle and 2 flowers) $16.95

Each month, we'll try another kit. Some are available through me only and some are available through Stampin' Up! and me. In the second quarter, we will build on what products we acquired during the first quarter. People are always saying that I have a lot of stampin stuff. It's true, I have a lot. I din't get that collection overnight. No, my collection took 11 years to amass. I don't think many of you want the collection I have. Heck, I don't want some of it anymore but I'll help you build your collection and keep it smaller. 

When I first started stamping, I had a book and a craft store. I bought stuff they used in the book and stuff that looked cool at the craft store. Some of that stuff has never been opened. So, sometime in the late spring, I will sell it or trade it. My craft room will be cleaner, you'll have stuff that you like, I'll have places to put the stuff that I want to keep, and my hubby will be happy to see the old stuff go and that things have a real home and not shoved into a drawer or tucked sideways on a shelf. 

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Valentine Sneak Peek

I'm holding a Valentine class this month. Actually there are 3 sessions. One is this Saturday, the 19th at 2 pm. The next one is the following Saturday, January 26th at 5pm and the last one is Wednesday January 30th at 6 pm. The Saturday classes will be held at my home. The class on the 30th will be held at the library. Class fee is $13.  Here's the 1st of 4 cards. Cards will come with a matching envelope. We'll also be making a 3-D item with candy.

January 2013- The beginning

The beginning......of the year and of my new space. Right now, my craft room has been used like a giant junk drawer. Yes, there's all sorts of stamping materials in there. Yes, I also have scrapbooks, paper and fabric in there but I found boxes leftover from Christmas, stuff stashed there "for a day or two" and ended up being there a year or more. When I moved here, I wanted my own space where I could hold up inside and craft. I haven't had that space in a long time. So my resolution is to clean up this space and get it to where I can not only use it myself but share it with another person. It's only an 8 x 10 room so classes are out of the question. We'll keep using my rec room or the library down the street. In addition to the promise of fixing my space, I will be sharing it step by step. So get ready to be horrified at the mess. Taking pictures is the best way to show everyone, including me, how far I've come in the process. The cleanest space is the shoe holder on the closet door.