Thursday, January 3, 2013

Happy New Year and 2 Sweet Offers!

Happy New Year stampers!!

I hope that you all have had a wonderful holiday season surrounded by your loved ones!!

My apologies for the lack of posting over the last many weeks, but as you can probably relate the Christmas season was a whirlwind of crafting, baking, shopping and preparing. For once though I wasn't completely stressed out when Christmas rolled around. That sure doesn't mean I wasn't busy. I add a whole new level of craziness to December by mailing and giving some away as presents ....221 Christmas cards... Not sure if I can repeat that this year. I do think it made it easier for me to have several designs, so I didn't get tired of making them. But lets just say I am glad Christmas is over for now! *wink*

I have been busy preparing for a new season of catalogs (Spring Mini and Sale-a-Bration) and My Open House celebrating those on January 19th, 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. I will share more about that in a later post.

In the meantime, here are some fun Stampin' Up! promotions for you to enjoy...

Also, the Spring Catalog debuts today! It is filled to the brim with amazing product to get your creative juices flowing. If you are in need of a catalog and don't already have a demonstrator please contact me and I will make sure to get a copy to you asap free of charge. Until then you can browse it online in my online store.

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One of my 2013 goals is to be better at posting on this blog. To be honest this is my first time to ever have a New Year's resolution....what about you? I would love to hear what your goals for 2013 are? I hope you will take a moment to write a few words in the comments field. Remember your comments mean a lot to me and I read every one of them!

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Thanksgiving Decor and Tablesettings.

In honor of Thanksgiving I am sharing these projects I made last month at a class. They were inspired by a project I saw at Stampin' Up!'s convention this summer. I changed some things up to make my own version.
 I made a complete set: a candle with leaves to spread out on your table, table settings and a card in case you were celebrating Thanksgiving at someone else's house and might use it as a hostess gift.
I used a pillar candle from a major craftstore and stamp directly on it by rolling it on my stamp En Francais inked in Black Stazon ink dries instantly and because of the candle wax looks like a silvery gray. I then sponged Champagne Glimmer paint on the candle... it will need to dry for a while before you can attach the decoration. The decoration is leaves cut out with the Autumn Accents die and the Big Shot. I used Champagne Glimmer paper, Very Vanilla, Cajun Craze, More Mustard and Lucky Limeade Card stock. Some of the solid leaves are embossed with the Woodgrain Embossing folder for added texture. All the leaves are crumpled up then sponges with the Champagne Shimmer Paint. The stamped leaves on the candle are stamped with Lucky Limeade and More Mustard ink on Very Vanilla Card stock with the Wonderfall stampset. They are then crumpled up and I used the Cajun Craze ink pad to add the red tips and then used the Champagne Shimmer Paint for lots of shine. The button is from the Designer Buttons naturals - love love love those and I used Linen Thread for the bow. The leaves are clustered together with Glue Dots and attached to the candle with Sticky Tape.

 The card and place settings are using all the same products as mentioned before except for a few extras. I used our Window Sheet and ran it through the Big Shot with the Woodgrain Embossing Folder then sanded it with out new Sanding Block. The Early Espresso Core'dination Card stock is also embossed with the Woodgrain Embossing Folder then sanded it for the cool two-tone effect. The Sentiment is from the Pursuit of Happiness Stamp Set - One of my favorite stamp sets of all time.

 I used Gratitude from the Fabulous Phrases inked in Lucky Limeade and then cut it out with the Bitty Banner Framelits. As shown in the background I also gave my customers to make blank one so they could write their guests names on them.
 It might have been hard to see in the previous pictures but there is such as fabulous shine to all of the projects as you can really see in this picture. Love the Champagne Shimmer Paint!!

I wish you all a Wonderfall Thanksgiving!

I hope you enjoyed my projects today. Please leave a comment. I would love to hear what you think! You can see all the products I used for these project in my Online Store and don't forget about the Online Extravaganza were you can save up to 50% on amazing products 

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You can see ALL the products on sale HERE! Make sure to click on the items to see the sale price. The overview with all the items will only show the regular price. I'm so excited about this sale!
It's a fantastic opportunity to stock up on some great TOOLS and other product and pick up some creative elements at super prices! These will make great stocking stuffers for any crafter on your list or maybe, these will be your Christmas Gift to YOU! If you are one of my local customers you are welcome to place your order with me directly to save on shipping on orders under $69 - shipping is then only 10% instead of a $6.95 flat rate fee.
  • Online Extravaganza goes until November 28th. Next Doorbuster 24 hour deals are on November 28th.  
  • Do you have the NEW Stampin' Up! App? Click HERE to download for the iPhone. 
  • Become a Demonstrator TODAY!  Fill YOUR kit with products of YOUR choice.  Receive a FREE set of Ink Pads.  Did you know that SALE items can be included in your PERSONALIZED kit? Yes it Can!  Now that's EXCITING! Visit my website and JOIN the EXCITEMENTNeed more information? I would love to talk to you one on one! EMAIL ME at to set up a time.

Saturday, November 17, 2012

Stampin' Up! On-Line Extravaganza Starts Monday!

The Online Extravaganza during Thanksgiving week is Stampin' Up!'s biggest online sale of the year. With discounts up to 50% and 24-hour-only doorbusters, you won't want to miss it!

Stampin' Up! is making it easier than ever for you (or someone you love) to do your Christmas shopping. During these 10 days only, you can get incredible discounts-up to 50 percent-on some of your favorite products!
In addition, there will be three products 20 percent off for 24-hours only on both the first and last days of Online Extravaganza-our very own doorbusters!
Doorbusters for Monday, November 19 ONLY
  • Simply Scored™ Diagonal Plate (125586) $11.95 SALE $9.56
  • Big Shot™ Die-Cutting Machine (113439) $99.95 SALE $79.96 - This Awesome Tool has never been on sale before...Don't miss out on this know you want one!
  • Big Shot Doctor’s Bag (113474) $69.95 SALE $55.96 
Doorbusters for Wednesday, November 28 ONLY
  • Clear Block Bundle: Blocks A-I (18491) $66.95 SALE $53.56 - this bundle price of regular $66.95 is already 15% off so you are saving even MORE!!!
  • Clear Block Storage Caddy (120279) $16.95 SALE $13.56
  • Stack & Store Caddy (109127) $34.95 SALE $27.96
ALL Nine Days, November 19-28th
There's more ... starting Monday, Nov 19th and ending Wednesday, Nov 28th, there is a huge list of additional items on sale starting with select Designer Series Papers at 20% off, Accessories at 25-40% off, and going all the way up to a huge selection of stamp sets and MDS 2+ for 50% off!!
 Made your list already??? Then you are ready to shop away on Monday, November 19th! 

and don't forget when you are shopping away on Monday in My ONLINE STORE to make sure you check out the Clearance Rack for even MORE savings!

Thursday, November 15, 2012

2 NEW Products!

AVAILABLE NOW!  Stampin' Up! is offering two exciting products!  Please leave me a comment at the end of this post with your thoughts on these two products!  I would love to get your feedback.

Texture Boutique Embossing Machine--test product

Give the gift of texture. The Texture Boutique works with our Textured Impressions Embossing Folders to transform ordinary cardstock, paper, metallic foil, or vellum into an embossed, textured masterpiece. This machine embosses only; it does not die cut.  Stampin' Up! has 4,000 available to be sold only while supplies last. If this product test goes well, Stampin' Up! may offer the Texture Boutique again in the future.  Purchase just the Texture Boutique Embossing Machine (item 132657) for $29.95.

To help you with your gift-giving needs, Stampin' Up! is offering a special Texture Boutique Bundle (item 132700) that includes the Texture Boutique Embossing Machine and the Flower Garden and Stripes Textured Impressions Embossing Folders for $39.95 (a $45.85 value).

Talking Tag - new product

Give the gift of sound. Handcrafted projects show loved ones how much you care--let your voice tell them too! With Talking Tag, you can record your own personal message that recipients can access by scanning the Talking Tag. Attach them to cards, invitations, gift tags, business cards, catalogs, scrapbook pages, wine bottles . . . well, anything!
Buy 'em by the sheet! You get 10 tags for $7.95 (item 129723). 


Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Folded Christmas Tree Card Video

 I was browsing Stampin' Up!'s videos on You Tube the other day and came across this one I wanted to share. It shows you how to make the cute accordion fold Christmas Tree card on page 181 in the Annual Catalog. After I watched it I couldn't believe how easy it actually looks so complicated in the picture!

I hope you enjoyed it - now I definately have to try and make my own version. Remember to check out more of Stampin' Up!'s videos - HERE is the link to Stampin' Up!'s channel on You Tube.

If you need any of the supplies used in the video, just visit my Online Store or contact me for more info.

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Fall has Fallen!

I recently held a class dedicated just to Fall. We made 3 cards with a Fall theme and a fun gift pouch as well.

First card from the left uses the new Friendship Preserves together with the coordinating Window Frames Framelits and the Festive Paper Piercing Pack. You can get the Festive Paper Piercing Pack FREE this month - see HERE for more details.

Second card from the left uses the Perfectly Preserved stampset and coordination Framelits - don't you just love that you can save 15% when you buy both! I also used the coordinating Orchard Harvest Designer Series Paper. I have seen several cards where the jar has been stamped with Black Staz'on ink on the Windows Sheets for a fun "life like" glass effect and could wait to try it out. It is impossible to see in my picture but I created a basket weave effect on my Island Indigo strip by running it through the Stripes Embossing Folder by flipping the card stock over and lining up diagonal from one corner to the opposite.

Third card from the left is made using the French Foliage Stamp set with the Triple Time Technique. So much fun and so easy. Here are the dimensions for the layers in case you would like to try this out for yourself.
Very Vanilla Cardstock: 2" x 3 1/4", 3" x 4 1/4", 4" x 5 1/4"
Cajun Craze Cardstock: 2 1/4" x 3 1/2", 3 1/4" x 4 1/2", 4 1/4" x 5 1/2"
You layer all the vanilla pieces on top of each other - maybe stick them together with a Glue Dots or adhesive from the Tape Runner so they stay in place while you stamp. You want to be able to take them apart again after you are done stamping so avoid any adhesive that is too sticky.

The pouch was inspired by one I saw on Dawn Olchefske blog and I loved it so much that I changed it very little - she also has an example of a Hot Cocoa pouch I can't wait to try -  see Here - however what I really want to change it in to is ...being in the Cornhusker state and all a Popcorn pouch... I am planning on making those for my kids teachers. The Perfectly Preserved stamp set has a corncob and the Orchard Harvest Designer Series Paper has a pattern with them too...I will try to post pictures of those when I get them done. The ribbon used it is the new 7/8" Cotton Ribbon soft ....and I stamped the apples from the Perfectly Preserved Stamp Set right on much FUN you can do that!

I hope you enjoyed today's projects. Please leave me a comment and let me know what you think.

Monday, October 15, 2012

Christmas Gift with Purchase

It's only October, but Stampin' Claus is coming to town! Get a FREE Festive Paper-Piercing Pack when you purchase the Ornament Keepsakes Set (or Ornament Keepsakes Bundle, which includes the coordinating Framelits) AND Candlelight Christmas Specialty Designer Series Paper.

Candlelight Christmas Specialty Paper

Ornament Keepsakes Stamp Set
Ornament Keepsakes Bundle
you will get...
Festive Paper Piercing Pack
Be sure to use the numbers below when ordering to take advantage of this great promotion! 
Retail Value
Special Price
Christmas Gift Pack (wood-mount)
Includes Ornament Keepsakes Set (wood-mount), Candlelight Christmas Specialty Designer Series Paper, Festive Paper-Piercing Pack
132261 Christmas Gift Pack (clear-mount)
Includes Ornament Keepsakes Set (clear-mount), Candlelight Christmas Specialty Designer Series Paper, Festive Paper-Piercing Pack
132262 Christmas Gift Pack (wood-mount bundle with Framelits)
Includes Ornament Keepsakes Bundle (wood-mount), Candlelight Christmas Specialty Designer Series Paper, and Festive Paper-Piercing Pack
132263 Christmas Gift Pack (clear-mount bundle with Framelits)
Includes Ornament Keepsakes Bundle (clear-mount), Candlelight Christmas Specialty Designer Series Paper, and Festive Paper-Piercing Pack

Don't miss out the Promotion Ends October 31, 2012